You Want It Darker?

Try Bad Moon Rising or just stick with the Tulsa playlist…

An old sign in Trumpistan…

“Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine (as quoted in Peter’s Quotations, 1977)

Leonard Cohen’s Estate was “surprised and dismayed” that “Hallelujah” was played at the Republican National Convention in August and suggested that they might have considered approval of “You Want It Darker” instead. And now John Fogerty has joined the long list of musicians who oppose the president’s use of their music.

After “Fortunate Son” was played at a campaign rally in Michigan this week, Fogerty posted a video on Facebook and Instagram saying, “It’s a song I could have written now, and so I find it confusing, I would say, that the president has chosen to use my song for his political rallies when in fact, it seems like he is probably the fortunate son.” Unlike Cohen’s Estate however, Fogerty didn’t suggest an alternative.

While “Bad Moon Rising” seems appropriate…

It’s “Deja Vu (All Over Again)”
“Who’ll Stop the Rain”?
We all know “Mr. Greed”
Wasn’t “Born on the Bayou”
Nor “Run Through The Jungle”

“Long As I Can See the Light”
Maybe “Bad Moon Rising”
Is “Down on the Corner”
or “Up Around the Bend”?
“I Saw It on TV”

We shouldn’t dismiss the Tulsa playlist

God Bless the U.S.A.”
But “Don’t Stop Believing” In “Macho Man
While “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
On the “Devil’s Sidewalk
Where “Love Lies Bleeding
And “Everybody Hurts
At a “Funeral for a Friend
Only in America

Some hard truths in there. So line up the boats, and full-speed ahead!

I see the bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

I hear hurricanes a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin

Well don’t go around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise, all right

Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye

Well don’t go around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

Don’t come around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

- John Fogerty (1969)

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” — Heinrich Heine (Almansor, 1820).

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Wilhelm Kühner

Wilhelm Kühner

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Pruning the “tangled thicket” of Kühner (Keener) Genealogie in Amerika and reflecting on its relevance to current events.