Election songs

Blog Poll: Are you happy with the result of the US election? 75% vote 'Yes', 18% vote 'No', 7% vote 'Pass'.As everyone seems to have an opinion on the result, what’s yours?

And, to keep it music-related, if not David Gimour-related, which songs best sum up your mood as you reflect upon the result and look to the future? A compilation of even partial tracks/lyrics would be entertaining.

Bonus points for the songs of David and Pink Floyd, naturally.

In addition, what did you think of the choice of music played at rallies in the run-up to the election? Jackie Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Bon Jovi… Not necessarily with the artist’s approval, of course.

Finally, remembering 1997, when a similar change of personnel was called for in Britain; the D:Ream song, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, was played frequently and has since become part of the collective memory.

Which tune(s) will you associate with this historic day a decade from now?

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

118 thoughts on “Election songs”

  1. I think the D:ream song was the cheesiest ever….

    Not being Americian, I find it hard to connect musically with a song but I’m really glad Mr Obama won.

    Quality dive from Stevie G last night…10 out of 10, but we deserved something.

    [Agreed. (Cheesy, but you’ll be singing it all day now, won’t you?) – FEd]

  2. “Things Can Only Get Better” was so cheesy, but it was perfect for Blair, LOL!

    I’m happy for the USA and for the world.

    “No more turning away
    from the weak and the weary
    No more turning away
    from the coldness inside
    Just a world that we all must share
    It’s not enough just to stand and stare
    Is it only a dream that there’ll be
    no more turning away?”

  3. I still don’t understand why they call themselves ‘Americans’. America is so much bigger than the U.S.A.!!!

    Anyway, how about: Mr Obama…welcome to the machine?

    Cheers,

    Agustín.
    Argentina.

  4. FEd will like this one.

    “How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
    How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?
    How many deaths will it take ’til he knows that too many people have died?
    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.”

    – Bob Dylan

  5. I, too, was thinking of the final verse of “On The Turning Away.” People wanted change, and they got it.

    I finally think things are going to be alright.

  6. “Bring the boys back home
    Bring the boys back home
    Don’t leave the children on their own
    Bring the boys back home.”

  7. Megadeth – “Washington is Next”

    “The quiet war has begun with silent weapons
    And the new slavery is to keep the people
    Poor and stupid, “Novus Ordo Seclorum”

    Disengage their minds, sabotage their health
    Promote sex and war and violence in the kindergartens
    Blame the parents and teachers; it’s their fault, “Annuit Coeptis”
    Attack the church dynamic, attack the family
    Keep the public undisciplined ’til nothing left is sacred and
    The “have-not’s” get hooked and have to go to the “have’s” just to cop a fix.”

  8. “The grass was greener
    The light was brighter
    With friends surrounded
    The night of wonder.”

  9. I’m in Leonard Cohen mode today. I’m off to see him at the Clyde Auditorium tonight (first time I’ll have been in there since May 2006).

    The verse that keeps rattling about in my head is from his ‘Democracy’:

    “Sail on, sail on
    O mighty Ship of State!
    To the Shores of Need
    Past the Reefs of Greed
    Through the Squalls of Hate
    Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.”

    [Enjoy yourself. – FEd]

  10. “On the day the wall came down
    They threw the locks onto the ground
    And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived… On the day the wall came down
    The ship of fools had finally ran aground
    Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight.”

    I’ve never been so proud to be an American…

    Great stuff last night, wasn’t it? I was in awe most of the night…

    Regardless of whom you wanted it showed accelerated growth in humanity and that’s what is most paramount.

  11. Election song:

    Bob The Builder – “Can we fix it? Yes, we can.”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [If any politician was going to use a children’s cartoon character’s catchphrase, you’d have put money on it being George W. Bush, surely. – FEd]

  12. Hi Lorraine,

    I went to see Mr. Cohen here in Germany on Sunday and had a great time. You’re in for a fabulous show – Enjoy yourself! In Oberhausen he played one of my favorites: Democracy.

    “It’s coming to America first,
    the cradle of the best and of the worst.
    It’s here they got the range
    and the machinery for change
    and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
    It’s here the family’s broken
    and it’s here the lonely say
    that the heart has got to open
    in a fundamental way:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”

    Henning

  13. Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don’t stand in the doorway
    Don’t block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There’s a battle outside
    And it is ragin’.
    It’ll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin’

  14. I will digress from the cheery nature and pick a Gilmour song – The Blue.

    I don’t think either candidate was excellent. However I very much object to Obama’s views of Government. He will actually create a bigger government which will include tons of spending. And much of the spending will be on more government assist programs so that people can remain being lazy.

    We don’t need bigger Welfare programs so that people can sit back, milk the system, earn money under the table and then buy $300 sneakers.

    And what people are not seeing is that the hard working American who pays their taxes will be subsidizing it all.

    You don’t want to live in poverty, work your way out of it, don’t look for handouts.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [The amount spent on campaigning is staggering, too. Didn’t Obama raise close to $700m? – FEd]

  15. sorry, but i just don’t like the idea that music and politics are the same thing (because they’re not!).

    here’s a quote from keith richards about why the stones didn’t play at live 8:

    ”i heartily applaud what they where trying to do, except that it was tied in with government policy, and i always try and separate politics and music.”

    and i totally agree music and politics should not be linked and besides all these politicians and presidents are all bent anyway.

    that’s why i don’t vote. i don’t trust any of them.

  16. And from David Gilmour, “Out of the Blue”:

    “Our childern are born, and we keep them
    They must have the right, to live in the light
    To be safe from the storm.”

