Skip to comments.Conservative Pop Music
Posted on 10/04/2002 2:50:58 PM PDT by TheBigB
Pop music is probably one of the last places a conservative would normally look for reinforcement of his worldview. Rock and roll, which has dominated pop music since the 1950s, is inexorably associated with liberalism in the minds of many conservatives. But in fact, there have been a significant number of songs on the pop charts during the rock era that are explicitly conservative. I have compiled a list of these conservative classics.
Before listing my top selections, I should explain the criteria on which I based my choices. First, I based them solely on the conservatism of the lyrics. A song had to have an explicitly conservative theme, although just a single line may represent it. I looked particularly for those embodying religious or patriotic themes, as these are unambiguously conservative values.
Second, I paid no attention to the politics of the performer. There are a number of good conservatives, such as Ted Nugent and even Walter Brennan, who have had hit songs over the years. But unless their songs had an explicitly conservative theme, I did not include them. Conversely, if some outspoken liberal recorded a song with explicitly conservative lyrics, I still included it.
Third, I limited myself to songs that made Billboards Top 40 chart after 1955. I relied heavily on the latest edition of Joel Whitburns book, Top 40 Hits. I did this in order to limit the universe of potential songs to a manageable number. Also, I think it is more telling if a conservative song had broad popularity, as indicated by sales, than if it is buried on some obscure album. Unfortunately, this rule forced me to leave out my personal favorite conservative rock song, Taxman by The Beatles (well covered by Stevie Ray Vaughn). I also had to exclude Ray Charles wonderful version of America the Beautiful.
It should be noted up front that the Top 40 list, while dominated by rock, is not exclusively made up of rock songs. It has always included so-called crossover hits from the country, blues and other best-seller lists. A number of songs on my list are of this nature. My position is that if they made the Top 40 list, they can be considered, regardless of where they came from. But if a song made, say, only the country chart and not the pop chart, it was not considered. This forced exclusion of some favorites, especially Merle Haggards Okie from Muskogee, quite possibly the most right-wing song ever recorded by a major artist.
Having explained my selection criteria, following is my list of conservative classics from the rock era, in alphabetical order by artist.
1. Paul Anka, (Youre) Having My Baby This is a remarkable song by an extremely prolific singer and songwriter. It reached number 1 in July 1974, and stayed there for 3 weeks. What is remarkable about this song is its explicit pro-life message. In praising his wife for having his baby, Anka sings:
Didnt have to keep it Wouldnt put ya through it You could have swept it from your life But you wouldnt do it No, you wouldnt do it
Considering that Roe v. Wade had already been decided by the Supreme Court, and that being pro-choice had already established itself as liberal dogma, it was very courageous for Anka to put such a line in one of his own songs. The fact that the song was a massive hit also tells us something important about what most Americans really think about abortion. I can think of no similarly pro-choice song ever to make the charts.
Another pro-life song by a popular rock group is Unborn Child by Seals & Crofts. Prolific hit makers in the 1970s, this 1974 song, which did not make the pop chart, is very hard-core in denouncing abortion. The following lyrics are indicative:
Oh unborn child, if you only knew what your momma was plannin' to do Youre still a-clingin to the tree of life, but soon youll be cut off before you get ripe Oh unborn child, beginning to grow inside your momma, but youll never know Oh tiny bud, that grows in the womb, only to be crushed before you can bloom
Even more hard-core is Bodies by the 1970s Punk group Sex Pistols, from their 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks. In extremely graphic terms, they denounce a girl named Pauline who killed her baby. The refrain throughout is the voice of the fetus: Body, Im not an animal/Mummy, Im not an abortion. (See also Madonna, below.)
2. The Beatles, Revolution I remember when I was in college, Young Americans for Freedom had a poster printed with the lyrics of this song on it. The reason is that it is fundamentally anti-revolution. At a time when rebellious youth around the world were shutting down college campuses with often-violent demonstrations, it is surprising that John Lennon and Paul McCartney would write lines like these:
We all want to change the world But when you talk about destruction Dont you know you can count me out
Revolution reached number 12 in September 1968, and stayed on the chart for 11 weeks.
