Thursday, April 19, 2007

VA Tech Shooter Obsessed with Collective Soul's "Shine"

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 5:05 PM

cs.jpg In an interview with two former roommates of Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui, CNN reported Tuesday night that Cho was fixated on the mid-'90s alt-rock staple "Shine," by positive-minded rock group Collective Soul. Cho evidently found meaning in the song's semi-religious lyrics, which he repeatedly scrawled on the walls of his dormitory suite: "Teach me how to speak / Teach me how to share / Teach me where to go." According to the roommates, Cho would play the song endlessly on repeat, perhaps obsessing over "Shine"'s call for help from a higher power. Unlike in previous school shooting incidents -- such as Columbine, where the perpretators listened to KMFDM and Marilyn Manson -- media critics will have to look elsewhere for a scapegoat. Many may wonder why Cho's fascination with the song, set in the broader context of his anti-social behavior and personality, was not interpreted as a cry for help. Full lyrics, in all their weighty portent, after the jump."Shine" by Collective Soul

Give me a word Give me a sign Show me where to look Tell what will I find ( will I find ) Lay me on the ground Fly me in the sky Show me where to look Tell me what will I find ( will I find )

Oh, heaven let your light shine down (x4)

Love is in the water Love is in the air Show me where to go Tell me will love be there ( love be there ) Teach me how to speak Teach me how to share Teach me where to go Tell me will love be there ( love be there )

Oh, heaven let your light shine down (x4)

I'm going to let it shine (x2) Heaven's little light gonna shine on me Yea yea heaven's little light gonna shine on me It's gonna shine, shine on me It's gonna shine, come on in shine

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