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Bandits in Posh Suits

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The Synchronicity Wavelength

Bandits in Posh SuitsEcho Cain
00:00 / 05:39

Genre:
Blues/Psychedelic Rock

Instruments Used:

Vocals

Bass Guitar

Electric Guitar

Alto Saxophone

Acoustic Guitar

Spinner Siren

Lyrics:

 

[Sounds of crying, saxophone, and guitar]

 

I’m so scared.

I’m so scared because I know there’s some people in this world who don’t care about the Earth no more…

And that, I don’t know what to do about that.

Alright, well I gotta try something…

I guess if they won’t learn.

 

[The blues begins with full instrumentation]

 

We’ll have to teach them.

 

Well they came down to the valley,

All bright color and charms.

Tessellations of the universe a’covered their arms

And they were a’coated with light.

 

Well the moon rises fast on the fleeing men,

Gunfire in the distance better run again.

Bandits in posh suits.

 

They were a merry kinda people all a’dancin around,

Drunkenly sprawlin’ out all over the ground:

Bacchanalia hidin’ malintent.

Yeah…

 

[Saxophone and acoustic guitar solo]

 

Well they came from the land of iron and pain.

Like the ancient Assyrians, war called their name

And progress is cyclical.

 

Well the seafaring men had their ledgers and pens

While the ancient pipe smoke couldn’t make amends for their souls:

They were too a’far gone.

 

Well they had stories spillin’ out from the young and the old,

Produced from their tongues by minds dipped in gold.

And wisdom fallin’ on deaf ears…

Alright!

We gotta take care of Mother Earth.

 

[Breathing, guitar, saxophone, and bass guitar lead into a reversed section of the song]

[The chaotic sound of the reversed footage starts to compound and the whole mix begins to have a mechanical, train-like feel as strange voices speak in nonsense and sirens blare]

Analysis:

    

        This song points out the links and disparities between the cultures of indigenous Europeans and indigenous Americans. It also points out the processes of colonization that have affected both indigenous groups. The lack of drums was a purposeful choice to draw attention to the lyrics and the saxophone as those elements are most prominent and meaningful in the song. The effect used on the saxophone solo was formatted to be full of movement (fluctuation) and closeness (well compressed/boosted).

        The blues is constructed from a beautiful, though simple chord progression; it’s a great genre to describe the cyclical nature of colonial interactions. The ways in which the same tune gets played over and over again. The ways in which cultural trauma is regurgitated and reinstated by those who received it, passing it on to the colonized and deepening its thorns in the colonizer.

        The lyrics add to this. I chose not to add many personal pronouns to the words in order to display just how similar these cultures truly are. Both cultures are beautifully spiritual and artistic. Both have been chased down and subjugated at some point in history (past or present). Both have lost themselves in drugs and reveled in alcohol. Both have participated in war and peace. Both have told incredible stories and created enormous amounts of wisdom. I believe that one of our greatest racist misunderstandings is that cultures are more different than they actually are. Europeans are not all puritanic Catholics; just as not all American Indigenous people are powerful mystics. There is diversity beyond the stereotypes that links each and every culture to all the others. We must recognize these connections to maintain compassion between cultures. We should celebrate those beautiful similarities that inform the differences. All the cultures of the world are tied together through a rhizomatic web of connections that we can become aware of through study of history, receptive conversation with a diverse set of individuals, and an open mind.    

        This doesn’t wipe away the horrible things that colonizers have done to the colonized. Europeans must reckon fully with our ancestors’ horrible deeds and our current complicity in a system that continues to discriminate against BIPOC constantly. One of the first steps is looking past the superficial differences between cultures to see that we are all human and deserve equitable rights and representatives in government. I hope that one person hears this song and understands. One changed mind can set off a dozen, so let’s talk about colonization! We need to talk about how it continues into the modern day! We have to spread the news, otherwise the cycle will turn again and the atrocities will continue.

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