The Cure - Killing An Arab (Live in Japan 1984)





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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2006

Due to abuse commenting has been disabled, my apologies to those who understood the true meaning of the song and what the story tells us.

"The song 'Killing an Arab' has absolutely no racist overtones whatsoever. It is a song which decries the existence of all prejudice and consequent violence. The Cure condemn its use in furthering anti-Arab feeling.''

'Killing an Arab'' is a two-and-a-half-minute version of the central incident from ''L'Etranger,'' the Albert Camus novel that became an existentialist tract. The song was written in 1976 by the Cure's singer, Robert Smith, after he read ''L'Etranger.'' The narrator of the novel, Meursault, shoots an Algerian man on a beach for no reason. In the song, Mr. Smith sings, ''You can turn and walk away or I can fire the gun/ Staring at the sky, staring at the sun/ Whichever I choose, it amounts to the same/Absolutely nothing/I'm alive, I'm dead/I'm the stranger/Killing an Arab.''

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