Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde
Mighty Bama-Rama Rap
by Brian Hassett, Sept. ‘08
Like tonight is the night,
the Barack is The Rock,
And “change” is The Word,
and the voice has been heard,
And the heart is on the drums,
and passion’s playin’ bass,
And the word has hit the streets —
you can see it in their face!
There’s a choir in the chapel
an’ they’ve just begun to swing,
There’s a band down on the corner,
hear the chimes of freedom ring.
/ / / / / / / / / /
It starts off kinda quiet,
an underdog in spring,
No coronation here
from a white-haired former king.
Just a jazzy scrappy jugband,
eternity on tap,
And the singer in the center
with the silky thunder rap.
The conductor … of an orchestra,
and a mighty rolling train,
Playing sweet sonatas
and crushin’ John McCain.
/ / / / / / /
The combo’s on the road,
packin’ stadiums ‘n’ clubs;
Chopping down great big lies
and tiny weedy Shrubs.
Tonight the tour’s landed
at Toronto’s famous pub,
To listen for the next question
that John McCain will flub,
Where the poets strum and teachers play
and time is on our side “yes it is!”
Where colors swirl, the nuns have fun
and wayward Jekylls hyde.
/ / / / / / /
Two score and five ago
our father Martin dreamed
Imagining a whole new world
beyond what his had seemed.
Blink your eyes and here we are
awoken from the dream,
To find our plans were written by
that visionary’s beam.
So, . . . bless this race.
. . . This human one,
That comes in many shades,
Bless this space, this human one,
Inspiring in spades.
It’s forty-years since Martin marched
and water-cannons shot,
We’re still alive on the-other-side,
and this is what he sought.
Launching dreams from Lincoln’s steps
arching across the sky,
Who’d a thought we’d hit the oath,
The inaugural bull’s-eye!
/ / / / / / / / / / /
So, on to P.A., Ohio,
and everywhere we’re not,
It’s a Happy Holy Homerun
with everything we’ve got!
The band has played, the song has sung,
and now we’re on our own,
To ride this wave, and thumb this road,
and take the flight path shown.
From dreams on stages, thru history’s pages,
We’re making words come true,
The choir’s singin’, the bells are ringin’
but This is up to you.
“Yes, we can!”
For one of the most historic events in American history — check out my Obama Inauguration Adventures.
For how Woodstock promoter Michael Lang used my reports in his book — check out how Obama’s Inauguration was like Woodstock.
For an account of the most jubilant night in the history of New York — check the Election Night 2008 Adventure.
For a night in New York that started out just as joyous — check out the Election Night 2004 Adventure.
For an on-the-campaign-trail adventure — check out the physical altercation I was in the middle of with Al Franken at a Howard Dean rally in ’04.
For my tribute to a great political reporter — check out my Tim Russert tribute.
For a full listing of great reporters and news sources — check out my Political Sources Primer.
For how well these sources work — check out my 2012 election predictions.
… or here’s the 2008 projections — in both, I’m over 98% correct. 😉
Brian Hassett — firstname.lastname@example.org — BrianHassett.com