Then and Now : Genesis / Disturbed – Land of Confusion.

One of my favorites by Genesis, with a video produced using puppets from the UK sketch show Spitting Image.  It was written by guitarist Mike Rutherford for their 1986 album Invisible Touch.

I must’ve dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They’re moving into the street.

Now did you read the news today
They say the danger’s gone away
But I can see the fire’s still alight
There burning into the night.

There’s too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can’t you see
This is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

Ooh Superman where are you now
When everything’s gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there’s not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

I remember long ago –
Ooh when the sun was shining
Yes and the stars were bright
All through the night
And the sound of your laughter
As I held you tight
So long ago –

I won’t be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We’re not just making promises
That we know, we’ll never keep.

Too many men
There’s too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can’t you see
This is a land of confusion.

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

This is the world we live in
And these are the names we’re given
Stand up and let’s start showing
Just where our lives are going to.

This song was also covered by Disturbed.  Though the song was originally written in the Eighties, very little has changed.  Released on the 2 October 2006 from the album Ten thousand fists.

 

My Top Ten Song List : Number 2.

Now down to number two on my list of songs, and this one actually is probably far left field from all the other songs, but the words to me are raw and powerful.  To anyone that has suffered depression or addiction the words to this song make me feel like you aren’t alone.  That there is hope and change, if you want it bad enough.

Eminem – Not Afraid.

I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid (Yeah)
To take a stand, It’s been a ride
Everybody, I guess I had to
Go to that place
To get to this one
Now some of you
Might still be in that place
If you’re tryin’ to get out
Just follow me,
I’ll get you there

You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay ’em
But you won’t take the sting out these words before I say ’em
‘Cause ain’t no way I’m a let you stop me from causin’ mayhem
When I say I’m a do somethin’ I do it,
I don’t give a damn what you think,
I’m doin’ this for me, so fuck the world, feed it beans,
It’s gassed up, if it thinks it’s stoppin’ me
I’m a be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly
And all those who look down on me I’m tearin’ down your balcony
No if ands or buts, don’t try to ask him why or how can he
From “Infinite” down to the last “Relapse” album he’s still shittin’,
Whether he’s on salary paid hourly until he bows out or he shits his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He’s married to the game, like a fuck you for Christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the Earth, he’s got the urge to pull his dick from the dirt,
And fuck the whole universe

I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid)
To take a stand (To take a stand)
Everybody (Everybody)
Come take my hand come (Come take my hand)
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that, you’re not alone
Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road

Okay quit playin’ with the scissors and shit, and cut the crap
I shouldn’t have to rhyme these words in the rhythm for you to know it’s a rap
You said you was king,
You lied through your teeth, for that fuck your feelings,
Instead of gettin’ crowned you’re gettin’ capped, and to the fans,
I’ll never let you down again, I’m back
I promise to never go back on that promise,
In fact, let’s be honest, that last “Relapse” CD was eh
Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
Relax, I ain’t goin’ back to that now
All I’m tryin’ to say is get back, click-clack, blow ’cause I ain’t playin’ around
It’s a game called circle and I don’t know how,
I’m way too up to back down
But I think I’m still tryin’ to figure this crap out
Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn’t, this fuckin’ black cloud
Still follows, me around but it’s time to exercise these demons
These muh’fuckers are doin’ jumpin’ jacks now

I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid)
To take a stand (To take a stand)
Everybody (Everybody)
Come take my hand come (Come take my hand)
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that, you’re not alone
Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road

And I just can’t keep living this way
So starting today,
I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, I’m a face my demons
I’m manning up, I’m a hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now (now)

It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly, I probably did it subliminally
For you, so I could come back a brand new me you helped see me through
And don’t realize what you did, believe me you
I been through the ringer, but they could do little to the middle finger
I think I got a tear in my eye, I feel like the king of
My world, haters can make like bees with no stingers and drop dead,
No more bee flingers, no more drama from now on,
I promise to focus solely on handlin’ my responsibilities as a father
So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof, like my daughters and raise it,
You couldn’t lift a single shingle on it! ‘Cause the way I feel,
I’m strong enough to go to the club or the corner pub,
And lift the whole liquor counter up ’cause I’m raising the bar
I’d shoot for the moon but I’m too busy gazin’ at stars, I feel amazing and I’m not

I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid)
To take a stand (To take a stand)
Everybody (Everybody)
Come take my hand come (Come take my hand)
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that, you’re not alone
Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love.

 

I’ll protect you from the hooded claw
Keep the vampires from your door

Feels like fire
I’m so in love with you
Dreams are like angels
They keep bad at bay-bad at bay
Love is the light
Scaring darkness away-yeah

I’m so in love with you
Purge the soul
Make love your goal

[1]-The power of love
A force from above
Cleaning my soul
Flame on burn desire
Love with tongues of fire
Purge the soul
Make love your goal

I’ll protect you from the hooded claw
Keep the vampires from your door
When the chips are down I’ll be around
With my undying, death-defying
Love for you

Envy will hurt itself
Let yourself be beautiful
Sparkling love, flowers
And pearls and pretty girls
Love is like an energy
Rushin’ rushin’ inside of me

[Repeat 1]

This time we go sublime
Lovers entwine-divine divine
Love is danger, love is pleasure
Love is pure-the only treasure

I’m so in love with you
Purge the soul
Make love your goal

The power of love
A force from above
Cleaning my soul
The power of love
A force from above
A sky-scraping dove

Flame on burn desire
Love with tongues of fire
Purge the soul
Make love your goal

I’ll protect you from the hooded claw
Keep the vampires from your door
The Power Of Love Frankie goes to Hollywood