The Bush Administration: A Musical Tribute
These 30 selections may relate to the War in Iraq, the Katrina debacle, our shaky mantle as "The Greatest Country In The World," our desire to have a President smarter than us (see "nucular"), and the list goes on.
As we all hopefully look forward to our next President, let's take one last look back (and good-bye) at George W. Bush, and some songs inspired by him and his administration.
A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country - Randy Newman
"A president once said,?'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself'?/ Now it seems like we're supposed to be afraid?/ It's patriotic in fact and color coded?/ And what are we supposed to be afraid of??/ Why, of being afraid?/ That's what terror means, doesn't it??/ That's what it used to mean"
America Is Not The World - Morrissey
"America your head's too big, because America, your belly is too big / And I love you, I just wish you'd stay where you belong / In America, The land of the free, they said, and of opportunity / In a just and a truthful way / But where the president is never black, female, or gay, and until that day, you've got nothing to say to me, to help me believe"
American Idiot - Green Day
"Well maybe I'm the faggot America / I'm not a part of a redneck agenda / Now everybody do the propaganda / And sing along to the age of paranoia"
Boom! - System of a Down
"4000 hungry children die per hour / From starvation / While billions spent on bombs / Create death showers"
Bu$hleaguer - Pearl Jam
"A confidence man but why so beleaguered? / He's not a leader he's a Texas leaguer / Swinging for the fence / Got lucky with a strike / Drilling for fear makes the job simple / Born on third / Thinks he got a triple"
Crazy World - Young Jeezy
"Goddamn another trap / I think Bush trying to punish us / Sending little messages out to each and every one of us"
Death Machine - Fiction Plane
"Don't look so smug when we're at war?/ You're not the boss you're just a whore?/ You keep your shoes so clean / F#ck you and your death machine?/ Oh, I ain't gonna fight no more"
Don't Make Me A Target - Spoon
"Clubs and sticks and bats and balls?/ For nuclear dicks with their dialect drawls?/They come from a parking lot town / Where nothing lives in the sun"
Every War - Pictures and Sound
"If we fought as hard for peace / We might not be overseas / We might not be so divided / With our insides all collided / Every war ends up the same / Fought in glory or in vain / Over land or over oil / Something always ends up spoiled"
Hell No We Ain't All Right! - Public Enemy
"And they don't have a CLUE of what's going on down there / I'm like you've gotta be kidding me, this is a NATIONAL disaster / It's awful down here man / God is lookin' down on all this / And if they are not doin' everything in their power to save people / They are gonna pay the price"
Hello Mr. President - Paula Cole
"Daddy's little helper / Silver foot in your mouth / Policemen of the world / Gonna start another war / Connecticut Yankee in a cowboy hat / You're my hero Mr. President"
Houston - R.E.M.
"If the storm doesn't kill me the government will / I've gotta get that out of my head"
Idiot Son Of An Asshole - NOFX
"He's not smart, a C student / And that's after buying his way into school / Beady eyes, and he's kinda dyslexic / Can he read? / No one's really quite sure / He signs stuff and he executes people / Maybe that's why, he doesn't have any friends / Cocaine and a little drunk driving / Doesn't matter, when you're the Commander in Chief"
In a World Gone Mad - Beastie Boys
"First the 'War On Terror' now war on Iraq / We're reaching a point where we can't turn back / Let's lose the guns and let's lose the bombs / And stop the corporate contributions that their built upon"
Is It Any Wonder? - Keane
"After all the misery you made / Is it any wonder that I feel afraid / Is it any wonder that I feel betrayed"
It's A Hit - Rilo Kiley
"Any chimp can play human for a day / And use his opposable thumbs to iron his uniform / And run for office on election day / And fancy himself a real decision maker / Then deploy more troops than salt in a shaker / But it's a jungle when war is made / And you'll panic and throw your own shit at the enemy / The camera pulls back to reveal your true identity / Look, it's a sheep in wolf's clothing / A smoking-gun-holding ape"
Last To Die - Bruce Springsteen
"Who'll be the last to die for a mistake / The last to die for a mistake / Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break / Who'll be the last to die"
Let's Impeach The President - Neil Young
"Let's impeach the President for lying / And misleading our country into war / Abusing all the power that we gave him / And shipping all our money out the door"
Mr. President - LL Cool J and Wyclef Jean
"Don't get me wrong / I respect the flag / But it hurts to see a kid in a body bag / He fought for his country with all he had / Now we have a family without a dad"
Mr. President - Pink feat. Indigo Girls
"What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street? / Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep? / What do you feel when you look in the mirror? / Are you proud?"
Mosh - Eminem
"Let the president answer a higher anarchy / Strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war / Let him impress daddy that way / No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil / No more psychological warfare, to trick us to thinking that we ain't loyal / If we don't serve our own country, we're patronizing a hero / Look in his eyes its all lies"
Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
"I'm not ready to make nice / I'm not ready to back down / I'm still mad as hell and
I don't have time to go round and round and round"
Pendulum Swinger - Indigo Girls
"What we get from your war walk / Ticker of the nation breaking down like a bad clock / I want the pendulum to swing again / So that all your mighty mandate was just spitting in the wind"
The Price Of Oil - Billy Bragg
"Saddam killed his own people just like general Pinochet / And once upon a time both these evil men were supported by the U.S.A. / And whisper it, even Bin Laden once drank from America's cup / Just like that election down in Florida / This shit doesn't all add up"
The Saints Are Coming - U2 and Green Day
"The saints are coming, the saints are coming / I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply"
Slap - Ludacris
"My grandmama's nerves are bad / And everybody in the hood is mad / Cause President Bush could give a DAMN about our ass / So I don't wanna hear shit that he has to say (don't say nothin')"
Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
"Now if we had the power to bring our neighbors home from war / They would have never missed a Christmas / No more ribbons on their door / When you trust your television / What you get is what you got / Cause when they own the information / They can bend it all they want"
When The President Talks To God - Bright Eyes
"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?"
Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas
"A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover / The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug / If you never know truth then you never know love"
World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam
"Medals on a wooden mantle / Next to a handsome face / That the president took for granted / Writing checks that others pay"
Can you think of any more?
Story by Kevin Triebsch
Starpulse contributing writer
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