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Last week I wrote about the Bob Dylan song  “Knocking on Heavens Door." Of the many versions out there, one stands out because:

In 1996 and with the consent of Bob Dylan, Scottish musician Ted Christopher wrote a new verse for "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre. This has been, according to some sources, one of the very few times Dylan has officially authorized anybody to add or change the lyrics to one of his songs. This version of the song, including children from the village singing the chorus with guitarist and producer of Dylan's album Infidels (1983) Mark Knopfler, was released on December 9 in the UK and reached #1. The proceeds went to charities for children.

The song was featured on the compilation album Hits 97, where all royalties from the song were given to three separate charities.

The added verses:
Lord these guns have caused too much pain
This town will never be the same
So for the bairns of Dunblane
We ask please never again

The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green
He leadeth me
The quiet waters by

Lord put all these guns in the ground
We just can't shoot them anymore
It's time that we spread some love around
Before we're knockin' on heavens door

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
I've been there too many times before

The power of song in response to tragedy can be just what the soul needs to cleanse the hate that rises up when faced with these unspeakable events such as Sandy Hook and the other senseless episodes of gun violence that has become too common of late.

In 2012, Norwegians demonstrated this power.

My Rainbow Race
is an American folk and children's song. Originally released by Pete Seeger on his album Rainbow Race in 1973 with the name "My Rainbow Race", it was translated to Norwegian in 1973 by Lillebjørn Nilsen as (Norwegian title Barn av regnbuen, which means in English Children of the Rainbow), who released the song the same year. It was the sixth-highest selling single in Norway that year.
Public mass performance during Norway terror trial

The song was performed by Nilsen and a crowd of more than 40,000 people in Youngstorget in Oslo and at squares across the country on April 26, 2012, as a protest against statements given in court by Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the July 22 attacks in 2011. The performance was inspired by Facebook reactions after Breivik claimed in his trial testimony that the song was an example of Marxist propaganda and that it was being used to "brainwash" Norwegian children. Organization was made at the level of Norwegian Minister of Culture, and other Ministers [of Culture] from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands were also present. The song was thus performed a few days later, in the midst of the ongoing trial. In Oslo the sing-along was followed by a march up to the site of the trial, where the crowd laid down flowers. The song was performed both in Norwegian and English, and Nilsen had personally contacted Seeger, who responded with the words: "Oh me, oh my. I wish you luck."


MY RAINBOW RACE

Chorus:
One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.

1. Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way:
Poisons, bombs. They think we need 'em.
Don't you know you can't kill all the unbelievers?
There's no shortcut to freedom.
(Repeat chorus)

2. Go tell, go tell all the little children.
Tell all the mothers and fathers too.
Now's our last chance to learn to share
What's been given to me and you.
(Repeat chorus one and a half times)

Words and Music by Pete Seeger (1967)
(c) 1970 by Sanga Music Inc.

We would be wise to follow the words on Pete Seeger’s banjo and let our voices be the machine.

"This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces it to Surrender"

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Originally posted to Bend Over Here It Comes Again on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 04:31 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  When will we ever learn (39+ / 0-)

    The Dunblane school massacre

    The Dunblane school massacre occurred at Dunblane Primary School on 13 March 1996. The gunman, 43-year-old Thomas Hamilton (b. 10 May 1952), entered the school armed with four handguns, shooting and killing sixteen children and one adult before committing suicide. Along with the 1987 Hungerford massacre, 1989 Monkseaton shootings and the 2010 Cumbria shootings it remains one of the deadliest criminal acts involving firearms in the history of the United Kingdom.

    Public debate subsequent to these events centred on gun control laws, including public petitions calling for a ban on private ownership of handguns and an official enquiry, the Cullen Report. In response to this debate, the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 were enacted, which effectively made private ownership of handguns illegal in the United Kingdom.

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 04:31:10 AM PST

    •  Apparently never. (2+ / 0-)
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      Since despite the 1997 law, the Cumbria shooter was able to kill almost as many people as the Dunblane shooter.

      •  he killed 12 (only?!) (13+ / 0-)

        and some of those were personal and picked out - some random.

        and none were killings with handguns.

        We don't have a ban on guns here in the UK, just controls.  Some people do learn from horrible events, you see, and take steps to prevent the same horrors recurring.  

        We are deprived of Mr LaPierre's supposed wisdom of course.

        •  Sadly, no we're not (7+ / 0-)

          The person to whom you've responded and his compatriots in our little gun fan club will see to that.  

          I can't begin to describe how they and their world view disgust me.

