Friday songs for Tuesday

When I go forwards you go backwards and somewhere we will meet …

Choices,” Jeffrey Gaines
Choose Again,” Bishop Allen
Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males,” Todd Snider
“El Presidente,” Swimming Pool Qs
Electioneering,” Radiohead
If a Song Could Be President,” Over the Rhine
The Mayor of Simpleton,” XTC
Mr. President (Have Pit on the Working Man),” Randy Newman
Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man),” Sam Bush
One (Hu)’man One Vote,” Johnny Clegg & Savuka
“Political Science,” The Duhks
Political Science,” Randy Newman
“Political World,” Carolina Chocolate Drops
“Politician,” Tonio K.
Politicians in My Eyes,” Death
“Pope,” Prince
When the President Talks to God,” Bright Eyes
Which Side Are You On?” Natalie Merchant
With God on Our Side,” Buddy Miller

Some Dylan covers, but no Dylan. Hmm. Need to get some Dylan.

Really weird to go to YouTube for a Pete Seeger song about unions and get an ad for Mitt Romney. That suggests an inefficient algorithm somewhere, I think. Or maybe just the fact that the presidential campaigns may be able to spend $2 billion on ads, but they can’t spend it well.

  • Fusina

    “Big Ideas (in a Shrinking World)” Randy Stonehill. Not about elections per se, but a good song for elections nevertheless.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLnPu-sE52s

  • SororAyin

    “Elected” by Alice Cooper
    “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath
    “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who

    That’s all I got.

  • Chris

    “Re-Education (Through Labor” – Rise Against
    “Testify” – Rage Against the Machine
    “New Dark Ages”, “Punk Rock Song” – Bad Religion

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ mistformsquirrel
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Appelget/100000185646776 Steven Appelget

    The New World ~ X

  • thatotherjean

    I have an entire CD:

    “Presidential Campaign Songs 1789-1996″ – Oscar Brand
    which has a political song for every President. I need to play it to remind myself that politics has always been a nasty, underhanded, over-the-top lie-fest.

    Apart from that, nothing, but I did want to say “Yay for the Carolina Chocolate Drops and everything they sing!”

  • interleaper

     Choose A Side — The Willowz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0u2vjDxS_Q
    Cygnet Committee — David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKMSgZo9c8s
    Dear Mr. President — 4 Non-Blondes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87HjsK10_74
    Democracy — Leonard Cohen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU-RuR-qO4Y
    James K. Polk — They Might Be Giants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9SvJMZs5Rs
    Lincoln And Liberty — Ronnie Gilbert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxWwDgOj0oE
    Number Three — They Might Be Giants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HOgXStQJdk
    President Dead — Marylin Manson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giwkOmdc6uY
    Sinister Minister — Béla Fleck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Q4CBDFaEc
    The Democratic Circus — Talking Heads https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itShbI9fAqw
    0630drumsofwar (a hostile remix of a George W. Bush speech. No idea who created it.) http://mbanna.radio4all.net/pub/archive5/mp3_3/0630drumsofwar.mp3

  • James Simmons

    Randy Newman did more politically themed songs than you have listed.  Some good ones:

    Louisiana 1927 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGs2iLoDUYE

    Kingfish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmFQu_8u1TU

    Every Man A King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmV808A2VRo

  • http://thatbeerguy.blogspot.com Chris Doggett

    Just one on this go-round:

    Devo – Freedom of Choice

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    Capital G – Nine Inch Nails

  • hidden_urchin

    ” Jefferson and Liberty” -great fiddle tune

  • lowtechcyclist

    “this week’s theme is elections, politicians, presidents, mayors and
    city council members (except I don’t have any songs about city council
    members).”

    Fixing that for you, Fred: “You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side…

    “http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/gotta-serve-somebody#ixzz2B5kDVN6Z

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrandyowens Randy Owens

    “President Gas”, Psychedelic Furs
    “Meet El Presidente”, Duran Duran
    “The Mayor”, Rasputina

  • reynard61

    Well, my choices are all from the same soundtrack:

    1. Cool, Cool Considerate Men.

    Probably the most accurate, if utterly cynical, explanation of why the Tea Party exists (and RoMoney might just win this thing); set to music.

    2. Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve.

    Except for the “Resolve” part, this is a perfect description of the current Rethuglican/Tea Party Congress.

    3. Is Anybody There?

    A *very* relevant question this Election Day.

    4. But Mr. Adams.

    Not particularly relevant to the election, just my personal favorite of all the songs.

    5. Molasses to Rum to Slaves.

    An Economics lesson. I have the feeling that Citizens United will become one as well…

    6. The Egg.

    This is the one song that gives me hope that voters will do the right thing on Tuesday — unless we decide, as a People (as in “We, The People”), that we’d rather make an omelet…

  • Saffi

    seconding Jamoche’s recommendation:

    Nine Inch Nailshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mir0tkiS8CY&feature=related”>Capital G (“I pushed the button and elected him to office and / He pushed a button and dropped the Bomb…”)

    Also: Christ For President by Billy Bragg & WilcoThe Council Of Elrond by Enya (from the soundtrack to “Fellowship of the Ring” — hey, it’s a Council, so it should fit)Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival (“I ain’t no senator’s son”)Know Your Rights by The ClashMr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) by Randy NewmanPolitical Science by Randy NewmanPolitical Song For Michael Jackson To Sing by MinutemenPolitician by CreamPolitician (Reprise) by Aloe BlaccPolitik by ColdplayPresident of What by Death Cab For CutieSuffragette City by David BowieAn American Tune by Paul Simon (allegedly written by Paul Simon in reaction to his despair over the re-election of Richard Niixon)