3. Chuck Berry and Linda Ronstadt, Back In the U.S.A. This song was not a duet, but the same song that charted for Berry in 1959 and Ronstadt in 1978. She had the bigger hit with it, reaching number 16 and staying on the chart for 8 weeks. Berrys original just barely cracked the chart at number 37 and was there for just one week. I included this song because Berry is a rock icon and because I like it a lot. It is patriotic in a very old-fashioned sense, celebrating his return to the U.S. from an overseas trip. It is hard to imagine a black musician writing words like these today:
Well, Im so glad Im livin in the U.S.A. Yes, Im so glad Im livin in the U.S.A. Anything you want, we got right here in the U.S.A.
4. James Brown, Its a Mans Mans Mans World I included this song on grounds of general political incorrectness and because I love the Godfather of Soul. However, I think one can also listen to the lyrics not just as a celebration of the accomplishments of men versus women, but of entrepreneurs and industry. Consider these lines:
You see, man made the cars To take us over the world Man made the train To carry the heavy load Man made the electro lights To take us out of the dark Man made the bullet for the war Like Noah made the ark This is a mans, mans world But it would be nothing Nothing without a woman to care
Rather than a glorification of male chauvinism, I prefer to think of this song as a paean to the inventors and builders who made the many products we all take for granted. In that sense, it is conservative economically, as well as socially. This song reached number 8 on the pop chart in 1966 and was on the chart for 8 weeks.
5. The Browns, The Three Bells Based on a French song written in 1945, Dick Manning added new English lyrics in 1959. This version went to number 1 in August of that year, remaining in that position for 4 weeks. It tells the life of Little Jimmy Brown in deeply religious terms. Typical are the last lines:
And the little congregation Prayed for guidance from above Lead us not into temptation May his soul find the salvation Of thy great eternal love
Philadelphia singer Dick Flood also charted with this song, taking it to number 23 in September 1959.
6. Johnny Burnette, God, Country and My Baby Burnette is best known for his huge hit, Youre Sixteen, but he also had several other songs that made the chart, of which this was the last. It is the story of a soldier going off to war and his final night at home. Although he wants desperately to stay with his wife, he tells her he has to go. Ill go for God, country, and my baby, Burnette sings. This patriotic hit peaked at number 18 in November 1961.
7. The Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn! This is an odd conservative classic, having been written by old time lefty Pete Seeger and performed by a group that later glorified drugs in Eight Miles High. Nevertheless, it makes my list because the lyrics are drawn straight from the Book of Ecclesiastes. I figure that any song based on the Bible deserved inclusion. I also like it. Turn! Turn! Turn! was a massive hit in November 1965, hitting number 1 and staying there for 3 weeks.
8. Judy Collins, Amazing Grace In 1779 Rev. John Newton wrote the words to this hymn, with William Walker composing the melody in 1844. It has long been considered one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and Collins sings it superbly. Recorded at St. Pauls Chapel, Columbia University, this version of Amazing Grace has a rich, deep sound that sends a chill up my spine every time I hear it. Collins made it to number 15 in January 1971, and it stayed on the chart for an impressive 11 weeks. An instrumental version of Amazing Grace with bagpipes also charted the following year. In May 1972, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards reached number 11 with their rendition of this classic hymn.
9. Charlie Daniels Band, In America
Best known for his 1979 hit, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Daniels had this unabashedly patriotic hit the next year. It peaked at number 11 in June 1980. Following is the first verse:
Well the eagles been flyin slow And the flags been flyin low And a lotta people sayin that Americas fixin to fall Well speaking just for me And some people from Tennessee Weve got a thing or two to tell you all This lady may have stumbled But she aint never failed And if the Russians dont believe that They can all go straight to hell Were gonna put her feet Back on the path of righteousness And then God bless America again
10. Neil Diamond, America In 1981, prolific singer/songwriter Diamond remade Al Jolsons The Jazz Singer. One of the new songs he wrote for that film was America, an unabashedly patriotic celebration of a turn-of-the-century immigrants new home. It is stirring and exciting and my favorite of all Diamonds many, many hits. America reached number 8 in May 1981, and remained on the chart for 13 weeks. The film, however, didnt do as well.
11. Doobie Brothers, Jesus Is Just Alright The title of this song pretty much says it all. Performed by a mainstream rock group with a number of hits in the 1970s, this song cracked the chart in February 1973 at number 35, staying just 2 weeks. To my knowledge, this is the only religiously-oriented song they ever recorded. But it was a good one.
