Saturday, May 07, 2005

Bright Eyes Sings about the Lies



I had never heard of the artist Conor Oberst (aka BRIGHT EYES) before the recent blogsplosion of thoughtful people spreading links to this rare expression of dissent on television against our idiotic President. Most repulsion against the atrocity that rules our country is couched in acceptable and silly humor, which is fine and makes for some levity amidst the ominous reign, but get someone like Bill Maher on network television and he's completely censored and banned. More specifically, this kind of expression isn't curtailed because of dissent, it's because it's someone actually THINKING, people! Don't even THINK about THINKING... well, or should I say, don't even THINK about thinking AND having a heart.

It's hard for me to think that a person who supports Bush even has a heart (or a soul), but even I have (just) one very good friend who is wholeheartedly his supporter. I love her to death, but this is one topic we have to love each other beyond and in spite of.

BRIGHT EYES performed this on LENO. I wasn't a fan before, but now I am definitely, AT LEAST, cheering on this smart ass singer for expressing for MOST of us exactly what we wish was allowed more freely.

When you see something like this, it puts into perspective how whitewashed our media is, and considering that this is the most hated and rejected President in U.S. History, it makes you realize just how much control must be in place for us NOT to hear more thoughtful or angry perspectives across the networks.

I am totally grateful for people like Bill Maher and Michael Moore and shit, even Sacha Boren Cohen (aka Ali G) and John Stewart who still use comedy, but really emphasize the absurdities of our media and political system. And ahhh... who can forget Al Franken and Air America Radio!?? YAY!

I might not agree with everything they say, nor do I even agree with some tactics, but these people, and so many others, really risk their careers, credibility, and status just to speak the truth or to at least comment on the reality of our horrifying situation in the world (politically). And they are not at risk because they will be rejected by the public (because HELLO, the public is way smarter than we are led to believe); but these people are at risk only because of the handful of people who own most of the media.

Anyway, here's what everyone is talking about...

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and here are the lyrics:
WHEN THE PRESIDENT TALKS TO GOD

When the president talks to God
Are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our women’s' rights
And send poor farm kids off to die?
Does God suggest an oil hike
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say, ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Does he fake that drawl and merely nod?
Agree which convicts should be killed,
Where prisons should be built and filled?
Which voter fraud must be concealed
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
I wonder which one plays the better cop
We should find some jobs; the ghetto's broke
"No, they're lazy, George, I say we don't
Just give 'em more liquor stores and dirty coke"
That's what God recommends

When the president talks to God
Do they drink near beer and go play golf
While they pick which countries to invade
Which Muslim souls still can be saved
I guess god just calls a spade a spade
When the president talks to God

When the president talks to God
Does he ever think that maybe he's not?
That that voice is just inside his head
When he kneels next to the presidential bed
Does he ever smell his own bullshit!!??
When the president talks to God?

I doubt it

I doubt it

4 comments:

Yvonne said...

Holy SHIT! I didn't see this. What a brilliant, brave, and AMAZING man. I will buy albums for myself and ALL my friends just because of this one post. That is so encouraging. To see someone risk so much for the sake of his voice and his integrity is inspiring. Thanks for this.

I'm still getting the hell out of this country as fast as possible, but it's nice to know that I'll be leaving it in hope-filled hands.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That was fantastic, Troy. Thanks for posting that. That kid has guts. That is the kind of song that I would imagine coming straight out of Bob Dylan in the 60's. Very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to sign it again. That (above) was me. Nick.

Jimmy in San Francisco said...

I like those lyrics. I am going to try and find Bright Eyes' music and buy it! I love it!