  17. I can’t help it but whenever there is an election I must think (and listen to) of Mr. Bean & Smear Campaign (Feat. Bruce Dickinson) – (I Want To Be) Elected…

    Regards,
    Taki

  18. I go along with “A Great Day for Freedom” and “High Hopes”.

    Can’t think of other songs right now that would also fit.

  19. I´m extremely happy that Barack Obama, a democrat, has won the election, I believe that it´s a good thing, not only for the people in the USA, but for us who live in the rest of the world, too.

    But at the same time, I wonder, with all the lobbyists with which he has to deal (and from which he will need in some cases support) how much of his ideals will in the end make it into his politic.

    So the lyrics I have chosen are very ambivalent.

    “Who can you trust
    Shake their hands if you must
    But don´t walk away
    While you´re still on display”

    it´s from the Canadian band Saga´s song “Don´t Make a Sound”.

    Irene

  20. I can’t think of a good election song right now since it’s only 7:00am. I should be getting ready for work but I’m calling in “sick”.

    Either way, I’m happy Obama won.

    It’s kind of a sick feeling to think how life would be if John McCain ended up winning with that woman at his side.

  21. I’ll just repeat my Twit here, FEd.

    It’s a great day for planet Earth! I’m numb, and absolutely moved by hope!

  22. “You gotta be crazy” fits the best in my opinion, I’m not very much into a politics, but I had an impression that Obama is a big thread to free market economy. I heard of higher needs earlier and trust me it was not good.

    I do not want to say that the other candidate was better, no. I was surprised that such a great country had such weak candidates for the top world post. In my opinion all previous contenders which failed with Mr. Bush were far better. But I’m quite away and that’s my opinion and I can be wrong.

    All the best to Mr. Obama and the USA.

  23. Oh well, I have a song. This should be taught in every school.

    It is War by Bob Marley:

    “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior
    Is finally and permanently
    Discredited and abandoned –
    Everywhere is war –
    Me say war.

    That until there no longer
    First class and second class citizens of any nation
    Until the colour of a man’s skin
    Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
    Me say war.

    That until the basic human rights
    Are equally guaranteed to all,
    Without regard to race –
    Dis a war.

    That until that day
    The dream of lasting peace,
    World citizenship
    Rule of international morality
    Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
    But never attained –
    Now everywhere is war – war.

    And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
    That hold our brothers in Angola,
    In Mozambique,
    South Africa
    Sub-human bondage
    Have been toppled,
    Utterly destroyed –
    Well, everywhere is war –
    Me say war.

    War in the east,
    War in the west,
    War up north,
    War down south –
    War – war –
    Rumours of war.
    And until that day,
    The African continent
    Will not know peace,
    We Africans will fight – we find it necessary –
    And we know we shall win
    As we are confident
    In the victory

    Of good over evil.”

  24. I’m happy and surprised that Obama was elected, but I can’t help but wonder how many people voted for him because he was black.

    I say that because I’m positive that many voted against him for the same reason. I felt like I had no voice in the matter because I have no confidence either candidate, and the electoral votes would cancel my vote anyway. I don’t understand exactly how those things work but it seems like they simply humor us by allowing us to go to the poles.

    The lesser of the two evils I suppose. Either way, I can only hope that it’s a step in the right direction, and it’s better than not having a choice and having to just accept someone as ruler because of their bloodline.

    I think ‘Sorrow’ and ‘High Hopes’, suit me fine today.

    “Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon,
    though down this road we’ve been so many times.”

  25. I too thought of On the Turning Away.

    I wasn’t an Obama supporter. Or a McCain supporter. I usually vote for the smaller third parties.

    My congratulations go out to him of course though and I hope he does a great job. My only concern is the US is again under one party rule, and if we learned anything from The George Bush Administration this is a problem.

  26. I think ‘You Know I’m Right’ might have seemed a little arrogant of someone… Despite the extra points. I’d say ‘Echoes’ would be fun also, just because it’d be amusing for a huge rally to wait 23 minutes for the election song to end.

    I’d say ‘Coming Back to Life’ would be a nice cheesily used song in that context though, I’d go for that one.

    I enjoyed the election night. It was lengthy, and I’ve had to sleep all through today as I stayed up too long, but seeing such an historic moment happen live was great.

    I also enjoyed David Dimbleby conducting an incredibly unusual interview with a possibly drunk Gore Vidal.

    It may have been posted online somewhere, have a gander.

  27. A Change is Gonna Come written and originally performed by Sam Cooke.

    President Elect Obama has quoted from the song in his victory speech, “been a long time coming”, and I just heard the song (sung by a female artist, don’t know who, great voice though) on the news.

    I’d like to wish Mr Obama every success. He seems like a very nice man.

    ash X

  28. “Come round by my side & I’ll sing you a song.
    I’ll sing it so softly it’ll do no one wrong.
    On Birmingham Sunday the blood ran like wine.

    On Birmingham Sunday a noise shook the ground.
    And people all over the world turned around.
    For no one recalled a more cowardly sound.

    The men in the forest they once asked of me,
    How many black berries grew in the Blue Sea.
    I asked them right back with a tear in my eye
    How many dark ships in the forest?
    The choirs kept singing of freedom.”

    “On the wings of the night, as the daytime is stirring
    Where the speechless unite in a silent accord
    Using words you will find are strange
    Mesmerized as they light the flame
    Feel the new wind of change on the wings of the night.”

    “The birds they sang at the break of day
    Start again I heard them say
    Don’t dwell on what has passed away
    Or what is yet to be.

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.”

    Past/present/future?

    Peace,
    Gabrielle

    [I love that line from Leonard Cohen: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – FEd]

  29. I was concerned about this election. I was already making plans to run to Canada if McCain won. So today, in the shower I found myself singing:

    “Celebrate, good times, c’mon! Let’s celebrate!”

