Songs of the 2018 Blue Surge Election (a Weekend Open Thread)


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The competition is fierce out there, ruthless, for who can be the best, most gripping and truthful OC political blog – given the riveting qualities of the Liberal OC and Anaheim Blog. How can the Orange Juice possibly keep up? Here’s an idea – melody, harmony, rhythm – those blogs ain’t got that!

For example, maybe we could tell the story of the historic flipping of the 39th Congressional District to the tune of a beloved Beatles song?  Let’s try that:

Little Ed Royce
Came down off the Hill,
He looked at the landscape ‘round him and he felt rather ill,
Said “I’m handing this off to Young Kim,
I’ve been grooming her all these years,”
But that ain’t what voters wanted
And now GIL’S ON THE HILL,
Cuz we rose up as one
And the world heard our voice
And the fight carries on!

Craven Young Kim
Befuddled by Trump
Thought she could have it both ways by avoiding the stump,
Said “I hate to see crying children,
But I don’t know what’s going on,
And I really have no position.”
So now GIL’S ON THE HILL,
Cuz we rose up as one
And the world heard our voice
And the fight carries on!

No one man can solve our problems
But we know now what we can do,
Just look at what we accomplished:
We put GIL ON THE HILL,
When we rose up as one
And the world heard our voice
And the fight carries on!

I hear you saying, that’s nice, you like Gil and you already wrote a nice tribute to Tom Tait as he leaves eight years of Mayorship.  But, what about Kris Murray, also leaving the council after eight years, and hoping to become the next Third District Supervisor – could you write a Goodbye song for her, and don’t be lazy, make it an original tune?  Okay – funny, my wife asked me to do the same thing.  So here goes…

Goodbye, Kris Murray!
We’re gonna miss your sad doll eyes,
And your forty-minute soliloquies extolling all the virtues
of the robber barons wanting to be subsidized.

Goodbye, don’t worry –
We never will forget your sighs.
As a point of personal privilege I’d point out that the factoids
you repeat about the economy are cherry-picked lies.

Your Operation Home-Safe,
Why it really lit a spark –
Chasing all the homeless off the riverbed,
All the way to Maxwell Park!

So goodbye, there’s no hurry
to keep swindling us poor saps.
No, goodbye Kristine Murray, that’s a wrap.

“But you’re not connecting with the real working-class people,” you tell me, “how about the Latinos you live amongst, always worrying about a friend or relative being deported, but not informed enough to stop voting for Congressman Lou Correa and Assemblyman Tom Daly, who helped elect anti-immigrant Sheriff Don Barnes?  Could you sing about that sad and twisted situation, to the tune of an old beloved Mexican folk song?”  Well, okay, I guess…

Lou… Correa,
El Demócrata que vota como un Republicano.

Lou… Correa,
Pero todos latinos le_apoyan porque es chicano!

A… Correa,
Y_a Tom Daly también no importa tu deportación,
Y por eso Correa y Daly son falsos amigos de la_inmigración!
Y por eso Correa y Daly son falsos amigos de la_inmigración!

So, until Matt Cunningham and Dan Chmielewski discover their inner songbirds, we hope you will find it worthwhile to continue coming to the Orange Juice – the “venomous, grandiose, self-important gaggle of ankle-biters” – for your local political news and views!  Carry on with your holiday weekends now…

 


About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist in Orange County, and official troubador of both Anaheim and Huntington Beach (the two ends of the Santa Ana Aquifer.) Performs regularly both solo, and with his savage-jazz quintet The Vern Nelson Problem. Reach at vernpnelson@gmail.com, or 714-235-VERN.