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Rope And Glory

This song is by The Legendary Pink Dots and appears on the album The Tower (1984).

Flags are flying in the wind and all the world can hear us. We can
take it on the chin and fight another day. The tower's shining in the
sun. Outside the kids are having fun. Soldier lets them stroke his
gun and leads the grand parade!


Another scene from The Tower album (see notes under the Tower numbered songs) - patriotic flags are proudly displayed for the world to see in a parade. The Tower - it's dark aspect hidden - shines prettily in the daylight for the cameras. Kids are watching the parade, and the Soldier (an archetypical character) far from keeping them away from dangerous things is actually letting them stroke his gun with enthusiasm. No one suspects that terrible injustices are being committed behind the walls of the Tower as simple deviants are being incarcerated and forgotten. No one suspects the atrocities being committed by these very same soldiers abroad and in their own country, to their own people, and who are recruiting their own children. But these people voted the power in, and accept this tidy, whitewashed face of events that they see on the T.V. They have tied their own hands. The citizens of England are known as the Citizens of Hope and Glory, from the hymn "Land of Hope and Glory":

Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned,
God make thee mightier yet!
On Sov'ran brows, beloved, renowned,
Once more thy crown is set.
Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained,
Have ruled thee well and long;
By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
Thine Empire shall be strong.

Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.

Land of Hope and Glory

Thy fame is ancient as the days,
As Ocean large and wide:
A pride that dares, and heeds not praise,
A stern and silent pride;
Not that false joy that dreams content
With what our sires have won;
The blood a hero sire hath spent
Still nerves a hero son.

Land of Hope and Glory

So the title is a play on Hope and Glory, ostensibly describing that the hands of the people are tied.

Video Interpretations

Astrid/Rope and Glory

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