“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

 

Last post, my featured song was ‘Battlefield’, by Svrcina. I chose it because it spoke to me. The message, the words. Probably my favorite verse would be, “Our tainted history, is playing on repeat.” Those words are some of the strongest and truest I have heard yet. I have listened to it over and over again.

It seems to make more sense with every replay. This post will be my interpretation of the song lyrics that were most powerful and meaningful to me.

No time for rest – (If you are resting, you are not actively solving the problem you are confronted with.)

No pillow for my head – (It’s hard to be comfortable when you are in any conflict situation.)

Nowhere to run from this – (No matter where you go, you can’t escape war, especially if it an internal war.)

No way to forget – (Once you’ve seen – or felt – a war, there’s ‘no way to forget’ what you have seen. War changes.)

Around the shadows creep – (It’s hard to see the light when there’s fighting in the world.)

Like friends, they cover me
Just wanna weigh me down and finally
Try to get some sleep

–  (The shadows are in your mind, and they’ve unfortunately grown familiar over time.)

We carry on through the storm
Tired soldiers in this war
Remember what we’re fighting for

(Sometimes the ‘glory of war’ distracts people from the real reason they’re fighting, whether it be land, freedom or control.)

Meet me on the battlefield – (It doesn’t mean ‘fight me, in my opinion. Instead, it means ‘I will stand by you.’)
Even on the darkest night
I will be your sword & shield, your camouflage
And you will be mine – (‘Stand by me.’ We are in this together.)

Echoes and the shots ring out
We may be the first to fall – (You must be willing to sacrifice yourself for change.)
Everything can stay the same or we can change it all – (If you just do the same things over and over again, nothing will change. You have to change the way you do things or else nothing new will happen.)

Meet me on the battlefield

We’re standing face-to-face
With our own human race – (We are the enemy.)
We commit the sins again and our sons and daughters pay – (The younger generations pay for what the older ones buy into.)

Our tainted history, is playing on repeat – (It’s true. Look at any one event in history, and chances are, you can find something similar later in time, if not directly related to that event.)
But we could change it if we stand up strong and take the lead – (Again, to change the eternal cycle, you have to change the choices humanity makes.)

When I was younger, I was named
A generation unafraid
For years to come, be brave

And meet me on the battlefield
Even on the darkest night
I will be your sword & shield, your camouflage
And you will be mine

Echoes and the shots ring out
We may be the first to fall
Everything can stay the same or we can change it all

Meet me on the battlefield

We carry on through the storm
Tired soldiers in this war
Remember what we’re fighting for

Meet me on the battlefield
Even on the darkest night
I will be your sword & shield, your camouflage
And you will be mine

Echos and the shots ring out
We may be the first to fall
Everything can stay the same or we can change it all

Meet me on the battlefield

Meet me on the battlefield

Of course, me being the history-loving person I am, I wanted to analyze this song for a reason.

Battlefield contains a message that nearly everyone in the world needs to hear: “We can’t just wait for history to change itself. We have to change it ourselves.”

If we do nothing, history will repeat again, and again, just as it always has. “Everything can stay the same or we could change it all.”

Humanity’s choices decide if history will change, or not. Each of us, as an individual, are humanity. Our choices matter. Will the same path lead us in circles, and will we revisit the past multiple times before us humans learn our lesson?

But we could change it if we stand up strong and take the lead.

 

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

 


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