Trump playlist

Donald Trump is the next president of the United States of America, then. Can you express your feelings through a song? A good, old-fashioned blog playlist would be most welcome at this point.

I’ll just leave this here.

As an outsider looking in, fascinated but not surprised by the result and in no position to judge after what’s happened in Britain in recent months, it’s clear that many voters had an unenviable choice to make. Looking for positives, perhaps as some consolation, it’s good that voter turnout was at record-setting levels.

I expect the conversation might spill over into the chatroom tomorrow. It will be open from 3pm (UK).

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’.

91 thoughts on “Trump playlist”

  1. Rush – “Big Money”

    Big money goes around the world
    Big money underground
    Big money got a mighty voice
    Big money make no sound
    Big money pull a million strings
    Big money hold the prize
    Big money weave a mighty web
    Big money draw the flies

    1. Today 27 years ago we broke down a wall in Berlin which dived families, the world in the “good and the bad”. Now we gonna build a wall again?

      We don’t need no education…

  2. I didn’t like either candidate. Kind of like having to pick a favourite between whoever burgled your house, or the guy who slept with your wife? Bernie Sanders would have mashed Trumpet methinks.

    Anyhoo, I saw The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want was played after his victory speech. That seems appropriate.

  3. It Is a Mad Mad World by Tears for Fears.

    Gary Jules made a great sad cover of it, but today I need some positive vibes.

  4. Today 27 years ago we broke down a wall in Berlin which dived families, the world in the “good and the bad”. Now we gonna build a wall again? I hope we understood that there is no bad and good anymore… am I wrong?

    Mother – the live version sung by Miss S.O’Conner with a long guy on bass at the Wall in Berlin…

    Mother should i run for president?

    Mother, do you think HE’s dangerous?

  5. I’d like to share two songs if I may and post the lyrics for one (circa 1970) which I have shared before (I grew up with this album).

    Sixto Rodriguez – Establishment Blues

    “The mayor hides the crime rate
    council woman hesitates
    Public gets irate but forget the vote date
    Weatherman complaining, predicted sun, it’s raining
    Everyone’s protesting, boyfriend keeps suggesting
    you’re not like all of the rest

    Garbage ain’t collected, women ain’t protected
    Politicians using, people they’re abusing
    The mafia’s getting bigger, like pollution in the river
    And you tell me that this is where it’s at

    Woke up this morning with an ache in my head
    I splashed on my clothes as I spilled out of bed
    I opened the window to listen to the news
    But all I heard was the Establishment’s Blues.

    Gun sales are soaring, housewives find life boring
    Divorce the only answer smoking causes cancer
    This system’s gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune
    And that’s a concrete cold fact

    The pope digs population, freedom from taxation
    Teeny Bops are uptight, drinking at a stoplight
    Miniskirt is flirting I can’t stop so I’m hurting
    Spinster sells her hopeless chest

    Adultery plays the kitchen, bigot cops non-fiction
    The little man gets shafted, sons and monies drafted
    Living by a time piece, new war in the Far East
    Can you pass the Rorschach test?

    It’s a hassle it’s an educated guess.
    Well, frankly I couldn’t care less.”

    I’m sorry to say this but we got EXACTLY what we deserved! For far too long the establishment and elites (on both sides of the aisle) have fed the masses promises of a better future, pretended to care about the infrastructure, education, our general welfare and then once elected, lined their (and those aligned with them) own pockets. We don’t see how people are hurting — really, really hurting …

    If it’s any consolation at all … OK Go – This Too Shall Pass

    1. Great choice!! I am a huge Rodriguez fan. And David Gilmour fan, of course.

      We have been cursed here in the States but will survive even this.

  6. 1973 Steely Dan’s “King of the World” – the chorus goes something like this

    “I’m reading last years papers
    Although I don’t know why
    Assassins cons and rapers
    Might as well die.”

    Sounds familiar 43 years later.


