A Pop Star Made Me Cry
This is the result of just having watched this for the first time, thanks to my mom and my stepmom who pointed it out to me. (You know you're freakin' busy when your own parents are more hip to the MTV headlines than you are. ) I was expecting some sort of angry, raunchy, fist-in-the-air song with a few digs on the drunk driving record.
This song is heartwrenching.
I always wondered just what it would take for the protest song movement to come back again. And now, here it is. In the spirit of Bob and Joan and Janis, here's Pink, singing her little heart out about the state of the not-so-unified union in a way far too poignant for someone quite so young and so, well...Pink.
I'm crying because she's saying all the things I've always thought myself. Because I don't think this is a President with the ability to feel anything for anyone. Because the line how do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye punches me right in the solar plexus.
I'm crying because somewhere near 50% of the people (Ohio my ass, Diebold) think so little of our country, that they've seen fit to put it in the hands of a reckless, incompetent fool. Twice.
I'm crying because I think of my mom shaking her head and whispering, "why? Why didn't my generation do better by you?"
And I'm crying because I don't want to have to say the same to my daughter.
Or maybe it's just my allergies.
Edited to add: You haven't heard the end of this one, folks. As sassy Celtic queen MacBoudica kindly pointed out, there's breaking news about this very song. Right now, as we speak! Excitement!
A fifth-grader in brother Jeb's state (insert eyeroll here) was forbidden from performing the song at a school talent show. A district spokesperson said it was because the song was about "drug use [it's against it], war [no!], abortion [no such reference] gay rights [yeppers] and profanity [the word hell]." The ACLU isn't buying it.
Personally, I think kids should stick with the songs we sang in music class in my youth. Like "With a little help from my friends." The getting high reference? Totally about shoulder rides.