Bright Eyes on Bush

John liked this video and passed me the link.

Lyrics after the jump.

When the president talks to God
Are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our womens’ 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

13 Comments
  1. Bright Eyes is from Omaha… he got his name from the daughter of the last chief of the Omaha tribe, who interpreted for Chief Standing Bear of the Poncas in the trial that determined that Native Americans are legally “people” under the law, and have the same rights and protections available to them as American citizens.

    So yeah, anyway, go Omaha’s music scene!

  2. Stuart,

    I remember the history — even drank to it last time I was in Omaha (at one of those Old Market establsihments).

  3. Stuart,
    I go to college in Omaha, and if we can’t agree on anything else, we can agree that the music scene is excellent.

  4. DAP,

    I didn’t know you were there, too. My daughter lives there, and we are in Lincoln or Omaha once a year or so.

  5. Dennis:
    Seriously? That’s awesome, what college? We should meet up next time I’m in town, if you wouldn’t mind. It’d be good to attach some faces to names. For that matter, if Stephen Gordon’s in town at the same time and willing to meet up… it could be a lot of fun.

  6. My only experience with Nebraska was the city of Hastings… man, that was… entertaining? Hey! At least they had the Jell-O Museum!

  7. From http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/2005/05/when_the_presid.html

    Kudos to Leno for having Bright Eyes on as a guest and for allowing him to sing such a powerful song. Leno’s a powerful man at NBC, but I’m guessing he had to fight a few higher-ups before he got his way. Might not be a bad idea to email NBC at [email protected] with a few words of support.

    When the President talks to God
    Why doesn’t God SCREAM down SHUT UP ASSHOLE!!??

    He says “Fil mish mish” at the end. It’s Arabic. It literally translates to “When apricot season comes” but means “I doubt it” or “When pigs fly” or something like that…

    Oh, and this apparently first aired last May, but thanks for the posting, Stephen!

  8. I actually live in central Nebraska, but will be getting back to near Lincoln for Easter. I grew up near there and wnet to college in Lincoln. There aren’t many of us acknowledged libertarians in the state, so it would be nice to meet some fellow husker libertarians some time.

  9. Wes,

    Thanks for the translation, and the English lyrics are “I doubt it”—until your note, I didn’t get the meaning of those last words substituted in this particular performance.

  10. Terry, I’m up in Chadron… where you at?

    We should get together and actually try to turn this moribund state party around. We probably shouldn’t do it here, though; maybe a new blog is in order?

  11. Since January of 2005, that has been a free download on the iTunes Music Store. Go there and get the song. It’s free.