Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Heart.

Sometimes I wonder if mine still beats - and then something happens that makes me remember it's there. One such moment happened only seconds ago when I watched Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I don't know when this took place, but I just saw the clip online, and I am awestruck.

There is nothing more amazing to me than a musician or actor who is willing to put their career on the line to make a stand for something they believe in - and that is exactly what Conor did. Instead of taking this opportunity to sing one of his singles in front of millions of people and possibly secure himself a sizable bump in album sales he walked on to the stage and sang these words:

When the president talks to God
Are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our women's' rights
And send poor farm kids off to die?
Does God suggest an oil hike
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Does he fake that drawl or merely nod?
Agree which convicts should be killed?
Where prisons should be built and filled?
Which voter fraud must be concealed
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
I wonder which one plays the better cop
We should find some jobs. the ghetto's broke
No, they're lazy, George, I say we don't
Just give 'em more liquor stores and dirty coke
That's what God recommends

When the president talks to God
Do they drink near beer and go play golf
While they pick which countries to invade
Which Muslim souls still can be saved?
I guess god just calls a spade a spade
When the president talks to God

When the president talks to God
Does he ever think that maybe he's not?
That that voice is just inside his head
When he kneels next to the presidential bed
Does he ever smell his own bullshit
When the president talks to God?

I doubt it
I doubt it



I have nothing else to add to that.

My birthday is in two days. I doubt I'll even notice.

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