Belsen Was A Gas Lyrics - Sex Pistols
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belsen was a gas i heard the other day in the open graves where the jews all lay life is fun and i wish you were here they wrote on postcards to those so dear oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.... sergeand majors on the march wash the bodies in the starch see them all die one by one guess it's dead guess it's glad so bad, so bad, so bad... [repeat first verse]
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Have some background research | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/17/11
Not all punk bands have anti-racist ideologies. There were skinhead punks who were racists. And Swastika is an ancient Buddhist symbol for peace. Get a research done before you comment on this song and blame Sex Pistols for racism.
... | Reviewer: mike | 3/13/11
for everyone who thinks that this song is showing support to the nazis, you must not know much about punks. punks hate nazis. they aren't saying that they're good. learn your shit if you're gonna listen to punk music
Brilliant | Reviewer: rickey roma | 6/30/10
the lyrics are brilliant. To me they are a reflection of how horrific and sick real life can be. People are complaining about lyrics...words...jeez this stuff really happened...the reality of it is what is sick, the lyrics are exposing this sickness
..the fact that the Germans made them send post cards home..."wish you were here" sick
I think the lines "be a man, kill yourself" is like saying...oh you think you're so tough killing innocent women and children...be a man, kill yourself.
meanwhile at the same time the pistols were singing this, fleetwood mac was singing about flowers or some other hippie love shit.
belsen was a gas | Reviewer: bobster1690 | 6/8/10
the song talks about the real intentions of the nazis sending the jews to a their own jewish state in madagascar much like the isreali state we have now but the pistols with their wide and influential audience were used as tools to show that the holocaust happened the way allowed history says
Not Anti-Semetic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/5/09
I dont believe this is supporting the Nazi ideas. It says Be a man kill someone kill yourself be a man. that sounds like they were saying if you are going to kell someone kill yourself. Life is fun and i wish you were here. That is what some Jews were forced to right so that the Nazis could get their famalies easier.
BELSEN WAS A GAS ??? FUCKING RIGHT IT WAS !! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/30/09
My God - you sad sad bastards !! I take it that everyone so far is an American ??? Why are you trying to disect this song ?? It is EXACTLY what it says - BELSEN WAS A GAS !! John Lydon fucking HATED it - but Maclaren wanted shock. YES It IS ANTI JEW - it does SLAG OFF the camps. it says " FUCK YOU " to everybody - they are not proud of it now but at the time it was what was needed to get publicity.
Flowers of Romance | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/30/09
Apparently this song was written by the Flowers of Romance, Vicious' band before the Pistols. Sid himself is reported to have been involved in writing this song. Despite wearing a swastika, which is in itself either a very cruel or very ignorant thing to do, Sid was most likely not anti-semitic, seeing his long-time girlfriend Nancy Spungen was herself an American Jew. Sid also once said in an interview that everything would be OK when there were "no more whites or blacks,' giving the impression that he was not racist. Vicious' wearing of the swastika was probably done as a thoughtless sand insensitive shock statement, but probably not out of any intention to cause hurt to Jewish people. Apparently, not the brightest of sparks, old Sid . . .
cruel ! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/26/08
It could be either a really sucky joke or real anti-semitic 'cause I think "belsen" comes from bergen-belsen a concentration camp where many Jews died and pictures reveal the dead bodys pealed in masses , horrible , you don't believe me , google it " belsen" oh almost forgot there were gas chambers in this concentration camp so " belsen was a gas "
Its Up To You | Reviewer: Lewww | 8/23/08
This is the bets sex pistols song..
Jonny came from a multi-national area of Finsbury Park, so i doubt its against Jewish people, its the sex pistols for god sake.. of course they´re gonna be outragous.
Listen to religion by public image... its basically the same, just against Jesus Christ.
If you dont like the song then don´t bother listening to it, its all up to you.
The real message ... | Reviewer: Kenny | 12/7/07
I believe the real irony comes into play when you consider that the nazis used to play adverts for belson, calling it a paradise for jews who wish to leave Germany, and NOT be harmed. This song, I believe, is referencing those broadcasts.
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