Monday, June 16, 2008

Goodnight Bush - No More Tricks

We were at Kepler's Bookstore this weekend and had a good laugh while reading Erich Origen and Gan Golan's politically inspired parody of the children's classic Goodnight Bush.

“Goodnight earth? Goodnight heir? Goodnight failures everywhere.”

In this month of graduation speeches and thoughts of the road ahead, one future date stands out: 1/20/09.
On his recent tour Bruce Springsteen has been playing the haunting title track off his new album Magic. The song is like a nightmare - the nightmare of the last eight years. Good news is at hand though, " the coming end of the worst presidency ever."

I got a coin in my palm
I can make it disappear
I got a card up my sleeve
Name it and I'll pull it out your ear
I got a rabbit in my hat
If you want to come and see
This is what will be, this is what will be

I got shackles on my wrist
Soon I'll slip 'em and be gone
Chain me in a box in the river
And I'll rise singin' this song
Trust none of what you hear
And less of what you see
This is what will be, this is what will be

I got a shiny saw blade
All I needs' a volunteer
I'll cut you in half
While you're smiling ear to ear
And the freedom that you sought's
Driftin' like a ghost amongst the trees
This is what will be, this is what will be

Now there's a fire down below
But it's comin' up here
So leave everything you know
And carry only what you fear
On the road the sun is sinkin' low
There's bodies hangin' in the trees
This is what will be, this is what will be

Copyright © 2007 Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)

More at:
Goodnight Bush
New York Times on Goodnight Bush


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