Sex Pistols: Holidays in the Sun Meaning
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Song Released: 1977
Holidays in the Sun Lyrics
I don't wanna holiday in the sun
I wanna go to new Belsen
I wanna see some history
'Cause now i got a reasonable economy
Now I got a reason, now I got a reason
Now I got a reason and I'm still...
At the time this was written a stupid woman from the left wing had an article in the news saying she didn’t want a ‘holiday in the sun’ but wanted something with more meaning. She then wrote that she wanted to visit the Bergen Belsen or similar death camp. She meant the type of historical museum. John Lyndon wrote these lyrics after reading this. It was extreme Satire at the type of political idiot who wants to holiday in someone else’s ‘misery’ and is his expression of pure human disgust at the idea of a horrific death camp becoming a holiday destination. I think the same is true of the reference to the Berlin Wall, that he thought that people could only holiday to the wall from the western side as if you did from the eastern side you would be machine gunned.
The satire is very deep dark stuff. I believe it is john’s horror at such dreadful places becoming like part of the entertainment industry.
I think it was John the human being saying ‘for fuck sake go to ‘benidorm’
anonymous Jun 25th 2014 report
That line I was waiting for the communist call always stumps me. But the rest is pretty straight forward, Johnny wanted a holiday in london but he couldn't afford it so he went to a place where western people can easily exploit the people on the east, because everything is cheap their compared to the western countries for tourists. And once he gets there he realises it's the same expolited country as england is, so there's no difference. He's looking at communist guard and a communist guard is looking at him and they realise they are the same but still different all because of silly shit as which is the better. The east or the west. *sighs* I want a holiday in the sun
anonymous Apr 5th 2011 report
It's a mixture I think
stupid holidays in dictatorships
oposed by the armytours
big "prisoncamp" surrounded by a very very conservative regime(and the wall of cause)
and wellguarded with watchtowers
with the squater/punkscene distrikt right at the wall
british, amerikan, french soldiers were there as well
they even made a manouver inside this district.
It was somehow a realy strange live
on the deklared and prepared ww3 batlefield
bowie and iggy lived there to
so the set must have been familiar
song always reminds me at those time
anonymous Feb 18th 2006 report
Yeah, I've never even HEARD this song, but due to what I've learned in history, he's obviously talking about Cold-War era Iron Curtain Germany. Because West Germany's economy (due to hefty US aid) recovered after the war (WWII) and East Germany's didn't due to communist Soviet domination. And a lot wanted to get back together again... which of course, eventually happened, in like 1989.
Also, new Belsen is probably a ref. To Bergen-Belsen, the notorious nazi concentration camp in WWII. Which might have been in East Germany.
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