Sunday Song Lyric:
When I was 10, I somehow convinced my father to take me to a Kiss concert at the Spectrum. It was the Dynasty tour, the last with the original line-up and make-up (until the 1996 reunion). Judas Priest opened. I had an amazing time. My father says he enjoyed it, but I'm not so sure.

I recalled this because a law professor friend of mine just took his adolescent daughter to the Young Wild Things Tour, featuring Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, and Plain White Ts, MTV-faves all. He says he enjoyed it too, but I suspect his experience was much like my Dad's.

Of the Young Wild Things Tour bands, I am most familiar with Fall Out Boy, what I would describe as a clever-but-juvenile, hard-edged blend of Panic! at the Disco and Bowling for Soup. Interestingly enough, they also have some legal-themed song titles (if not actual lyrics), such as "Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued" (in which they tell listeners to "put this record down" because "it's not worth the hearing you'll lose") and their new single, "I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off." The lyrics of the latter begin:

Last year's wishes
Are this year's apologies
Every last time I come home
I take my last chance
To burn a bridge or two
I only keep myself this sick in the head
Cause I know how the words get you

We're the new face of failure
Prettier and younger but not any better off
Bullet proof loneliness
At best, at best

Me and you
Setting in a honeymoon
If I woke up next to you
If I woke up next to you
The full lyrics are available here. The video is on YouTube here. And, for whatever it's worth, here's them covering a Killers song at their recent Columbus show.
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
I'm sure everyone here knows my favorite global warming song is Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin'.

But for Richard Aubray (who will appreciate this), and all those posters plying this blog who have tried to get into my head for so long, here another one of my favorite songs my husband and I routinely play on the way to the law library:

Battle of New Orleans, by Jimmy Driftwood.
10.28.2007 1:46pm
Another Fall Out Boy song which includes law-related lyrics is "You're Crashing but You're No Wave," which tells the story of a jury rendering a guilty verdict:

The DA is dressed to the nines,
In the mirror he practices all his lines,
To his closing arguments, 12 hearts beat in favor,
I'm guessing that he read the morning paper
The headline reads "The Man Hangs", but the jury doesn't

And everyone's looking for relief,
United States versus Disbelief,
And mothers cast tears on both sides of the aisle
Clear your throat and face the world,
The verdict falls like bachelors for bad luck girls,
Only breathing with the aid of denial

Case open, case shut,
But you could pay to close it like a casket,
Baby boy can't lift his headache head,
Isn't it tragic

Note, however, that if the trial is titled "United States v. Disbelief," that would suggest that it's a federal case, in which the prosecutor would be not a D.A., as the song suggests, but an AUSA.

10.28.2007 3:08pm
The WSJ Law Blog also conducted an interview with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, in which he explains the genesis of the song title "Our Lawyer Made Us..."
10.28.2007 3:16pm
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
JonC, very clever poem. Are you implying you can convict on groundless charges? Obstruction of justice? Perjury? Violation of Bar rules?
10.28.2007 3:53pm
Mary: Well, I wouldn't be implying anything, as it's not my poem, but as I noted above, song lyrics from the musical group Fall Out Boy. I'm not entirely sure what the song means, if anything-- the band's lyrics are frequently, as Prof. Adler pointed out, "clever but juvenile." But I think it can be plausibly interpreted as a commentary on the justice system-- perhaps that the system privileges style over substance.
10.28.2007 5:35pm
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
JonC, it doesn't matter whether or not it is your poem; what is relevant to my question was your particular use of the poem.
10.28.2007 6:57pm
Pete Freans (mail):
When I was 11 years old, I attended a Van Halen concert at the Spectrum (I think it was the Diver Down tour). My older brother accompanied me and it was an experience I never forgot. A few weeks ago, my older brother, who is now a respected physician, took his 11 year old son to see Van Halen at the Wachovia Center, the newer stadium next to the old Spectrum. I thought to myself, in the most unlawyerly terms, "how cool is that?"
10.28.2007 9:58pm