Wednesday, July 13, 2005

When the Left Hand Don't Know What the Devil's Right Hand Is Selling

The most shocking moment of yesterday's All-Star Game? No, not Tim McCarver spending 15 minutes explaining his man-crush on the missing Derek Jeter (whose looks are much better than his ability to field, except for that go to his right slide and pop up move that probably truly sends Tim's heart a-flutter). No, not even the ubiquitous plug for the needless remake of Bad News Bears, with Billy Bob Matthau.

It was a Chevy truck ad. I sat there thinking, "Gee, that background music is familiar," but couldn't place it for a few seconds, probably because it was by one of the last people I ever expected to sell his songs. For what to my wondering ears did appear but the voice of harcdore troubadour Steve Earle telling us buying this Chevy meant "the revolution"

Now, I know Steve has six ex-wives to support, and I'm the last person to call somebody a sell out since I work in publicity for a living. But still. I mean, he doesn't even have his drug habit to support anymore. Here's hoping Earle hasn't sold "Exit Zero," or worse, one of my favorite rousing tunes of all-time, "I Ain't Ever Satisfied," to GM for the next Hummer ad. You have to assume that GM has plenty to pay Earle with, given they're in bed with the feds for $811+ million for defense contracts.

Steve, don't choke the next time you're in concert and try singing these words of yours:

Jimmy joined the army ‘cause he had no place to go
There ain’t nobody hirin’
‘round here since all the jobs went
down to Mexico
Reckoned that he’d learn himself a trade maybe see the world
Move to the city someday and marry a black haired girl
Somebody somewhere had another plan
Now he’s got a rifle in his hand
Rollin’ into Baghdad wonderin’ how he got this far
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

Bobby had an eagle and a flag tattooed on his arm
Red white and blue to the bone when he landed in Kandahar
Left behind a pretty young wife and a baby girl
A stack of overdue bills and went off to save the world
Been a year now and he’s still there
Chasin’ ghosts in the thin dry air
Meanwhile back at home the finance company took his car
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

When will we ever learn
When will we ever see
We stand up and take our turn
And keep tellin’ ourselves we’re free

Ali was the second son of a second son
Grew up in Gaza throwing bottles and rocks when the tanks would come
Ain’t nothin’ else to do around here just a game children play
Somethin’ ‘bout livin’ in fear all your life makes you hard that way

He answered when he got the call
Wrapped himself in death and praised Allah
A fat man in a new Mercedes drove him to the door
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war


Blogger ewgreliant said...

George - As an avid (perhaps rabid) Steve Earle fan I was shocked to hear the news of his Chevy deal but glad you wrote about it. It spurred me to find out more about it. Still, given what Steve's been through and his talent, I'm inclined to overlook it. I love "Rich Man's War" and you are right that "I Ain't Ever Satisfied" is a true classic ("I said no thank you Pete I'll be moving along").

We both seem to be upset about Karl Rove, like Steve Earle and rue for the days when someone like Goldwater was the GOP party nominee. You can check my blog out at

Check it out and let me know if you'd be interested in cross-linking.

"I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham, Will lay there swords down together in Jerusalem".

Best Regards,

Eric Waverly

8:46 AM  

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