    John Lennon’s “Power to the People” comes to mind

    As far as a song for the future, OTTA and “Give Peace A Chance”.

    I think Obama said it all:

    “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

    “So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.”

    Amen, brother. Amen

    ~Erin

  30. How many ‘white’ men have been elected over the decades because they were White.

    How many white ‘men’ have been elected over the decades because they were Men.

    I think Barack Obama won IN SPITE of his being black, not BECAUSE of his being Black.

    He may not be able to undo all the ills of the world but I think he’ll give it one hell of a good start!

    Here’s hoping for a better future for us all!

    Love,
    Gabrielle

  31. I think the US citizens finally showed that they can get together as a nation and make a change when it was needed the most. I’m happy and I am now considering staying longer in the US. 🙂

    A Great Day for Freedom.

  32. It has to be Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”.

    I’ll always think of this day when I hear it, just as I always think of New Labour winning in 1997 whenever I hear “Things Can Only Get Better”.

  33. My song suggestion is “Land of Confusion” by Genesis!

    Last week I was in Dallas and whilst watching television the figures were quoted on the amounts of money spent on the election by both main parties… somewhere in the region of three quarters of a billion dollars… Then came an advert about how many Americans go bankrupt because of Healthcare bills…

    Hence my suggested song…

    “Too many men
    There’s too many people
    Making too many problems
    And not much love to go round
    Can’t you see
    This is a land of confusion.”

  34. [I was already making plans to run to Canada if McCain won. – Erin]

    You should still come… God’s country up here. 😉

    Cheers, Howard

  35. [You should still come… God’s country up here. – Howard Bayliss]

    And another big bonus is that Howard, Frank and Rudders are here. 🙂

  36. [Last week I was in Dallas and whilst watching television the figures were quoted on the amounts of money spent on the election by both main parties… somewhere in the region of three quarters of a billion dollars. – Rudders]

    Maybe Pink Floyd’s “Money” is more suitable?

    Like many international bystanders, I am eager for change, but it is hard to be optimistic about what Mr Obama can achieve in office.

    He may have the most honourable intentions, but his hands will always be tied by the wealthy lobbyists who hold the real power in the USA and, therefore, the world.

  37. I’m dazzled by what’s happened here and by feeling pride that our president is President Obama. I don’t have to be ashamed any more and that in and of itself is a great thing.

    Until I remember what happened in California. This is heinous.

    But the songs in my head have been “People Get Ready” by the Impressions and (weirdly because I’m not a fan) “Winds of Change” by the Scorpions.

    Not everything was magically fixed by President Obama’s election (I will type President Obama as often as I can, it seems) but it’s a start and it’s a glimpse of hope.

    I’d go with High Hopes as a good song too.

  38. “Lookin’ for a Leader
    To bring our country home
    Re-unite the red white and blue
    Before it turns to stone

    Lookin’ for somebody
    Young enough to take it on
    Clean up the corruption
    And make the country strong

    Walkin’ among our people
    There’s someone who’s straight and strong
    To lead us from desolation
    And a broken world gone wrong

    Someone walks among us
    And I hope he hears the call
    And maybe it’s a woman
    Or a black man after all

    Yeah, maybe it’s Obama
    But he thinks that he’s too young
    Maybe it’s Colin Powell
    To right what he’s done wrong

    Someone walks among us
    And I hope he hears the call
    And maybe it’s a woman
    Or a black man after all.”

    That’s the song that came into my head when I heard the result this morning.Who’d have thought Neil could see the future.

    I’m off to see Leonard at the Clyde Auditorium this week as well, but I’m going tomorrow. Tonight Glasgow will be busy, with Oasis, Leonard, Celtic vs Man U, fireworks…

    [Have a fine time, Davie. I’ll be seeing him in Cardiff over the weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. (Too soon for ‘Let’s Impeach The President’, you think?) – FEd]

  39. [… much of the spending will be on more government assist programs so that people can remain being lazy. We don’t need bigger Welfare programs so that people can sit back, milk the system, earn money under the table and then buy $300 sneakers. And what people are not seeing is that the hard working American who pays their taxes will be subsidizing it all. You don’t want to live in poverty, work your way out of it, don’t look for handouts. – Andrew]

    Although I realize that this kind of sentiment still exists, I’m appalled to be reading here. This is the same vitriolic, insidious, stereotypical, veiled racism that has been around for hundreds of years–whether or not you want to acknowledge it.

    Why didn’t you post this under any of the many topics on Crisis? Don’t want to show your true feelings on those occasions?

    Your comments make me feel sick at heart. That’s the last word I’ll utter on this subject.

    Gabrielle (hard-working, low-income)

  40. The song that jumped in my brain this morning after hearing the result:

    Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict.

    Hee hee! Reminds me of our government squabbling over nothing.

    I love to hear rich politicians say they plan to “Spread the Wealth”! Think they’ll show a good example and start with their paychecks? Yeah right!

  41. Chapter 24.

    “All movement is accomplished in six stages, and the seventh brings return…Change return success”.

    I am delighted that Barack Obama won.

    I could not help thinking that if McCain got in it would be the same old warmongering stuff again.

  42. I’m so happy with the result! We stayed up all night watching coverage on TV at my shared house.

    I hope Americans feel more positive now. (The world doesn’t hate you, the world thanks you!)

  43. There are obviously differing opinions on the outcome of this election. My feeling is that there has been some restoration of our democracy. Not because my guy won, but, because so many more people became part of the process.

    I’m still disheartened to hear that some choose not to vote. Others are bothered for some people’s reason for voting one way or another (such as race, although in the end it appears that was not a deciding factor in the outcome).

