“Blood Makes the Grass Grow”
Informant’s Information: Nationality: American Age:19 Occupation:Student The artist’s residence is in Los Angeles, California, and the date of performance/collection is February 2015. English is the primary language. Additional Language(s): Informant: Because I’m originally from Oklahoma, when my family and I watch football games at home, we usually chant, “Kill, kill,” which means “blood makes the grass grow,” if we’re winning or about to make a major play. Me: Is it the same as during professional games?
In addition, there are some college games.
He is a student at the University of Southern California.
However, versions of the chant appear to be connected with the United States military, as seen by the title of author Johnny Rico’s biography, Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green: A Year in the Desert with Team America, which recounts his year spent fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
- “Can you tell me what we do for a living?” the Sergeant inquires.
- “What is it that causes the grass to grow?” the Sergeant continues.
- In the Desert with Team America for a Year, they discovered that blood makes the grass grow green.
- Stanley Kubrick directed the film.
- Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Lee Ermey star in this comedy-drama.
- released the film in 1987.
What makes the green grass grow?
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- The drill sergeant tells the troops about to go to Iraq that they are +226ChristianMarriedUS-Others. The troops respond with a scream: “Blood, blood, blood. Blood is responsible for the growth of the green grass.” “Can you tell me what the spirit of the bayonet is?” the drill sergeant inquires. In unison, the soldiers scream at the top of their lungs: “Kill, kill, kill. Kill without regard for human life.” At a recent subcommittee hearing before Congress, I had the opportunity to hear testimony from numerous members of the organization Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). They described horrendous atrocities that were done to civilian Iraqis, including how they were murdered (or slaughtered) on a large scale or under imprecise, constantly changing, and growing instructions to engage in combat operations. They related horrifying stories, and one of them confessed to having taken part in war crimes. But what really impressed me was what they had to say about basic training and how it had conditioned them to be killing machines through chants such as the one above, as well as exercises such as repeatedly stabbing a dummy with a bayonet, among other techniques. Whether or not this is the path of Jesus, whether or not this “conditioning” and these chants exalt Him, the Prince of Peace, remains to be seen. Do they respect Jesus Christ, who declared, “Blessed are the humble, because they shall inherit the earth” (Proverbs 3:3)? The merciful will be rewarded, since mercy will be extended to them. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called God’s children, and who said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” are those who want peace. 5:6-9, 44
- Matt. 5:6-9, 44 I believe the following prayer is more appropriate: Please make me an instrument of your peace, Lord. Where there is hostility, let me seed love
- Where there is harm, let me provide forgiveness
- Where there is doubt, let me instill faith
- Where there is despair, let me instill hope
- And where there is grief, let me instill joy. St. Francis of Assisi is the subject of this year’s number 8221.
Faultybind on pick upSupporter
- Yes, peacemakers are blessed
- But, the aim of the military is to conduct and win battles, not to promote peace. I’m not sure what you were expecting to hear from me
- +226ChristianMarriedUS-Others I didn’t inquire as to what the military’s mission was
- Rather, I inquired as to whether or not yelling was permitted “Blood, blood, blood. yelling, “Kill. Kill. ” and saying, ” Blood helps the green grass flourish, ” In response to the inquiry, “What is the spirit of the bayonet?” kill without compassion is the response “….. while stabbed repeatedly in the back of the head with a bayonet fixed on a rifle my Saviour and Lord
- I exalt and magnify the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ the meek and lowly, my Saviour and Lord
the.SheepdogYou must be born again!
- +1,412ChristianMarriedUS- ConstitutionAs someone who has personally saw the elephant, I can confirm that anybody who has either killed or witnessed it will be eternally altered. It hurts even when I’m alone or sleeping in my bed at night, which is frustrating. I am now firmly opposed to war. But there are things that I despise even more than war and death, and they are things that are worse than torture. Death is not the worst thing that can happen. I’ll leave it up to you to determine whether or not defending the innocent or the defenseless brings honor to God.
