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Dear Mr. President

by ghandi Sat Apr 22nd, 2006 at 05:59:16 AM EST

Come on sweet youth - bring us your passions.

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"Dear Mr. President"
(featuring the Indigo Girls)

Dear Mr. President
Come take a walk with me
Let's pretend we're just two people and
You're not better than me
I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep
What do you feel when you look in the mirror
Are you proud

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why

Dear Mr. President
Were you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy
How can you say
No child is left behind
We're not dumb and we're not blind
They're all sitting in your cells
While you pave the road to hell

What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye

Let me tell you bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don't know nothing bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
Oh

How do you sleep at night
How do you walk with your head held high
Dear Mr. President
You'd never take a walk with me
Would you

Pink Biography:
Although she was initially viewed as yet another face in the late-'90s crowd of teen pop acts, Pink quickly showed signs of becoming one of the rare artists to transcend and outgrow the label. Born Alecia Moore on September 8, 1979, in Doylestown, PA (near Philadelphia), Pink received her nickname as a child (it had nothing to do with her later shade of hair dye). She grew up in a musical family and by age 13 was a regular on the Philadelphia club scene, first as a dancer, then as a backing vocalist for the local hip-hop group Schools of Thought. At 14, she began writing her own songs; the same year, a local DJ at Club Fever began allowing her on-stage to sing a song every Friday. Pink was spotted one night by an executive for MCA, who asked her to audition for an RB group called Basic Instinct; although she got the gig, the group imploded not long after. She was quickly recruited for a female RB trio called Choice, which signed to L.A. Reid and Babyface's LaFace label on the strength of their demo; however, they too disbanded due to differences over musical direction. During Choice's brief studio time, producer Daryl Simmons asked Pink to write a bridge section for the song "Just to Be Loving You"; impressed with the results, Pink rediscovered her songwriting muse and an equally impressed L.A. Reid soon gave her a solo deal with LaFace.

Pink recorded her solo debut, Can't Take Me Home, with a variety of songwriting partners and dance-pop and RB producers. Released in 2000, the album was a double-platinum hit; it spun off three Top Ten singles in "There U Go," "Most Girls," and "You Make Me Sick." She toured that summer as the opening act for N Sync, but soon found herself tired of being pigeonholed as strictly a teen act despite her sassy, forthright persona. As she set about working on her follow-up album, Pink took part in the remake of Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" featured on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, which also featured powerhouse divas Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil' Kim. The song was a massive hit, topping the charts in both the U.S. and U.K. Toward the end of the year, Pink released her next single, "Get the Party Started"; it became her biggest, most inescapable hit to date, climbing into the Top Five.

Her accompanying sophomore album, M!ssundaztood, quickly went double platinum; it boasted a more personal voice and a more eclectic sound, plus heavy contributions from ex-4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, who helped bring some more rock muscle to Pink's sound (as did guest appearances by Steven Tyler and Richie Sambora).

M!ssundaztood attracted positive critical notices as well, and its second single, "Don't Let Me Get Me," became another fast-rising Top Ten hit. Pink next issued Try This in November 2003. The album was a bit more rock-oriented, due in part to the songwriting collaboration of Rancid front man, Tim Armstrong, on eight of the album's tracks. Try This's lead single, "Trouble", cracked into the upper regions of Billboard's Top 40, and earned Pink a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. On the homefront, Pink wed motocross racer Carey Hart - whom she had initially met at 2001's X-Games - on January 7, 2006 in Costa Rica. Her next album, I'm Not Dead, appeared that April with its first single "Stupid Girls" quickly becoming a hit. Steve Huey,

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I, too, thought Pink would be just another flash-in-the-pan pop star, but her music really has evolved.  (I used two lines from "Dear Mr President" in my sig here for a short while.)  The last song on her new album, written by her father (when he came home from Vietnam), is very good, too.  "Stupid Girls" is absolutely hilarious, and I couldn't have imagined a singer putting better lyrics to paper for the message.

Unlike morons, such as Spears, Pink will be around for a while.  She's been able to tap into a much wider audience -- beyond the typical teenie-bop crowd.  I haven't watched MTV since I briefly turned it on for the last couple of minutes of the Video Music Awards in 2002.  I heard her music on the local rock station, just to give you an idea of how far she has come.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Apr 22nd, 2006 at 11:19:00 AM EST
I think Pink has found her market niche pretty successfully. However, do you think she may face some negative implications for her "Dear Mr. President" song that may endanger in a way her future career as a singer? Or do you think it won't be a problem for her, since the States are too pro freedom of speech?
by Laura on Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 06:10:48 PM EST
If she's not clacklisted by Clear Channel I'll take it as a sign of important political changes ahead in the US.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 06:19:54 PM EST
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Er... 'blacklisted'.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 06:20:28 PM EST
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Clear Channel is the most infuriating company in the music business.  They did a pathetic job on the last Guns N' Roses tour.  (In fairness, Gn'R didn't show up for two shows, and the tour was shut down.)  No promotion, whatsoever, and only about half the tickets were sold.

The company has a stranglehold on promotion, too, which is sad.  Concert venues are a bit like utilities companies.  It's difficult to have competition because of the cost of building and maintaining a venue.  CC also owns much of the radio market and waters it down to pop-music bullshit to such an extent that people, like me, who enjoy older-school rock music are completely screwed.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 06:35:59 PM EST
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Did you hear about the black list of "unamerican" songs that Clear Channel enforced immediately after 9/11?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 24th, 2006 at 05:26:29 AM EST
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Yes.  They did the same thing during the run-up to the Iraq War.  Remember the Dixie Chicks?  It didn't work.  The Dixie Chicks watched their sales jumped through the roof after CC pulled their record.  It's the liberals who are buying records.  The conservatives still think Frank Sinatra qualifies as mainstream.  (They also deny that his vocals were a bit flat, but that's another issue....)

Pink is a huge money-maker for Geffen Records, which is owned by Interscope, which is owned by Universal Music -- the largest record company on the planet, last I checked.  And Bush is not popular anymore.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Apr 24th, 2006 at 09:49:57 AM EST
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They also worked with the Chinese Communist Party to stop Guns N' Roses from performing the title track to their (still-unreleased) record, "Chinese Democracy," when they played in Beijing four years ago.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Apr 24th, 2006 at 09:51:39 AM EST
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