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Thankfully, No Macarena

One other note from today’s Moran rally: If I were a pop band, I’d be pretty tempted to try to tap into a vastly underserved market for campaign-rally music, as it seems there is a major unmet demand for new songs. The playlist for Moran’s rally hit all the usual suspects: U2’s “Beautiful Day,” Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” the remix of Elvis’s “A Little Less Conversation.”

They also played Foo Fighters, “My Hero” – which, of course, has the lyric, “Watch him as he goes [but sounds a lot like ‘he falls’] . . . he’s ordinary.”

Moran entered to Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” which, of course, has absolutely awful and depressing lyrics for a “hooray for our town, our country, and our candidate” rally:

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream

At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines

Sprung from cages out on highway 9,

Chrome wheeled, fuel injected

and steppin’ out over the line

Baby this town rips the bones from your back

It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap

We gotta get out while we’re young

You figure most campaign anthems would want to avoid the word “suicide” entirely, and “Born to Run” has it twice in the first stanza.

The rally ended with John Fogarty’s “Centerfield,” and the red-headed candidate was bid farewell with the lyric, “A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man.”


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