Monday, September 18, 2006

The president's dead

What better way to follow up yesterday's post Death of a President with two songs about presidents.

"When the President Talks to God" by Bright Eyes is an old fashioned protest folksong. With a message that is more important than the music, singer Conor Oberst sings his heart and frustation out in a song that is obviously about >George W. Bush. This version of the song comes from their live album Motion Sickness. By the way, you can listen to last year's Bright Eyes concert at Tivoli on the 3voor12 website.

Okkervil River takes a whole different approach. Their song "The President's Dead" is about the assasination of a president (duh!). Like many other Okkervil River songs the lyrics (which are amazing) read like a story leaving enough room for your own interpretation. The song is featured on a tour only EP that has been circulating the web. I remember them playing this song as an encore when I saw them last May at Rotown in Rotterdam, which still is the best show I've seen all year. I love this band and this song is nothing short but amazing!

Bright Eyes - When the President Talks to God (live)

Okkervil River - The President's Dead

1 comment:

Dennis said...

Gelukkig, ik had bright eyes al verwacht bij je vorige post, maar je stelt me niet teleur door 'm nu alsnog te plaatsen ;-)