I was just listening to Atomic Power on youtube, and was impressed at much it sounds simultaneously fresh, and historic. The notes on the video say that it was, “written the morning after the bombing of Hiroshima by North Carolina country artist and radio personality Fred Kirby.”
It feels like an immediate reaction to an event which is obviously historic at the moment that it occurred. There isn’t much sense of remove — it is the beginning of a reaction, rather than a considered response.
I’ve heard a different version before, but this one is remarkably free of irony.