If a Song Could be President

i know the election is over, but tonight i’ve been listening to one of my favorite Over the Rhine songs: “If a Song Could be President”. call me an idealist, but maybe in 2012? oh if only.

if you’ve never heard this song, you must get your listening ears on it. for now enjoy the lyrics (courtesy of www.overtherhine.com)

 

“If a Song Could be President”– from Over the Rhine’s The Trumpet Child

If a song could be president
We’d hum on Election Day
The gospel choir would start to sway
And we’d all have a part to play

The first lady would free her hips
Pull a microphone to her lips
Break our hearts with Rhythm and Blues
Steve Earle would anchor the news

We’d vote for a melody
Pass it around on an MP3
All our best foreign policy
Would be built on harmony

If a song could be president
We’d fly a jukebox to the moon
All our founding fathers’ 45’s
Lightnin’ Hopkins and Patsy Cline
If a song could be president

If a song could be president
We could all add another verse
Life would teach us to rehearse
Till we found a key change

Break out of this minor key
Half-truths and hypocrisy
We wouldn’t need an underachiever-in-chief
If a song could be president

We’d make Neil Young a Senator
Even though he came from Canada
Emmylou would be Ambassador
World leaders would listen to her

They would show us where our country went wrong
Strum their guitars on the White House lawn
John Prine would run the FBI
All the criminals would laugh and cry
If a song could be president

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  1. mike

    Great song. I might see them in concert this Friday!

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