If you tolerate this your children will be next (canzone dei Manic Street Preachers del 1998)

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next è una canzone della band rock alternativa gallese Manic Street Preachers. È l’unico singolo della band ad avere raggiunto la posizione numero 1 nel Regno Unito e la top 10 in vari altri paesi europei. Il brano fa parte dell’album THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS, e la curiosità è che inizialmente era stato scartato dalla scaletta del disco o poteva al massimo comparire come B-side di altri singoli estratti, bistrattato in particolare dal bassista Nick Jones che la definì senza mezzi termini “una merda”.

Il testo ha come scenario la guerra civile spagnola degli anni ’30 che vedeva contrapposti nazionalisti franchisti di estrazione fascista e liberali repubblicani. A supporto di questi ultimi si erano schierati anche molti volontari gallesi con le forze internazionali. Il titolo della canzone fa riferimento ad un manifesto di propaganda che venne pubblicato in quegli anni nei paesi britannici mostrante una figura di un bambino esanime probabilmente ucciso dalla milizia nazionalista. In particolare una controversa frase del testo che recita testualmente “se posso sparare ai conigli allora posso sparare ai fascisti” provocò non poche grane al gruppo tanto da indurre la casa discografica a non rendere pubblico il testo della canzone nelle successive pubblicazioni.

La canzone detiene un record singolare certificato addirittura dal Guinnes dei Primati: si tratta infatti del singolo con il titolo più lungo al netto di parentesi e punteggiature ad essersi classificato al primo posto, e ciò rispecchia perfettamente la non banale storia dei Manic Street Preachers, passati da episodi assolutamente singolari come la morte presunta del chitarrista e Richey Edwards, sparito nel nulla dal 1995 e mai più ritrovato.

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