Monday, April 30, 2012

10,000 Maniacs: Peace Train/What's the Matter Here

I originally bought this CD when it came out in '87 and must've listened to it constantly for the next year or more. Since then, in whatever incarnation of poverty, had sold it off in bulk with other CDs of mine to a pawn shop.

When I recently tried to find it again on eBay, remembered that the Cat Stevens song "Peace Train," which appeared on the original '87 CD, had been pulled for every other edition by lead singer Natalie Merchant since Stevens, a Muslim, had at the time supported the persecution of author Salman Rushdie.

I wanted my ORIGINAL collection of music back! While trying to find the original 10,000 Maniacs album "In My Tribe" on eBay, all I came across was every edition WITHOUT "Peace Train" on it! Until NOW, goddammit! :) I just received the original issue of the CD, WITH "Peace Train"! :) $10 or something! :)

Aside from the glee at "Peace Train" being on there... what a great album as a whole: What's the Matter Here, Hey Jack Kerouac, Like the Weather, The Painted Desert, Verdi Cries... I missed this album.

I have heard the excuses everybody uses, he's your kid, do as you see fit,
but get this through that I don't approve of what you did to your own flesh and blood.

"If you don't sit in your chair straight
I'll take this belt from around my waist and don't you think that I won't use it!"

Answer me and take your time,
what could be the awful crime he could do at so young an age?
If I'm the only witness to your madness offer me some words to balance out what I see and what I hear.
All these cold and rude things that you do I suppose you do because he belongs to you
and instead of love and the feel of warmth you've given him these cuts and sores that don't heal with time or with age.

And I want to say "What's the Matter here?"
But I don't dare say "What's the Matter here?"
But I don't dare say.

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