Did you see Laura Ingraham drinking through a straw from a light bulb-stuffed steak? Did you watch Kirstjen Nielsen calmly surveying the gulag she helped create at the Southern border? Did you hear Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White speaking in tongues? Did you face-palm hard enough to get a concussion?
I wrote a song called “My Conservative Girlfriend” a couple decades ago, and over the years have dedicated it to Ingraham, Nielsen, White as well as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter, Kellyanne Conway ...
But my favorite conservative girlfriend of all time has to be internet sensation Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, a wickedly satirical character written by Andrew Bradley and played ferociously by Deven Green. Deven is also a hilarious comic chanteuse. I got to share the stage with her and her partner Ned Douglas at my recent show at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
Deven and Ned agreed to help me serenade “My Conservative Girlfriend.” Here are the results ...
I wrote "My Conservative Girlfriend" in 1995 for The Foremen with Arianna Huffington in mind. (This was pre-Huffington Post when Arianna was a leading conservative voice.) The song features a line I considered absurd at the time. It’s the lyric I'm least happy to have been prescient about ...
She's got the Supreme Court tattooed on her rump
Beside an autographed portrait of Donald Trump
During the Bush and Obama presidencies, I changed that line to “Donald Rumsfeld.” Now, alas, the song has come full circle.
“Nothing’s ever gonna change.” It’s a pretty weak slogan, a less-than-great bumper sticker, and a dubious thing to chant as you march in support of common sense gun safety legislation. And yet that’s the sentiment we heard expressed by many progressives in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, FL a little more than a year ago. “Nothing’s ever gonna change. It’s just the way things go.”
And then, we heard from the student activists of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Articulate, well-informed, media-savvy and tenacious, these young people have infused the debate with new energy and forged actual change. 67 new gun safety laws have been enacted in state legislatures since.
“Rise Up” is our song about this change - a song of celebration for this new generation of activists and of encouragement for us oldsters who need help programming our phones.
The students of the Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem have made a beautiful video of “Rise Up. It’s here:
And the Girls Choir of Wilmington, NC have done an amazingly compelling video too. As arranged by Steve Errante and conducted by Sandy Errante, the Girls Choir changed the point of view of the song; they’re singing from the kids’ point of view. “WE too young to say impossible…”
Woody Guthrie wrote on his guitar: This Machine Kills Fascists
Pete Seeger adapted that for his banjo: This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It To Surrender
Our banjo says: This Machine Drives Neocon, Homophobic, War-Mongering, Corporatist, Anti-Intellectual, Polluting, Imperialist, Crypto-Fascist, Hate-Speak, Faux-Populist, Theocratic, Chickenhawk Privateers from the Room.
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Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby
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