Papal Visit

Lyrics

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Hosanna (2)
First impressions...
Hosanna
Papal did visit, human trash
Waste
Prostrate, yellow-white umbrellas
Roam around
Universal love..for them...for the....
Papal visit
Human trash roam the town
Woke up by hosanna
Helicopters strip the land
First impressions will be the last
Woke up at 2
The man from iron 
What happened to the man from iron (3)
Mediator one
Human trash
Come for the visit
Eating lay bread
From what they come to call it
Sound like a yokel
For the first time
First impression will be the last...

Peace resounds
Lay bread Is in the nose and mouth
For the first time In the assassin line
Papal visit In the town
For the first time
Understood the assassin line Is all around

Notes

1. In the spring of 1982, Pope John Paul II visited Britain. It was the first time a sitting Pope visited the UK, and the trip was almost cancelled due to the war over the Falkland Islands (as a compromise, the Pope also visited Argentina immediately afterward, and he did not meet with Margaret Thatcher while in Britain). Some of MES's patriotic views about the war in the Falklands are recorded under my entry for "Marquis Cha-Cha." As for his views about the Pope, The Story of the Fall reproduces the following quote:

"This Polish boy he really frightens - no - disgusts me. I mean he's reeking of socialist dictatorship, man, he's propogating populist myths. 'The People's Pope' - but he's really quite insidious. The guy stinks."

From Renegade (thanks to vegetables for finding it and typing it up):

 "I was living near Heaton Park. The Pope came to visit the park in 1982; that's where the song 'Papal Visit' on [i]Room to Live[/i] originated from. I was in the top flat for a couple of weeks before I moved on. I could see all these Jesuits in the gardens below, rooting through the trees for bombs and things. But the best part was when this Loyalist from Belfast ran at the Pope with this big butcher's knife. All these bishops and cardinals struggled him to the ground. He'd come flying out of The Ostrich pub, just over the road from the park. He was pissed out of his head, draped in a flag - I think he'd just swiped a rugby flag off the wall - Sedgley Park rugby! It's a big Catholic area, Prestwich. The last thing they wanted to see was this Geoff Capes type with a load of lager in his gut and a kitchen sword in his hand. It was a very sensitive period."

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2. Hosanna (sometimes spelled "Hosannah", Hebrew Hosha-nah) literally means "save (us)," but it is most often used in a liturgical setting as a term that connotes something like "praise the Lord." This usage is very old; for instance, in Mark 11:10, we find "Hosanna in the highest" (Hosanna en tois hupsystois), which wouldn't make much sense as the imperative form of "save."

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3. From Russell: "Man of Iron was Andrzej Wajda's anti-Govt film from the Solidarity period (though dealing with a slightly earlier period) and seems a good match for a different (lay, anti-authoritarian) view of Poland and popes.

 

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Comments (4)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 20/08/2013
Worth noting that one of the places the Pope visited was Heaton Park, close to where MES lives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl22MdZqYJQ
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/the-day-the-pope-came-to-town-1067219

Don't have the reference to hand, but I remember reading about MES complaining that the crowds squashed all the park's magic mushrooms.

Dan
vegetables
  • 2. vegetables | 17/04/2015
mes talks about the song in Renegade, about seeing some unionist nut run at the pope (the assassin?), might be worth including:
"I was living near Heaton Park. The Pope came to visit the park in 1982; that's where the song 'Papal Visit' on Room to Live originated from.
I was in the top flat for a couple of weeks before I moved on. I could see all these Jesuits in the gardens below, rooting through the trees for bombs and things. But the best part was when this Loyalist from Belfast ran at the Pope with this big butcher's knife. All these bishops and cardinals struggled him to the ground. He'd come flying out of The Ostrich pub, just over the road from the park. He was pissed out of his head, draped in a flag - I think he'd just swiped a rugby flag off the wall - Sedgley Park rugby!
It's a big Catholic area, Prestwich. The last thing they wanted to see was this Geoff Capes type with a load of lager in his gut and a kitchen sword in his hand. It was a very sensitive period."
russell richardson
  • 3. russell richardson | 12/05/2015
'Man of Iron' was Andrzej Wajda's anti-Govt film fro the Solidarity period (though dealing with a slightly earlier period) and seems a good match for a different -mlay, ani-authoritarian - view of Poland and popes
Geuz
  • 4. Geuz (link) | 13/10/2015
"Where is the man of Iron" refers to Oliver Cromwell's Ironsides.

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