Mono-Monday: "Another Brick in the Wall"
Thanks again to GoranZebuhr for suggesting such a great topic for Mono-Monday. Today he wants us to work from Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall".
During Pink Floyd's 2011 "The Wall" tour, they modified the lyrics of "Another Brick in the Wall" to refer to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes. You may recall that he was shot by London police at Stockwell Station after he was deemed to be possibly one of the fugitives involved in the previous day's failed bombing attempts. This occurred just 2 weeks after the London bombings of 7/7/2005 in which 52 people lost their lives. So everyone, including the security services, was on edge.
The new lyrics, entitled "The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes", were:
All in all it's just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall
Just another blunder
Just another lousy call
Just another clap of thunder
And apologies ring hollow
From the guilty in Whitehall
And there's no hint of sorrow
Just the whitewash on the wall
Just one man dead
And nothing is gained
Nothing at all
And Jean Charles de Menezes remains
Just another brick in the wall.
This blip is an attempt to represent these new lyrics.
This very unfortunate episode is a reminder of the difficulties the security services have in trying to keep us safe whilst avoiding causing harm to innocent civilians, or excessively invading their privacy, in the process. It seems very relevant as we all reel from the horrific happenings in Paris last Friday.
Once more I turn to Bruce Springsteen who summed up the dilemma in his song "Devils and Dust" – “What if what you do to survive kills the things you love?”. (If you've time, please listen to the link - it's a very powerful song.)