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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

When NBC Talks to the President 

There's something happening here; what it is ain't exactly clear. But Zemblan patriot J.M. happened to be watching the Tonight Show just now when Jay Leno introduced Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, who was performing a "protest song" called "When the President Talks to God." ("You may agree with it or not," said Leno, tautologically, "but it makes you think.") J.M. was so shocked by what he heard that he immediately jumped online to track down the lyrics:
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 says 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
The "bullshit," before you ask, was bleeped, saving NBC a few hundred grand in FCC fines.

Are the terms of the discourse changing?

UPDATE: The song is available for free at ITunes.

UPDATE II: Our venerated colleague Shaula Evans links to a video clip of Oberst's performance on the Tonight Show.

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