Saturday, September 22, 2007
Randy Newman - A Few Words in Defense of Our Country
The Yankees seem to claim the first version is from Carnegie Hall 2006 but Randy performed this song the first time summer 2006 when he was touring Europe. Europe, a part of the world that should defend the US a little bit more no matter what administration it has (in my opinion).
I’d like to say a few words
In defense of our country
Whose people aren’t bad nor are they mean
Now the leaders we have
While they’re the worst that we’ve had
Are hardly the worst this poor world has seen
Let’s turn history’s pages, shall we?
Take the Caesars for example
Why within the first few of them
They were sleeping with their sister
Stashing little boys in swimming pools
And burning down the City
And one of ‘em, one of 'em
Appointed his own horse Consul of the Empire
That’s like vice president or something
That’s not a very good example, is it?
But wait, here’s one, the Spanish Inquisition
They put people in a terrible position
I don’t even like to think about it
Well, sometimes I like to think about it
Just a few words in defense of our country
Whose time at the top
Could be coming to an end
Now we don’t want their love
And respect at this point is pretty much out of the question
But in times like these
We sure could use a friend
Men who need no introduction
King Leopold of Belgium. That’s right.
Everyone thinks he’s so great
Well he owned The Congo
He tore it up too
He took the diamonds, he took the gold
He took the silver
Know what he left them with?
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
[To the first eight bars of "Columbia The Gem Of The Ocean"]
You know it pisses me off a little
That this Supreme Court is gonna outlive me
A couple of young Italian fellas and a brother on the Court now too
But I defy you, anywhere in the world
To find me two Italians as tightass as the two Italians we got
And as for the brother
Well, Pluto’s not a planet anymore either
The end of an empire is messy at best
And this empire is ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish Armada adrift on the sea
We’re adrift in the land of the brave
And the home of the free
Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.
The song itself is available in perfect quality on Apple's iTunes.
The song is worthy to be discussed amongst friends ...
My story to be continued in the comments (extra info, the video itself and a live version from Toronto 2006_october_14, in low bitrate).
During his European tour in the summer of 2006, Newman premiered three new songs: "Potholes in Memory Lane" (a straight blues song about losing your memory when you get older), "Missing You" (a love ballad), and the politically controversial "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country".
I tracked down an audience recording of the two new Randy Newman songs I mentioned in my post. These are from his Oct 14, 2006, concert at Convocation Centre in Toronto. Some audience noise (nearby people laughing and breathing) is audible, but the sound quality's decent enough to hear the songs.
The political song is essentially one of Newman's monologues, with just hints of melody and piano noodling underneath.
This isn't a classic in the same league as "Political Science," but it's still vintage Newman and a timely song. At least a few of the words were different in the Chicago performance, when he mentioned the color coding of terror alerts. When he introduces the song to the Toronto crowd, he notes that it isn't finished, so you'll hear some other lyrics when this finally surfaced on a studio album (2007_january).
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