Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Liberal Music

On the way in to work this morning I was listening to a new mix that I had made; specifically. I was listening to John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." I happen to be a fan of his music, and because I have listened to this song many times, I found myself singing along. I realized that often we memorize lyrics without fully understanding the message that is in them. In this case, I was singing the lyrics:

"Now if we had the power - to bring our neighbors home from war - they would've never missed a Christmas - no more ribbons on their door."

I don't know too much about politics, and don't think I've ever posted about American politics before, but this seems like a pretty liberal set of lyrics. Children, who presumably also memorize lyrics by rote (as I did), may listen to these lyrics and have these liberal sentiments placed in their mind without themselves even realizing it. Kids don't realize that it is because soldiers miss Christmas' that we are able to live as a free country. Maybe we should bring all the soldiers home every Christmas? Come on. We all know that's ridiculous. But these are the things being placed into to the minds of the naive. Another song, by another artist I'm a fan of; Wyclef Jean's "If I Were President":

"An old man told me, instead of spending billions on the war,we can use some of that money, in the ghetto."

These lyrics mimic Wyclef's known anti-war beliefs. I believe it may be tough for children to differentiate between the artist and their beliefs. Kids like Wyclef. Wyclef is anti-war. You get the point. They may be too naive to realize that it is possible to like an artist and their music, but not necessarily agree with everything they believe. Subtle and not-so-subtle liberal messages are rampant on college campuses, and apparently in music too. Is it not possible that certain wars are necessary? But, you don't hear those lyrics. Think about it: when was the last time you heard a song that was PRO-war?


Anonymous aishel said...

This is very prevalent in music. Just a week or two ago, Pink Floyd held a concert where they flew a flying pig balloon with 'Impeach Bush' written on it. Look at the song Civil War by Guns N' Roses. Most of these people are anti-war/anti-bush.

You obviously don't listen to country, but the majority of country music that is political is pro-Bush/war (think Lee Greenwald, Toby Keith, etc.). The only exception I can think of is the Dixie Chicks.

8:29 AM, September 26, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...

Admittedly, I don't listen to enough country, although I'm starting to listen a little more these days.

That being said, I don't know if Greenwald's "Proud to be an American" would classify as a pro-war song. If I remember correctly, the song is basically about honoring those who have fought for America, and being proud. I don't think these ideas contradict either liberal or conservative agendas. Although, maybe there's other lyrics that I'm not aware of.

8:48 AM, September 26, 2006

Anonymous aishel said...

You're right Greenwood's (not greenwald, I made a mistake earlier) song Proud to be an American/God Bless the USA is more patriotic than conservative.

Another great conservative song is Darryl Worley's 'Have you Forgotten'

9:00 AM, September 26, 2006

Blogger ADDeRabbi said...

interesting topic.
on the liberal side you have:
bette midler, "from a distance"
styx, "winds of change"
george michael, "soldier waiting for a gun"
and of course the beatles' "fool on the hill"

there's an irish group that has a song called "end of a pointed gun" about the futility of the israeli-arab conflict.
in israel, there are lots n' lots of political songs.

12:46 PM, September 26, 2006

Anonymous Donyell said...


Isn't "winds of change" sung by the Scorpions?

9:04 AM, September 27, 2006

Blogger bellanny said...

great post. very true how many times we just sing along to lyrics without realizing what we are singing. although in the case of john mayer's song i had noticed the purpose behind the song. he definitely has a right to his beliefs, but how naive can you get?! did he take american history in school? and the soldiers were not forced to go to war. they signed up to be soldiers because they believed in defending this coutry and are willing to give their lives to protect freedom. so don't go putting words into their mouths. sure i would would love it if we did not have to send soldiers abroad and if no one had to die to preserve freedom, but we do not get everything we want in live. there is a big bad world out there. and if we just stay home and curl up to pretend nothing is wrong it won't go away. if anything there will be even more tragedy. you can't just sit back and wait for things to resolve themselves. anyways enough of my rant. as you can tell i feel very strongly about this.

as for the pro republican songs, they do exist. there are many country singers with songs supporting the troops, gov... one song that is really powerful if the song Have You Forgotten. i forgot who sings it.

10:00 AM, September 27, 2006

Anonymous aishel said...

one song that is really powerful if the song Have You Forgotten. i forgot who sings it.

Bellany, read above to comment number three...it's Darryl Worley.

1:08 PM, September 27, 2006

Blogger bellanny said...

thanks! i forgot to read the comments before i posted mine and i saw it right after.

1:51 PM, September 27, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...

We should make a Liberal Music CD and sell them. Ahh, I forgot - I don't participate in such illegal entrepreneurial schemes.

1:56 PM, September 27, 2006

Anonymous jewchick said...

Great post.

Yeah, John Meyer is allowed to have his own opinions and all, but why are celebrities all of the sudden so political? You are here to ENTERTAIN. People aren't supposed to take you seriously.

6:16 PM, September 27, 2006


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