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 Imagining the Lectionary: Going Underground (Easter 2B)
Reflection accompanying images “Going underground” and “Peace be with you atomic bomb

The Jam's great 1980 hit "Going Underground" is an edgy, powerful and raw indictment both of a society which fails to challenge and stand out against the values and decisions of its political leaders, and of those leaders themselves. Written against the backdrop of the Cold War and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation, Paul Weller's lyric's suggest that 'Going Underground' is therefore a logical non-violent response for those who are disillusioned and alienated from corrupt, compromised and self-serving politics which is addicted to military might and the threat of war.

"You want more money - of course I don't mind To buy nuclear textbooks for atomic crimes And the
public gets what the public wants But I want nothing this society's got I'm going underground....
What you see is what you get You've made your bed, you'd better lie in it You choose your leaders  
and place your trust As their lies wash you down and their promises rust You'll see kidney machines
replaced by rockets and guns And the public wants what the public gets But I don't get what this
society wants I'm going underground

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