Your crusty chronicler quickly becomes cranky after too many memes about the upcoming election have been posted on his wall. Every election we—the majority—elect a leader. All too soon after, another group of us decide to badmouth the guy for which most of us voted.
The internet—also known as the worldwide web—stretches across the globe. Does the American right of freedom of speech extend that far? Should it?
The US is the best country in the world. Why do you think all those illegal aliens can’t wait to come here legally? Why do you think performers and artists of all sorts come here to work?
Consider this: some folks think your mom is a whore. It may be true but do you really want the neighbors privy to this? We may not be perfect but do we really need to air our dirty laundry everywhere? No, we don’t. (Do you really want those flag-burning foreigners in those other memes to know we can’t choose a good leader?)
But this is America. We have the right to say anything no matter how stupid. Your weary writer agrees. In the hopes of getting more thoughtful and creative reactions to the election, however, he posed the following challenge to numerous Facebook friends:
“OK. I surrender. If you are all going to insist on posting all the political stuff then we are gonna do this MY way. Here is your chance to send a message to Obama and/or Mitt Romney. One catch: it must be in the form of a song. Send me the following info:
NAME of Candidate: (OBAMA or ROMNEY)
- SONG TITLE:
- OPTIONAL: ONE–ONLY ONE sentence of explanation in case your choice is too clever! “
Here then, in chronological order, are the first results of this “like-pulling-teeth” experience:
Sam Johnson suggested “The Monkey That Became President” by Tom T Hall. Johnson said it “describes our current political spectrum quite accurately not just one candidate. But unless one has heard the song– it was a top ten hit for Tom T in 1972 during the Nixon and McGovern campaigns– it would garner the label of being racist.” However, he adds: “It is plain to see it is about all politicians as the last lines (of the song) state.”
He also submitted “Thank God and Greyhound” by Roy Clark released 1970. It fairly well says what a lot of voters are feeling and hoping will happen come November.”
Colleen Slade chose 1988’s “It’s Money That Matters” by Randy Newman for Romney. She chose John Mayer’s cover of “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” which Bob Dylan wrote in 1962. She sends it out to our current leader adding: “The President once said that ‘cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom’, then went on to show us just how sorry that could be. Thanks, I guess.”
Shirley Rosenberger submits the 1969 hit by Bill Deal & the Rhondels’ “I’ve Been Hurt” to Mr. Obama.
Russell Ziegler said: “Hey! Just a quick one for Obama. How about (from 1972 The O’Jays’) ‘The Back Stabbers’? You know: ‘They smile in your face all the time they want to take your place’ (your home, paycheck, etc.)”
Michael Kirkpatrick stated: “This is dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama who has escalated the drone program all over the world— (from 1982) ‘You Dropped a Bomb on Me’ by The Gap Band.” He also added: “Mitt Romney hums this song every night before his bedtime—‘For The Love Of Money’ by The O’Jays (from 1973).”
Ginger Hoffman couldn’t decide between two tunes meant for our elected leader: Nancy Sinatra’s (1966 hit) “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and Laura Bell Bundy’s 2009 number “Giddy On Up”.
Mary Sparks also had one for our present prez: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” (1969) . . . adding “even though I don’t like it”.
Cindy Neiswenter suggested the same song for both candidates: “The Logical Song” by Supertramp (1979).
Christine Burke Heck noted: “I’m thinking (The Who’s) ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ saying that the 1971 hit “should be very popular!”
Sharon Fiume Sholette weighed in with this comment: “After the debate, I’d say Romney (gets 1960’s) ‘Puppy Love’ by Paul Anka because he kept staring . . . with that creepy grin.”
It was wonderful to see some folks put some thought into this as opposed to attacking parties and posting pre-manufactured memes. To the above participants: thanks for putting your music where your mouth is. If the rest of you have some musical message to the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney turn them in ASAP! Politics can be fun when you musically mock the vote!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.