Why will people not wake up to what they see every day? Why do they keep paying taxes to support war mongering Governments? Why do they continue to slave their lives away, instead of living their lives? Why do men and women continue to join the armed forces?
The answer is simple, they are still fast asleep!
I have this comment from one of the blog readers, that was sent as a personal message:
“Ask your self how much of your hard earned money do you actually TOUCH??? how many hours do you bypass away from your children, friends, family for this?? have you actually raised your own children of do you herded them off too others to do that job for you………….? or have you fought/supported/lost a loved one in a battle that you never started, against people you have never known, that have never crossed you…all so a government can benefit from financially?”
The song’s theme is taken from the Spanish Civil War, and the idealism of Welsh volunteers who joined the left-wing International Brigades, fighting Francisco Franco’s military rebels against the Spanish Republic. The song takes its name from a Republican poster of the time. A photograph of a young child killed by Nationalist bombs is shown under a sky of bombers with the stark warning “If you tolerate this, your children will be next” written at the bottom.
Various works on the Spanish Civil War were the inspiration for this song, most notably George Orwell’s first-hand account, “Homage to Catalonia.” Wire [the lyricist] has acknowledged that he was also inspired by a song by The Clash, “Spanish Bombs”, which has a similar subject. Certain lyrics pertain directly to these works. For example, the line “If I can shoot rabbits/then I can shoot fascists” is attributed to a remark made by a man who signed up with the Republican fighters to his brother in an interview years later. This was originally quoted in the book Miners Against Fascism by Hywel Francis.
“I’ve walked Las Ramblas/but not with real intent” brings to mind the account in Orwell’s book of fighting on the Ramblas, with the various factions seemingly getting nowhere with the fighting and often a sense of camaraderie overriding the vaunted principles each side was supposed to be fighting for.