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Sunday Song Lyric:

I have not listened to much Five for Fighting other than what gets played on the radio, but I found this profile of John Ondrasik, who is Five for Fighting, by John Miller on NRO to be quite interesting. I doubt there are many contemporary songwriters who have written lyrics based upon a lunch with Victor Davis Hanson, nor many band names inspired by hockey rules. ("Five for fighting" is a major penalty in hockey.) He also writes provocative and interesting lyrics. Here's a taste of "Freedom Never Cries" off of the new album:


I saw a man on the TV
In a mask with a gun
A man on the TV
He had a ten-year old son
I saw a man on the TV
His son had a gun
He says that he's coming for me

I never loved the soldier until there was a war
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor
I only talk to God when somebody's about to die
I Never cherished Freedom

Freedom never cries.

UPDATE: Ondrasik was interviewed on the Glenn & Helen Show back in February.
mistermark:
John Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle Soar" was much better. Sing along with me:

Let the eagle soar,
Like she's never soared before.
From rocky coast to golden shore,
Let the mighty eagle soar.
Soar with healing in her wings,
As the land beneath her sings:
'Only god, no other kings.'
This country's far too young to die.
We've still got a lot of climbing to do,
And we can make it if we try.
Built by toils and struggles
God has led us through.

Much more inspiring, and without the derivative commercial "alternative" rock guitar riffs that bands like Five for Fighting come up with.
5.13.2007 1:47pm
dsn:
A man band? Is that sort of like a boy band but better?
5.13.2007 2:11pm
Henri Le Compte (mail):
Mistermark:
Me thinks I catch a whiff of sarcasm in the air. You should listen to Five for Fighting-- it is not the "Rah, Rah... USA!" stuff that you mistake it for.
5.13.2007 2:28pm
breen (mail):
Trey Parker couldn't come up with better lyrics than that. That's fantastic! Freedom never cries? Who knew? Tough kid, freedom.
5.13.2007 2:42pm
Erasmus (mail):
That interview was absurd. He seems to be completely oblivious to this history of music. It's a "new" thing for musicians to be "rebels"? Are you serious?

And he seems to be quick to dismiss music as "bomb throwing" because he doesn't agree with the singer's point of view. I'm sure people who sang against the Vietnam war were dismissed in similar terms.
5.13.2007 4:37pm
byomtov (mail):
"provocative and interesting???"

Right. And I'm the ghost of Ira Gershwin.
5.13.2007 5:04pm
Richard A. (mail):
Lunch with Victor Davis Hanson? What did they dine on, banana slug? Or was it chicken hawk?
5.13.2007 7:04pm
Anderson (mail) (www):
I doubt there are many contemporary songwriters who have written lyrics based upon a lunch with Victor Davis Hanson,

And if there is a God, there won't be many more.
5.13.2007 10:15pm
Richard A. (mail):
More wisdom from the Sage of Santa Cruz. Before the war, he predicated the war would last three or four weeks, and he termed the Iraqis' guerrilla-style warfare a "nuisance" that won't bog down the military.

"For a guerrilla war to be successful, the invading power should be odious and the defenders have a cause the people can believe in," Hanson said. "But in this case, we offer freedom and [Saddam] offers slavery."

Then there was this pre-war comment:

And conservative commentator Victor Davis Hansen argued the other day that America's military might "will win far more allies than sitting through yet another sanctimonious United Nations debate."


Here's another one:


Instead, Hanson, who supports the war, estimates that the civilian deaths will be in the hundreds or low thousands. It's a number he extrapolates from other recent wars. Would-be prognosticators, he says, "have a duty as enlightened people to look at the last engagements -- Gulf War I, Panama, Grenada, Belgrade and the Taliban. If they looked at those engagements, they could come up with anywhere from 200 to 3,500 casualties on an average." His estimation is founded in part on an expectation of Iraqi military passivity: "Based on what I saw in Panama and the first Gulf War and Serbia, there's a pattern. People don't fight very well for fascists."

Meanwhile, he notes that Saddam has butchered hundreds of thousands of his own people, driven 4 million into exile, and tortured countless others. Thus, for him, the math is easy. "If you ask, 'Do you really want to free Iraq at the price of 500,000 dead?' people will say, 'Of course not.' If you ask, 'Do you want to free Iraq at the price of 2000 or 3,000?' more people would say yes."


He was talking about Iraqi deaths not Americans.
5.14.2007 12:40am
Richard A. (mail):
Sorry, that should be "predicted" not "predicated."
5.14.2007 12:42am