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we’re not alright

     Being that we are in some sort of state of post post-modernism otherwise known as metamodernism, it would seem to be quaint to go about describing how I want you to feel and interpret this video for the song “we’re not alright.” What I will do, is give you some history on the moving pictures that is Fort Negley in hopes that you interpret my intentions for the video as being a simple connection of history matched with lyrics of admittedly unacceptable behavior. While my physical being had no ill hand in what happened during the civil war, I still feel ashamed for what happened during that period of our nations history. However, it appears that since then we have slowly evolved into actually holding the “truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Declaration of Independence.
     If you love anything about the United States it should at least be those words. While they have been thwarted throughout history and will likely continue to be, there is some comfort and pride within those words being established. Being a longtime songwriter, I sometimes have moments where I literally feel like the words and music are being vomited out as I attempt to catch what spewed out and decipher it’s meaning. As if being a vessel for some ancient nuance. That is how I feel about “we’re not alright,” and it wasn’t until I put the footage of Fort Negley together that I realized it’s significance.
Fort Negley was the largest inland fort built in the United States during the Civil War. The fort was constructed out of 62,500 cubic feet of limestone. Following the surrender to the Union Army on February 25, 1862, it was largely constructed using the labor of local slaves (including women), newly freed slaves who had flocked to Nashville once it was taken by Union forces with the understanding that their status as slaves was to be revoked were they to work for the Union, and by free blacks forcibly conscripted for the work. Records show that 2,768 blacks were officially enrolled in its construction. During construction 600-800 men died and only 310 ever received any pay. The fort was named for Union Army commander General James S. Negley.
 If you are interested in learning more about Fort Negley, my research was taken from these two sources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Negley and http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Historic-Sites/Fort-Negley/History.aspx

Lastly, lyrics to “we’re not alright”

steer to steal the night, save to seal the right
don’t listen to saviors glisten, don’t let wrong let might
sane won’t set the moon, slug won’t wait too soon
there’s a silver lining of past, that will not let rest.
we’re not alright, we can’t get right
we’re not alright, we can’t get right
let us free thy will, thine spirit be filled
let us suffer not, let us craft our thoughts
savior simmer down, no one wears a crown
no one here is getting burned, we’ll all just turn to dust
we’re not alright, we can’t get right
we’re not alright, we can’t get right

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