Message 64: CIA

Two lines of the song “The Bends” read:

They brought in the CIA, the tanks and the whole marines,
To blow me away, to blow me sky high

The CIA is, of course, the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA refers to itself numerous times on its web site as an “independent” and “separate” agency. They maintain a distinct information page for children.

A possible antecedent for the pronoun “they” in the two lines quoted above occurs earlier in the lyrics:

But who are my real friends
Have they all got the bends

Here, “they” refers to the speaker’s friends. Are they, the friends, the CIA? Perhaps the song is, as Greenplastic claims, ridiculous.

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