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JFK Assassination Songs :
"The Kennedy Curse" - Alexisonfire (2002)

Take this blood from my veins
And paint me a masterpiece of a parade...
A parade of the dead sun.
(Writing this letter to you)
This letter to you.
(I slice my wrists)
Kill their leader
(By way of paper scars and pictures frames)
And watch his family die
(Of all you left behind)
Family die.
Last man...
Last man standing is a joke.
In spite of the...
(When white)
Glorious head shots.
(Bleeds into red)
Head shots and 8 by 10s.
(When white)In exchange for your conspiracy
(Bleeds into red)
(When white)
We'll give thanks.
(Bleeds into red)
Stop and you'll decide.
(When white)
Decide if you can.
(Bleeds into red)
Then the name won't exist.
Set him on death row.
Go on, let this happen.
[George's deep voice:]
(That... That's all, that you get. That's all you get. That's all, you get fuck...)
[Wade in background:]
In. In the. The ground. In the ground. In the ground. In the ground. The ground.
Put the dead Kennedy in the ground.
In the ground. In the ground.
The name does not live on.
Not live on!

With a variety of vocal styles (screamo, demonic, emo, and spoken) post-hardcore band Alexisonfire from St. Catherines, Ontario, describe (and cast?) the “curse” on the Kennedy family. The song entitled “The Kennedy Curse” from the album Alexisonfire (2002) makes lurid references to the assassination of John F. Kennedy “(When white)/Glorious head shots/(Bleeds into red)/Head shots and 8x10s/(When white)/In exchange for your conspiracy/(Bleeds into red)”. Here the mention of conspiracy is not about whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, but rather about a darker conspiracy to erase the Kennedy family altogether. “Put the dead Kennedy in the ground/In the ground, in the ground/The name does not live on/Not live on!”

The notion of a Kennedy curse arose as a result of the tragedies that have occurred to members of the Kennedy family over the years, not least of which were the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s. Because of the high profile of the Kennedy family and the shocking nature of these events, news outlets began connecting these tragedies with all sorts of news stories involving other members of the Kennedy clan. The phrase “Kennedy curse” is now regularly used in news stories involving
any member of the Kennedy family, and Edward Klein has written a bestselling book on the subject entitled The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America’s First Family for 150 Years.

Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969) had nine children, several of whom have had ambitious political goals. The oldest, Joe, died in World War II, John was assassinated in 1963 in the third year of his presidential
administration, and Bobby was assassinated in 1968 during his campaign for the presidency. Ted Kennedy also made a run for the White House but his bid failed in part because of his role in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969. The death of JFK’s son John F. Kennedy Jr. in a plane crash in 1999 renewed the public discussion about a curse of the Kennedy family. In the report of John F. Kennedy’s Jr.’s plane crash, the Washington Post referred to the Kennedys as “the star-crossed family that has become America’s version of political royalty.” The most recent use of the phrase “the Kennedy curse” was last year when Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s second wife committed suicide. In the article “Kennedy Curse Strikes Again: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wife Found Dead”, Forbes did what so many media outlets do when a tragic story involves a member of the Kennedy clan, they include a timeline of tragic events that suggest some sort of curse is on this family.
In reality, however, the “Kennedy curse” is simply a convenient way for media outlets to rehash old stories about the Kennedys because a large numbers of people love reading and hearing about the Kennedy family. 

Special thanks to a very dear friend of mine who suggested me this new section "JFK Assassination Songs" for my collection.

Kennedy stamp - Argentina (1964)

Argentina memorialized United States President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) with the issuance of this well-designed mint stamp on April 14, 1964.
The actual size of this stamp is 44 x 34 mm.

Kennedy stamp - Brasil (1964)

Brazil memorialized President John F. Kennedy with the release of this mint stamp on October 24, 1964.

Kennedy stamp - Burundi (1966)

"Prince Louis Rwagasore and President John F.Kennedy Commemoration Set" issued by Burundi on January 21,1966:

4F. Prince Rwagasore (1932-1961) and his Memorial Tumb
10F. Prince Rwagasore and President Kennedy;
20F. President Kennedy and memorial library.
40F. King Mwambutsa at President Kennedy's grave.

Kennedy stamp - Colombia (1963)

Colombia memorialized President John F. Kennedy with the release of this mint airmail stamp on Dec. 17, 1963, only a few weeks following his death on Nov. 22, 1963. The stamp features a portrait of J.F.K. and the "Alliance for Progress" emblem.

Kennedy stamp - Central African Republic (1964)

This high value (100 franc) mint airmail stamp was issued by the Central African Republic on July 4, 1964, to memorialize John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

Kennedy stamp - Dahomey (1965)

Dahomey memorialized president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) with the release of this mint airmail stamp on November 22, 1965. The stamp features a portrait of Kennedy and the Arms of Dahomey.
The actual size of this stamp is 31 x 50 mm.

Kennedy stamp - Dominica (2009)

This is a beautiful sheet of 4 stamps, issued by Dominica in 2009, commemorating the 10th memorial anniversary of the death of JFK Jr.
Featured on the stamps are President of the United States of America John F. Kennedy,   Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and children John F. Kennedy, Jr. & Caroline Kennedy.
The sheet is Post Office fresh.

Kennedy stamp - Germany (1964)

This engraved stamp honoring John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was issued on November 21, 1964 by Germany.

Kennedy stamp - Kathiri State (1967)

Featuring portraits of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, this mint airmail stamp from Aden (Kathiri State of Hadhramaut) was issued during 1967.

Kathiri ( officially the Kathiri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut) was a sultanate in the Hadhramaut region of the southern Arabian Peninsula, in what is now part of Yemen and the Dhofar region of Oman.



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