          •  Its something I cannot grok either (6+ / 0-)

            "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

            by BOHICA on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 05:55:31 AM PST

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          •  You know exactly jack and shit about my world view (0+ / 0-)

            I'm sure you think you do though. That's why your disgust is meaningless to me. I know it's not the actual me you're disgusted by, it's just the monstrous caricature you've created to stoke the fires of your own hatred.

            The UK adopted that law in overreaction to the Dunblane and Hungerford shootings and it did nothing to save those twelve lives ended by the Cumbria shooter. All the focus was put on "how" instead of "why" and as long as that continues to be the case, all that will change is how people are killed by these spree shooters. "How" did not stop the Cumbria shooter. "How" did not stop the Navy Yard shooter. "How" did not stop this latest shooter either. Most likely we'll find out once again that there were warning signs that were ignored, excuses that were made and so on and so forth. But never mind that, there's some gun nuts to get righteously angry at.

            •  You are exactly what I know you are (7+ / 0-)

              You're a one-issue poster who joined this website recently. Who posts comments solely about firearms -- hell, you even have a photo of what appears to be a receiver as your icon. You troll diaries parroting bullshit NRA talking points, including the diary of an anguished mother bemoaning the latest school shooting. You have no class, no judgment, and you lack sensitivity.

              I know everything about you I need to know.

            •  Your comment history appears to (10+ / 0-)

              Only have one issue. So maybe we don't know "jack shit", but that's a clue.

              I was a "gun nut" for a year because I had to be. I grew out of it after seeing the results.

              Perhaps you might want to comment on the contents of the diary instead of a the background history which I included for those who did not have that information.

              And yes we do need to answer the question

              why

              BOHICA
              RA18960500

              Repentant ex member of Murder Inc.
              Southeast Asia Division
              Our motto, "Kill Anything That Moves"

              "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

              by BOHICA on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 06:47:11 AM PST

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              •  You asked if we'll ever learn. (0+ / 0-)

                My take on that is no. We won't. We'll continue to flail about in grief and anger, making laws that do nothing to even inconvenience the next shooter, avoiding the hard questions of why people like this decide the best solution to their problems is to go out in a blaze of glory, ignoring the commonalities in the leadup to these tragedies, giving law enforcement and educational professionals a pass for not reporting clearly problematic incidents, failing to address the societal stigma surrounding mental illness that prevents so many people who need help from getting it or even seeking it. We're going to fail at this again, just like the UK did, because every time something like this happens, the loudest voices belong to the people whose primary concern is not any of those things but rather getting in a gutterfight with the NRA or redneck-punching. Spree shooters just change their plans depending on what tools are available to them, people still die in similar numbers and the response is "Well those restrictions didn't work, obviously we need more of the same." and the cycle repeats.

                Fuck me for wanting to break that cycle. Fuck me for wanting these tragedies headed off BEFORE PEOPLE DIE. Fuck me for not shutting up when I'm told to, for not accepting anecdote over fact, for not accepting that I have no place at the table because everyone assumes the only skin I have in the game is my gun collection. Fuck me for not deferring to my self-appointed betters. Fuck me for not understanding there are different degrees of "dead" depending on what kind of gun someone's been shot by.

                Also, you being a repentant former member of the military has nothing to do with this at all. You either got drafted into or voluntarily went to serve in a war of aggression in another country. I only seek to maintain my ability to defend myself using the best tools available, not to aggress or project force against anyone who's done me no harm. I respect that you came out the other side of that war without convincing yourself that it was right and just and I'm sorry anyone had to end up in that hell, but that doesn't buy my silence when I disagree with you.

            •  This is a sacred day MertvayaRuka - peace be with (6+ / 0-)

              you.

        •  What exactly was learned? (0+ / 0-)

          People killed by a murdering scumbag using a double-barrel shotgun are just as dead as those killed by murdering scumbags with handguns?

  •  Pipe Major Robert Mathieson (8+ / 0-)

    composed The Bells of Dunblane in memory of the murders by a madman.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 05:31:16 AM PST

  •  Thanks for introducing me to this version (7+ / 0-)

    of the song. I was unaware of it.  

  •  Game Over ! (4+ / 0-)

    Funny how soon after MTV started to broadcast, there was a tidal wave of a sort of change of attitude from how one grows up and ends up with a decent job, owning a home, getting through school, to the illusion that while you are in high school, you can be in instant success, rap star, with huge gold chains, diamond ear rings, hot bitches, huge mansions, and nice cars.  BUT, that image was more than just something fun to watch on the tee vee machine.  It was also the reason so many teens felt they had failed. Why didn't they have the bitches, the cars, the gold rope chains, the closet full of sneakers ?  They were convinced they had somehow failed.  They were stuck with still being in high school, a job that sucked, but paid the going rate.
    That job was not unlike any other job any other high school kid might have, but it came no where close to that awesome MTV life that was seen all the time on the Tee Vee machine.  Well, pissed off, high school kids decided to take a different route, to get the bitches, the cars, and prison.  Don't tell me MTV didn't influence how some kids ended up.   Hunt and Shoot and Kill video games are whats fueling today's violence.  There's nothing anybody can do about it, but these kids mimic the games .  In these games, you need extra clips, extra large clips, a way to hide clips, so when you reach an area, you have extra clips.  Just like these school shootings.  None of this matters, it's just who we have turned into.  Just think, it's possible that we might look back at this time, and refer to it as the good old days.  

