USA Summer 2020 –

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

MANIC STREET PREACHERS

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next https://youtu.be/cX8szNPgrEs via @YouTube

The future teaches you to be alone The present to be afraid and cold So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists. Bullets for your brain today But we’ll forget it all again Monuments put from pen to paper Turns me into a gutless wonder.

As per usual with the Manics, the lyrics were draw from art, culture and history – as they put it, ‘using the past to illustrate what’s missing from the present’. Inspired by George Orwell’s ‘Homage To Catalonia’ and a phrase written on a poster calling for recruits to fight in the Spanish Civil War, Wire was driven to write one of their most rousing rallying cries.

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”  George Orwell ‘Homage to Catalonia’ … and more …  

“For some reason, all the best matadors were Fascists.” GeorgweOrwell

“If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: ‘To fight against Fascism,’ and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: ‘Common decency.” George Orwell

Nicky Wire born Blackwood 1969

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