Wednesday, February 29, 2012

With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept

Orange Crush is a song by American Band R.E.M which was realised in 1988. Even though the song reached number 1 it was never realised commercially in the US. The song also did very well in Britain at the time being its highest chart hit, not only the song affecting Americans but British people as well. The song is about Vietnam War in reference to the use of the Chemical defoliant known as Agent Orange. The effects of the US Military use of this chemical spread cost Vietnam 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects. The frontman of the band R.E.M, Michael Stripe had said in an interview that the Orange Crush music video is about a young American football player leaving the comforts of home for the war in Vietnam that has nothing to do with the American people.

During the war of Vietnam 2.5 Million people were killed and Millions more missing. There has never been a war before that has divided the American Public like this war which had more bombs dropped than all of World War II. Americans had seen the aftermath of the war themselves through the TV and other media's alike. It had also pushed the US Economy to the limits and costing the US $167 Billion dollars a year.

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