Posts Tagged ‘Albert Camus

18
Jan
09

The Cure – Killing an Arab

The Cure’s first single played live in Paris in 1979. “Killing an Arab” is The Cure’s homage to the existential classic “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. In the novel, an alienated French man senselessly murders a native Arab on a beach in Tangiers.

Unfortunately, this song was co-opted by the mindless, blood-thirsty, pseudo-patriotic, racist douche-bags who permanently reside in the realm of post-9/11ville. In a punkass nod to the politically correct thought police, Robert Smith would later change the lyrics to “kissing an Arab” when singing the song in concert.

Standing on the beach
With a gun in my hand
Staring at the sky
Staring at the sand
Staring down the barrel
At the Arab on the ground
I can see his open mouth
But I hear no sound

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an Arab

I can turn
And walk away
Or I can fire the gun
Staring at the sky
Staring at the sun
Whichever I chose
It amounts to the same
Absolutely nothing

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an Arab

I feel the steel butt jump
Smooth in my hand
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sand
Staring at myself
Reflected in the eyes
Of the dead man on the beach
The dead man on the beach

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an Arab




Johnny Peepers

----> is a socio-pathetic degenerate with a penchant for cheap booze, ruphy-laden broads, and dim sum soup.

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