Sunday, September 17, 2006

Rhyme and Punishment

Rock and roll history is littered with bad lyrics, but no big whup, it’s not like our favorite bands are populated by Nobel laureates. Still, every once in a while, a verse comes along and sparks the notion that punishment, up to and including incarceration, should be available for the most heinous offenders. The tipping point in the Lyricist Prison Movement has been provided by former blues youth prodigy Jonny Lang. Now all grown up, Lang’s new song “Anything’s Possible” (which details how he overcame the odds to make a handsome living playing guitar) drops this bomb:

Martin Luther King
Did some beautiful things
All because he had a dream
Just like you and me

Really, shouldn’t someone have to pay for that?

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