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Letter Home By Strung Out

Blackhawks Over Los Angeles

2007 | Punk

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“Hold on, please don't forget me when I'm gone, 'cause I forgot why I ever left at all. -- These times take the best of them and leave nothing for the rest of them. -- And I judge myself in every way And I can no longer look at myself in the same way."

Trivia

  • The album hit #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers and #33 on the Independent Albums charts.
  • Strung Out is known mainly for their musical style, which fuses aspects of melodic punk rock, progressive rock and heavy metal to form their primary sound.
  • Strung out formed in 1991 in Simi Valley, Vocalist Jason Cruz and guitarists Jake Kiley and Rob Ramos are the constant and original members.
  • The band alongside acts like Lagwagon, Propagandhi, Belvedere & R.K.L are known for raising the level of musicianship in punk music, debunking common stereotypes of simplicity associated with the genre.

THE HOT TAKES

Luke Tatum

Shipped off to war, a volunteer who forgot what he went to fight for. "Does any of this mean a thing?" It sounds like a song about Vietnam, but this could apply to any modern war. War is an end in and of itself for the American Empire. While we squabble over "the issues," the unelected machinery of state churns out more coffins and excuses. Sad song.

Sherry Voluntary

“These times take the best of them, and leave nothing for the rest of them”

Murdering for hire takes its toll on you as well as your victims.

Nicky P

I feel as though we harp on this one a lot but perhaps that will instill the real core of what libertarian thought. War and what it does to human beings is undoubtedly the reasons so many of us believe what we do. Slavery is alive and well these days. We call it military service and target different groups than we have in the past...wait it's still the poor. We like to pretend it's voluntary because they sign contracts but we're asking people we won't let by alcohol sign contracts where death is a reasonable expectation for an end result. Truly as this song points death might be the easier option because even if they manage to survive they can't even look at themselves in the mirror for the things they've done and all for what? They lost sense of purpose if there ever was one pretty quickly. This song was written by Cruz for his grandfather and references his stories fromhis time at war.

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