    This result is also a rejection of the Bush policies. Policies that have eroded our democracy by taking away our civil rights by spying on its citizens. By eroding our credibility on human rights in advocating the use of torture. By turning our backs on the rule of law in incarcerating people at Gitmo without due process and the right to a fair trial.

    In my heart, these behaviors cannot be any less American. These acts are a shame upon the world.

    This is precisely why the world celebrates the election of Barack Obama.

  44. Off topic:

    I forgot to say that I got my 5 disc set today. YAY!

    Most impressive. I love it and it is nice to see Polly included in the pictures. I kissed the plectrum too.

    My dear sweet husband has not taken it away to give to Santa. I have waited this long so I will wait for Christmas to watch and listen.

    That is, if I am a good girl of course. Ha, ha.

    [Enjoy it, Julie. – FEd]

  45. “Now the sweet bells of mercy
    Drift through the evening trees
    Young men on the corner
    Like scattered leaves,
    The boarded up windows,
    The empty streets
    While my brother’s down on his knees
    My city of ruins
    My city of ruins

    Come on, rise up! Come on, rise up!
    Come on, rise up! Come on, rise up!
    Come on, rise up! Come on, rise up!”

    – Bruce Springsteen

  46. [And what people are not seeing is that the hard working American who pays their taxes will be subsidizing it all. – Andrew]

    I’d rather my taxes go to social programs than wars.

    [Too soon for ‘Let’s Impeach The President’, you think? – FEd]

    Not at all. . . the bugger is still in office for another 120 days, let’s get ’em while the going’s good!

  47. 4 years of Sarah Palin’s inane squawking would have surely vaporized our collective cerebellum…

  48. [I’d say ‘Echoes’ would be fun also, just because it’d be amusing for a huge rally to wait 23 minutes for the election song to end. – LiamSch]

    LOL! The amount of time the supporters were waiting for Obama after he’d been declared the winner, you could fit Echoes *and* Shine on You Crazy Diamond in!

    Or is there a song with the words ‘Thank You’ repeated endlessly at the end, so he could come out while the song is still playing and join in?

  49. [Although I realize that this kind of sentiment still exists, I’m appalled to be reading here. This is the same vitriolic, insidious, stereotypical, veiled racism that has been around for hundreds of years–whether or not you want to acknowledge it. – Gabrielle]

    I cannot agree more, Gabrielle.

    I have hoped that this election would finally lance the boil of prejudice in this country. It may still. I have confronted this from friends and family. And it sickens me.

  50. My support was with Obama from the start. 21st century problems cannot be solved using 20th century ideas – the old way of doing business has created a huge mess of wars, poverty, pollution, financial crises, and class/race/religious division. Senator Obama understands the need for unity, not just on a national level, but on a global level, with a fresh perspective on bringing about the Change We Need.

    So, “Yes We Can”, “Yes We Did”, and now, “Yes We Will”!

    Cheers;
    Bill C

  51. “Hey you White House, ha ha, charade you are
    You house proud town mouse, ha ha, charade you are
    You’re trying to keep our feelings off the street…”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist slightly changing words from Pigs (Three Different Ones).

    I am highly disappointed that Obama was elected, as well as that Democrats took the place of Republicans at Congress, who already were at a minority. If Obama was elected, but Republicans took the place at Congress and regained majority, I would be much more comfortable.

    Unlike in Britain, if you do not know (and if I am as well informed as I believe), there is no shadow government to negate a complete takeover by one party, which is what is nearly happening in the U.S.

    It may not seem like a problem amidst much of the celebrations, but chances are it will cause many problems later on in his term.

    Anthony

  52. One song springs to mind……

    “Sunday, Monday,
    Happy Days…….”

    And so on!!!

    Simon J

    [I was expecting that. – FEd]

  53. The house proud town mouse has finally got his marching orders.

    Congrats Mr Obama, I hope you get your country back on track.

    Damian

  54. I’m really pleased Obama won, he appears to be personable.

    I didn’t really have that much of a problem with McCain as a person but did not like his policies.

    I’m afraid I did not like Sarah Palin at all, I would not trust that woman anymore than I could throw a steam roller. And to think that ‘if’ McCain had got in and ‘if’ he had been taken poorly or whatever she would have been in charge, scary stuff, thank goodness that did not happen.

    I hear Obama won’t be officially sworn in until January though, what’s that all about?

  55. Hi FEd,

    even if I don’t live in the U.S.A., I’m very happy for the election result.

    It’s very comforting to see such a positive change while there are so many things in my country which makes me feel disappointed.

    Maybe Obama’s election means that something has started to change in people’s mind.

    I particularly hope he will take back the soldiers from Iraq as soon as he can.

    Talking about peace, the song I choose is David’s “Out Of The Blue”, but another one I love is CSNY “Teach Your Children”.

    Ciao,
    Alessandra

  56. You can’t beat Alice’s Elected.

    At a time of High Hopes with the grass appearing greener, hopefully America will adopt a real Green agenda. The future is dependent on our leaders cherishing and protecting the environment now.

    I hope Obama can deliver the dream for his country and for the world. Our country had a dream, but unfortunately the man a lot of us pinned our hopes on eleven years ago failed to deliver it.

    Things didn’t really get better. Our dream was tarnished by a web of misdirected big smile grand gestures, reactionary spin, big-business appeasement and a relentless erosion of what was once a green and pleasant land, all in the name of progress. Bitter, me?

    Go on Obama, lead by deeds of good, for the benefit of us, them and everyone, for the present and for future generations.

  57. Just a message for Frank, Howard and Rudders:

    I was over in Canada last year. We stayed on Vancouver Island for 4 weeks, then a couple of weeks in Vancouver, then on to Toronto.

    I totally agree with you: Canada is God’s country. Big and beautiful and great fishing.

