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Wherein Mose Allison Presaged The Blight Of The Donald Trump Mouth

One of my favorite artists of all time, going back decades, is Mose Allison.

Turns out Mose wrote a song about Donald J. Trump decades before the intellectual and political blight actually arrived. Mose always was way ahead of his time.

Trump is a loudmouth, say anything, to anyone, at any time, that, first, makes him feel good, and, second, that might help himself.

In short, the ultimate clinically narcissistic jackhole. I doubt even Mose Allison figured how much his words might one day describe a blight on the American citizenry, if not humanity. Like in the form of Donald J. Trump.

But, here it is in it’s total prescient glory:

Sittin here and yakkin right in my face
You comin’ on exactly like you own the place
You know if silence was golden
You couldn’t raise a dime
Because your mind is on vacation and your mouth is workin’ overtime

You quotin’ figures and droppin’ names
You tellin’ stories and playing games
You’re overlaughin’ when things ain’t funny
You tryin’ to sound like the big money
You know if talk was criminal
You’d lead a life of crime
Because your mind is on vacation and your mouth is workin’ overtime

You know that life is short
Talk is cheap
Don’t be makin’ promises that you can’t keep
You don’t like this little song I’m singin’
Just grin and bear it
All I can say is if the shoe fits wear it
If you must keep talkin
Please try to make it rhyme
Because your mind is on vacation and your mouth is workin’ overtime.

So, sentient voters can vote their own conscience, and should. I can only hope they don’t do so in a manner that leads to the election of the Trumphstag.

Seriously, Americans are smarter than that, right?

Right??

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
15 replies
  1. rosalind says:

    I’ll see your Mose Allison and raise you Woody Guthrie, who re-worked a song of his with new lyrics to reflect his contempt for his new landlord, Donald’s dada Fred Trump:
    .
    Beach Haven ain’t my home!
    I just cain’t pay this rent!
    My money’s down the drain!
    And my soul is badly bent!
    Beach Haven looks like heaven
    Where no black ones come to roam!
    No, no, no! Old Man Trump!
    Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!
    .
    http://gawker.com/woody-guthrie-despised-his-landlord-donald-trumps-racis-1754282007
    .
    RIP Gawker

    • jonf says:

      Here’s hoping for our future it works out this time around. But there are plenty of nuts out there who could make it 2000 all over again.

  2. bloopie2 says:

    The song is quite à propos, but next time my local PBS station has a promotion for “”Spend $$ and we’ll send you this four-disc collection of The Best Of Classical Music”, I’ll get one for you! I mean, there are at least three hundred years’ worth of musical artists to choose from, and this is one of your favorites of all time? “Seriously, Americans are smarter than that, right?” No, Americans are not smarter than that. Next time we criticize the State Department for saying for the Nth time that “This is a turning point in Afghanistan”, let’s remember how much we live only in the present, and know only the present.
    .
    Sorry for the rant, it’s Saturday, another week gone without any improvement. (Actually, not true. I will boycott the NFL again this week.) Fuck them.

    • prostratedragon says:

      Have you heard much Mose Allison? Others might be ahead of him on my own list, but I think he’s a defensible choice. One of my favorites among his lyrics:

      What do you do after you’ve ruined your life?
      Where do you go?
      Who do you know that will give you anything to go with good-bye?
      Do you tell your friends?
      Can you face your wife?
      What do you do after you’ve ruined your life?

      What do you do after you’ve blown the game?
      No alibis. Cut down to size,
      And you know that nothing’s ever going to be the same.
      Do you change your ways, or just go down in flames?
      What do you do after you’ve blown the game?

      What do you do after you’ve been found out?
      No place to hide, no friendly guide
      Who will lead on your little psychic walkabout.
      Do you seek truth in times when lies are right?

      What do you do? Here’s looking at you!
      What do you do–
      After you’ve ruined your life?

      • bloopie2 says:

        Actually I have not hear much Mose. Sounds good, I will listen. Before that, though, I will say this: I think a distinction to be made is that I don’t listen to music (instrumental or vocal) for political or psychological or social education, or to tell me how to live my life, or to treat my psychological wounds, or to assist my weak self; there’s plenty of that available to me on ye olde Internet. I listen to music for entertainment and for expressions of humanity and grandeur. That is the sense in which I would put Mozart above Mose. Or why I would put the Beatles’ “Yesterday” above Lennon’s “Imagine”. Music means many different things to many different people, and that is a beautiful thing.

      • bloopie2 says:

        Off topic a bit, but a while back Rayne and others made a big point of the death of Prince. Where does he fit in, in your pantheon of favorites? Of the last 30 years? Of “all time” as bmaz is addressing? Better than Mose Allison? Many seemed to think he was as a god, when he spoke to people on certain issues; what do you all think? Just curious.

  3. drouse says:

    The tune that best sums up Trump and his campaign is The Punk and the Godfather off of Quadrophenia.

    on the dance floor broken glass
    and bloody faces slowly pass
    the empty seats in empty rows
    it all belongs to me you know

  4. martin says:

    Seriously, Americans are smarter than that, right?

    Right??

    No. Until you realize this country’s citizenry are mostly the DUMBEST FUCKING MORONS on the face of this planet.. your future observations will be flawed.

  5. martin says:

    ps.. btw bmaz.

    “One of my favorite artists of all time, going back decades, is Mose Allison.”

    At least we agree on that.

  6. martin says:

    correction.. I despise my vile, deviant, abominable, sick, repugnant, reprobate, repellent, repulsive and degenerate government. Because THAT is EXACTLY what it has become. At 71 yrs old.. I welcome death. Because I could NEVER face a future supporting what I have discovered over 50 yrs… is a total, unequivocally baldfaced lie, of biblical proportions.

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