- +226ChristianMarriedUS-Others I understand that there are things more valuable than death, such as possessing the spirit of murder and hatred, without which we will not be permitted to enter the kingdom of God. Thus, the thread is not just concerned with war theory, but rather with the process of conditioning, or the transformation of an ordinary man into a killing machine. and how that has an impact on him. “Kill, murder, and kill without compassion,” and so on and so forth. Is it possible to honor the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, while one is yelling such things and stabbing dummies with bayonets on a consistent basis? ETA: Thank you for at least not responding in a flippant manner, but rather in a considerate one. I’m quite disappointed
Faultybind on pick upSupporter
- No, which brings me back to my original point. As a result, they would not be taught in this manner because it is not the aim of the military.
+1,268United States of America CalvinistMarriedUS-Others Yep. Those are lines taken from a film. They were in Full Metal Jacket, which I saw. Here’s some bad news: war crimes are not prevalent in the United States Armed Services. Moreover, guess what? There is no such thing as a robot. As far as the UCMJ is concerned, you are clearly ignorant. Yes. They indoctrinate us into killing. Welcome to the world of military concepts. We apologize if you don’t like it (or us).
nephilimiyrI’ve Been Keepin My Eyes Wide Open
+1,542Non-DenomMarriedUS-Libertarian It’s interesting that you started this discussion one day before Pearl Harbor Day, which is currently taking place as I write this article. It’s true that the conditioning and chanting are not meant to honor God, but those men are being conditioned and groomed to become warriors rather than choir boys.
One possible explanation for why you might see some of us respond in a “flippant” manner is because some of us aren’t completely unaware of what the military is all about.
Elijah2No weapons formed against me will prosper.
Ah, my darling sister, take it from a veteran who has seen it all: we didn’t need shouts to murder; you either kill or be killed. Which option do you prefer? And in the midst of it all lies our Lord Jesus Christ, so please accept my apologies, dear sister, but I am completely baffled as to what you are attempting to show. However, the Drill Sergeant, as you refer to him, was responsible for establishing discipline and teamwork. It was my instructors who were WW2 and Korean War veterans, and they never yelled at me to comprehend the difference between the right and bad of war, but they did prepare me to protect myself and my classmates if they were in danger.
nephilimiyrI’ve Been Keepin My Eyes Wide Open
- +1,542Non-DenomMarriedUS-Libertarian Using chanting and stabbing dummies to condition and manufacture men into killing machines is an ignorant technique of conditioning and manufacturing men into killing machines. Combat, blood and guts, friends dying all around you, and absolute dread are what turn troops into killing machines, and yes, sometimes irresponsible killing machines, even to the point of committing war crimes
- Soldiers become killing machines because they are forced to murder.
- +11,228CatholicWidowedUS-RepublicanWomen in the United States agreed. A time for war and a time for peace are both appropriate responses. However, anyone who insists on storming onto a war field holding a peace flag should be prepared to suffer bullets from all sides of the fight in the process. It is possible that they are correct in what they say, but it is more likely that they have picked an incorrect moment and technique to deliver the message
- Word of FaithMarriedUS-Republican +443Word of Faith I’ve never served in the military, so I’m speaking from the perspective of someone who has not been there. I am aware, though, that the training a soldier receives is intended to keep him alive in combat circumstances, and I respect that. The conditioning is intended to have him respond to threats from the adversary as a reflex, rather than thinking about it. A soldier who did not have that conditioning would be among the first casualties, since the second he took to ponder was too lengthy.
the.SheepdogYou must be born again!
- Marriage in the United States-Republican +443Word of FaithMarried Given that I have never been in the military, any comments I make will be based on my lack of experience. The training a soldier receives, however, is geared to keep him alive in war circumstances, which is something I recognize and applaud. The training is intended to have him react instinctively to threats from the adversary, rather than thinking about them. A soldier who did not have the conditioning would be among the first casualties, because the second he took to consider was too lengthy
the.SheepdogYou must be born again!
