I WAS LIKE WOW
Trombone & soundtrack Duration: 10:31
Composed August 2006 and dedicated to Jörgen van Rijen. Commissioned by Jörgen and the 'Internationale Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog' with financial support from the FPK.
Premiere October 5 2006 at the festival.
Like White Flag and Believer, I was like WOW is based on interviews with 2 US soldiers: Sam Ross, 21, and Tyson Johnson, 22, who both returned severely wounded from the Iraq War in 2003.
The interviews come from a VPRO documentary Purple Hearts by Roel van Broekhoven.
Jan Willem Looze added the performance video.
I was like wow! - Jörgen van Rijen Channel Classics CCS SA 26909
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somehow somehow something hit the mines the mine was armed
somehow I mean I remember seeing it hit the ground
and just the flash come right at me
I got a stitch in my eye
I got them all through my right eye and left eye
and it.. it launched me, I mean,
yards way up in the air back
when I realized ʻman I just got blown up by about 20 minesʼ
I was like wow
after a while after a while after a while
well I had some injuries that are seen you know:
loss of eye sight, fractured skull, fractured signs lost my lower left leg
my lower right leg was pretty bad,
it had a hole about the size of a baseball blowing through it
I was repaired with 8 skin grafts
this is the worst fragmentation in my right leg
oooh jump and shout, I will jump
just really weird, I was like wow
sometimes I see it ʻcause that was the last image that you know
went through my brain, just really weird that was the last thing I saw
we should have made it the worldsʼ largest wide open desert
just blew everything to pieces
and take a bunch of bulldozers in and level it all off and start fresh making a country worth building not just a shit hole
the whole round world:
jump and shout
I was I was born to jump, jump and shout
on the seventh day on the seventh hour
the whole round world, oh yeah
on the seven on the seven on the seventh day.......
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I WAS LIKE WOW
we tore it up pretty bad over there...
pretty much going to the junk yard, let me say it like that, because you have burning cars over here, you have cars with bodies in it,
then you have tanks that ran over the steel rail
we just...pff... ran on top of them
thatʼs bent all up; on the top of it by the bridge,
at the corner of the bridge they have little machinery guns which they can spin,
shooting and you can see we blew that up,
we tore it up pretty bad over there
burning cars, bodies in it, tanks, bridge, blew that up
oooooh yeah just really weird, uhm
I was like wow and like confused and dazed
and trying to realize what happened and then...
jump and shout !
now I said a lot of things that were meant to be my last words
and uh they turned out not to be but uh Iʼm glad I said them anyway
there was nearly anything left of the city itʼs all burnt out blew up run down
from all the bombs we dropped on it
we probably caught in about 300 mines
all that mine needs is basically - is touch it, is touch it
I mean itʼs like - like trying to touch a hair on your face
but there were some of them
that the caps removed, but the safeties never flew out
those were the ones we had to worry about
basically all it took was a slight movement,
to throw the safeties out... and bang...
after a while, after a while, after a while