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A selection of music on the theme of the month to be voted on by you!

Our HEAD ABOVE WATER columnist Tim Clark has chosen his top five songs on the theme of MOTHERLAND.

Vote for your favourite in the comments section below and Tim will create one his special and much coveted ‘The Winner is…’ videos to announce the winner, which we will then post on our Facebook page.

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Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire

It was the first song that came to mind. I remember the first time I heard this song, and how perfectly it described the world then. If I heard it now for the first time I think it would be the same feeling.

It’s the End of the World as We Know it, by REM

Maybe just a little too lighthearted, but the beat and tempo really pick you up and move you. Besides, even the apocalypse needs a little good press.

King of the World, by Steely Dan

Dystopian music at its finest. I had a co-worker who didn’t like Steely Dan, he felt the arrangements were too tight, too polished, he liked a little more improvisation and chaos in music. I’m not that fussy, I do like songs about chaos, though, and this song fits perfectly.

Fire, by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

If I only picked one song this month, it might be this one. There is something so universal in the message, so compelling, so final. It could be a theme song for the history of the world.

He Stopped Loving Her Today, George Jones

It took me years to figure out what this song was about. Once I did I kind of wished I hadn’t. It must be the saddest song I’ve ever heard. Somehow that seems to make it perfect for my interpretation, this month.

Tim Clark lives in Columbus, OH. He is an employee, a husband, a father and a blogger. You can see his blog here, Life Explained. He loves classic rock, and talks about it too often. He loves to write and read, and he doesn’t mind coffee and a little bourbon, either.

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17 Comments

  1. Lisa

    It’s the End of the World as We Know It: As a 23-year-old living under the Reagan regime, this song sounded just right. It still does. It’s aged very well. Wished I could say the same about myself.

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    • Anonymous

      Eve of Destruction hands down!!

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      • Anonymous

        I would pick the end of the world. It’s an awesome and timeless song

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    • Anonymous

      Eve of Destruction!

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  2. Anonymous

    It’s the End of the World as we know it.

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  3. Sheryl A. Rose

    It’s the End of the World as We Know It…I feel fine!

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  4. Annabanana

    It’s The End Of The World…

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    • Gene

      Eve of Destruction, one of my all time favorites.

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  5. Ricky

    FIRE!

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  6. Anonymous

    Wow, alot of good selections. This cousin is gonna have to give it more thought. I will say I recently watched that old video for “Fire” and it kind of freaked me out!!

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    • Anonymous

      I very much appreciate being reminded of that crazy “Fire” song, which scared the shit out of me as a kid, and still does. For different reasons, perhaps.
      But I have to vote for “end of the world.” that blasé approach to the apocalypse seems to sum up the times we’re living in pretty perfectly. Sad to say…

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  7. Nancy

    I have to go with an old favorite, He Stopped Loving Her Today. I’ve listened to that song for years, and it’s still wonderful

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    • Anonymous

      While it is a close call between “it’s the end of world as we know it” and “He stopped loving her today” by George Jones. I would probably have to give the nod to the former as opposed to the latter. Because while both are iconic and have been used in many pop culture things through out there time. The former is a little more upbeat

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  8. Anonymous

    It’s a tough call but I’m going with REM.

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  9. Anonymous

    I really like He Stopped Loving Her Today. Definitely a heart wrenching song with a strong meaning.

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  10. Anonymous

    While it is a close call between “it’s the end of world as we know it” and “He stopped loving her today” by George Jones. I would probably have to give the nod to the former as opposed to the latter. Because while both are iconic and have been used in many pop culture things through out there time. The former is a little more upbeat

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  11. Anonymous

    Eve of Destruction. Hands down.
    Lauretta
    Favorite sister

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