Music Monday – Dope and Dead Presidents

President’s Day, a United States federal holiday honoring all of our Presidents.  Today seems the perfect day for songs referencing presidents:  dead, ineffective, and great… here it goes.
New Jack Hustler by Ice-T

I care nothing ’bout you, and that’s evident.
All I love’s my dope and dead presidents.

Yep.  Dead Presidents.  Cash.  Some of the ‘dead presidents’ are still worth something.  A few aren’t good for much more than tipping waiters and strippers, unless you have a whole stack of them.
Russians by Sting

There’s no such thing as a winnable war
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don’t subscribe to this point of view

A dead President.  On his debut solo album, Sting had this “No Nukes” song.  I like it.  Turns out, Mr. Reagan managed to protect us over the course of his presidency.  He showed the strength needed in that time of the Cold War, the strength to get the Soviet Union to come back to negotiate in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons, the strength to call on the Soviet General Secretary to free half of Germany, to allow the two Germanies to reunite when he said during his address at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  [Watch the video of this address, “Tear down this wall” at approx. 12 minute mark]
Too Much Time On My Hands by Styx

Now, I’m a jet-fuel genius
I can solve the world’s problems without even trying
I got dozens of friends, and the fun never ends
That is, as long as I’m buying
Is it any wonder I’m not the President?
Is it any wonder I’m null and void?

Null and Void. How far off are they really? Probably a lot closer there than with the solving the worlds problems line.
Smuggler’s Blues by Glenn Frey

It’s propping up the governments in Columbia and Peru
You ask any D.E.A. man, he’ll say there’s nothin’ we can do
From the office of the President
Right down to me and you, me and you

An ineffective President. Another of those great songs from Miami Vice.  And while a DEA man might say there’s nothing we can do, I think if the government really wanted to wage a “war on drugs”, we could be much more effective at it.
[Unfortunately, someone/group who owns the rights is preventing this video from being played.  It’s temporarily unavailable at VH1 and MTV, and the video on YouTube is missing the audio.]
Bicycle Race by Queen

You say coke I say caine
You say John I say Wayne
Hot dog I say cool it man
I don’t wanna be the President of America
You say smile I say cheese
Cartier I say please
Income tax I say Jesus
I don’t wanna be a candidate
For Vietnam or Watergate
Cos all I want to do is…

I guess Freddie and company thought all of these things sounded uniquely American.  I concur on not wanting to be President.

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