September 1, 1939

September 1, 1939

mike skliar's picture

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So today, September 1, 2019, is the 80th anniversary of the day that Germany invaded Poland, starting World War Two.

I'm surprised that even here in the US there isn't more written about this anniversary- seems like a big event in the history of the world.

Decided to write a song about it, and well, you'll see where it led, ....

I kind of realized halfway thru performing it that the music for first half of each 'verse' is basically the chords to a somewhat famous Bob Dylan song- ah, what can you do, there are only so many chords...

Recorded, as alot of my recent stuff this 5090 has been- Live guitar and vocal, using musicmemos on the iphone (which adds drums) then imported in the iPhone to garageband for a harmonica overdub, then over to audacity on my PC to give a little compression, eq, echo, etc.

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Journey with me back in time
to that long ago year 1939
we were coming out of the Great Depression
Over in Europe there was rising aggression

We like to complain about our government now
its hard to believe it could be worse somehow
but in '39 there were bigger warning signs
actual Nazis ,not just losers with signs

On Sept. 1st of that fateful year
an invasion happened which many had feared
A continent conquered by a killing machine
lighting a match in a vat of kerosene

Many here said we just can't get involved
'it's not our problem, it'll never be solved'
but FDR bent the rules to help the Brits
as they were being bombed in an aerial blitz

Took Pearl harbor before we joined the battle
as Jews were being rounded up and slaughtered like cattle
let the dogs of war loose , the sabers rattle
takes more then John Wayne standing tall in the saddle

the next four years were horrible ones
the fate of the world at the mercy of the guns
it finally ended in 1945
so many never made it out alive

So what are the lessons, well, that's a long story
and maybe the last time America fought for glory
80 years is just a few generations
close enough to feel the echoes and vibrations

And just so you know, before you change the station
the political party then who wanted isolation
who wanted to ignore the war cloud storms
has its head now in the sand as the planet warms

Just to make that charge a bit more specific
and not to take away from a wartime so horrific
war is just one way for many people to die
just wait till the ocean continues to rise

Journey with me back in time
to that long ago year 1939
we were coming out of the Great Depression
Over in Europe there was rising aggression

(c) M. Skliar 2019



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cindyrella's picture

Many don't know when it all started, despite learning about war after war in school. Many things are different and yet, as you say, the same party still doing stupid things. Anyhow, Great song and brain food too.

sbs2018's picture

Very well-written! Too many ignore history.

sph's picture

Great that you took this anniversary to write your song. I like how you connect the history lesson of the first verses with now. Too many seem to have forgotten how blessed we have been the last 69 years.

sph's picture

Great that you took this anniversary to write your song. I like how you connect the history lesson of the first verses with now. Too many seem to have forgotten how blessed we have been the last 74 years.

AndyGetch's picture

No shame in borrowing perfectly good chord progressions. History lessons as delivered. Well done and sad but true.

nancyrost's picture

I like the breezy folk-rock treatment - gives motion to the many verses with a bit of a Schoolhouse Rock feel. Some entertaining rhymes and wry asides here, too. You do edutainment well ... I could see you being a special musical guest at Helen's workplace!