- Word of FaithMarriedUS-Republican +443Word of FaithMarried I’ve never served in the military, therefore my opinions are based on my lack of experience. Though I am aware that the training a soldier receives is intended to keep him alive in combat circumstances, I am not convinced. The training is intended to have him react to threats from the adversary as a reflex, rather than thinking about them. An unconditioned soldier would be included among the first casualties since the second he took to ponder was too lengthy
pgp_protectorNoted strange person
- +443Word of FaithMarriedUS-Republican I have never served in the military, therefore I am speaking from the perspective of someone who has not been there. I am aware, however, that the training a soldier receives is intended to keep him alive in combat circumstances. The conditioning is intended to have him react to threats from the adversary as a reflex, rather than thinking about it. A soldier who did not have the conditioning would be included among the first casualties since the second he took to contemplate was too lengthy
nephilimiyrI’ve Been Keepin My Eyes Wide Open
- +1,542Non-DenomMarriedUS-Libertarian That is absolutely correct, but even the finest conditioning and training cannot always prepare you for what will occur in battle or predict how you would react. I served in the Army and the National Guard, and when I initially joined the Army, there were still a few men in service who had fought in Vietnam. One of my greatest recollections is sitting about with them and listening to their stories. The most important thing I learned was that it is when the bullets start flying that you realize who you can rely on and who you cannot. During boot camp, a new recruit may emerge as the most rapid learner, the best soldier, the hardest, meanest person, and the loudest exhorter of “kill, kill, kill!” They appear to be a true hard charger, but they quickly reveal themselves to be the greatest coward on the fight field, and the guy you can’t rely on when the shots start flying. That’s something I’ve heard time and time again
- +662ChristianMarriedUS-Republican I’ve never served in the military, but common sense would imply that if you’re battling an adversary that would relish the opportunity to cut off your head, my recommendation is. This is how it is supposed to be on the battlefield
+662ChristianMarriedUS-Republican Even though I’ve never served in the military, common sense would imply that if you’re up against an adversary who would relish the opportunity to cut off your head, my recommendation is This is how it should be on the battlefield;
‘What makes the grass grow? Blood, blood, blood!’ – inside the Paratroopers
+662ChristianMarriedUS-Republican I’ve never served in the military, but common sense would imply that if you’re facing an adversary who would relish the opportunity to cut off your head, my recommendation is. It is necessary to behave in this manner in the battlefield;
“There are only two options – you either succeed, or you don’t come home”
The ITV programme chronicles the training of 41 new recruits as they begin on a grueling course of discipline and discipline. The recruits are gathered on the platform of the train station, impatiently awaiting their examination. Many people are experiencing their first time away from home. “Why do you appear so scared?” Corporal Ollie Seal threateningly inquires of one of the soldiers. Matt Latham, a 17-year-old high school student, has good cause to be afraid. Given that the average first-time pass rate is only 38 percent, it’s possible that this is one of the most difficult job interviews ever conducted.
- It is a state of mind.
- We must be able to battle, maybe surrounded, and on our own for up to 96 hours in order to be successful.” As platoon leader, he is under enormous pressure to guarantee that only the absolute finest soldiers are allowed to get through.
- The first level of training begins as soon as the soldiers arrive at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, where they are deprived of their civilian identities shortly after arriving.
- “It doesn’t matter what kind of background you come from, whether you’ve come from the lowest of the low or you’ve come from a well-educated family,” Sgt North says.
- As men, you are all on an equal footing with one another.” Almost every one of the guys who teach the recruits has served in combat and is considered one of the top Corporals in the Parachute Regiment.
- “Some of yous are looking like One Direction at the moment, sure,” he cries at the crowd.
- The temperature lowers to -10 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
- “I’d be freezing cold on position and friends would email me images of themselves on vacation in Kavos, and I’d think to myself, ‘Am I really living?'” Alex reveals further.
- “I couldn’t keep a job and ended myself in difficulty with the authorities,” says the author.
Following that, students must learn to assault and battle at close range with a bayonet — a skill that has been labeled “one of the most violent portions of training.” “If you don’t have 100 percent aggressiveness and you don’t want to go in and do that job, you’re going to get murdered because you’ve got to consider on the other end of it, there’s another person with 100 percent aggression,” Corporal Seal adds.
As a result, your aggression must outweigh his aggression, and you must be prepared to deliver a punch to his face when necessary.
“So, the more violence you have, the more likely it is that you will succeed in taking his life,” says the narrator.” In a commanding voice, Corporal Seal tells the recruits, “Paratroopers are meant to kill Joe, and that is your duty, and that is what you’ve decided to do.” You want to go as close to the adversary as possible and bayonet them in the face.
“He wants to kill and behead British soldiers. Are you gonna let that happen?
