Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More Cold War Music - Recalling Tunes of the Atomic Age

Keeping with the same theme of the previous two post on Cold War music, this article showed up today and I just had to link over and see what was there.

I was very surprised at the variety of music genre that used the atomic bomb in a song. Blues, Ballad, Folk, Christian, and Rock & Roll are all represented.

I bounced around YouTube looking at others and there are even more than what was referenced by the article's author, Mr. Herrera.

Here is an excerpt from his article:

"It was early one morning, when all the good work was done; and that big bird was loaded, with that awful atomic bomb" - Atomic Bomb Blues Homer Harris (with Muddy Waters) 1946. You can listen to the song by clicking on the title.

Link over to Herrera's article here.

The comment at the end of the article motivated me to research the song Mr. Hinton references because, not being a serious fan of Simon & Garfunkel's music,I did not remember it.

The Sun is Burning words ring true to any of us Cold Warriors who stood their watch all those years so the nuclear annihilation of the world, sung about in the song, did not occur.

Songs of peace and anti-war lyrics influenced many I am sure, but it was the Cold Warrior that eventually ended the MADness (pun intended for the acronym MAD - Mutual Assured Destruction).

Take 3-minutes and give the song a listen.

The lyrics can be read here. An interesting fact is that Simon & Garfunkel did not write the song, Ian Campbell did. Ian Campbell was a successful singer/songwriter in the UK. He died in 2012 and the song The Sun is Burning is mentioned as an achievement in his obituary (link here).

You can access the previous Cold War music posts, Jazz and Metal, by clicking on the highlighted title.

Thank you to Dan Herrera and the Albuquerque Journal's Venue section for the link to their article; to Mark Justice Hinton for the reference to Simon & Garfunkel's song The Sun is Burning; YouTube and the posters sznurowado and bluesfan12 for the music links, MetroLyrics for the link to the written lyrics; and The Guardian for the obituary link.

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