firebreath613: (realshirley)
[livejournal.com profile] neutron_x, I think you'd appreciate this.

So my last day in NYC, I had meeting at the Conde Nast building in Times Square. I was a bit early, so I was walking around, and I noticed a bunch of cop cars parked on Broadway. I realized a live band was playing, right outside the Hard Rock Cafe, and it sounded like the cheesiest blues rock imaginable.

As I got closer, I realized it wasn't associated with the Hard Rock Cafe at all, but an all Navy cover band, playing outside the Armed Forces Recruitment Center, which apparently has a bunker under the median. This band, led by a woman, the members in their sailor blues, was totally butchering "I Feel Good."

THEN, and this is amazing part, the woman, who had been trying to pull a white-girl Aretha, explained that they were all offical Navy musicians, and they also have this band, blah blah blah ... and now, they're going to play a rockin' song.

They started playing "Holiday" by Green Day. My mouth fell open. Because for those of you who have been wisely ignoring mainstream radio or the latest Green Day records, "Holiday" is an anti-war anti-Bush song.

And they played it all, word-for-word. "Holiday" goes like this:


Hear the sound of the falling rain
Coming down like an armageddon flame (Hey!)
The shame, the ones who died without a name

Hear the dogs howling out of key
To a hymn called Faith and Misery (Hey!)
And bleed, the company lost the war today

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
On holiday

Hear the drum pounding out of time
Another protestor has crossed the line (Hey!)
To find, the money's on the other side

Can I get another Amen? (Amen!)
There's a flag wrapped around a score of men (Hey!)
A gag, A plastic bag on a monument

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
On holiday

hey!

3, 4!

The representative from California has the floor...

(At this point Navy lady took on a metal/hard-core punk growl)

Sieg Heil to the president gasman,
Bombs away is your punishment!
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
who criticize your government!
Bang bang goes the broken glass and,
Kill all the fags that don't agree!
Triumph by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws yeah!

I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives

This is our lives on holiday


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I mean, what the hell? How how how can you sing that and not know what it means? I mean maybe the irony was missed, but I would think the Nazi reference SHOULD give it away.

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