  7. Near the End: “Thinking that we’re getting older and wiser, when we’re just getting old”

    Out of the Blue: “Over and over we call. No one hears and further and further and further we fall. Though we pray that we soon will awake, it is clear that’s it’s no dream at all our lives are at stake. So hold back the fire because this much is true. When all’s said and done the ending will come from out of the blue”

    Sorrow: “Sweet smell of the great sorrow lies over the land. Plumes of smoke rise, merge into the laden sky. A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers but awakes to a morning with no reason for waking…”

    Pigs: “Big man, pig man haha charade you are”

    Sheep: “You better watch out, there may be dogs about”

    America just elected the antichrist to build our Babylon tower of CO2 and harvest our planet for profit. All of our prophets, sages, artists have warned us about this since the beginning of time.

    I’ve never been more ashamed of being an American. I’m sorry, Earth, I could not stop it. It is high time (Cymbaline) to Rattle that lock and lose these chains.

    1. “Winners can lose, and things can get strange…But whatever you change, you know the dogs remain…”

  8. We are – apparently – a country of bigots and we just elected the movie Idiocracy to be our president.

  9. Will not be able to make the chat but I nominate the entire new Marillion album F.E.A.R. (Fuck Everything And Run).

  10. One of the first who called the new President was Putin. Can you imagine them together?

    It’s scary.

  11. Oh. I forgot an important line from Out of the Blue.

    “I can not believe, nor even pretend, that the thunder I hear will just disappear and the nightmare will end”

    Please forgive me. I’m in mourning for our planet.

  12. So Donald Trump has been democratically elected the next President of the USA! Mr Trump says he’s passionate, patriotic and proud to be given the opportunity to both serve and protect his newly inherited American people! Of course the proof lies in the pudding, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens? There’s no point in speculating, as none of us can predict the future! The weight of feeling suggests it will all go horribly wrong, however, could his tenure be a breath of fresh air and be a resounding success? Who knows and do we really care?

    On the contrary, my thoughts today are on our home soil, with deep sorrow at the awful news of the tram derailment in Croydon. What upsets me, is that this news has played second fiddle to the US Election result all day! I’ll leave it with you judge what you might consider more of a priority in the UK? Loss of our citizens’ lives or Donald Trump being elected President?

    Perhaps a song of choice to heir on the side of positivity might be “Imagine”…..John Lennon?

    Shine on…..

  13. I feel terrible; I thought that I am living in a time that is safe from politicians like Trump. This is really the strongest signal to campaign for reasonable and wise and ecology-friendly politics. I will start with that right now.

  14. ‘What The Fuck?’ – David Guetta

    ‘Unbelievable’ – Bob Dylan

    ‘Bad Day’ – Daniel Potter

    ‘Demagogue’ – Franz Ferdinand

    I fear he will cancel all payments to the Green Climate Fund as he said he would consider scrapping the Paris Agreement (which he calls ‘bad for US business’…)

    So, Brexit, Trump, … Marine here next? Why not? The world is going mad.

    But… The Show Must Go On… Don’t Give Up…

  15. I keep seeing people say this is like Brexit. Maybe it is, but with nipple pasties, hot pink beer bongs and Vegas lights, because ‘Merica! It’s democracy molested, grabbed by the p, and America just took a big star spangled sh*t on the tipping point of our environment.

    I always told my daughter that people are basically decent, at their core. We may have ideological differences but people are basically decent.

    This was a myth. I lied to her. Like always, when innocence is lost, it happens all at once, in the cruelest form possible so that there can be no mistake, no going back. I’m shattered. I’m so sorry. Half of us tried.

  16. Oh I think I give up – first Brexit and now Trump. Democracy in action and (We) liberal minded people seem to have failed to convince the disenfranchised that unity is better than division.

    I suspect nothing much will change.

    How about ‘In the Flesh’ …. get ’em up against the wall etc.

  17. I am in shock. Can not think of anything positive to say about half the USA voting for such a person so I will not say anything at all. Well at least half did not vote for him.

    My son, daughter-in-law and I went to see Dr. Strange last night. It was a good escape from the election coverage. Also there was a Pink Floyd song. That made it all the better.

    Also on a happy note there will be a super moon on the 14th. It will be the closes to the Earth sense 1/26/48 at 217,000 miles away. Maybe I can go hide on the dark side for four years (just kidding).