12. Yvonne Elliman and Helen Reddy, I Dont Know How To Love Him
Elliman was a member of the cast of the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is a song from that show, sung in the voice of Mary Magdalene. Ellimans performance is incredible, coming close to being erotic while still being deeply religious. It reached number 8 in May 1971, and was on the chart for 6 weeks as a single. Helen Reddy had a simultaneous hit with the same song. Her version rose to number 13 the same month. 13. Miss Toni Fisher, West of the Wall
Best known for her huge 1959 hit, The Big Hurt, Fishers only other chart appearance was with this song in 1962. It is about a woman whose love is trapped on the Communist east side of the Berlin Wall. She waits for him on the western side, where hearts are free. The song was prescient, as well, for the line, West of the wall that soon will fall. It peaked at number 37 in July.
14. Connie Francis, God Bless America
Inclusion of this classic Irving Berlin song obviously needs no explanation. Francis was one of the most prolific hit makers of the rock era. She put this song on the chart for 2 weeks in December 1959, where it rose to number 36.
15. Bobby Fuller Four, I Fought the Law First released in 1964, this song didnt make the chart until February 1966, reaching number 9. I included it on my list because of its strong law and order message. The refrain throughout is, I fought the law and the law won.
Two other songs with a similar message that did not make my list, are Indiana Wants Me by R. Dean Taylor, which hit number 5 in September 1970, and The Kingston Trios Tom Dooley, a number 1 hit in 1958.
16. Cast of Godspell, Day By Day Godspell was a Broadway musical similar to Jesus Christ Superstar. This was a song from that musical. It reached number 13 on the chart in June 1972, and was on the chart for 9 weeks.
17. Lee Greenwood, God Bless the U.S.A. Greenwood is a well-known country and western singer. This song was originally released in 1984, hitting number 7 on the country chart. But in 1991, in the wake of the Gulf war, it was re-released, crossing over to the pop chart. It reached number 30 in June and was on the chart for 5 weeks.
18. George Harrison, My Sweet Lord Harrison was, of course, a member of The Beatles. After that groups breakup, he went on to record a number of solo hits, of which this was the biggest. It hit number 1 in December 1970, and stayed in that position for 4 weeks. The inclusion of this song may be controversial because of its non-Christian lyrics. However, I take the view that being deeply religious makes the song per se conservative, even if the religion is Hinduism or Buddhism. The fact that Harrison also wrote Taxman contributed to my decision to add My Sweet Lord to the list.
19. Edwin Hawkins Singers, Oh Happy Day
This may be the only true gospel song by a hard-core gospel group to ever make the pop chart. In May 1969, this Paul Anka-produced song went to number 4 and stayed on the chart for 9 weeks. Unlike some other religious songs that made the charts, Oh Happy Day was not dressed up in pop clothing. It is pure, 100 percent gospel. It ranks as one of the most improbable hits in rock history. Because of its uncompromising religious nature, it made my list. Country singer Glen Campbell also charted with this song in 1970, reaching number 40 with it in May.
20. Johnny Horton, Battle of New Orleans This is a straightforward retelling of the famous War of 1812 battle, in which a force of rag-tag Americans led by Andrew Jackson defeated the cream of the British army. I included it on patriotic grounds and because it teaches more about the actual Battle of New Orleans than most students probably learn in school these days. The song was a massive hit, reaching number 1 in May 1959, and staying there for 6 weeks.
Hortons two other hits, Sink the Bismarck and North to Alaska, both in 1960, were also historical in nature. Both written for movies, the former tells the true story of the hunt for a German battleship in World War II, and the latter of the Alaskan gold rush.
Three other songs in this genre that did not make my list are P.T. 109, Ballad of the Alamo, and The Ballad of Davy Crockett. The first tells the true story of John F. Kennedys World War II exploits. Sung by sausage king Jimmy Dean, it reached number 8 in 1962. The second was the theme to John Waynes movie about the fight for Texas independence. Recorded by Marty Robbins, it reached number 34 on the chart in 1960. The last was the theme song from the Walt Disney television show, based on the exploits of a true America hero. So popular was this song that it actually charted 4 times in 1955 with 4 different artists singing it, including Tennessee Ernie Ford and the shows star, Fess Parker, now a well-known wine maker. The biggest hit was by Bill Hayes, whose version was number 1 for 5 weeks.
