A Few Words In Defense Of My Country

Geschreven na een tournee door Europa tijdens het bewind van George Bush jr, toen de populariteit van de VS zich op een dieptepunt bevond: “I wrote it because I thought the Bush adminstration would be one of the worst of my lifetime, maybe the worst we’d ever have. Little did I know Donald Trump would make him look like Winston Churchill”. Mooiste (en wat mij betreft merkwaardig ontroerende) regels: We don’t want your love/And respect at this point is pretty much out of the question/But in times like these/We sure could use a friend. 

Noot: uiteraard zijn de vergelijkingen met Hitler, Caligula en Stalin opzettelijk absurd. 

I’d like to say a few words
In defense of our country
Whose people aren’t bad
Nor are they mean
Now the leaders we have
While they’re the worst that we’ve had
Are hardly the worst
This poor world has seen

Let’s turn history’s pages, shall we?
Take the Caesars for example
Within the first few of them
They were sleeping with their sister
Stashing little boys in swimming pools
And burning down the city
And one of ‘em, one of ‘em
Appointed his own horse to be Consul of the Empire
That’s like vice president or somethin’

That’s not a very good example right now, is it?
But here’s one
The Spanish Inquisition, that’s a good one
Put people in a terrible position
I don’t even like to think about it
Well sometimes I like to think about it
Just a few words in defense of our country
Whose time at the top
Could be coming to an end

We don’t want your love
And respect at this point is pretty much out of the question
But in times like these
We sure could use a friend

Men who need no introduction
King Leopold of Belgium, that’s right
Everyone thinks he’s so great
Well he owned The Congo, and he tore it up too
He took the diamonds
He took the silver
He took the gold
You know what he left them with?

A President once said
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Now, we’re supposed to be afraid
It’s patriotic in fact and color-coded
And what are we supposed to be afraid of?
Why of being afraid
That’s what terror means, doesn’t it?
That’s what it used to mean
You know it kind of pisses me off
That this Supreme Court is going to outlive me
A couple of young Italian fellas and a brother on the Court now, too

But I defy you, anywhere in the world
To find me two Italians as tightassed as the two Italians we got
And as for the brother, well
Pluto’s not a planet anymore either

The end of an Empire is messy at best
This Empire is ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish Armada adrift on the sea
We’re adrift in the land of the brave and the home of the free


Uitgelichte afbeelding: By White House photo by Eric Draper – http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/11/images/20051129-2_g8o4462jpg-515h.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4134224