#IndyRef song 9 – Heatwave by The Blue Nile

(This is a small blog series using songs to ask questions about the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. Not intended as anything beyond lighthearted.)

Song 9 – Heatwave by the Blue Nile

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What’s the song about?
It about a heatwave. and how that equalises everything. its kinda unclear whether the heatwave is desirable, why is it rolling down on the young and foolish, or a undesirable, why is it picking on the young and foolish. to be honest its a song about global warming. Questioning why we are looking after self interest in this global catastrophe. Possibly is it all about Moses in the desert, and asking if all this upheaval is really worth it. (I am not sure yet what its about, but I am pretty sure its one of these things.)

What questions are similar around the referendum?
Does it matter if we are governed by Edinburgh or London when the larger issues are geo-political requiring major cross border agreement put right? Would a separate Scotland and rUK voice at the UN or EU actually carry more weight than one “bigger” voice
Would my tomatoes grow better if I was walking through a desert? (they’ve been rubbish this year).

What conclusions can we draw about the independence referendum vote?
that actually for all the noise and bluster, it matter very little. We pay taxes to someone – we will dislike them and their policies. we pay taxes to someone else – we will like them and their policies because we agree with them. all the while the world will get get warmer, then it will cool down. oil will run out, new oil will be found. Life as we know it will conversely continue, and never be the same again.

are we rich or poor,
does it mater anymore?

Can this be all we will desire?
Straw houses in the promised land
Why is it time for taking sides?
When all I say and do is take too many chances

My tomatoes may very well grow better in a green house and with a heatwave.