    Kind regards
    Damian

  58. [4 years of Sarah Palin’s inane squawking would have surely vaporized our collective cerebellum… – Parish]

    Oh, gosh darn it, then there is that. Now she can go back to that “pro-America” part of the country she came from.

  59. Frank, Howard and Rudders,

    A singer songwriter and now actor I believe, from my home town of Larne in N.Ireland, lives and works in Toronto, if you google Bill Craig, great musician!

  60. I agree with Andrew. Both candidates were abysmal IMO and things CAN get worse. Get ready. He’s my president though and I will fight for him and defend him…but he wasn’t my choice. Neither man was my choice. Bigger gov’t only works if EVERYONE contributes. You aren’t getting a tax break UNLESS you pay taxes. Those of us paying taxes are about to be paying A LOT more!

    I hope he proves me SO wrong and in fact I’m praying that he proves me wrong.

    I think it is beautiful, however, that a black man is the president of the United States and it is very exciting. I just wish he had a lot more experience in world affairs and economics. He is very green and this is a very scary time in America. However, I know just about EVERYONE on here is happy and so I say congratulations to you.

    God bless America.

    Blake (frightened) in Nashville

  61. [Although I realize that this kind of sentiment still exists, I’m appalled to be reading here. This is the same vitriolic, insidious, stereotypical, veiled racism that has been around for hundreds of years–whether or not you want to acknowledge it. – Gabrielle]

    Gabrielle, I totally disagree.

    You as a hard-working and lower income person will be paying more taxes and that has nothing to do with racism. That has to do with the history of the democratic party.

    It is actually the ‘wealthy’ party. That’s just a fact and has nothing to do with racism at all! There will be big gov’t with a dem. president, dem. senate and a dem. congress. That is a fact!

    That is the only thing I can actually cling to is the fact that a black man is a president. I’m very moderate about social issues but don’t fuck with my money! I can spend it better than Washington can! Is that a racist statement that people want to keep as much of their money as I can? I think not. That system only works if everyone contributes

    I’m done. And peace.

    ‘War is over…if you want it…war is over…if you want it.’ (that’s the song I was singing last night…a little John Lennon Christmas tune.

    Blake in Nashville

  62. This is a great day, not only for the USA, but also for the rest of the world.

    Let’s hope that, after a period of euphoria, we won’t all be disappointed…

    ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith comes to my mind.

    Maybe nothing to do with Barack Obama, but I do love ‘Manhattan-Kaboul’ de Renaud. (Click my name.)

    Michèle

  63. I didn’t want Obama to win, he just got where he is from the media.

    It reminds me of the symbolism of the music video for “Feel Good Inc.” by the Gorrilaz. The music video is about not being “dumbed-down” by the media.

    I’m also kind of thinking about High Hopes by you-know-who.

    [Not Frank Sinatra? – FEd]

  64. [I’m off to see Leonard at the Clyde Auditorium this week as well, but I’m going tomorrow.- Davie]

    He was brilliant Davie, the whole place clapped and cheered when he sang the “Democracy is coming to the USA” line. He did 3 encores too.

    Watching the Oasis fans trying to smoke fireworks on the way out was a hoot as well…at least I think that’s what they were trying to do. Wee souls.

  65. I´m from Argentina so I don´t know how the United States lives this day exactly but from here it looks like a great positive change.

    The first song I thought is “A Great Day For Freedom”.

  66. Hi Fed, hate to disagree with Andrew, but it looks like our neighbours to the South may have got this one right. And no rigging either.

    Words uttered By Obama himself last night “High Hopes” What a song.

    Genesis – Blood On The Rooftops

    “Let’s skip the news boy (I’ll make some tea)
    The Arabs and the Jews boy (too much for me)
    They get me confused boy (puts me off to sleep)
    And the thing I hate – oh lord!
    Is staying up late, to watch some debate, on some nation’s fate.”

    George

  67. PLEASE DON’T TALK FOOTBALL HERE.

    I am a life long Reds fan and being on the other side of the world I have to tape all the games and this is the second time I have read your comments before I have had ca hance to see the game and I have to pay to see them too!

    Sorry to nag but I hate spoilers.

    [Sorry, mate. – FEd]

  68. Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed and Delivered” summed up the night.

    It was a great night to be an American. I was going to go to the city of Chicago to see the celebration but, I missed the train here in Joliet.

    The weather here has been unseasonably warm in the 70s for a week now. It is almost like the warm air ushered in Obama by itself. The winds of change was ever present in the ‘windy city’ last night.

    Behold world, the USA has found its direction and true leadership again – Have a Cigar!

  69. Who’s being elected is not so important, what’s important is that the country be put on the proper path to heal and recover.

    Although the parties are “Poles Apart”; I have “High Hopes” for a “Great Day for Freedom”.

  70. So many good opinions. GDFF is definitely the song.

    Col’s choice of Bring The Boys Back Home is right on. Think of the billions that would be saved – including lives.

  71. Re: Latest News

    What a fantastic surprise!

    I love dearly love ‘Albatross’! It’s my favorite song by Fleetwood Mac.

    How beautiful it will sound when David plays it. I can’t wait.

  72. I have to disagree with Andrew’s comments.

    It is very easy to say, “Just work your way out of poverty and quit being so lazy.” People who are trying to work their way out of poverty, don’t have the resources that some of us have.

    For starters, they can only get jobs that pay minimum. If you have a full time job at minimum wage, you’re bringing home about $200 per week after taxes are taken out. That’s $850 a month, not even enough to rent a 2-bedroom apartment. Try raising a family on that, let alone saving any of it.

    If that’s what you earn, your credit never gets to be good enough to get financial aid to go to college. Thus, even if you want to work hard to do better, you are trapped in a life of poverty. Those government programs are the only way such people can survive.

