Too late to surrender

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded almost 900, while shooting on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest festival, taking place on the Las Vegas Strip.  For 10 minutes Paddock shot from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, using 23 automatic weapons, which he had brought into the hotel in the days before. It was a disastrous nightmare, again enforcing discussions around possession of weapons, the role of the NRA, and the weapon industry.

 

Retrospectively every minute of Stephen Paddock's activity in the days before the shooting was analyzed, using data of phones, bankcards, camera's etc. Have a look at the analysis here.

There is an interesting thing about this however, that is where the theme of the song Big Devil Data comes in. With all these available big data and lack of privacy, companies and authorities just know everything. So what if they would be able to do predictive modeling with all the data that they have anyway? Maybe a disaster like the Vegas one could have been prevented. Stephen Paddock's actions were clearly suspicious, but no one noticed.

The Mandalay Bay shooting will remain a very dark part of American history. Here's link to an interview with Stephen Paddock's brother on YouTube, from the days after. It is sad, yet interesting to see. (Source CBSN)

The topic of the song was chosen to maintain awareness for the victims of this tragedy. They carry this with them for the rest of their lives. This song is dedicated to them and meant to give them moral support. 

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Lyrics & Vocals: Keith St. John

Guitar Solo: Johannes Persson

Too late to surrender

It was a led rain 

strafin hard

Goin round and round

Red stains break their hearts

The bodies hit the ground

Desperation runnin' wild

There’s fire in the sky

Too many triggers 

Just one hand

With no reason why

 

All this obliteration is gonna rock the nation

No turnin' back

It’s a cryin' shame

 

Cause it’s too late to surrender

Too many dreams have died

Too late to surrender

Its gonna be a suicide  

 

Sin City taken by a one-finger death machine

Rapid fire bringin' Hell 

like a guillotine

 

All this devastation is gonna shock the nation

No turnin' back

Paradise long gone

 

Cause it’s too late to Surrender

Too many dreams have died

Too late to Surrender

Its gonna be a Suicide  


 

Guitar Solo: Johannes Persson


 

It’s like a guillotine

It’s a one-man one-finger death machine

 

Desperation runnin' wild

There’s fire in the sky

Too many triggers 

Just one hand

With no reason why

 

All this obliteration is gonna rock the nation

No turnin' back

It’s a cryin' shame

 

Cause it’s too late to Surrender

Too many dreams have died

too late to Surrender

It’s gonna be a suicide

 

Cause it’s too late to Surrender

It’s gonna be a one-way ride

too late to Surrender

Oh – It’s too late to surrender


Music: Ron Coolen

Lyrics: Keith St. John

Vocals: Keith St. John

Guitar Solo: Johannes Persson

Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Drums: Ron Coolen

Quotes: Donald Trump, Las Vegas Police

Ron Coolen - Paradise (feat. Keith St. John & Daniel Verberk) on streaming platforms
Ron Coolen - Too late to Surrender (feat. Keith St. John & Johannes Persson)

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