Please Don’t Talk About Murder While I’m Eating By Ben Harper
Album: Both Sides of the Gun (2006)
What I believe Ben Harper was talking about was the media, especially the news and the religious right media. There seems to be a hunger for destruction that has nothing to do with Hollywood and basic fictional violence, which everyone knows is all special effects, makeup, and stunt people.
You cannot turn on the news without some horrific news report that is usually sensationalized, where the same bloody bodies and wreckage, are shown over and over again in a nauseating spin; with the newsman or newswoman almost smiling, thanking fate for the ability to report the gruesome facts.“You’re the first one to get there…And always the last one to leave…You’re the first one to chuckle…But the last one to grieve.” (Please Don’t Talk About Murder While I’m Eating). It is the old saying “If It Bleeds, It Leads”.
On the other hand you have televangelists talking about Armageddon, scary people with horrifying stories that would even make Stephen King hide under his bed. These guys almost foam at the mouth from the excitement of watching human suffering, saying it was a curse from God, because maybe the victims worshiped differently or had a different religious belief system. “You walk into the temple…You call it a church…I tried to keep things simple…But you always need the works.”(Please Don’t Talk About Murder While I’m Eating).