MK-O : A GALLANT SOLDIER [2008]

Ένα αντιπολεμικό κομμάτι από το άλμπουμ μας Unreel που κυκλοφόρησε το 2008.
An anti-war song from our second album,
Unreel, released in 2008.

You’ve been directed by a distant force
A trooper underneath a sporter
No sin no consequence no nature’s son
Consolidation loves disorder
Open [up] the righteous’ dance
Don’t lose this chance
Stand by the iron men
It’s showdown
Keys triggers and buttoned shirts
Absent friends, investing in their enemies
Stuck on a wheel I can’t control
Big picture, accelerates in empty space


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  1. Timothy Price February 26, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    That’s a wonderful song. Perfect wartime “peace”.

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    1. Oannes February 26, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you very much Tim!
      Samples come from James Brown’s “Living In America” and the movie “She Wore A yellow Ribbon” [John Wayne – Captain Nathan Brittles]

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  2. Mark Armstrong February 26, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Whoa! It’s got a relentless beat and forward motion, driving, driving the entire time. And John Wayne, the god of westerns!!– never thought he’d make an appearance in one of your songs!! Is that you, sir, taking the vocal?? Nice! I especially like the jangly piano that pops in about halfway through and at the end. Great song, and timely indeed. God bless and preserve the Ukraine.

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    1. Oannes February 26, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you very much Mark. Yes I do the singing, along with John Wayne [supported by Marina’s ethereal voice].
      God will be extraordinarily busy for the next few days. Preserving not only Ukraine but all of us – from the financial choke if nothing else.

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  3. Baydreamer February 27, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Wonderful song and photo of you and your beautiful wife!

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    1. Oannes February 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you very much Lauren!

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  4. Resa February 27, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I adore every piece of music on this album! I’m so happy to have the CD.
    This one is perfect for what is happening now.
    Thank you MK-O!

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  5. Laura Bloomsbury February 28, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    a driving song with impact – and lovely soft shadowing of Marina’s voice

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    1. Oannes March 2, 2022 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you very much Laura and sorry for the delayed answer [we ‘ve gone berserk over the news these days!]

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  6. Earthpages.org March 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    What I find interesting is that we tend to be more comfortable satirizing Christian but not non-Christian elements when it comes to war and other unpleasant realities. Is it because Christians are more comfortable in their faith that they, generally speaking, are more willing to tolerate criticism?

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    1. Oannes March 4, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      I suppose living in a secular society means exactly that.
      Ιslam is much younger a religion than Christianity, therefore Muslims still hold much more of the “original” passion than we do.
      After all, let’s not forget John Cleese’s comment: “you can’t make jokes about the Muslims because they’ll kill you”… 😊

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  7. Earthpages.org March 4, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Interesting. I just found this: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2851888/John-Cleese-blasts-political-correctness-protecting-select-groups-ridicule.html I agree that treating some groups with ‘kid gloves’ can in some instances be condescending. Psychologically healthy adults can take criticism. Mind you, if someone is suffering from a real trauma, perhaps that merits some tact. It’s a complicated situation, like most of life.

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