21. Whitney Houston, The Star Spangled Banner
In the midst of the Gulf war in 1991, Miss Houston was asked to sing the National Anthem at the opening of Super Bowl XXV on January 27. Although a difficult song for even the best singers, she electrified the crowd with this rendition. Released as a single, this live performance reached number 20 on the chart.
22. Ferlin Husky, Wings of a Dove Another crossover hit by a well-known country and western singer, this song tells the story of Noah and the flood. It was number 1 for 10 weeks on the country chart and was on the pop chart for 13 weeks, reaching number 12 in December 1960.
23. The Impressions, Amen
In general, I excluded Christmas songs from my list, but included this one because I enjoy the rich harmony of this great soul group, and because its religiosity is so explicit. Featured in the Sidney Poitier movie, Lilies of the Field, Amen reached number 7 in December 1964 and was on the chart for 7 weeks. Otis Redding also had a brief hit with this song, taking it to number 36 for 1 week in July 1968.
24. Jay and the Americans, Only in America An old-fashioned patriotic song, with a heavy dose of Horatio Alger thrown in. A typical line is, Go to sleep a pauper and wake up a millionaire. Although it may be more the reverse in Silicon Valley these days, it still embodies the fundamental classlessness of American society, which says anyone can get ahead here with a bit of hard work. The song reached 25 in September 1963.
25. Elton John, Philadelphia Freedom Whitburn says that this song was written as some kind of tribute for tennis star Billie Jean King and her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms. This is not correct. I clearly recall an interview with Elton John just before this song was released, in which he said it was written to celebrate the American Bicentennial in 1976. The lyrics leave no doubt that this was in fact the case. For example, John sings, From the day I was born Ive waved the flag. And there is nothing whatsoever in the song that even hints at any relationship to Ms. King or tennis.
Some conservatives may object to inclusion of this song on a list of conservative classics on the grounds that John is an open homosexual. But as noted at the beginning, I ignored the artist and looked only to the song lyrics in making my choices. I also think Philadelphia Freedom is a great song. It was a number 1 hit for 2 weeks in December 1974.
26. Kingston Trio, M.T.A. The M.T.A. in this song is Bostons Metropolitan Transit Authority, which levied a burdensome tax on the people of that city in the form of a subway fare increase. I included this song because it embodies a libertarian disdain for high taxes. Originally written in 1948, it reached number 15 in June 1959.
Two other excellent anti-tax songs by contemporary singers, which unfortunately were not released as singles, are Taxman, Mr. Thief by Cheap Trick, and 1040 Blues by Robert Cray. The former appeared on their first album in 1977, with a live version also appearing on their 1999 album, Music for Hangovers. The title pretty much says it all. The latter appears on Crays album, Shame + a Sin. Following are some representative lines:
I hate taxes I work hard for my money Every April you take it all away Taxes gonna break my back I swear Dont you know I pay a lot more than my share?
27. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon
British taxes must have been really high in 1966. That year, The Beatles recorded Taxman and fellow Brits The Kinks also recorded this anti-tax anthem. As they sing, The tax mans taken all my dough Hes taken everything Ive got. They took this song to number 14 in August.
It is also worth noting another important song by this group that was not released as a single, 20th Century Man. Written by Ray Davies, leader of The Kinks for almost 40 years, it reflects a profoundly conservative worldview, as shown in the following lyrics:
You keep all your smart modern writers Give me William Shakespeare You keep all your smart modern painters I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough I was born in a welfare state Ruled by bureaucracy Controlled by civil servants And people dressed in gray Got no privacy, got no liberty Cos the twentieth century people Took it all away from me
28. Laurie London, Hes Got the Whole World (In His Hands)
A simple, yet deeply felt, song about God, the title pretty much says it all. It reached number 1 in March 1958, and stayed in that position for 4 weeks.
29. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama In the early 1970s, singer Neil Young recorded a couple of songs, Alabama and Southern Man, that painted all Southerners as racist rednecks. Lynyrd Skynyrd responded in 1974 with Sweet Home Alabama, a vigorous defense of the South and a direct counterattack on Mr. Young. It made my list mainly for the following lines:
In Birmingham they love the govnor
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth
It is worth remembering that the governor of Alabama at this time was George Wallace. And with the song coming out in August 1974, just as Richard Nixon was forced to resign the presidency because of Watergate, the line about that alone makes it a conservative classic. Sweet Home Alabama reached number 8 and was on the charts for 11 weeks. Sadly, most of the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in 1977.
30. Madonna, Papa Dont Preach
Amazingly, this is a strongly pro-life song, for which the singer was criticized by pro-choicers at the time. In it, she asks her fathers advice about what to do with an out-of-wedlock child. My friends keep telling me to give it up, she sings, but in the end decides, Im gonna keep my baby. The song hit number 1 in July 1986.
31. Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Andy Williams, Battle Hymn of the Republic
Inclusion of this classic needs no explanation, other than that it was a genuine hit during the rock era. This version reached number 13 in September 1959, and was on the chart for 11 weeks. Backed by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, it has been this famous groups only chart appearance.
Well-known pop singer Andy Williams also charted with this song, sung during a eulogy for slain Senator Robert F. Kennedy at St. Patricks Cathedral in New York on June 8, 1968. It was on the chart for 4 weeks that year, reaching number 33.
32. Ocean, Put Your Hand in the Hand
A Canadian group, Ocean put this highly religious song on the chart in March 1971, where it rose to number 2. The opening refrain puts Jesus at the center of this unlikely hit.
Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the water Put your hand in the hand of the Man who calmed the sea Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently By putting your hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee
33. Elvis Presley, Crying in the Chapel Although best known for his many rock standards, Elvis recorded a number of gospel songs and considered them some of his best work. This is the only one of those recordings to become a pop hit. Recorded in 1960, Crying in the Chapel didnt reach the chart until May 1965, when it climbed to number 3.
34. Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Ruby, Dont Take Your Love to Town
Although better know in later years as a country and western singer, Rogers started out singing psychedelic rock, such as his first hit, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) in 1968. The following year, he took this Mel Tillis song to number 6. Coming at the peak of the Vietnam War protests, Rogers deserves credit for taking a patriotic stance in the following lyrics:
It wasnt me who started that old crazy Asian war But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore
35. SSgt. Barry Sadler, The Ballad of the Green Berets Inclusion of this song is so obvious it hardly needs comment. I am still amazed that such an explicitly pro-Vietnam War song could make the pop chart in 1966. And not just make the chart, but be a huge hit. Sadlers song was number 1 for 5 weeks, making it one of the biggest hits of the 1960s.
36. Dusty Springfield, Wishin and Hopin Some of my female friends will object to this song, but I included it because it takes such a traditional approach to how women should deal with men. Springfield made the chart with this song in July 1964, and it reached number 6. What female artist would sing these lyrics today?
Show him that you care just for him Do the things he likes to do Wear your hair just for him, cause You wont get him Thinkin and a-prayin Wishin and a-hopin
37. Diana Ross and the Supremes, Love Child
Possibly the best-selling female rock group of all time, Diana Ross and the Supremes scored a number 1 hit in October 1968 with this culturally conservative hit. The song is all about avoiding premarital sex and the terrible consequences of out-of-wedlock births. The danger, all too real in the Black community, then and now, is that the child is the one who ultimately suffers. As they sing:
This love were contemplatin Is worth the pain of waitin Well only end up hatin The child we may be creatin
38. The Temptations, Ball of Confusion This song made my list because of one line, Politicians say mo taxes will solve everything. It rose to number 3 in 1970 and stayed on the chart for 13 weeks, longer than all but one of The Temptations many hits.
39. Aaron Tippin, Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly
Just days after the World Trade Center attack, country singer Aaron Tippin released this unabashedly patriotic song. Under normal circumstances, it might not have been released as a single at all and probably would have stayed only on the country chart. But just as earlier conflicts pushed patriotic country hits over onto the pop chart, the Sept. 11 attack did so again. Tippins effort went as high as number 24 on the pop chart in late 2001.