    “Redistribution of wealth” is not about making rich people trade places with poor people, but about helping poor people who are trying to survive out there.

  73. I was at The City Wakes Tribute which was an excellent event in honor of Roger Keith ‘Syd’ Barrett in his home town of Cambridge, England.

    I returned to California just in time to vote. As the votes came in the only song that came to my mind and I actually played during the final hours was David Gilmour’s fantastic song ‘The Blue’.

    It was very moving and appropriate to the results. We have majority of the Senate and the House. I truly believe “The People” finally have their country back!!!

    Go Barack!!!

  74. It amazes me how the media have distilled and over-simplified our national discourse on progressive tax policies as either liberal or conservative. There has been no critique here of the proposed Obama policy that is not a regurgitation of standard right-wing talking points, and this format is too limiting to warrant a meaningful discussion of the U.S. tax system and its merits as envisioned by Teddy Roosevelt.

    That said, on 9/11 my wife was 9 months pregnant with our first child. I had to confront the sobering reality that I was about to raise children through dark and uncertain times. Now, six months after my second child was born and two days after the election of Barack Obama, I feel much better about being a parent.

    Play me some Sinatra…

  75. Another good one would be “All You Need Is Love,” which every politician should take heed of.

  76. I have no issue with the folks that disagree with me. Here is a little historical factoid to consider.

    The prior Democratic regime passed some legislation back in 1995 that required banks to lend to non-credit worthy borrowers for purposes of buying a house. One of the laws was called the Community Reinvestment Act. That required two government agencies to buy those lower quality mortgages from the banks, guarantee them, and then sell them to the public as an investment. There are actually some more things to discuss from an investment standpoint but I will leave it at that.

    Now you fast forward to the past year in the banking world. What happened is that many of those high-risk loans started to default. And hence the domino effect that transpired in the banking world.

    This is pretty complicated but the logical question is why would you lend money to someone who can’t afford to pay it back? But that is what the government put in place.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  77. Thanks for the history lesson, Andrew. How did we get here? Two pillars of Republican ideology, small government and fiscal responsibility were completely abandoned. Drunk with power, they went off the farm. Throw in post 9/11 infringements on civil liberties and human rights and they are now out of power. Throw the bums out, that’s how it goes.

    Obama said he will be president to the 56 million Americans who did not vote for him. He must meet that obligation and govern from the center. Especially because of the leftward shift of Congressional power.

    I think Obama is insightful enough to realize this. The man clearly is able to think on his feet. We can only hope. Hope is what I embrace, I am finished with the fear.

    Respectfully,
    Mike

  78. Andrew, I did not see in your last post where you demonstrate how the Republican party shares in the blame, or how investment banks’ voracious appetite for mortgage backed securities fuelled demand, easy lending, and speculation, or how the Federal Reserve turned a blind eye to what was happening?

    You seem like a fairly well-reasoned individual so I’d wait to read what you have to say on that before I address anything else.

  79. [Bob The Builder – “Can we fix it? Yes, we can.” – Geoff Duffy]

    Frankly, I’m shocked that Bob the Builder didn’t show up at a McCain rally. After all, we had Joe the Plumber, Ed the Dairyman, Jane the Basketweaver, Bill the Chocolatemaker.

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. I need a break from this crap.

    [Very good. I’ll chuckle about that all day. – FEd]

  80. Angelo/Mike:

    Your points are well taken but remember that I also didn’t say that the last 8 years were the best ever and everything was just rosy great.

    Every administration makes mistakes. No one is perfect.

    As for your points, I don’t need to make those comments as there are plenty of other folks who will chime in with them. However, who else (aside maybe Blake) will even say anything on the other side?

    The one thing we all have in common is the music. Everything else people will have different opinions about. Fact is that no one is 100% right even if they like to believe they are. Politics/Religion will be debated forever.

    If you want mellow, let’s put on side 2 of Meddle, smoke em if you got em & pass a beer.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  81. Living in one of only two states that did not have at least one county go for Obama is tough. Also living in an very diverse urban area is eye opening.

    As far as celebration songs for me, it is and always will be “Fat Old Sun”. To me that song has always meant to appreciate and embrace the simplicity of life, take in the moment, and to let go of all of the worries and fears that can so easily consume one.

    However, witnessing the horror of ignorance in my own backyard on April 19, 1995, there is a small fear that brings to mind “Message to the Solider” by ICE-T.

    I see that the world celebrated this election outcome, but I really hope that the we hang a “closed for repairs” sign on the US’s front door, because there is still a lot of “us vs them” healing that needs to begin.

  82. [… much of the spending will be on more government assist programs so that people can remain being lazy. We don’t need bigger Welfare programs so that people can sit back, milk the system, earn money under the table and then buy $300 sneakers. And what people are not seeing is that the hard working American who pays their taxes will be subsidizing it all. You don’t want to live in poverty, work your way out of it, don’t look for handouts. – Andrew]

    Everyone has the right to their opinion…

    But, what about the working poor, the minimum wage earners who have no healthcare, those who have no food in their homes to feed their children? The homeless and those who have lost everything due to unforeseen circumstances? Should we as a nation continue to “Turn Away”?

    Hmmmm there was a line from this nice little song, it went something like, “For the want of the price of tea and a slice the old man died”.

    The working (college educated) poor,
    Penny

  83. Andrew brought up a good historical fact …

    I still remember in the late 90s when the real estate market was taking off fast. The demand of home buying was high; the prices of the houses back then sky-rocketed. How about the “toxic securities” which were banned in the post-depression era that caused the collapse of US economy in 1929? These “toxic securities” were once again approved by the Congress some time in 2000! I wish an investigation has taken place to detect who were the culprits of this action.