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 06:06:26 AM PST

    •  Now you've done it! (6+ / 0-)
      Hunt and Shoot and Kill video games are whats fueling today's violence.
      Prepare for incoming.

      This was done by a friend of mine. Its 1/2 hour long so you might want to "Watch it later". It is really good.

      Subconscious War

      Half-hour documentary on media, reality & a culture of violence.
      Here's the trailer.

      "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

      by BOHICA on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 06:19:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes. It's real. (5+ / 0-)

        You don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out the unintentional influence these games can have.  They are so realistic, yet, don't linger on the agony wounding or death produce.   Hunt, shoot, shoot, kill, shoot, re-load, hunt, shoot, shoot, kill, kill, shoot, hunt, re-load, shoot.

        Again, there's nothing anybody can do about it, it's who we have become.  We practically give away guns for free, to anybody that wants one, or two, or five.  We don't scrutinize who can obtain a weapon.  We don't check up on those that own weapons, to figure out if they are mentally capable of owning a weapon.

        We sure do all of that with driving a car.  

        What will the long term effects be with MMA fighting ?
        That is one sick sport.  

        " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

        by EarTo44 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 07:33:52 AM PST

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        •  Then reality happens (5+ / 0-)

          "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

          by BOHICA on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 07:37:30 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  And the kicker is the gun lobby has gotten the (6+ / 0-)

          video game makers to include links to gun sites for the very guns used in those games:

          But as the New York Times reports today, the gun industry is, in fact, closely tied to the video game industry, because both benefit from marketing tie-ins. One example the Times cites is Electronic Arts’ “Medal of Honor Warfighter” game, for which EA created a promotional website that touted the gun, knife and combat gear manufacturers represented in the game, including the gun company the McMillan Group and Magpul, which sells high-capacity magazines.
          http://www.salon.com/...
          •  Um... the kicker is that Wayne LaPierre (0+ / 0-)

            and the NRA as a whole is actually on your side of the video game arguement as of the following weeks after Newtown and have been scapegoating video games ever since, despite them making ones of their own, that have been, shall we say, the world piles of shit to have ever surfaced the earth.

            Also, sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter had done so pporly for EA, they have all but scappped the IP. So... there's that.

        •  What is real? (0+ / 0-)
          You don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out the unintentional influence these games can have.  
          No, apparently you do need to be a brain surgeon, or atleast someone who values science over assertions of faith of the matters of the mind.
          They are so realistic, yet, don't linger on the agony wounding or death produce.
          Again, what games are you even talking about? Even the "realistic" comment is in the eyes of the beholder, and even varies on that point from agme to game and generation to generation, and the most "realistic" looking would be real people in High-def ala the Holodeck in Star Trek, and we are nowheres near that in technology currently.

          What is "realistic" is actually real people in the flesh, and weirdly enough, even though you might come back on me saying that you arer agsinst violence in all media, its striking that your troll concern for "realistic" imagery in games trumps actual realism in movies or TV, where there is no mantion of them in your anger soaked tirades.

          Also, that "don't linger on the agony wounding or death produce." is also wrong, as someone who wants to look like you know what you are talking about, you clearly don't know what you are talking about, or have even played said games. Mind getting specific? I know of many games that actually do what you claim they don't, they like movies do make scens that tug on the heartstrings, and there have been deaths of very important characters that the audineces feel for much like in any other media.

