Okay, so I have been busy with work as of lately, and it’s not gonna let up anytime soon. What I’m gonna do is to talk bout the things that really interests me. The topics that interest me makes me do a bunch of research on em, whether it be good or bad (It’s mostly the bad part, for some odd reason. It’s been that way since I was a kid). The first thing that has been interesting to me is this: Cambodian Genocide.
Yes, you heard me right: Cambodian Genocide. What got my interest in that, you ask? Well it all started on a song that I can now play on Guitar Hero III: Holiday in Cambodia by The Dead Kennedys. I have to admit, it’s a really good song (I’m hooked on the song), and that’s what got my interest in what the song was bout: The Cambodian Genocide that happened during the early 1960’s through the late 1970’s-early 1980’s. Here’s a link to it if you wanna check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIO6G5VrHTs This is the GH3 (Guitar Hero III) version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rm-Fu8rBms The original version (Music video)
Anyway, I’m still doing research on this topic, so I can’t tell you what the entire topic is bout, but I can tell you a few things bout it (Via the lyrics of the song Holiday in Cambodia):
The first verse is bout how someone has been in school (High school, most likely) for a year or two, and has seen it all (Through the years of his/her life, thinking that he/she will go far in life).
“Slums got so much soul”. That refers to the 3 million plus* people who were killed or died of starvation during the Khmer Rouge invasion during the 1970’s.
“It’s time to taste what you most fear
Right guard will not help you here
Brace yourself, my dear (x2)
It’s a holiday in Cambodia; it’s tough kid, but it’s life”
It’s a holiday in Cambodia; don’t forget to pack a wife” <—Nobody likes being in a genocide, cause you will get killed sooner or later, unless you escape from there. ..but if you live in a country, where there’s gonna be a genocide (Or there is one), then brace yourself and escape before it begins. Anyway, I’m gonna skip a few lines here on the second verse. Also, if you were in Cambodia during the 1960’s and 70’s, your life would be turned upside down, because of Pol Pot ruling Cambodia during that time.
“Kiss a** while you b**ch
so you can get rich
but your boss gets richer off you”
Yep, you may live the perfect life (Playing jazz on your 5 grand stereo), working your butt off, getting a high paycheck (depending on what career you are in), but remember this: While you’re complaining your butt off of how much your job sucks, or how much your life sucks, just be glad that you’re not in Cambodia during the 60’s and 70’s, because you would’ve been dead by then. If you was relocated to S21 Prison or the Killing Fields, you would’ve had someone (From the Khmer Rouge, more than likely) take control of you, which brings me to the next lyric:
“You’ll work harder with a gun on your back for a bowl of rice per day
Slave for a soul just til you starve
then your head is skewered on a stake”
In the Killing fields, you would’ve worked for 18+ hrs a day under a Khmer Rouge party member with only two-three hrs of rest (I believe) and only for a bowl of rice every few days ( Every two days, I believe). if you disobey, then you would’ve been shot, beaten, stabbed, tortured in every way possible, til you were killed (If you were a man), along with your wife and child(ren). If you were a woman, then either way it goes, you would’ve been tortured and killed. There was a tree in that country (I forgot the exact location of where that tree was) that was used to beat children to death. Also, if you wasn’t killed by a Khmer Rouge party member, then you would’ve died of starvation.
“And now you can go where people are known
Now you can go where they get things done
What you’ll need, my son (x2)
Is a holiday in Cambodia, where people dressed in black
In a holiday in Cambodia, where you’ll kiss a** or crack”!
Pol Pot decided that religion was gonna be banned while he ruled Cambodia. Those Cambodians (And Chinese-Cambodians, Muslim-Cambodians, monks, nuns, ect.) who believed in their religion, and those who were teachers, doctors, lawyers, anyone who made a lot of money (Also, those who smiled, wore glasses, cried, ect.) during the genocide were immediately killed or tortured. S-21 Prison was a former secondary school (Formerly known as Tuol Savy Pray High School), until it became a prison camp, that imprisoned over 14,000 people, and executed 13,992 people (only seven people were known to survive in that prison. Here’s the link: http://www.killingfieldsmuseum.com/s21-victims.html).
There’s a short break in lyrics. It’s not a lot of lyrics yet, so we’re getting towards the end.
“Pol Pot” (x20) <—He’s one of the leaders (More importantly, the main leader) of the Khmer Rouge Party in Cambodia during the 1960’s-1970’s (Exact year was between 1963-1978). He died in April of 1998 of a heart attack.
“It’s a holiday in Cambodia, where you’ll do what you’re told
Holiday in Cambodia, where the slums got so much soul
Well that’s the end of the song. It’s a really awesome song, but what’s NOT awesome was what happened with the 3+ million* victims that died during the Cambodia genocide. I’m not sure when I’m gonna do part two of What Interest Me, but stay tuned for it.
If this blog post interests you, or if you would like to learn more bout the Cambodia genocide, then Google search is your friend.
*Estimated number of people that died during the Cambodia genocide. It was not known what the actual number of fatalities were during that time.*