    Take Care, Suzy

  18. How about Sorrow? I wasn’t too concerned, I thought none of my business, then I heard he will stop all money for climate change. Now that will affect us all considering the USA is the dirty man on the planet. Plumes of smoke will rise and merge into a leaded sky.


  19. Hi FEd and friends,

    The reality of Trump as president is shocking beyond belief. That said, I can’t say that deep down I thought it was an impossibility. I’ve spent a good part of my life keeping my expectations low in order to protect my most vulnerable self. This song by The Rolling Stones speaks to me at this time.

    Also, today my feelings are similar to those I felt when JFK was assassinated. Not as gut-wrenchingly extreme, but similar nonetheless.

    Anyway, this song by Bob Dylan is my contribution to the lyrical equivalent of my feelings.

    Desolation Row, by Bob Dylan

    They’re selling postcards of the hanging
    They’re painting the passports brown
    The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
    The circus is in town

    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    And the riot squad they’re restless
    They need somewhere to go
    As Lady and I look out tonight
    From Desolation Row

    Cinderella, she seems so easy
    “It takes one to know one,” she smiles
    And puts her hands in her back pockets
    Bette Davis style
    And in comes Romeo, he’s moaning
    “You Belong to Me I Believe”
    And someone says, “You’re in the wrong place my friend
    You better leave”
    And the only sound that’s left
    After the ambulances go
    Is Cinderella sweeping up
    On Desolation Row

    Now the moon is almost hidden
    The stars are beginning to hide
    The fortune-telling lady
    Has even taken all her things inside
    All except for Cain and Abel
    And the hunchback of Notre Dame
    Everybody is making love
    Or else expecting rain
    And the Good Samaritan, he’s dressing
    He’s getting ready for the show
    He’s going to the carnival tonight
    On Desolation Row

    Now Ophelia, she’s ’neath the window
    For her I feel so afraid
    On her twenty-second birthday
    She already is an old maid
    To her, death is quite romantic
    She wears an iron vest
    Her profession’s her religion
    Her sin is her lifelessness
    And though her eyes are fixed upon
    Noah’s great rainbow
    She spends her time peeking
    Into Desolation Row

    Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood
    With his memories in a trunk
    Passed this way an hour ago
    With his friend, a jealous monk
    He looked so immaculately frightful
    As he bummed a cigarette
    Then he went off sniffing drainpipes
    And reciting the alphabet
    Now you would not think to look at him
    But he was famous long ago
    For playing the electric violin
    On Desolation Row

    Dr. Filth, he keeps his world
    Inside of a leather cup
    But all his sexless patients
    They’re trying to blow it up
    Now his nurse, some local loser
    She’s in charge of the cyanide hole
    And she also keeps the cards that read
    “Have Mercy on His Soul”
    They all play on pennywhistles
    You can hear them blow
    If you lean your head out far enough
    From Desolation Row

    Across the street they’ve nailed the curtains
    They’re getting ready for the feast
    The Phantom of the Opera
    A perfect image of a priest
    They’re spoonfeeding Casanova
    To get him to feel more assured
    Then they’ll kill him with self-confidence
    After poisoning him with words
    And the Phantom’s shouting to skinny girls
    “Get Outa Here If You Don’t Know
    Casanova is just being punished for going
    To Desolation Row”

    Now at midnight all the agents
    And the superhuman crew
    Come out and round up everyone
    That knows more than they do
    Then they bring them to the factory
    Where the heart-attack machine
    Is strapped across their shoulders
    And then the kerosene
    Is brought down from the castles
    By insurance men who go
    Check to see that nobody is escaping
    To Desolation Row

    Praise be to Nero’s Neptune
    The Titanic sails at dawn
    And everybody’s shouting
    “Which Side Are You On?”
    And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot
    Fighting in the captain’s tower
    While calypso singers laugh at them
    And fishermen hold flowers
    Between the windows of the sea
    Where lovely mermaids flow
    And nobody has to think too much
    About Desolation Row