“No Corporal!” yell out the want tobe troops in unison in response. “What is it that causes the grass to grow? Blood, blood, and more blood!” Coworker Corporal Phil Donkin initiates the famous Army chant screamed during bayonet training in an attempt to elicit the much-needed aggressiveness from the class members.
He bellows: “What makes the grass grow?” The recruits shout: “Blood, blood, blood!”
“What exactly is the bayonet for?” Corporal Donkin inquires. And the recruits respond with cries of “Kill, kill, kill!” As Lieutenant Lovegrove puts it, “a lot of people think the Paras are something of a religious sect.” “We have complete faith in ourselves and in one another.” It is almost clear that this entire belief will be required since, if there is no way to see the enemy, a para must be ready to draw them out. “The last conceivable solution is to urge the para to rise up and flee in order to attempt to attract the enemy’s fire away from them,” Lieutenant Lovegrove adds.
In the face of one unfortunate youth’s valiant attempt to cut himself with his bayonet, Corporal Donkin lamented: “You couldn’t scare the f*****g Girl Guides!” A little f*****g aggressiveness, please!
Bloodied recruits attacked by their friends: “You do not stop punching until I tell you to stop.”
Those that succeed will face an even more difficult hurdle in the weeks to come: the final week-long selection process. The battalion constructs a shrine in commemoration of this rite of passage, with the Paras maroon berets strategically placed throughout the shrine as inspiration. Parry is pushed to his physical and mental limitations, yet he manages to come through on the other side. The father says, “My daughter is my support and my inspiration.” The infamous “milling” exam, on the other hand, is by far the most severe.
“You do not stop hitting until you are instructed to stop,” Corporal Ronnie Harris orders the recruits as they line up in the sports hall, head to head.
The Paras: Men of War premieres on ITV on Thursday, January 10 at 9 p.m.
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How Does the Grass Grow?
What is the growth pattern of the grass? The Next Day was written and recorded in complete secrecy, and it contains little that is relevant to the present day. Supposedly. “We’re not really impressed with today’s music,” Tony Visconti remarked in 2013, while serving as the Voice of David Bowie. “We weren’t listening to anything that was up to date. Everyone’s music sounds like it was created by the same guy….. Nobody knows if it’s the same production team or if it’s the same performer, but everyone is Auto-Tuned to death and the tunes are quite fragile.” Having said that, one recent album throws a shadow over the next day: Let England Shake, by PJ Harvey, was released on Valentine’s Day 2011 and has been dubbed the “heavyweight” of the decade thus far.
In this case, her piano studyWhite Chalkis was contrasted byStories From the City, Stories From the Sea, a millennial New York record that elegized a New York on the verge of dying, which was a counterpoint to her piano studyWhite Chalkis.
Let England Shake was yet another “public” record released by the band.
It was written between 2007 and 2009 and taped during five weeks in 2010.
The following is what she said with Drowned in Sound: “My entire thought process surrounding composing the record was very much on the idea of ‘if I was selected the official “song correspondent,” how would I bring back the stories, how would I transmit them to the public.'” Reuters (“sooner or later/the end will arrive…this is your correspondent, running out of tape…”) is an example of a wire service’s “Reuters.” Although she was working against a backdrop of the Bush/Blair wars, Harvey chose imagery from a previous generation’s wars, particularly World War One (one text she used was Maurice Shadbolt’sVoices of Gallipoli, which inspired two lyrics) and its shorthand: trenches; barbed wire; gas; broken trees; shells; fields of poppies and blood.
For the most part, she added, she wanted the voice to be as inconspicuous as possible, serving just as a conduit for the plot.
Allow England to lead the way.
When the legendary Police break-up song ” The Bed’s Too Big Without You ” becomes the spine of ” The Glorious Land,” where blood causes the grass to flourish, it is called ” The Glorious Land.” A nod to ” George of the Jungle ” (Bush of the Desert) and a phrase from ” Summertime Blues ” (Eddie Cochran’s United Nations joke looks melancholy here; for Cochran, the UN had symbolized authority, the faraway grownup world, a place of prestige and power) may be found in ” The Words That Maketh Murder ” During a break in the action, the song ” Istanbul, Not Constantinople ” is played on the xylophone.
- Said El Kurdi, recorded in Baghdad in the 1920s, wails as if he had foreseen what is about to happen; a British woman sings counterpoint.
