I have an amazing plan to [help] our new friend!!

(AKA: Songs that [presumptive] Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama should use as his campaign song.)




Recently, I  was given a grand notion. I should help my boy Rocks pick a campaign song. But, I first had to do extensive research to be sure that he already didn’t have one.

(16:02:47) ditriech do you have any idea what rocks’ campaign song is?
(16:04:26) WhamBangThud: Not offhand
(16:04:30) WhamBangThud: He has to have just one?
(16:04:33) ditriech ….
(16:04:37) ditriech no
(16:04:46) WhamBangThud: I’m sayin’

(16:05:42) ditriech do you have any idea what rocks’ campaign song is?
(16:05:54) WoodnShoePimp: nope
(16:10:58) ditriech okay
(16:11:03) WoodnShoePimp: why?
(16:11:07) WoodnShoePimp: need a new theme song?
(16:11:15) ditriech
(16:11:16) ditriech noo
(16:11:41) WoodnShoePimp: I don’t think the campaign has an official theme song


Armed with this information, I searched my mental database (and the ‘my favorites’ playlist on my iTunes.) for song that I thought either exemplified Rocks or his campaign or that I thought would be awesome for him to play after he won.

Why am I doing this you ask? Well, partially because, as you well know, Sen. Obama has a gAlert set up with his name and/or already subscribes to cofabg and takes heed to our advice.

Also, because he has (had?) been using “Beautiful Day” at some of his campaign functions.


Not A Beautiful Day


This is one of my bigger political pet peeve. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE PLANNING ANYTHING EVER: “Beautiful Day” is not about how awesome a day is. It’s a man who has lost everything, yet finds joy in what he has. In most cases, it is the exact opposite of the message you are trying to get across.

Playing "Beautiful Day" at a rally is like playing "Whoop that Trick" as the father/daughter wedding dance.

Ok, not quite. But still. Wrong

Anyhoo, I’ve come up with a couple of songs that I think will work as his campaign song.

Umbrella – Rhianna feat. Jay-Z

Rihanna (f. Jay-Z)
Good Girl Gone Bad

Good Girl Gone Bad

Key Lyrics

When the sun shines
We’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath
I’mma stick it out ’till the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Told you we still have each other
You can stand under my Umbrella

I know what you’re thinking. This song doesn’t make any sense. Oh but it does. First, you must think of the umbrella as a tent which represents the Democratic party.  So then, this song would emphasize his want for everyone to come under the tent (neé Umbrella) of the Democratic Party. Also, the whole “took an oath/I’mma stick it out ‘till the end’ portion. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t presidents take an oath? Also, sticking it out to the end w/r/t our president/constituent relationship means eight years of President Obama! I can get down with that.

Make Me Better – Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo

Make Me Better
Fabolous (f. Ne-Yo)
From Nothin’ to Somethin’

From Nothin' to Somethin'

Key Lyrics

I’m a movement by myself, But I’m a force when we’re together
Mami I’m good all by myself
But baby you, you make me better

Continuing the political relationship/other relationships theme, “Make me better”’s chorus works for describing Sen. Obama’s relationship with his supporters. He is a movement by himself/but we, we make him better.

Simple man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Simple Man
Lynyrd Skynyrd
(pronounced ‘lÄ•h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd

(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)

Key Lyrics

Forget your lust for the rich mans gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

I really could have picked out any lyrics from this song, because the entire thing works on so many levels. First off, having problems with Appalachia? They love Skynyrd. Family values issues?  This song is all about family.  Sacrificing oneself for the greater good? Religious beliefs? This would be a great campaign song.

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

A Change is Gonna Come
Same Cooke
Ain’t that Good News?

Ain't that Good News

Key Lyrics

It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know
A change gon’ come, Oh yes it will

Seriously, I don’t know why he isn’t using this. IT IS CALLED “A CHANGE IS GONNA COME”! This would go perfectly with his campaign’s themes.

Plus, the song is, like, unbelievably awesome.

Rumble Young Man Rumble – Juelz Santana

Rumble Young Man Rumble
Juelz Santana
What the Game’s been Missing!

What the Game's Been Missing!

Key Lyrics

I was taught be smart stay humble
I was taught be hard don’t fumble
I was taught in these concrete jungle
Rumble young man rumble
I was taught stay hard as they come dude
I was taught any problems confront you
I was taught in these concrete jungle
Rumble young man rumble
Greater than great I am
Yes, haters they hate I am
What, playing I play to win
Plus, still I remain up in
The, hood I came up in
But, the hood I came up in
Fucked, since Bush done came up in

As with the first song, at first glance it doesn’t seem like this song would fit the [presumptive] candidate at all. But, if you look at the lyrics, it pretty much fits Sen. Obama. He’s extremely intelligent, he’s a great candidate (and the haters (i.e. Republicans) hate that he is a great candidate, and he plays to wing. And, if you believe (as I do) that although he was raised in Hawaii, he actually became what he is today (came up in) Chicago. So he does, in fact, still "remain up in/the hood he came up in". Also, the "hood he came up in" (this time taken to mean inner cities/lower economic classes in general) has been fucked since “[President] Bush done came up in”.

If I had my druthers, I would have Rocks come in to "Rumble Young Man Rumble" and leave the stage to "A Change is Gonna Come". Though, I know because of, well, common sense, Rocks could never choose "Rumble Young Man Rumble." Though it would be completely awesome. Though, actually, not as awesome as "Fuck You" would be, but that’s going to be my campaign song. So there you go.

*Note: Due to the large number of songs in this post, I won’t be doing "Song. Of. The Week." this week. Try to compose yourself

2 thoughts on “I have an amazing plan to [help] our new friend!!”

  1. You know, in the iTunes Age, I don’t see why a candidate can’t have a “Campaign Playlist.” You have given Rocks an excellent start here. He doesn’t have to use them all on stage: some of them, especially the ones where obscure lyrics are essential, could be used at other times during the rally.

    And the great genius is in Simple Man. If he uses it before McCain, he might dispel Kerry’s “latte-sipping élitist liberal” problem before he gets swift-boated.

    Apologia for Beautiful Day:
    The lyrics, though negative, are hopeful. The whole tone of the song is hopeful. Notice that it highlights the sad plight of the protagonist and in context of Republican values (stretch, I know, but look to the coda) and that the antagonist is explicitly female (Hillary? Condoleezza?). The problem is that through the hope, there is an undertone of cynicism that undercuts Rocks’s message… unless he is just Bush in Blackface and we don’t know it yet, but let’s Hope not.

  2. really. “A Change is Gonna Come” should have been obvious from the start. Hell, they should run a campaign ad with footage of rocks all over the country with that as a soundtrack.

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