40. Tammy Wynette, Stand By Your Man This falls into the same category with Wishin and Hopin as an anti-feminist anthem. It is also a great song, brilliantly sung. It is almost impossible not to be moved by Wynette as she belts out the songs title over and over. It is truly a classic in every sense of the term. Stand by Your Man was number 1 on the country chart for 3 weeks and hit 19 on the pop chart in December 1968. R&B singer Candi Staton also charted with this song in 1976. Her version was on the charts for 9 weeks, rising to number 24.
I realize that some will disagree with these choices, either because they are not sufficiently conservative or because they have better ones. I welcome a debate on the subject and hope others will join in, especially younger conservatives more familiar with the music of the last 20 years than I am. No doubt, I have left off some songs that deserve recognition. Nevertheless, I think I have proven that during the rock era, a substantial amount of music has not only embodied classical conservative themes, but proven very popular as well. I frankly think it would be much harder to put together a companion list of the most left-wing songs. (Off hand, the only one I can think of is Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival.) Perhaps some entrepreneur will put these songs together on a compact disk and we can see if they still have market appeal.
Bruce Bartlett is a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis and a nationally syndicated columnist. He thanks Stan Evans, Nancy Christy, Chris Bachelder, Howard Segermark, Chris Manion, Terry Teachout and Grover Norquist for helpful suggestions in compiling this list. Of course, they are not responsible for any errors of judgement.
Note: In most cases, lyrics were obtained at www.lyricsworld.com, edited in some cases by my own ear. Contact me with suggestions or complaints at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just remember, the song must have made the Top 40 pop chart list to be considered for inclusion. However, I am also happy to hear about other conservative songs in the rock genre.
Following are some also-rans that didnt make my cut.
Eddie Cochran, Summertime Blues (#8, 1958): libertarian
Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie (#1, 1957): culturally conservative
Norman Greenbaum, Spirit in the Sky (#3, 1970): religious
Mickey Newbury, An American Trilogy (# 26, 1971): patriotic
The Shirelles, Soldier Boy (#1, 1962): patriotic
Bobby Vinton, Mr. Lonely (#1, 1964): patriotic
Al Wilson, The Snake (#27, 1968): explains liberalism
The Winstons, Color Him Father (#7, 1969): pro-family
Some offbeat conservative/libertarian album cuts by major rock groups:
Blues Traveler, Support Your Local Emperor, Travelers and Thieves (1991)
Metallica, Dont Tread on Me, Black Album (1991)
Rush, Something for Nothing, 2112 (1976)
This song came on the radio on July 3rd, 1994 as I drove home from my fathers home. I had been at his bedside throughout the night until he passed on that morning.
I know the Lord was telling me everything was going to be OK. I'll never forget the gift He gave me that morning.
In twenty years, what will they be able to write about pop music? Nothing, because it's nothing. Justin Timberlake??? Puhleeze.
There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
JMO, but the above stanza describes thoughts of a person contemplating to get over the Iron curtain.
Bzzzzzt! Try again. "Eight Miles High" is not about drugs or their glorification.
As for that Paula Anka tune, you might think it conservative, but that's about the only thing it's got. What saccharine, maudlin dreck.
I'm not saying the Christian music industry is conservative, mind you (some artists are notoriously liberal), but if inclusion of "Jesus" and "God" makes a song conservative in this guy's book, he's going to need an encyclopedia to document them all.
I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin' "Don't blame me"
They point their crooked little fingers at everbody else
spend all their time feelin' sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma's too thin; your daddy's too fat
Get over it
Get over it
All this whinin' and cryin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it
You say you haven't been the same since you had your little crash
But you might feel better if they gave you some cash
The more I think about it, Old Billy was right
Let's kill all the lawyers - kill 'em tonight
You don't want to work; you want to live like a king
But the big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing
Get over it
Get over it
If you don't want to play, then you might as well split
Get over it, get over it
It's like going to confession every time I hear you speak
You're makin' the most of your losin' streak
Some call it sick, but I call it weak
You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin' everybody down
Complain about the present and blame it on the past
I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass
Get over it
Get over it
All this bitchin' and moanin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it
Get over it
Get over it
It's gotta stop sometime, so why don't you quit
Get over it, get over it
Get over it
When I see lightinin'
you know it always brings me down...
The Cro-Mags - Age of Quarrel
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