    I don’t like to discuss politics or religion publicly because both are sensitive and volatile subjects. One can easily lose a friend just for having different opinions. Can we really say who’s opinion is right and who’s wrong?

    Which reminds me of these few lines in one of Pink Floyd’s songs …

    “Black and blue
    And who knows which is which and who is who.
    Up and down.
    But in the end it’s only round and round.

    Down and out
    It can’t be helped but there’s a lot of it about.
    With, without.
    And who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?”

    Thank you.

  84. “Don’t follow leaders
    Watch the parkin’ meters”

    -Bob Dylan

    [Ah, Bob Dylan… “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” – FEd]

  85. Thanks to Damian and Paul regarding Canada on behalf of my friends Howard and Rudders.

    It truly is an amazing country.

  86. What I see for Earth’s future (may I not get crucified from everyone here for this), I borrow the lyrics from Metallica’s “Fight Fire With Fire”:

    “Do unto others as they have done to you
    But what the Hell is this world coming to?

    Blow the universe into nothingness
    Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest

    Fight fire with fire
    Ending is near
    Fight fire with fire
    Bursting with fear

    We all shall die

    Time is like a fuse, short and burning fast
    Armageddon is here, like said in the past

    Fight fire with fire
    Ending is near
    Fight fire with fire
    Bursting with fear

    Soon to fill our lungs the hot winds of death
    The Gods are laughing, so take your last breath

    Fight fire with fire
    Ending is near
    Fight fire with fire
    Bursting with fear

    Fight fire with fire.”

    I’m scared that the so-called “Judgment Day” is going to occur in 2012. I don’t trust any politician and I’m glad I didn’t vote as I detested both jackass candidates.

  87. Penny and all other who care to read,

    I didn’t say there shouldn’t be any Government assist programs. But can you say there isn’t abuse of the ones that are currently in place? Couldn’t you do more for everyone else if you were to weed out the ones that really are milking the system?

    Its just like the guy who goes out on disability because of a bad back and then he is caught working on the side doing roofing jobs. Is it fair that the taxpayers should be burdened with situations like this?

    Sure there are plenty of people who work hard and are on the cusp and may need a bit of help. Generally I don’t have a problem with that but there should be some limits.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [We talked about this in the chatroom yesterday, as it happens. – FEd]

  88. Congratulations to Mr. Obama, the right title should be absolutely “High Hopes” I think, let’s see then (anyway, I don’t envy him).

    P.S. Every time the site is loading the collage of songs, and I can listen Echoes with both the voices of DG and RW, I feel deeply touched.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Bye/ciao Elisabetta

  89. [I still don’t understand why they call themselves ‘Americans’. America is so much bigger than the U.S.A.!!! – Agustin]

    Just wonder if you have any good suggestions? (Not looking for any rudeness here.)

    Gabrielle: when my husband and I finally move to the Northwest, I hope I get a chance to meet you. Your posts are so well spoken.

    Only time and history will tell if this was a good election result. I certainly hope it is a giant step forward. But, as we all recognize, one person does not do it alone.

    On another note, I finally decided my Elvis song for David would be ‘Don’t Be Cruel’.

    Jan

  90. [sorry, but i just don’t like the idea that music and politics are the same thing (because they’re not!). here’s a quote from keith richards about why the stones didn’t play at live 8: […] and i totally agree music and politics should not be linked and besides all these politicians and presidents are all bent anyway. that’s why i don’t vote. i don’t trust any of them. – david]

    Keith Richards is a person to emulate?

    But aside from that. Music addresses the human condition in all areas. Art, politics, war religion. Some of the greatest Dylan songs sure sound political. Music is in the fabric of our very lives.

    And not voting? I suppose you might also be one of those who say ‘I’m only one person, I won’t make a difference’. I hope we all try to make a difference.

    Jan

  91. I didn’t see mention of “Us and Them”, which I think sums up the human condition pretty well. It’s been appropriate for the partisan BS of recent times.

    Now maybe we have an “Us” in office rather than a “Them”.
    No more jingoism like “Bring it on”. And I’m a 50 year old white guy!

    Thanks for all the warmth and fuzziness from around the world. We’re exited here.

    [You’re right to be, Dan; enjoy it. A lot of people around the world are very grateful to you. – FEd]

  92. [And another big bonus is that Howard, Frank and Rudders are here. – Rudders]

    …and John nff.

    Since I’ll be seeing Bob Dylan live next Saturday, this comes to mind…’The Times They Are A-Changin’.

    [I hope you enjoy the concert, John. Don’t be shy in sharing all the details, will you? – FEd]

  93. I’m an American, and I voted for Obama.

    I’m very happy he won. Hopefully he can get us through these times. He sure has his work cut out for him. It’s almost unfortunate, because a lot of his great programs are going to be on the back burner, because of the economy.

    But yes, I’m very happy. We are going to have a kind, capable, intelligent man (who believes in science!) back in the White House.

  94. On the Duran Duran/Arcadia album David guested on, there’s “Election Day”, though it has nothing to do with it.

  95. Well….”The ship of fools had finally run a-ground” is the lyric that makes me laugh when I think of this election in the US.

    I live in Canada and we are neighbours with the Americans, and I am so happy that Obama won. The moment he won was a transformational moment, not only in their history, but everyone else’s too. It was full of hope.

    My best wishes go out to him and to all Americans. I hope you make the best of this moment, because they don’t come along very often.

    Bob in Victoria, BC, Canada

  96. Well, two Floyd songs come to mind: “Any Colour You Like” (as in “you can have any colour you like, they’re all red…”), and “Welcome to the Machine,” as in, welcome to the political machine…

    Suppose I should mention a Dave song, “You Know I’m Right” (as in “either you are wrong, or I am right…”).