  • Saffi

    Sorry about the horrendous formatting above; I’ll give it another try…

    __________________Christ For President by Billy Bragg & WilcoThe Council Of Elrond by Enya (from the soundtrack to “Fellowship of the Ring” — hey, it’s a Council, so it should fit)Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival (“I ain’t no senator’s son”)Know Your Rights by The ClashMr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) by Randy NewmanPolitical Science by Randy NewmanPolitical Song For Michael Jackson To Sing by MinutemenPolitician by CreamPolitician (Reprise) by Aloe BlaccPolitik by ColdplayPresident of What by Death Cab For CutieSuffragette City by David BowieAn American Tune by Paul Simon (allegedly written by Paul Simon in reaction to his despair over the re-election of Richard Niixon)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SA4B4QAYJUC3VHHKJ677K2XFSM Anne

    Le sigh.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SA4B4QAYJUC3VHHKJ677K2XFSM Anne

    Separately, I’m linking to some songs from the soundtrack of “Fiorello!”, a Broadway musical originally starring Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham himself) about the early career of Fiorello H. LaGuardia.  It’s full of some sharp but hilarious songs about politics in a big city just before World War I:

    Politics and Poker (the smoke-filled room where they pick a candidate)

    The Name’s LaGuardia (campaigning in a multi-language city) 

    The Bum Won (after a surprise win)

    Non-election-related bonus:
    Unfair (support of a union on strike)
    A Little Tin Box (investigation of official corruption)

  • interleaper

    Candidate — David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c70E2L_OTx4
    Candidate (Alternative) — David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBwDGiGwzE0

  • Launcifer

    Hee, this is fun.

    Monster/Suicide/America – Steppenwolf.

    Politician – Cream (I see this one’s been noted already, but here’s an actual link).

  • noyatin

    I Want to Grow Up to Be a Politician – The Byrds

  • Amaryllis

    I just got my paycheck, I’m gonna paint the whole town gray

    An American Tune – Paul Simon
    Disorder in the House – Warren Zevon
    The Envoy – Warren Zevon
    Guy Fawkes’ Table – Attila and the Stockbrokers (hey, it mentions Parliament, and it’s seasonal besides!)
    It’s All a Swindle – Ute Lemper
    Levi Johnston’s Blues – Ben Folds (oh, all right, that was the last election…)
     Mayor Harrison’s Fedora – Paddy O’Brien and Seamus Connolly
    Message From the White House – Kelly Bell Band
    People Have the Power – Patti Smith
    The Skuil Board Man – Louis Killen (well, isn’t he a public official?)
    The Washington Post – J. P. Sousa, played by the U. S. Marine Band, “The Presidennt’s Own.”

  • dr ngo

    Whatever It Is, I’m Against It.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc&feature=share
     

  • dr ngo

    Gems from “Of Thee I Sing,” including “Wintergreen for President” and the title song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbQE0EIFaiE

  • dr ngo

    “M.T.A” – originally a campaign song in a local Boston election (listen carefully to the last verse):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VMSGrY-IlU

  • RickRS

    I got:

    Dear Mr. President – Fitz and the Tantrums http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWMQzJeLUTU&playnext=1&list=PL9869BDDEED0C7E7E

  • Theo Axner

    Between the Wars – Billy Bragg
    Blod, Svett & Tårar – Strebers
    Bonzo Goes to Bitburg – the Ramones
    Bullet – the Misfits
    Christ for President – Billy Bragg & Wilco
    Condi, Condi – Steve Earle
    Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White American Males – Todd Snider
    The Day That Thatcher Dies – Hefner
    Dear Mrs. Roosevelt – Bob Dylan
    Elected – Alice Cooper
    Election Day – the Replacements
    FCC Song – Eric Idle
    Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    The Furor – AC/DC
    George Murphy – Tom Lehrer
    Gimme Some Truth – Generation X
    Government Center – Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
    Government Official – Sator
    Henry Kissinger – Monty Python
    Hey, Ronnie – Government Issue
    Högervindar – Strebers
    The Leader – the Clash
    Let’s Impeach the President – Neil Young
    Maggie – the Exploited
    No Voices in the Sky – Motörhead
    Only a Pawn in Their Game – Bob Dylan
    Pervers Politiker – Ebba Grön
    Playboys and Playgirls – Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger
    Put a Sex Mo-Sheen in the White House – Mojo Nixon
    The Scum Lives On – Demolition 23
    Slow Train – Bob Dylan
    Snake Oil – Steve Earle
    Thatcherites – Billy Bragg
    The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
    Voice of God Is Government – Bad Religion
    Waiting for the Great Leap Forward – Billy Bragg
    War Pigs – Black Sabbath
    War Pigs – Hayseed Dixie
    Whatever Became of Hubert? – Tom Lehrer
    Whine and Grind / Stand Down Margaret – the Beat
    Will Ni Höra Så Ynkelig en Händelse? (the Lincoln Ballad) – Freddie Wadling
    Won’t Get Fooled Again – the Who

  • Sam Kabo Ashwell

    Election Day, Blaze Foley (though I know it through Lyle Lovett)
    Higher Level, KRS-One
    Politik Kills, Manu Chao
    Stetson Kennedy, Billy Bragg & Wilco, after Woody Guthrie
    Mosh, Eminem (conspicuously failed to mobilise the youth vote in 2004)
    Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta, Geto Boys
    Politicians, Nucleus Roots
    Mission Improbable, The Herbaliser
    Dying Nation, CunninLynguists
    Reeferendum, Fluke
    Fuck the Mayor, C-Ray Walz
    Whoever Wins in November, David Rovics
    Impeach the President, Immortal Technique feat. Dead Prez & Saigon

    And definitely seconded on the Leonard Cohen and Natalie Merchant.


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