    Yes, I received your letter yesterday
    (About the time the doorknob broke)
    When you asked how I was doing
    Was that some kind of joke?
    All these people that you mention
    Yes, I know them, they’re quite lame
    I had to rearrange their faces
    And give them all another name
    Right now I can’t read too good
    Don’t send me no more letters, no
    Not unless you mail them from
    Desolation Row

    Peace and love to you one and all ~

  20. The chorus from the Nick Lowe song So It Goes from the 1970s comes to mind:

    “And so it goes and so it goes
    and so it goes and so it goes
    but where it’s goin’ no one knows”

    Last night was jaw dropping here in the U.S. Stayed up til 4 AM watching the increasingly stunned media people report on state after state of winning results for Trump. Work was not fun today after 2 hours of sleep, but could not help but watch history being made. And so it goes. Where we are going, no one knows….

    Would like to join the chat tomorrow but most likely work will prevent it. Is the chatroom open on weekends at all?

    1. Technically, it’s always open; I schedule a two-hour chat on a weekday when I can be there. However, you’re welcome to use it any time. Feel free to make a suggestion and let others know when you’ll be there and they can join you. To help, you can see who is in the chatroom at any time – here.

    2. Hey Gabrielle~

      I too kept my expectations low. But I was hoping that the sensible would surpass the hatred.

      But knowing of the unreasonable hate that flourishes in this country, I wasn’t holding my breath that the outcome would be logical.

      I always try to find positive in situations, although I am unable to do so in this situation.

      Let us just hope for the best and the least amount of damage.

      Take Care, Suzy.

  21. Hello Fed and fellow irregulars 🙂

    I’m still, can you believe it ? still busy with my sick relative. He seems to get better from one thing then goes down with another ! Sorry I can’t make it to chat today, I’ll be visiting the hospital.

    However, I’ve been reading bits and pieces of the blog now and then.

    How about . . .I’m Afraid of Americans (I’m not really 🙂 )

    Or. . . Nellie The Elephant 🙂


    1. We send our very best wishes, Ash.

      “Off she went with a trumpety-trump
      Trump, trump, trump…”

    2. Hi Ash, – still a slight ongoing issue myself. I was due to be doctored at the QE (near you) last week. Put back for a while. Keep strong now!

  22. Wanted to suggest Holly Johnson’s “Americanos” because I had always misheard the first line to be “There’s a place where a kid with no sense can grow up to be president…”

    Looked it up before posting and learned it that actually reads “There’s a place where a kid without a cent can grow up to be president…” This may be a nice thought but is about as far away from truth as you can get!

    Honestly, this is where you get when the political “elite” doesn’t care about the rest of the country, doesn’t provide good education and the prime source of political information is FOX news. Should make politicians in other countries think before it’s too late.

  23. Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who!

    Last night I won a single ticket to the “Unveiling The Early Years” with Nick Mason at the YouTube Space in Kings Cross, London. The whole 85 minute show went out live on YouTube last night and you can play it back on the Pink Floyd YouTube Channel soon.

    After the event I asked the producer of the box set if any more of the live at Montreux 21st November 1970 concert will see the light of day and I was told only the A.H.M. tape was found from the show.

    My second question was about the Amsterdam concerts, and if they where recorded “off air” like some of the BBC sessions and the reply was, “no” – all recordings from the Dutch Radio Station master tapes.

    My last question was to a very nice E.M.I. record company boss: “Is the box set a limited edition?” and the answer was “Yes” and to buy it by Xmas / New Year because it will be replaced with the box set split into 7 small sets by the 1st March 2017. But the bonus discs in the full box set will not be sold….yet!

    Gary Hurley.
    London England.

  24. “I always told my daughter that people are basically decent, at their core. We may have ideological differences but people are basically decent.

    This was a myth. I lied to her. Like always, when innocence is lost, it happens all at once, in the cruelest form possible so that there can be no mistake, no going back. I’m shattered. I’m so sorry. Half of us tried.”

    Maya, you did not lie to your daughter — innately the majority of people are good and decent. Good people voted for both candidates and not so good people did too.

    1. Not in day to day interactions, I mean that we just voted to ruin the planet for future generations. Animals, plants, our grandchildren and great grandchildren were voted against in exchange for the great almighty dollar. The red media programmed their constituency and hid their agenda under the heading of jobs, sexism, xenophobia, racism – any emotional hook they could find. But that agenda has been the same for generations. Harvest the planet.