    And finally, probably the best statement in a song: Dave’s buddy Pete Townsend’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as in “meet the old boss; same as the new boss.”)

    Why these four songs? Because the idea of a government bringing about real “change” misses an important point: that government is the end result, not the cause, of philosophy. To have real change, you have to change the underlying premises of a culture via education (yes, we actually do need SOME education!).

    Too often, politicians are just two sides of the same coin…

    Thanks.

  97. [Just wonder if you have any good suggestions? (Not looking for any rudeness here.) – jan]

    Well, I can tell you what we say in Italy.

    People from Argentina: Argentini.
    People from Brasil: Brasiliani.
    People from US: Statunitensi.

    But we also use the “wrong” expression, Americani.

  98. Off topic. About the social system in the U.S.

    All systems based on insurance is a joke. It is bizarre. The fact that the U.S. is the only country I know with such a system should make U.S. citizens think: why?

    Every operation, serious operation, in a hospital costs an absurd amount of money. A normal worker would never in his life gain enough money to cure himself. The insurance system is simply not working as it is greedy.

    I am proud of being European when it comes to this issue. We guarantee free medical assistance to every citizen. For any problem and illness, no matter how important it is. For everyone with or without a job.

    This is Evolution. A country that takes care of his citizens in a system where all contribute. It costs a lot to society but society cannot be a collection of individuals. It doesn’t work this way.

    It is ridiculous that the U.S. is still not able to assist its own citizens in a way that respects human dignity.

  99. I was going to post this early and then I thought I’d wait…this just goes to prove why I usually don’t discuss politics unless I really know the person.

    I come here for more than a possible attack based on whatever my political views may be…which I haven’t said.

    My song would be and still is…Raise My Rent.

    It didn’t matter who won – the country (and the global economy) is in a big mess and it will cost us a lot more to bail it out. Sure I could be more optimistic, but one thing Obama said to remember is that it might not take one year or one term…it will take a long time for all of us to get back on track…

    It took quite a few years to get to this point and it will take a few more to get out…I feel for Iceland…

    That’s it for me today…BTW, I do have High Hopes though…

  100. [Every operation, serious operation, in a hospital costs an absurd amount of money. A normal worker would never in his life gain enough money to cure himself. The insurance system is simply not working as it is greedy. – Piergiorgio]

    I so agree with your view that our medical insurance program here is a mess. Insurance costs too much, prescriptions too expensive, assisted living cost is out of sight. And any surgery costs are a laugh. So many charges are unnecessary and yet difficult to read the charges to dispute.

    I lived in Australia for a while, so have experienced what you are talking about.

    Jan

  101. I find it interesting that the same people who cry “racism” at every offence, whether perceived or real, voted for Obama simply because he is black. Don’t you?

    I find interesting that a U.S. Marine that I know personally paints a different picture of the events in Iraq than the ones broadcast by the media. Don’t you?

    I’m not a war monger, but rather one who would prefer not to see another 9/11 or 7 July. Aren’t you?

  102. Since I hail from the state from which Mssr. Obama hails, I shall comment.

    It will be interesting to see how he “earns” something. Since he has not demonstrated that particular gift as yet. I feel he’s a kept man.

    One lyric comes to mind:

    “Go down Ms. Moses, there’s nothing left to say.
    It’s just ol’ Luke and Luke’s waitin’ on the Judgment Day.
    Well Luke my friend, what about young Anna Lee?
    He said do me a favor son, won’t you stay and keep Anna Lee company.”

    I guess we’ll just wait and see…

  103. Based on Obama’s thoughts on the redistribution of wealth, I would go with:

    Back in the USSR – John Lennon/Paul McCartney

  104. ok…i’m a U.S. citizen so everyone can blame me for what’s wrong with the world and we can all stop throwing darts at each other. my generation is going to get blamed for it anyway even though i had nothing to do with what king george and trickie dickie unleashed on
    the whole world, i’ll fess up, so andrew, piergiorgio and a few others can take a breather.

    until we ALL figure out that it’s 1 earth, 1 human race, 1 goal = survival….. therefore promoting our own agendas seems rather pale in comparison to this, doesn’t it? we need to think long term before it’s too late…..

    oh…back on topic…election songs, ‘jesus just left chicago’ (zz top). why do i get the feeling i will catch hell over that one? oh well, it called for my opinion…….

    peace you all…….fats out

  105. Hey FEd,

    Been a while; Hope all is well with David/Yourself!

    Being from the new cradle of the democracy, I think “Chimes of Freedom, Bob Dylan” is fitting for this recent election result!

    While downtown last Wednesday, 11/12, I happened upon Obama’s armored/heavily armed motorcade rolling near the Federal Plaza (his transition office is located in the Kluczynski Federal Building) catching a brief glimpse of the President-elect, one week after his historic victory, (3rd time in my life I have come close to Our nation’s Chief Executive, shook hands with Carter/Ford)!

    63 days and counting before “The Inauguration”.

    We are in the midst of a deep recession; contrary to what has been said in the Press, the 700 Billion bailout of Wall Street has been shelved, The Big 3 automakers are in deep financial trouble and if they go belly up, 1 out of 10 American jobs rely on the auto industry! Obama is going to need all the help he can get, so, He’s choosing his Cabinet carefully!

    BTW, Obama is BI-RACIAL.

  106. I just want to know when David will appear in Los Angeles area or Las Vegas area?

    Bought Gdansk CD/DVD. Play them constantly. He is fantastic, so is his band. Did not even know him till I saw concert on VH1. Went right over to Best Buy to get it.

    [There are no future concerts planned, I’m afraid. – FEd]

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