To me the political song is both comical and frustrating. I just don't understand why someone would think "right, I am opposing to something so shall I actually do something to stop it…no I think I will write a song about it".
A typical example is "Rage Against the Machine" the say things at there concerts like "don't trust the government" and "no more war!" to which all there fans scream in support, but do you think that any of those people are going to do anything against war? No, and I haven't seen much evidence that the band are doing much against war either (there probably just continuing to 'Rage against the machine'). If you are that oppose to war do something against it, don't just write songs about it…in fact, take the time that you would have spent writing a song and use it to go on a protest or something!
The reason I writing this is because I hate it when its pop stars trying to write political songs (an issue touched by Ricky Gervais).
The worst one has to be 'Pink', a fairly average pop singer…probably some teenage girls third or fourth favorite never first. She has an extremely embarrassing song called 'Dear Mr. President" which is pretty bad just from the title but has lines like "dear Mr. President…have you been a naughty boy?"
But the song is at least 20 times worse when you see it performed live, I just caught it when flicking though music channels. She starts off by saying (this is an almost perfect quote) "some things just have to be said…I have some strong political opinions… well its not really an opinion if your right…and I am pretty much right! Lets just call it political facts <pulls a smug face> this song is called 'dear Mr. President'". Yeah I bet bush is dreading how powerful these lyrics are going to be; in fact I think you could probably stop war if he ever herd this.
It got even worse when pictures of all the bad stuff in the world came up on the screen (American soldiers, a war torn village) and they were pictures of bad things and I am not ridiculing them, what I am ridiculing is that no-one will see all those images with pink singing and think "wow…I need to reassess my life, she really cares!"
Then when I started to think "no-one is taking her seriously" she sang something like "no more war people!" and all her audience of probably twelve to eighteen year old American girls screamed in support which made pink nod her head with a stupid smug look on her face as if she was thinking "yeah! This is going to stop war, all these girls know that I am right, there finally getting .I am great!"
So is pink going to stop 'the war' (I have know Idea what war she is referring to but I am presuming the Iraq one), no. Because if she did want to stop war she would have made different choices in life and wouldn't currently be a singer she would be a politician (also she must know very, very little about politics…how can she right a song about it?). She would have spent the money that her tour equipment cost to fund some sort of anti-war charity if she really did want to stop it, she would also spend the money she has earned on this cause rather than a massive house (I am presuming she has a massive house) and a motorbike that comes out the bottom of the stage.
I really like the idea (although it will prove me wrong that political songs are rubbish) that one day an American general is going to see bush about war plans and he enters his office to find George Bush sobbing with an empty pink CD case next to the stereo. "General…I don't want no more war…oh pink, if only I herd your song earlier".