Joy of Labour

Album: Snake Bite Love (1998)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about an SS officer after the war, and about the things he did during the war against Jews, and how he "Was a young man then." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Glasgow, Scotland

Comments: 1

  • Gandalf from LondonI once wrote in to an "ask Motörhead" forum to ask what this song is about... never got a reply. I don't see anything explicitly linking this song to the Holocaust, but then again given Lemmy's enormous knowledge of WW2 it's hard to imagine him writing the words "labour sets you free" (aka "Arbeit macht frei") by accident. Might just be a vague allusion or general inspiration though: there are plenty of Motörhead songs that contain references to all kinds of stuff without directly being a story about one particular thing or another. The man had a talent for churning out awesome lyrics at incredible speed.
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