- More ghosts come and go, including Niney the Observer’s “Blood and Fire,” reveille trumpets, Russian folk melodies, army chants, sea shanties, and the jumbled sounds of carnival evenings and marching seasons, among other things.
- Perhaps like Bowie, she had pondered recording the album in Berlin but ultimately chose to record it just a few blocks away from her house.
- “But when I got to Berlin, I couldn’t find a space that seemed right, and then, coincidentally, the man who owns this church as an arts center came me and said that if I ever wanted to use it for rehearsal, I could, since he liked my music and knew I lived in the neighborhood.
There are a few songs that spring to mind, such as the strange “How Does the Grass Grow?,” whose refrain gets as near as Bowie has gone in decades to the cracked sound of “The Laughing Gnome.” In contrast to Let England Shake, which was small, portable, and sufficient in sound, like an early response to Cameronian austerity (Harvey mostly used her two-man pit crew, each of whom could play any instrument and sing when needed), “How Does the Grass Grow?” is like an overstuffed mailbox, with its array of feedback squalls, keyboard lines doubled by vocal dubs, mutters and laughter lurking in the margins of the mix, treated cy For some reason, the distortion added to Bowie’s vocals in the verses is eerily similar to the bandpass-filtered vocals heard in Foster the People’s ” Pumped Up Kicks ” (a song that can be heard in the background of “Valentine’s Day”).
- Despite the fact that Visconti said the tune “was quite different, new-style Bowie,” it is probable that it originated as a writing exercise in theLodgervein.
- Then he merely inverted the chord sequence to obtain the Bbm-Ab-F 6 progression that serves as his verse progression.
- When Bowie rewrites “Apache,” it brings to mind the statement made by Iggy Pop, who said that he and Bowie, on the albumLust for Life, had taken a number of previous songs and tampered with them sufficiently that no one would recognize them anymore.
- An Eastern European country from Bowie’s mind is depicted in the lyric: another of his war-torn Warsaws.
It’s life as seen through the broken mirror of the West, with sandals from a country without a seashore, or wild boys riding cheap Latvian mopeds (theRiga-1 was the first model, circa 1965, further establishing the song’s historical context in the Sixties): kids who are “creating a life from nothing.” These are minor elements; the song is mostly concerned with sex and death (there is a trysting location where “we wrestled with our firearms.”) David Bowie sings with the intensity of a fervent fan brandishing a megaphone, sticking to a limited range of notes and phrasing in the “Subterranean Homesick Blues” tradition of cramming in as many words into each bar as he can fit into a single bar.
- The singer (a coward, “a white face in jail”) seeks to turn back the hands of time so that “the girls would fill with blood”: the girls have been slain, and he hopes he could somehow fill their veins with blood once again; yet, this is also a lurid menstruation picture.
- If you make a hole in the ground, grass will quickly fill it; if you mow down a row of trees (which die like Spartans, standing steady in a line), their bodies will become food for mosses and other plants.
- Blood!” is a cry that Bowie learned about while reading about military training camps.
- Lee Ermey leads his men in a variant on this slogan in Stanley Kubrick’s filmFull Metal Jacket (see also Johnny Rico’s 2007 Afghanistan memoirBlood Makes the Grass Grow Green for more information).
- Bowie sings as “Bowie” for the first time, and he does it in a sad, though a little detached, manner.
- Another guitar solo follows, followed by additional “Apache” refrains and blood chants before the end of the song.
- Remember how it goes with that one: You have the option of wearing a uniform.
- Recorded: 3 May-ca.
- The film was released on The Next Day on March 8, 2013.
(This was pointed out by Clifford Slapper, to whom I owe my thanks for deciphering the lyrics and noticing the “Boys Keep Swinginging” allusion in the song.) The use of augmented chords is essential to the track: When Gerry Leonard plays F, G, Ab, and G guitar notes, he expands B-flat minor chords in the refrains, resulting in Bbm, Bbm6, Bbm7, and Bbm6 as the underlying Bbms are successively produced.
Take note of the keyboards that are used to embellish the D major chords in the bridge (playing A-F -G ).
Top: Polly Jean Harvey, MBE, 2011; a church band in Dorset; British soldiers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2011; Polly Jean Harvey, MBE, 2011.
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