First, I don’t know how I missed this epic video and song last month, especially since almost every single person in it is a friend (bad friends who didn’t tip me off about this btw =P) but I loved it (Thanks Tara). It’s an extremely insightful, hard-hitting song and video clip that attempts to go through the thought process and emotional state of a would-be suicide bomber.
Suicide bombers are a nightmare for most human beings, that’s a given. But, they’re also very intriguing. Like violent serial killers, they scare us, they haunt us, but at the same time we want to know the why and how and who and what. Chyno (from Fareeq El Atrash) tries to fill the shoes of the disgruntled, hopeless, indoctrinated young men who eventually become suicide bombers for lack of a better option, and for the supposed fame it provides, the alleged glory it wins, and the very real infamy it generates. Not to mention the stable income the “martyr’s” family will get from the “sheikh”. Brilliant. Summed up so much in so little about an extremely convoluted and complex issue, and it packed quite the punch coupled with Pedros Temizian’s direction.
Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics, so you get an idea of how… ballsy this song is
- They fucking with O.P.P.
that’s Other People’s Property
how they gonna promise me peace,
when freedom a monopoly?
- They sell me my house to the highest bidder,
walls outside but the spies within us,
i can’t cry gotta hide these rivers,
show my wife there’s still life within us,
- Cold inside, just like our winters,
Cold inside, how we like our winners,
martyrs, widows, armies, militias,
friendly, malicious, blind by killing,
- You idolize sinners, i’ll take a ride with ‘em,
to symbolize freedom, i’ll dive into hell,
with all the fire there, i’ll find some light in it,
strap it to my chest, light the dynamite in us,
- BOOM, i’m taking my life away,
they tryna take it anyway, right?
Sheikh gonna pay my family
more than my job’ll ever pay, right?
- Modern day hero, pictures up on
Martyr day, see my self on heaven’s gate,
don’t see a better way to die!
might as well be today, right?