Politicians address their constituents with messages developed by staffers, advisors, lobbyists and sometimes think tanks. In an alternate universe, I’ve been dreaming to see well-known politicians and political leaders speak out in musical numbers by major artists. I’ve sampled a few lyrics with thoughts on who might be the best person to speak these in a professional and political tone of voice. Much like the comedy series “In Living Color” did in the early 90s with this Masterpiece Theatre spoof. Let’s have a look, rejoice and ‘til the next episode.
1. “We are the world” – By all the those mid-80s and earlier artists
Maybe a choral effort by both houses of Congress would provide the unity President Obama hoped for and campaigned on in 2008. Who’s going to be Lionel Richie and who’s Michael Jackson? Egos tempered, harmonies might exist that some never thought possible. Not.
2. “What kind of circus is this?? What kind of fools are we??” – Lenny Kravitz
Any Congressman or woman.
3. “The world is a vampire…” – Smashing Pumpkins
Dick Cheney. Mitch McConnell. Not much else to say here. Snort.
4. “Damn my education, I can´t find the words to say with all the things caught in my mind” — Oasis
Sarah Palin. I think she might also give a good rendition of “Don’t look back in anger.”
5. “Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run…There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” — Led Zeppelin
President Obama gave tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center a couple years ago. I wish he would have quoted this classic.
6. “What’s the difference between me and you? You talk a good one, but you don’t do what you’re supposed to do… Dr. Dre
Never going to happen, but I’d like to see President Obama or any of the Democratic or Republican contenders for president bust this out in a campaign speech.
7. “Nowadays everybody talks like they got something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of jibberish…” — Eminem
Hillary addressing the Tea Party Patriots.
8. “You’re dangerous (be)cause you don’t know what you want.” — U2
Hillary addressing the Republican Party.
9. “The swift don’t win the race. It goes to the worthy, who can divide the word of truth.” — Bob Dylan
Actually, I just like this lyric.
10. “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away.” — Neil Young
Romney announcing his candidacy for president in 2016, 2020, 2024.
11. “Don’t stop believing” — Journey
Hillary announcing her candidacy for president in 2016.