Thursday

Bubbling under: Over de muur (Klein Orkest)

The eighties saw probably the most tension between East and West since the Cuba Crisis. Several of my favourite pop/rock songs were inspired by that situation. This song by 't Klein Orkest (image credit) is the only Dutch one of the bunch. Over de muur (Over the [Berlin] wall) describes life in East and West Berlin. It is a critical song, trying to find good and bad on both sides, but the recurring image in the lyrics of the birds who fly over the wall, because they sometimes want to be in the East and sometimes in the West, is incredibly strong. When this was a hit in Holland, no-one would have believed that five years later the wall would fall!

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