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"The Protocols of Zion" set to music:

Two English translations of Croatian rock star Thompson's "Alas my people"/"E moj narode," with commentary

The Emperor's Clothes translation, by Tika Jankovic and other Serbo-Croatian speakers, is juxtaposed to the translation from the website of author Marko Perkovic 'Thompson' website

Comments by Jared Israel, Editor, Emperor's Clothes

[Posted November 16, 2007, Revised December 15, 2007]

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Those defending Marko Perkovic Thompson, whether high officials in the Catholic church in the US and Croatia or anonymous Internet posters, routinely tell those attacking his concerts: show us what's wrong with his lyrics.  I did a study of Thompson's songs, based on which I determined that one of his top hits - perhaps his #1 hit - is "E moj narode," pronounced 'e' as in 'he', 'moy naroda,' with 'naroda' ryhming with 'soda.'   It is the title song of two of his last five albums. Although released in 2002, it was the name given to his 2005 Australian concert tour.  Judging by youtube videos, he sang it on each stop in his recent US-Canadian concert tour.

Below is the Emperor's Clothes English translation. Following each stanza I have posted the translation from Thompson's website. (The Thompson translations are indented in italics.)

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Notes to help understand the lyrics

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In the first two stanzas, Thompson charges that "Antichrists and Masons" and "Communists of all sorts" have, since the time of Jesus, been trying "to eliminate us," or, as the Thompson website literally translates the Serbo-Croatian phrase "da nas ne bude," "that we not exist." So: a struggle over the very existence - but of whom? Since Thompson presents himself as a messenger of the Catholic church militant (for confirmation, see picture-essay) "us" means Catholic Croats and by extension, Catholics in general.

"Antichrists and Masons" is Nazi-speak for 'Jews and their [supposed] tools.' As for "Communists of all sorts," the "of all sorts" makes no sense unless one understands that for Thompson, a Communist could be any of the following: anyone who advocates ordinary liberal policies, for example the separation of the Catholic church and the state; anyone who condemns the Croatian clerical-fascist Ustashe, even if the condemnation is greatly understated; anyone who criticizes the US and German-sponsored Croatian military assault that emptied the Krajina region, between Croatia and Bosnia, of over 250,000 Serbs; anyone who advocates restitution and repatriation for hundreds of thousands of Serbs driven from this and other Croatian-controlled territory, or who advocates basic rights for Serbs now living under Croatian control; and on and on.

-- Jared Israel
Emperor's Clothes www.tenc.net

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Lyrics of "Alas my people" or, as the Thompson website translates it, "My people"

The Thompson website translation is at  http://tinyurl.com/295m43

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Ever since the time of Christ,
New faces but the scene is the same,
The Devil's forces battle
to eliminate us

Ever since the time of Christ
New faces, stage the same
Devil’s forces striving
That we not exist

Antichrists and Masons,
Communists of all sorts
Spread Satanic phrases
To defeat us.
Alas, my people. Alas my people.

Antichrists and freemasons
Communists these, those
Spreading devil’s cants
In order to defeat us
Hey, my people, hey, my people

And we, deaf, mute, blind,
Each one, afraid in his own darkness,
A people, singled out by God,
Are suffocated by disunity.

And we deaf, mute, blind
Each in one’s own darkness dreading
People chosen by God
Suffocated by dissension

As our glorious past history,
And yesterday's history show,
All that is precious to us
We have obtained together.
Alas, my people. Alas my people.

From our glorious history
And from this one not so ancient
We all have everything we value
Earned together
Hey, my people, hey, my people

Let’s take into our hands destiny and fortune
Neither I can go on like this, nor do I want to
Let’s take into our hands destiny and fortune
Hey, my people, hey, my people

Let's take take our fate and fortune in our own hands!
I cannot and will not go on like this.
Let's take take our fate and fortune in our own hands!
Alas, my people. Alas my people.

Generations of the brave,
And the strong, victorious army,
Fear and dying still continue
For the Homeland.

Generations of heroes
And the victor’s strong army
Fears and dying still continue
For Homeland

From the heights of Heaven,
O, Lord, give us another son
To lead us out of misery!
All the way to victory. Alas, my people.

From these heavenly heights
Give us, God, again a son
To lead us out of misery
All unto the victory … hey, my people

Let's take take our fate and fortune into our own hands!
I cannot and will not go on like this.
Let's take take our fate and fortune into our own hands!
Alas, my people. Alas my people.

Let’s take into our hands destiny and fortune
Neither I can go on like this, nor do I want to
Let’s take into our hands destiny and fortune
Hey, my people, hey, my people

End of "Alas my people"

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Emperor's Clothes articles on Marko
Perkovic Thompson and clerical-fascism

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Bizarre Antisemitism from the Croatian Clerical-Fascist Lobby
A debate
[Nov. 16, 2007]


How the N.Y. Times Doctored its Count of Croatia's W.W.II Victims
Part 2 of “Oppose Fascist Rock Star's US Tour with the Truth”
by Jared Israel
[Nov. 6, 2007]


Oppose Fascist Rock Star's US Tour with the Truth
Part 1
by Jared Israel
[Nov. 3, 2007]

‘Slightly Fascist’? The New York Times Prods Croatia. Gently.
by Jared Israel
[1 August 2007]

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