Chumbawamba - Wagner At The Opera Lyrics




I'm laying on the pavement
And the last thing I recall
Picked up by the arms and legs
And taken from the hall
For squaring up to culture
In the circle and the stall

All because they're playing Wagner at the opera
All because they're playing Wagner at the opera

Hurt can make you act without
Apology or regret
Over half a century
But still I can't forget
Ideology makes a mockery
Of the string quartet

All because they're playing Wagner at the opera
All because they're playing Wagner at the opera

When they came to take me
I was standing on a chair
I can't keep quiet
I have something to declare
Listen to my rattle
For my rattle says "Beware"

All because they're playing Wagner at the opera
All because they're playing Wagner at the opera

A rattle for remembering
The rattle of the chains
A rattle for remembering
The rattle of the trains
From Warsaw down the decades
To hell and home again

All because they're playing Wagner at the opera
All because they're playing Wagner at the opera

For everyone we lost
I swing the rattle loud and long
I swing it 'til I drown out
All the music and the songs
This tattoo will last forever
And my memory is long

Here's to no more playing Wagner at the opera
Here's to no more playing Wagner at the opera
Here's to no more playing Wagner at the opera





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  1. Nicole love

    Wagner did well on the X-factor but I don't think he should be played at the opera.

  2. Pure band Official

    what the hell is that sound? i bet they used some authentic material and not some software

    Fla Master

    sounds like a guiro

  3. nox5555

    Wagner woulnt like his songs beeing played at the opera, he was nuts, he founded his own festival for his own music.
    but well he wasnt a antisemit, he didnt cared at all, his wife was the one taking care of politics, and she was raving mad, antisemitsm is just a part of her political ideologie.

    TRGS

    He wrote a book about how Jewish people were ruining music and western culture

  4. Aaron Springer

    I played this for my oldest and explained it. Never forget.

    Lorenzo Arena

    Could you please explain it to me?

    River Cheney

    @Lorenzo Arena Wagner was a well-known anti-Semite and his music was taken up by the Nazis. So in 2000, when the Israel Symphony Orchestra played a concert including Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, it was going to be controversial.


    In the audience was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps who interrupted the performance by swinging a football rattle.

  5. Olivia Esche

    i dont think anyone can read this.
    like the comment if you seee itt :3 check owt my channall. xD

  6. sas147741

    Wagner is god

    OnADistantWall

    The opposite of that

  7. Ward Bosmans

    @henkin where can you find the footage?

  8. Tee King

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! I am marching down the streets in the oh, so somber parade. Well done...amazing harmonies. Bless.

  9. TrashGordon

    powerful.

  10. henkin

    A true story -- and there's video footage of it.

    Wagner was a well-known anti-Semite and his music was taken up by the Nazis. So in 2000, when the Israel Symphony Orchestra played a concert including Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, it was going to be controversial.

    In the audience was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps who interrupted the performance by swinging a football rattle.

    Scrunchy Howard

    I hope he got curbstomped.

    Chrissy Pastelle

    I know this is an old-ass comment, but to clarify, Wagner was in no way a "well-known anti-Semite". He was a socialist and anti-royalist, and in most countries of Western Europe, he ran into legal trouble with his daring political stance and his new kind of mythological opera. The Nazis played his music in concentration camps in mockery of the prisoners they were torturing -- remember the scene in Sergio Leone's "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", when Angeleyes forces the Confederate prisoners to play pro-Confederate songs while he tortured their friends?
    So all in all, I hope that after eight years, you've become less of a dipshit when it comes to musical history. By spreading this misinformation about Wagner, you are effectively promoting the kind of political propaganda that the Nazis would have applauded you for.

    TRGS

    @Chrissy Pastelle He definitely was anti-Semitic. He literally wrote an essay on how Jewish people were ruining music. However that is not even the point, his music is inextricably linked with the nazis, and not in, as you suggest, ironic way. Hitler himself wrote about how he was "addicted" to his music: "My youthful enthusiasm for the Bayreuth Master knew no bounds."

    JULIAN SANBY

    @Gracchus BabeufHaving that sort of hatred towards someone is as harmful to you as the intended target, very negative emotion