and the band played on


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and the band played on

Used to describe a serious situation that is being ignored or overshadowed, usually intentionally. People have tried for years to talk about how budget cuts have decimated hospitals, and the band played on. It's only now, in the face of a nationwide crisis, that people are finally acknowledging the dangerous situation we're in.
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