Wednesday, 9 November 2016

My Top Ten Trump Victory Songs

As with my Brexit Top Ten, I'm presenting this one without comment... other than the lyrics below.

But if you're reading this blog in the USA and you disagree with some silly limey's verdict of your election result, remember that your constitution still allows me the right to free speech... well, at the moment, anyway.

10. Harry Chapin - Sounds Like America To Me

You see I know when a child is hurting
That silence can be wrong
And I know that when old folks are helpless
I can't just pass along
And I know when someone's hungry
I can't just sing this song
And when I hear somebody crying
I can't just wonder who that it could be
And I hear somebody crying now
And it sure sounds like America to me

9. Angaleena Presley - American Middle-Class

Now daddy can't get his pension or Social Security
Worked thirty damn years in a coal mine feeding welfare families
Struggle hard and hide it well,
You sure ain't rich and you sure as hell ain't poor enough to get one little break
'Cause everything would collapse
 Without the hardworking God-loving members of the American middle class

8. Thea Gilmore - Land of the Free

This land is your land
With one roll of the dice and one guiltless command
Now you're sitting watching TV
Accepting moral direction from a crank shrink with an impressive CV
Your new god is your video screen
Washed up, spun out by and American dream,
Only memories of ghosts that patrol this place
And this land, your land is a terminal case

7. Bruce Springsteen - American Land

The McNicholas, the Posalski's, the Smiths, Zerillis too
The Blacks, the Irish, Italians, the Germans and the Jews
The Puerto Ricans, illegals, the Asians, Arabs miles from home
Come across the water with a fire down below
They died building the railroads, worked to bones and skin
They died in the fields and factories, names scattered in the wind
They died to get here a hundred years ago, they're dyin' now
The hands that built the country were always trying to keep down

6. Gil Scott Heron - Winter In America

And now it's winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It's winter
Winter in America
And ain't nobody fighting
'Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

5. Billy Bragg - Help Save The Youth Of America

When the lights go out in the rest of the World
What do our cousins say
They're playing in the sun and having fun, fun, fun
Till Daddy takes the gun away
From the Big Church to the Big River
And out to the Shining Sea
This is the Land of Opportunity
And there's a Monkey Trial on TV

4. Drive-By Truckers - Once They Banned Imagine

Are you now or have you ever been in cahoots with the notion that people can change
When history happens again if you do or you did you’ll be blamed
From baseless inquiry
To no knocking entry
Becoming the law of the land
To half cocked excuses for bullet abuse regarding anything browner than tan

Cause once they banned Imagine it became the same old war its always been
Once they banned Imagine it became the war it was when we were kids

3. Beautiful South - The Sound Of North America

The lyrics of "New York"
May have Frank Sinatra singing
But the rhythm and the melody
Were dead black men swinging

2. Todd Snider - Conservative Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White American Male

Conservative Christian, right wing Republican, straight, white, American male.
Gay bashin’, black fearin’, poor fightin’, tree killin’, regional leaders of sales
Frat housin’, keg tappin’, shirt tuckin’, back slappin’ haters of hippies like me.
Tree huggin’, peace lovin’, pot smokin’, porn watchin’ lazyass hippies like me.
Tree huggin’, love makin’, pro choicen, gay weddin’, widespread diggin’ hippies like me.
Skin colour-blinded, conspiracy-minded, protestors of corporate greed,
We who have nothing and most likely will ‘till we all wind up locked up in jails
By conservative Christian, right wing Republican, straight, white, American males.

1. Queen - Is This The World We Created?

Is this the world we created?
We made it on our own
Is this the world we devastated, right to the bone?
If there's a God in the sky looking down
What can he think of what we've done
To the world that He created?


  1. Yup, my reaction and blog post today was Billy Bragg's Help Save The Youth of America.

    Crazy days

    1. It's been stuck in my head since first thing this morning.

  2. Have you also prepared an 'End of the world' Top Ten...just in case

    1. I did one years ago that I could always dust off when it's needed. Whether you'll have time to read it before the mushroom cloud settles is another question.

  3. Quick off the mark! Like you not going to comment except to say that I totally predicted it, as I did with Brexit. Things are "out of kilter" at the moment in the western world and this is the result. Some great lyrics here - Especially love 8,7,5,3,2

  4. Rol,
    Were you up all night preparing this very apropos list, or did you have some prescient foreboding of the outcome?

    1. Over the last few months, certain songs have popped into my mind when considering the worst case scenario so I jotted them down, hoping I'd never need to post them...

  5. Rol
    Nothing more to say really
    Besides like most people I am lost for words


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