Music on Mondays (1-30-17)—Hatred is the only thing that lasts forever

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Twitler has re-ignited my interest in dystopian, apocalyptic, and war movies and music.

I just started listening to my 1993 music collection last night, which includes an album by The Kinks titled Phobia, their last studio album. I have had the album for many years, but seeing the title pop up on my music list caused me to double check because I just didn’t remember the name. I secretly wondered if Big Brother was in my computer and had changed the name of one of my digital files.

Here are some of the songs on the album: Wall of Fire, Phobia, Only a Dream, Over the Edge, Surviving, It’s Alright (Don’t Think About It), The Informer, Hatred (A Duet), Scattered.

Hatred (A Duet) really caught my attention as the singing started:

You keep on accusing me
Of making your life misery
But if that’s not abusing me, what isn’t
You wanna be my friend, well it’s too late

My love for you has turned to hate
And I think that it’s a permanent condition
You say you wanna make the peace
Smile and turn the other cheek

I can’t put myself in such a weak position
Now I’m willing to accept this fate
You and me just can’t cohabitate
We agree to hate and that’s our fast decision

Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that keeps us together
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever

Driven by hate, driven by hate
Driven by hate, driven by hate
On the surface I’m a mild mannered person
That’s until you scratch the animal inside

Then you bring out all my animal aggression
I gotta hatred for you that is never gonna die
Driven to hate, driven to hate
Driven to hate, driven to hate

Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that keeps us together

While races try to integrate, nations try to gravitate
Towards equal rights, regardless of religion
Politicians might decree for the sake of humanity
Love and peace instead of a collision
You and me accept reality, there’s no way that we can agree

The world can’t make us alter this position
At least you and I know where we stand
We can’t be friends, walk hand in hand
My hostility for you defies description

Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that keeps us together
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever

Driven by hate, driven by hate
Driven by hate, driven by hate
Hate’s the only thing we have in common
There’s no escape, we’ll always be this way

So we might as well just learn to live together
‘Cause we’re gonna be this way till our dying day
Driven by hate, driven by hate
Driven by hate, driven by hate

Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that keeps us together

If you keep on putting me down, rub my name into the ground
I’ll drag the dirt all over town about you
And if you spread the filth on me, I’ll only have one remedy
I’ll spill the beans, you’ll see I’ve got a mouth, too

Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that keeps us together

Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that keeps us together

Yeah, hatred, your attitude is downright rude
Your jokes appall me, they’re so crude
Why don’t you just drop dead and don’t recover
I’m the mirror to your mood, you hate me and I hate you
So at least we understand each other

Hatred, hatred is the only thing that lasts
What is it? Hatred, hatred
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever
Hatred, hatred
Is the only thing that lasts forever

The song, written by Ray Davies, is about a sibling love/hate relationship. In this case, though, the sibling love/hate relationship is with fellow Kinks member, guitarist Dave Davies. The two of them were going through a bad time in the early ’90s.

Take a moment, though, and read through the lyrics again—could be talking about political hatred, skin color hatred, religion hatred, country hatred, gender hatred, sexual orientation hatred……….on and on.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

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2 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (1-30-17)—Hatred is the only thing that lasts forever

  1. Darlene Jones

    Russell, what’s happening now because of Trump is so horrendous. I’m trying to do my part – posting, writing letters, marching – to stop him, but from Canada I fear I have very little influence.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      We have very little influence here in the U.S. right now since the Hitler Party controls the White House, Congress, and the Senate. Let’s just hope that there still are and will be a lot of judges in all courts who see them as the domestic terrorists they are.

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