We’ve got some musical quotationery to go along with p-lover’s post below, and apropos to various sitches amongst the world, especially big B’s speech , and what the Rev. Wright could possibly be pissed off about.


I love the lie and lie the love
A-Hangin’ on, with push and shove
Possession is the motivation
that is hangin’ up the God-damn nation
Looks like we always end up in a rut (everybody now!)
Tryin’ to make it real ? compared to what? C’mon baby!

Slaughterhouse is killin’ hogs
Twisted children killin’ frogs
Poor dumb rednecks rollin’ logs
Tired old lady kissin’ dogs
I hate the human love of that stinking mutt (I can’t use it!)
Try to make it real ? compared to what? C’mon baby now!

The President, he’s got his war
Folks don’t know just what it’s for
Nobody gives us rhyme or reason
Have one doubt, they call it treason
We’re chicken-feathers, all without one nut. God damn it!
Tryin’ to make it real ? compared to what? (Sock it to me)

Church on Sunday, sleep and nod
Tryin’ to duck the wrath of God
Preacher’s fillin’ us with fright
They all tryin’ to teach us what they think is right
They really got to be some kind of nut (I can’t use it!)
Tryin’ to make it real ? compared to what?

Where’s that bee and where’s that honey?
Where’s my God and where’s my money?
Unreal values, crass distortion
Unwed mothers need abortion
Kind of brings to mind ol’ young King Tut (He did it now)
Tried to make it real ? compared to what?!

(Music break)

Tryin’ to make it real ? compared to what?

That’s a hat tip to the pater. Following, we’ve got the seemingly ignored Smokey Robinson from Song of the Day the other day. I’d like to highlight it again here.

I had to transcribe the lyrics myself, so some are likely wrong.

Happy birthday, happy birthday to you
A few years ago on my birthday
I had just become 21
I remember
I had a lot to live
I had a lot to give
And a man comes to hand me a gun
And though that war he sent me to didn’t claim me
if I’m bitter don’t blame me
It’s just my soul responding
You tried to tell me I’m unpatriotic
I deserve an explanation
I can’t help but wonder if you’ve really got it
it’ s just my soul responding, soul responding

this land once belonged to my father and
to his father before him too
let me tell you now
I’m on a reservation living in a state of degradation
what’s a soul supposed to do?
because [line unclear]
it’s just my soul responding
to seeing little hungry children in the land of plenty
just my soul responding
to doing lots of [line unclear]
soul responding soul responding

I was born and raised in the ghetto
on the rundown side of the track
and there are forces who do everything they do
to hold me back because my skin is black
[unclear] oh hell its about time
it’s just my soul responding soul responding
oh to being second class in this land I helped to form
just my soul responding
to too many roaches
and not enough heat to keep my babies warm
in this land I helped to form I’ve got
too many roaches
and not enough heat to keep my babies warm
just my soul responding

Also, I’d like to add this:

Good ol’ WKRP straight up dealing with Vietnam and touching on the very class conscious draft (even if it were a “very special episode”, when’s the last broad comedy you know dealt with these issues?) Nowadays we’d just get Swift Boat Veterans Against Venus Flytrap.

11 Responses to “Quotewagon”

  • Thanks for that PP. Somehow, I missed that ep.

    Makes me think of mikey over at Sadly.

    ….oh yeah: cobag. emu. Sink Lettuce. Chocolate Skittles.

  • it killed me when Josh Marshall posted an email about how Rev. Wright could’ve avoided the whole sitch with “just a little media savvy”.

    And MLK just needed to be less confrontational, don’t alienate the white middle class!!


  • I just loved how McCann said “god damn nation” and they both talked about Vietnam. Seriously, don’t ever get too pissed off- you might become shrill!

  • why are the gays so militant on gay marriage?! if they just settle down, accept civil unions in some states, and get a little “media savvy”, everything will work itself out!

  • Why do people get anxious about being forced to eat Chocolate Mix Skittles? Maybe if they just chill, they could possibly be discontinued. Let’s wait for the case to make it to the Supreme Court. We shouldn’t ruffle too many feathers. More Brownie Batter flavor?

  • Why do #16 seeds insist on showing up for their NCAA tournament games? They’ve never won! Maybe if they would just be nice and not try so hard, we might let them win one by forfeit.

  • If people who work in offices plagued by sink lettuce would stop complaining about it and just wash their hands in silence, eventually the political center will come around to the idea that food particles in the sink is totally noxious and then both sides of the debate can log onto passiveagressivenotes.com to resolve the issue.

  • I find passiveagressivenotes.com to be note-shaming and thus productive in accomplishing victories for silent suffering and decorum. Congress should take a lesson and stop writing distracting notes that merely tire the administration. We’re at war, you know.

  • I feel like taking over this thread for a round of Senseless Haikus:

    You probably spit
    Leaping fish breaking blown kith
    In happy mountain.

    They? Have standards? Oh!
    Maybe I don’t rinse horror.
    So we fumigate.

  • Piffle to the lox
    Gurgling down the companions’
    Prosthetic lying.

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