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Saturday, June 11, 2016

"A Stone and A Sling"...Soundgarden for Palestine?

Released exactly one day prior (Nov.13, 2012) to Israel's devastating operation "Pillar of Defense" (Nov. 14, 2012) in Gaza after assassinating a democratically elected Hamas leader, calling the response aggression and "reacting" according to the Dahiya Doctrine - Soundgarden released its 6th studio album: King Animal.
Operation Pillar of Defense (Hebrewעַמּוּד עָנָןʿAmúd ʿAnán, literally: "Pillar of Cloud")[22] was an eight-day Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation in the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip, which began on 14 November 2012 with the killing of Ahmed Jabari, chief of the Gaza military wing of Hamas.[23][24][25][26]
I am no stranger to philosophical interpretations of Chris Cornell's lyrics.

From Cornell's manic/paranoid delusions of young love/lust :

"Pretty noose is pretty hate"

or tales of it's slow, suffocating decline:

"Close the door and pull the shades and climb the walls".

Jesus Christ Pose
Hunting Down
Black Hole Sun
Non-State Actor
Louder than Love

Cornell is a master of the obscure and opaque. However, I feel his verses on Non-State Actor -  second track on King Animal - are particularly compelling. Especially given the onslaught that will initiate the day after.

Pillar of Defense

Without further ado, Non State Actor, Soundgarden. Emphasis added. Enjoy.
Coin in every pocket
More mouths to fill
So weak in the land
Strong in the will (need)
I'll be your beast of burden
I'll be the seed
I bring you the healer
Feel your disease
I bring dirty water
And make it clean (young)
And you are the cure
I am the drug
And we settle for
A little bit more than everything
We're not elected, But we will speak
We're not the chosen, But we believe
And we settle for a little bit more than everything
Bullets, guns and missiles
A stone and a sling
A motherless country
Of thee I sing (song)
You are the tank and rockets
I am the bomb
I teach you a lesson
Sword for a pen
Reading turn the pages
A history of man (look)
You are tabula rasa
I am the book
And we settle for a little bit more than everything
We're not elected, But we will speak
We're…Watch Soundgarden perform Non State Actor...

What do you think??