“Right now our country’s gloomy
Fear is in the air
But when Joe’s President
Hope is everywhere
Troubles fly away
And life will easy flow
Joe will keep us safe
That’s all we need to know….”
—Cher, singing a really bad parody of “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe” a Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg song from the 1943 all-black film musical “Cabin in the Sky,” at the 2020 “I Will Vote” Concert last night.
The original lyrics were,
“It seems like happiness is just a thing called Joe
He’s got a smile that makes the lilacs want to grow,
He’s got a way that makes the angels heave a sigh
When they see little Joe passing by…”
It’s not fair to hold campaign songs that put new lyrics to popular tunes to too high a standard. They are all pretty dreadful, and since rap and hip-hop took over popular music, the once-common practice has almost become extinct.
My all time favorite, I think, was when a Boston city councilman named John McDonough was running for some position or other, and the radio was infested with his ads featuring a chorus arranged to sound like the singers in “Jesus Christ Superstar” as they sang, to the tune of the number “Superstar,
“John McDonough! John McDonough! Who are you, what have you done for Boston?”
It didn’t scan, it didn’t rhyme, and the audacity of a candidate substituting his own name for “Jesus Christ” did not go over well among the Catholics in Bean Town. (He lost.)
Cher’s lyrics aren’t quite as bad, but they are dishonest and ominous:
- Certainly no one alive can be “happy” about Joe Biden being the Democratic candidate, and the prospect of having a declining dementia case in his late 70s as President, attempting to hang on for four years is making nobody smile, except perhaps Kamala Harris.
- “Hope” for what? I guess this is a veiled allusion to Obama, but unless one is hoping for more taxes and further restrictions on individual rights and liberties, this is fantasy. The fantasy is based, of course, on Big Lie #5, which is that everything is terrible, and it’s all because of the evil Orange Man.
- If “fear is in the air,” it’s only because Joe’s party and the news media in its pocket has been spreading fear for four years. It was Biden who warned of a “dark winter.” The President, by contrast, has been relentlessly positive and upbeat.
- How much of a fool does one have to be to think that “life will be easy flow” because of who is President? This is Big Government, Big Brother, the Leader as Messiah language. America has never misled its citizens into expecting life to be “easy.” Life isn’t easy. Life isn’t supposed to be easy.
- The emphasis on “keeping us safe” is genuinely frightening, but it does accurately sum up the sheep-like mentality of many American progressives, who are apparently willing to give up freedom and their previously unalienable rights for the illusion of safety.
It’s a direct appeal to totalitarianism.