          Hunt, shoot, shoot, kill, shoot, re-load, hunt, shoot, shoot, kill, kill, shoot, hunt, re-load, shoot.
          again with the hunting games. sigh. I've said what I had to say on that above.
          Again, there's nothing anybody can do about it, it's who we have become.  We practically give away guns for free, to anybody that wants one, or two, or five.  We don't scrutinize who can obtain a weapon.  We don't check up on those that own weapons, to figure out if they are mentally capable of owning a weapon.
          Here, I might agree. Just this tad problem of
          it's who we have become.
          Again, i think you mean by "we" Amerikkka, and rest assured, this nation hasn't "become" a tubulent violent nation, it always has been. It was founded and predicated on violence. And we have actually become more civil as times goes by than in previous generations, it may still be a far cry from where we would like American society to be, but compared to any time period of the past, we are doing so much better.
          What will the long term effects be with MMA fighting ?
          That is one sick sport.  
          Oh geez. :double face palm: I had to double check to make sure this wasn't snark, you'll blame pretty much anything and everything on the ills of society, won't you, except for maybe looking in the mirror and looking at your own self and asking how you are contributing to the problems of the world (your overt racism commnets on in the above comment for staters for example.)
    •  Wow... way to hide your overt racism: (0+ / 0-)
      Funny how soon after MTV started to broadcast, there was a tidal wave of a sort of change of attitude from how one grows up and ends up with a decent job, owning a home, getting through school, to the illusion that while you are in high school, you can be in instant success, rap star, with huge gold chains, diamond ear rings, hot bitches, huge mansions, and nice cars.
      Why didn't they have the bitches, the cars, the gold rope chains, the closet full of sneakers ?  They were convinced they had somehow failed.
      Gee, if I didn't know any better it sure sound like you are attacking black people, or at least the part of the culture of blacks that you apparently would like to blame and put all your anger and hostilitiy onto, hell, over than overt racism, this commnet doesn't even make sense, it took along time for rap and hiphop to even got airplay anywhere in America other than "urban" radio stations, including MTV, so even your opening statement of "Funny how soon after MTV started to broadcast, there was a tidal wave" isn't even accurate, MTV stared in August of 1981, with the video of the BUggles "Video killed the radio star", and I don't think shows like "Yo! MTV raps" started until '86 or '87, and even then, old school rap was more like was has then evloved to be called hiphop,  ganstarap didn't even start until the mid-90s.

      But it pretty blatant, that it the black man's music, not the whiny white guy's redneck music of piece of shit country that has destroyed Amerikkka!!!! /snark.

      Wow... I can't belive you wrote something this obvious, and thought you could get away with what is obviously meant as a dog whistle of racism, that the right-wing favors so much.

      And as if these comments weren't just stupid enough on there own, there's more.

      Don't tell me MTV didn't influence how some kids ended up.
      WTF?????!!!!! MTV doesn't play music videos anymore, dude, sorry to bust your poor excsue of a strawman, but MTV hasn't really played music videos since the begining of the 21st century, right around 1999, they (Viacom, the ownersof CBS, the "tiffany network") basically converted the network into a non-stop reality show channel. And, yeah, I'll agree reality shows, at least that kind, do suck, but you seem to know absolutely nothing about what you speak.
      Hunt and Shoot and Kill video games are whats fueling today's violence.  There's nothing anybody can do about it, but these kids mimic the games .  In these games, you need extra clips, extra large clips, a way to hide clips, so when you reach an area, you have extra clips.
      :eyeroll: :facepalm:

      "Hunt and Shoot" games? You mean like those rednecky type of "hunting" games that are usually shovelware and even the most casual gamer wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole? You mean those games? You kinda sound rednecky, wouldn't those type of games be right up your alley? But I digress, even if those type of games were popular, are even good, which most are coded by computer illiterated dolts, how are they "fuleing today's violence" ????

      Everytime I see someone write something that stupid, I feel like this nations' overall IQ has shrunk to neandertahl levels, espcially when people just say it as matter of fact without thinking they need to back up anything they claim on this.

      but these kids mimic the games .
      What kids mimic what games?

      Be specific, you are the one making the argument, so actually make it, rather than being as coy and not clearly thought out as possible.

      People like you like being as obtuse as much as humaly possible.

      What video game encourages librarians of public schools to bully a kid until he feels he has no other recourse than to do what would be the worst case scenario?

      Hell, you aren't even talking to the specific facts to this or any other specific case, and that's how people like you think you'll win the arguement, until someone like me comes along and shakes your tree and have you providie specifics.

      None of this matters, it's just who we have turned into.  Just think, it's possible that we might look back at this time, and refer to it as the good old days.
      Wow... could you get any more racist????

      cough*slavery*cough

      cough*Jim Crow*cough

      None of this matters, it's just who we have turned into.
      And who is it we've "turned into"? All things considering, our short 200 plus years of existance compared to the millenia other nations have eisted for, we are doing all right, considering how far we have come from a tollmentuate (sp?) and turbulate past, this nation was founded on spilt blood, and has been horribly barabaric throug violations of human rights and human deceny, and extreme violence, America is more peaceful now than it has ever been as a nation, or would you like to go back to days of slavery, or Jim Crow south?
  •  Sigh (5+ / 0-)

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 07:40:57 AM PST

  •  A beautiful diary, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BOHICA, WakeUpNeo

    BOHICA.  Just beautiful.

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 11:05:40 AM PST

  •  Thank you and Peace to you, BOHICA. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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