Revolver (Lukas Rossi)

By Maestro@FringeMusic

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Artist: Lukas Rossi

Track: Revolver (Track 3)

AlbumHollywood (third full-length solo album)

Year: 2010

OK, Mr. Lukas Rossi really knows how to pull my trigger. I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the song Revolver and the massive drums! But, underneath the pure rock beat of the track, I’m truly glad to see that the social commentary hasn’t disappeared. It’s perhaps more subtle (less in-your-face because the music is), but it’s there. I view this song actually as an urgent call to arms or action about poverty. Lukas has a knack for latching onto the problems of his time and asking the hard question about the correlation between poverty and social conditions (the mother and crying baby in the next room) or bullying and violence (both are ostensibly posed here). The issue of taunting and bullying has made it to the forefront of our social disease since the Columbine massacre and other horrible mass shootings or murders, which are no longer confined to the borders of the US. In Lukas’ telling of the tale, Little Johnny doesn’t want to shoot (‘’With his look in his eye He wanted to cry, Just look what your friends made me do’’) but that’s the only way he gets respect. Perhaps this story is even to a certain extent autobiographical and tells Lukas’ own tale about growing up on the mean streets of Toronto and delivers his poignant warning to all to Get Up! When We’re Down! Everyone Needs To Fight For Their Ground! …Wake Up! Wake Up! The Clock’s Ticking Down! and never to be arrogant enough to think it could not happen to anyone or it doesn’t concern or affect you:

See the ones, they lie on the street

They barely got money to eat

But you’d rather ignore it

Like the last one before

You say: That’ll never be me

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There are some mistakes

We cannot erase

And the most damning condemnation of all: Everyone cries, Everyone lies…

When I first heard this song and its appeal to fight apathy and fatalism and the growing cancer of urban decay, I immediately thought of a very famous Mac Davis song called In The Ghetto, unforgettably interpreted by Elvis Presley. I will let you judge for yourselves:

As the snow flies

On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’

A poor little baby child is born

In the ghetto

And his mama cries

’cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need

it’s another hungry mouth to feed

In the ghetto

People, don’t you understand

the child needs a helping hand

or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day

Take a look at you and me,

are we too blind to see,

do we simply turn our heads

and look the other way

Well the world turns

and a hungry little boy with a runny nose

plays in the street as the cold wind blows

In the ghetto

And his hunger burns

so he starts to roam the streets at night

and he learns how to steal

and he learns how to fight

In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation

a young man breaks away

He buys a gun, steals a car,

tries to run, but he don’t get far

And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man

face down on the street with a gun in his hand

In the ghetto

As her young man dies,

on a cold and gray Chicago mornin’,

another little baby child is born

In the ghetto

However, in Lukas’ story, redemption from the vicious cycle apparently resides in ‘’Angels watching over me, I can feel them in my heart…There were Angels watching over you. Can’t you feel them in your heart?’’.

Here is a fan-posted video of the song on YouTube:

For a review of the full Hollywood album, click here.

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