    2. And, that’s the myth again. You can not be a good person and support a platform of hate. And empire.

      You don’t get to look at yourself in the mirror as a good person when you elected the most vile platform to represent you. At some point you become what represents you.

  25. “this is where you get when the political “elite” doesn’t care about the rest of the country, doesn’t provide good education …”

    And that, is just a part of why the vote went the way it did … it was more than anything a referendum AGAINST than it was for …

  26. Hello all chatters! Hope I can back home soon to say hello. If not, be good and safe. America will rise. Ciao!

    1. Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote by 233,404.

      In 2000 Al Gore won the popular vote by 540,000.

  27. There is only one song and it is the same song regardless who would have won.

    God Bless America

    And that is what every American should be thinking instead of rioting because they didn’t get what they wanted. Don’t like the outcome? Fine. There are other ways to handle it. Deal with the result and unite, don’t fight.


    1. I absolutely agree with you Andrew. Protest is good and can be done in many different ways.

      On both sides there have been factions looking to disrupt just for the sake of disruption. There is a total lack of mindfulness of the domino effect. I take for example (all hypothetical) a single mother, on a tight budget, leaves work at hour x to collect her young child at daycare, knowing that if she’s late, she may get ‘fined’ $2 per minute for every minute she’s beyond closing time. She knows that there’s no accounting for what traffic conditions will be and is already stressed about that. Now factor into that a protest march that disrupts traffic and blocks off streets. Now her egress has become complicated and she has to weave her way through crowds of people and find an alternate entrance into say, the subway. In the meantime, the daycare provider has an elderly parent at home who is being looked after by a day nurse (he/she too has another obligation after their shift is done) and there have been far too many days in the past month that she’s been late to relieve the nurse because a parent has been late to collect their child … and so it goes on.

      There has been looting, destruction of personal property, physical violence and the like coming from both the far right and far left radical fringes who didn’t vote and have no skin in the game.

      It makes me ashamed!

  28. Hi folks, FEd. Democracy by Leonard Cohen. 82 years old, not a bad innings but I thought he was immortal. “I don’t know is it just me.”

  29. This merits an A-Z, I guess…

    Accident Waiting To Happen – Billy Bragg
    Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann
    Changes – David Bowie
    Don’t Lose Your Head – Queen
    Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones
    Fool On The Hill – The Beatles
    Get It Right Next Time – Gerry Rafferty
    Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder
    I Am A Rock – Simon & Garfunkel
    Jealous Guy – John Lennon
    Kill The King – Rainbow
    Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
    Mad World – Gary Jules
    New Kid In Town – Eagles
    On The Turning Away – Pink Floyd
    Public Image – Public Image Ltd
    Question – Moody Blues
    Reflections – Diana Ross & The Supremes
    Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
    Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
    Uninvited Guest – Marillion
    Ventura Highway – America
    Why – Annie Lennox
    eXperiment IV – Kate Bush
    Your Latest Trick – Dire Straits
    Zephyr Song – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

  30. Hey FEd & Fellow Bloggers~

    Many of the good, applicable songs have already been mentioned. Naturally Pink Floyd has many on such a subject.

    Creedence Clearwater Rivival – Fortunate Son
    “Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
    Lord, don’t they help themselves, yeah
    But when the taxman comes to door”

    Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence
    “And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon god they made”

    Joni Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
    “There’s too much confusion
    I can’t get no relief”

    (Unfortunately the joker and the thief will be in charge.)

    Tears for Fears – Woman in Chains
    “World gone crazy, keeps woman in chains”

    John Lennon – Working Class Hero
    & Yoko Ono – Born in a Prison

    John Lennon & Paul McCartney – Yesterday
    “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away,
    Now it looks as though they’re here to stay,
    Oh I believe in yesterday”

    Frank Zappa & The Mothers – Trouble Every Day
    “That there’s no way to delay
    That trouble comin’ every day”

    That was therapeutic. Misery loves company.

    So, FEd another excellent choice for a blog topic.

    Take Care, Suzy.

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