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If it were up to me

Blev de inspirerade av dataspelet "Grand Theft Auto"? William och Josua Buckley, 16 och 14 år gamla, dödade en man och skadade en ung kvinna svårt när de i somras sköt mot förbipasserande bilar i Knoxville, Tennessee. Du har säkert läst om det redan: anhöriga till den mördade mannen lämnade i september in en stämning mot GTAs tillverkaren Take-Two Interactive.

Jag känner ingen sympati för GTA eller tillverkaren. Men i mitt huvud börjar en sån där envis, hypnotisk melodislinga, som man inte kan bli kvitt, att gå runt, runt ...
Maybe it's the movies, maybe it's the books
maybe it's the bullets, maybe it's the real crooks
maybe it's the drugs, maybe it's the parents
maybe it's the colors everybody's wearin
maybe it's the President, maybe it's the last one
maybe it's the one before that, what he done
maybe it's the high schools, maybe it's the teachers
maybe it's the tattooed children in the bleachers ...

Maybe it's the Bible, maybe it's the lack
maybe it's the music, maybe it's the crack
maybe it's the hairdos, maybe it's the TV
maybe it's the cigarettes, maybe it's the family
maybe it's the fast food, maybe it's the news
maybe it's divorce, maybe it's abuse
maybe it's the lawyers, maybe it's the prisons
maybe it's the Senators, maybe it's the system ...

Maybe it's the fathers, maybe it's the sons
maybe it's the sisters, maybe it's the moms
maybe it's the radio, maybe it's road rage
maybe El Nino - or UV rays
maybe it's the army, maybe it's the liquor
maybe it's the papers, maybe the militia
maybe it's the athletes, maybe it's the ads
maybe it's the sports fans, maybe it's a fad ...

Maybe it's the magazines, maybe it's the internet
maybe it's the lottery, maybe it's the immigrants
maybe it's taxes - big business
maybe it's the KKK and the skinheads
maybe it's the communists, maybe it's the Catholics
maybe it's the hippies, maybe it's the addicts
maybe it's the art, maybe it's the sex
maybe it's the homeless, maybe it's the banks ...

Maybe it's the clearcut, maybe it's the ozone
maybe it's the chemicals, maybe it's the car phones
maybe it's the fertilizer, maybe it's the nose rings
maybe it's the end... but I know one thing:
If it were up to me - I'd take away the guns.
Det där är Cheryl Wheeler: "If it were up to me" - och den är inte skriven efter de senaste skjutningarna, utan finns på skivan "Sylvia hotel" från 1999. Men just den här låten bjuder hon på: du kan ladda ner "If it were up to me " gratis från amazon.com. Lyssna på den - musiken är betydligt mer kraftfull än den kan verka när man bara ser texten. Som ett enda långt andetag som slutar med en kramp över bröstkorgen; andas, för helvete!

Lite mer om låten kan läsas på Cheryl Wheelers sajt:
"...Every time it was played on a AAA station, Rounder [skivbolaget, JS] donated $5 to the Center for the Prevention of Handgun Violence. This is an organization allied with Handgun Control (ala the "Brady Bill".)

After the Columbine School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, this song was adopted as a sort of anthem. The local radio station played it every half hour. When the NRA decided to still hold their convention nearby, Cheryl was asked to perform the song during a protest meeting.

The interest in this song was significant, not just in Colorado, but around the country."
Ändå har jag aldrig hört den i Sverige, eller sett den omnämnd. En sökning med Google ger dock en enda svensk träff: Claes "Clabbe" af Geijerstam spelade den i sitt sommarprorgam i fjol. Respekt.

(Ännu en smula Wheelers finns på gott nytt år-notisen i fjol.)

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03 nov 2003

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Just efter att ha läst detta inlägg såg jag följande på (svensk) TV:
http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,386105,00.html

Det kommer närmare.

Från: Bengt O. | Skickat vid: 20:26, 04 november 2003

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