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The headline is an excerpt of the song “Dear Mr. President” sung by Pink. This is one of my favorite songs because it has a beautiful melody, meaningful lyrics and is simple and beautifully performed by Pink. Dear Mr. President has a political message that starts with inviting the President out for walk to ask him some questions.

The questions asked are many; how he can live with mothers who are unable say goodbye to their children dying on the battlefield, how he feel about all the homeless living on the streets, who he prays for when he goes to sleep at night, children left behind and several more intricate questions. The song manages to capture the important political issues in just a few sentences. Dear Mr President is a song every politician should listen to because it has a strong and clear message.

With elections coming up in the USA and many other countries we should ask ourselves and the Politicians these questions and demand some answers before we vote.

In the video below you'll see Pink perform Dear Mr. President Live in Wembley, from "I’m not dead" tour DVD released in April 2007. A bit further down you’ll find a transcript of the lyrics.

Some songs are more important than others - this is one of them, please listen to it.


Pink: Dear Mr president
Featuring: Indigo Girls Lyrics
Songwriters: Mann, Billy; Moore, Alecia B


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?

3 comments

Honest Investor said... @ October 15, 2008 at 10:58 PM

It's all about pretending, b/c we're all afraid--too afraid to be too kind or not to be too mean.

David

Lisa said... @ October 16, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Thanks for a thoughtful comment honest investor. Balancing our life is a challenge and exciting at the same time. Unfortunately its so easy to be the person people around you expect you to be.

Honest Investor said... @ October 17, 2008 at 11:30 PM

It's hard to "be the person people around you expect you to be" b/c society creates a set of power structures, which the song you posted hints at:

Politician - People

Teacher - Student

Clergy - Parishioner

Media - Audience

Doctor - Patient

Parent - Child

I could go on and on, but it's hard to ask somebody how they sleep at night, b/c they have a false sense of entitlement and/or power when the reverse is really the case--the people and the individual, really do.

Like you said, Lisa, it's about finding that inner strength within oneself to break out of the pack and be your true self, not what "society" says you should be.

David

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