LONDON — Blues songs are traditionally about women who have done you wrong, working on a chain gang, or being brought low by booze - but what about Christians and Muslims killing each other?
John Mayall, often dubbed the “godfather” of British electric blues, touches on just this in “World Gone Crazy”, a track on a retrospective album of newly recorded songs he is putting out this month to celebrate turning 80 last year.
To a driving beat, wailing harmonica and blues-chord progression, he sings about the guilt of living in conflicted times, the depletion of natural resources, chaotic governments and a global plague of killing.
It will all end in a reckoning, he sings, and nothing more so than the clash of religions.
“Religion. I said, religion. Always at the root of a war/The Christians and the Muslims never get along no more/They're killing everybody/Bodies lying on the floor.”
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