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    Please help me compile a new mixtape of sonic landscapes

    Al Stewart and I Like Trains are two artists who are known for most\all their songs being about such matters...E.S. Posthumus have made Neoclassical (or whatever genre it is) tracks named after archaeological sites although in their case the link is more tenuous...any others?

    My fave Al Stewart song is probably Nostradamus, which is probably going somewhat wayward straight away, but he was at least historical...:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus


    I Like Trains - The Beeching Report:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeching_report


    Peter Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_overture
    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbxgYlcNxE8[video]


    Gavin Bryars - The Sinking of the Titanic
    The story about the band may be true, but what they played as they ultimately hit the water is probably unknowable: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sinking_of_the_Titanic

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    U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love) - about Martin Luther King (although it has obvious references to the mythological Jesus): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_%...ame_of_Love%29


    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Enola Gay
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enola_Gay
    [video=youtube;K_G_R_1gMfc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5XJ2GiR6Bo[/video


    Manic Street Preachers - The Love of Richard Nixon
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    This is only allusive and ambiguous and it may be worth listening.

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spa...e_Nightingales (it´s only in German, but a lot is obvious from the lyrics)


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    El Degüello means "no mercy" or "to put to the sword". The literal translation is "a throat slitting". Originally a bugle call, it was used by Howard Hawks in the 1959 flick, "Rio Bravo". The musical score was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin. His score contains the haunting tune "El Degüello," which is played several times to build tension. A character (Colorado, played by Nelson) identifies the tune as "The Cutthroat Song". He relates the song's historical playing on the orders of Antonio López de Santa Anna to the Texans holed up in the Alamo to signify that no quarter would be given. The tune was used in the following year, over the opening credits of Wayne's film, The Alamo.

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    Neil Young - Four Dead In Ohio.
    The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre) occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
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    Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.[7][8]

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    There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students,[9] and the event further affected the public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.
    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukq_XJmM-k

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    Carrying a full cargo, the Edmund Fitzgerald embarked on her final voyage from Superior, Wisconsin on the afternoon of November 9, 1975. En route to a steel mill near Detroit, Michigan, Fitz was caught in the midst of a severe winter storm on Lake Superior, with near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet (11 m) high. Shortly after 7:10 p.m. Fitzgerald suddenly sank in Canadian waters 530 feet deep, approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay near the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Although Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier, no distress signals were sent before she sank. Her crew of 29 all perished, and no bodies were recovered.
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    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukq_XJmM-k

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    Fall of the Berlin Wall.
    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukq_XJmM-k

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    Jammin' Me by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
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    Tom Petty and Bob Dylan (who both later became members of the Traveling Wilburys), collaborated on this song which became the opening track on the album, Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). The song is about a man "overwhelmed by the volume of disconnected "news" generated in the disinformation age "containing a "laundry list" of 1980s celebrities such as Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, and Vanessa Redgrave among others. Apple and Steve Jobs is also referenced. It follows in line with an ongoing theme throughout the album of people "who are reeling from media assaults and shattered relationships", but have a strong desire to survive in order to make sense of the world. Some of the lyrics came from Dylan and Petty picking words out of a newspaper and off the television.
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    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukq_XJmM-k

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    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/ne...-love-20131121.

    U2 Inspired by Mandela on 'Ordinary Love'

    The band release their new song for the biopic

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    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukq_XJmM-k

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    Peter Gabriel - Family Snapshot
    Song about the assassination attempt on Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1972, inspired by Arthur Bremmer's book An Assassin's Diary.





    Peter Gabriel - Biko
    Song about South African anti-apartheid veteran Steven Biko, who was killed in 1977.




    Eric Bogle - No Man's Land
    Song reflecting the grave of a soldier who died in World War I.

    Love is like an energy, rushing in, rushing inside of me...

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    The burning times. Lots of women men burned/hanged. I take it very personal, for many reasons.






    "When I ought to be thinking of heaven he will nail me to earth"

     







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    This is a comparison of someone to a historical figure (Lucrezia Borgia), but it vaguely fits. Mostly, I'm just using it because I really like the band:



    There are also a ton of metal songs which could match.






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    Here's one about the LA riots in '92:



    More Joan of Arc:



    I don't want to leave this one out, about the murder of 26 civil rights protestors by the British Army:



    And finally, let's not forget this is about vikings:


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