Friday, November 4, 2011

Sam Roberts Band: The Last Crusade



Sam Roberts Band performing The Last Crusade in May 2011 on CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.


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From CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight thes how's host explains how Sam Roberts Band came to be on the popular CBC show: 
When Sam Roberts came on CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show to premiere his new album, Collider a couple weeks back he mentioned that he wanted to play the song, 'The Last Crusade' the most. So we were excited to have him come in on Friday and play the song.
Sam Roberts, in his thirties and the band's leader, is a Montreal native whose parents came from South Africa; his music has become popular across Canada. He reminds me of a combination of a young Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but of course Sam Roberts is his own man with his own style and stage presence. His songwriting and message-based tunes appeal to many young people today, as well as older persons of my generation. My sense of things is that Sam Roberts has a bright future in the music business.

As for "The Last Crusade," it's a song with multiple meanings, including war, drugs, political intrigue and machinations, religion and the lies and delusions that people fall under when looking for truth or when serving a higher notion that is all too human and fragile.In the end, crusades of all types lead to disappointment, if not death and destruction. ("Spare no one/ Gotta keep on, gotta keep on"). Not always directly, sometimes by benign neglect, but nevertheless the hand-prints of its architects are nevertheless present.

The over-arching theme of human misery and ignominy — an assault on individual dignity and humanity— cannot be lost on the listener who is sensitive to such matters. And matter it does.

It's noteworthy that the word "crusade" has as its root meaning the "cross," which was a significant Christian symbol used in the military Crusades of medieval Christian nations. Today, the word is chiefly  used for any strong allegiance to a cause, and not necessarily religious, but marked with fervor and zeal.

Collider: Sam Roberts Band, 2011. This is the forth studio album for Sam Roberts.
Credit: © Universal Music Canada / Zoë/Rounder Records, 2011
Source: Wikipedia



The Last Crusade
by Sam Roberts

The crusaders and their stooges
All you renegade rulers
All you spotlight fugitives
All you shakers, all you movers
All you cutthroat dealers
And you small-time users
All you turncoat schemers
All you victors, all you losers

You play the king and you play the pawn
You give up and you soldier on
This is the last crusade we're on
This is the last crusade we're on

There's a lighthouse on a battered shore
Gotta fight now, never mattered more
And the black tongues spitting poison
Spare no one
Gotta keep on, gotta keep on
Till the Ghosts of War come marching in
They've been reborn, they're free from sin

You play the king and you play the pawn
You give up and you soldier on
This is the last crusade we're on

This is the last crusade we're on
You play the king and you play the pawn
You give up and you soldier on
This is the last crusade we're on
This is the last crusade we're on

Now tell me, who do I look like to you?
Someone you thought you knew
Drinking wine in the afternoon
A rebel today is tomorrow's tycoon
Arm in arm, arm in arm
We are our father's sons and daughters, one by one
Marching off to kingdom come
And we're hunting down
We're trying to find

The architects of the wasted mind
And the way we laugh and the way we live
Brace for the aftermath
Something's got to give

You play the king and you play the pawn
You give up and you soldier on
This is the last crusade we're on
This is the last crusade we're on
You play the king and you play the pawn
You give up and you soldier on
This is the last crusade we're on
This is the last crusade we're on 

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