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I'm not familiar with the book or the author, but those words seem to carry an anti - violence message to me, whatever the content of the book. The man seems to be in a state of shocked disbelief that he's just killed another man.

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well, you are kind of right. he is in disbelief that's he's killed another man, but there is a lot of subcontext there which is missing in the song, like racism, as the book is set in algeria ( i think) and the protagonist is french. and the issue of him being executed for this murder, and how he contemplates his life and what a terrible person he was etc etc

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Here are my Top 12 - looks like I missed a few of the lists...

1. Silver Springs ~ Fleetwood Mac

2. Night Moves ~ Bob Seger

3. There Goes Another Love Song ~ Outlaws

4. Turn The Page ~ Bob Seger

5. I'm Winning ~ Santana

6. Go All The Way ~ Raspberries

7. The Stranger ~ Billy Joel

8. Heatwave ~ Linda Ronstadt

9. Your Mama Don't Dance ~ Loggins and Messina

10. My Kinda Lover ~ Billy Squier

11. Crash Into Me ~ Dave Matthews

12. Separate Ways ~ Journey

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well, you are kind of right. he is in disbelief that's he's killed another man, but there is a lot of subcontext there which is missing in the song, like racism, as the book is set in algeria ( i think) and the protagonist is french. and the issue of him being executed for this murder, and how he contemplates his life and what a terrible person he was etc etc

...and mainly the lack of feelings he has. He's cold and doesn't care. He didn't even care about his own mother's death...

Sorry, Oldfif, we shouldn't be talking about literature in this thread... :laughing: Just in case you want to know...

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The prodagonist killed another man and now sits in prison, waiting for his execution, and ponders on his life and what kind of person he was...

I guess I can see where the rumour about it inspiring "Bohemian Rhapsody" comes from

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Rachel, Farin seems to share a passion too... :)

"Bohemian Rapsody" also tells about a man who killed another man but at least he shows some remorse and is sorry.

The movie is excellent. Luchino Visconti made an amazing film with this novel.

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Thanks Rachel and Edna. :)

Before yesterday I always thought the Cure's "Killing An Arab" was an anti - war song about the Gulf War ! But I see it was recorded way back in the late 70s. I always think of them as an 80s/90s Group. I was going to ask for the book at the Library but it sounds too depressing for me.

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Gee I should have looked in Songfacts. It has some of what you told me there. Rachel and Edna, you could add to what they have. Check it out!

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More great nominations while I was sleeping ! We now have 52. I'll leave them open for the time being in case there's more - haven't seen a couple of our 'regulars', and we'd sure like to to see other Songfactors join us !

Here's the NOMINATIONS TO DATE.

A Perfect Sonnet - Bright Eyes

And I Love Her - The Beatles

Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Beth - KISS

Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order

Burn Down The Mission - Elton John

Centerfold - J.Geils Band

Classical Gas - Mason Williams

Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann

Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton

Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone

Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

D'yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin

Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds

Hysteria - Def Leppard

I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall & Oates

Imaginary Lover - Atlanta Rythym Section

Israelites - Desmond Dekker & The Aces

It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr

Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

Killing An Arab - The Cure

King Of Spain - Moxy Fruvous

Lady - Styx

Long Train Running - The Doobie Brothers

Mediterranean Sundance - Al DiMeola & Paco de Lucia

Moonlight Mile - The Rolling Stones

Never My Love - The Association

New Slang - The Shins

Only Women (Bleed) - Alice Cooper

Pink Moon - Nick Drake

Pretending - Eric Clapton

Say It Ain't So - Weezer

She Loves You - The Beatles

Ship Song, The - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Soul Deep - The Boxtops

Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

Sunny - Bobby Hebb

Superfly - Curtis Mayfield

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Thank You - Dido

Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes

These Eyes - The Guess Who

Time After Time - Cindy Lauper

Time Of The Season - The Zombies

Two Princes - Spin Doctors

We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger

West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys

Where Is My Mind? - Pixies

Wild World - Cat Stevens

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I sure made a "Boo Boo" on that one OLD 55.

Once again some great nominations. "These Eyes" by the Geuss Who is one of my favorites.

By the way I was listening to the radio this morning and I heard the Guess Who will be appearing in my neighborhood this summer. I am pumped for that one!!!

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Hi rt ! I do that all the time when I'm typing (two fingers). I can't believe it when I look up and see the result sometimes. I have to look at each of the keys as I hit them; Val and the 'kids' say they can hear me typing from the other end of the house.

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The Theme From Shaft was funk/disco before it's time.

Funny, I saw the Movie on DVD recently and it seemed so corny - not like I remembered it from some 30 odd years ago.

I didn't even know the Guess Who were still together and performing!

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You need my nominations, huh Darryl. No more sense putting it off. I tried for 80's stuff but couldn't quite do it. At least they are 2 different directions! :P

Stranglehold ~ Ted Nugent

Imaginary Lover ~ Atlanta Rythym Section

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You need my nominations, huh Darryl. No more sense putting it off. I tried for 80's stuff but couldn't quite do it. At least they are 2 different directions! :P

Stranglehold ~ Ted Nugent

Imaginary Lover ~ Atlanta Rythym Section

Wow..I hurt myself just seeing those two songs listed together...whiplash!!

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