Thursday, March 15, 2012

Analyzing Romney's Music Playlist

So for reason's unknown Mitt Romney's campaign decided to release their "On the Road" music playlist. It's....odd.  And insightful.  Now there's the obvious stuff, like no politician should ever tell the press that they're listening to "Desperado" on a loop all day long, or the fact that it's hard to read the multi-millionaire governor of Massachusetts listening to a lot of country as anything except pandering.  But what really jumps out at me is that all of the songs are the kind of sad sack 'I just got dumped for the first time' music you'd listen to in high school.  Just check out the lyrics:

"I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow", The Soggy Bottom Boys
For six long years I've been in trouble,
no pleasure here on earth I've found
For in this world, I'm bound to ramble,
I have no friends to help me now.
"Read My Mind", The Killers
Slippin’ in my faith until I fall
You never returned that call
Woman, open the door, don't let it sting
I wanna breathe that fire again
"December, 1963 [Oh What A Night!]", Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Oh, I got a funny feeling when she walked in the room
And I, as I recall it ended much too soon
"Ring Of Fire", (no artist provided)
I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire.
"Somebody Told Me", The Killers
Breaking my back just to know your name
Seventeen tracks and I've had it with this game
I'm breaking my back just to know your name
But heaven ain't close in a place like this
Anything goes but don't blink you might miss
Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
"The MTA (The Boston Subway Song)", The Kingston Trio
Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearn'd
He may ride forever
'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned.
"Good Vibrations", The Beach Boys
Gotta keep those lovin good vibrations
A happenin with her
Gotta keep those lovin good vibrations
A happenin with her
Gotta keep those lovin good vibrations
A happenin
"Desperado", Clint Black
But it seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones you can't get
Desperado
Oh, you ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walkin' through this world all alone
"Crying", Roy Orbison
That I'd been cry-i-i-i-ng over you, cry-i-i-i-ng over you
Then you said "so long". left me standing all alone
Alone and crying, crying, crying cry-i-ing
It's hard to understand but the touch of your hand
Can start me crying
"Only You", Commodores
Oh, I know if I had the power
To make this song come true
It would be for me
To build my life with only you
"Runaway", Del Shannon
I'm a-walkin' in the rain,
Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain,
Wishin' you were here by me,
To end this misery
"It's Your Love", Tim McGraw
It's your love
It just does somethin' to me
It sends a shock right through me
I can't get enough
"As Good As I Once Was", Toby Keith
I ain't as good as I once was
Thats just the cold hard truth
I still throw a few back, talk a little smack
When I'm feelin bullet proof
So don't double dog dare me now
'Cause I'd have to call your bluff
"Born Free", Kid Rock
Lost, like an unknown stranger
Grateful for my time with no regrets
Close to my destination
Tired, frail and aching
Waiting patiently for the sun to set
"Over The Rainbow", (no artist provided)
Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Oh, Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?
"Stardust", (no artist provided)
And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart
"In Dreams", Roy Orbison
We're together
In dreams, in dreams
But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it
If I cry
"Somebody Like You (Album Version)", Keith Urban
I used to run in circles goin' no-where fast
I'd take, uh, one step forward and two steps back
Couldn't walk a straight line even if I wanted to
"All-American Girl", Carrie Underwood
He could already see him holding that trophy
Taking his team to state
But when the nurse came in with a little pink blanket
All those big dreams changed
I feel like we could give him a better list to listen to, any suggestions? 

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