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The Best Song to Describe People in America?

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The Best Song to Describe People in America?

Postby Tsar » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:34 am

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHjdTZ-myCU[/youtube]

I think this is one of the best songs that describes life, people, and society in America and the West. I think it also sums up one of the messages of happier abroad.
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby starchild5 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:04 pm

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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:57 am

There is Los Americanos, popularized by Piero de Benedictis (originally written by Alberto Cortés)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aibLrBu2hoA[/youtube]

And, Melissa Mars and Lara Fabian performing Les Homéricains

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBt8PA9wszY[/youtube]

And, of course,

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUwUp-D_VV0[/youtube]
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby Jester » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:48 am

pandabear wrote:There is Los Americanos, popularized by Piero de Benedictis (originally written by Alberto Cortés)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aibLrBu2hoA[/youtube]



Well yeah, Panda a good post for this thread.

But.....................
.......................I have been itching to rebut this Southern Cone hipster since I first heard the video here on HA. So here goes.

************************************************************************8

Big jaws, yes that's funny, and new. I had noticed some Latins have jaws like little chipmunks, so it's funny to be stereotyped in reverse. Okay.

But wearing all the colors except BLACK?
Jesus I should probably start a thread on this.
PUBLIC NOTICE -- ATTENTION -- ARMOS, LATINS, MIDDLE EASTERN RAGHEADS, ETC.
Wearing black does NOT make you look cool.
Rather it makes you look like an overlooked Goth girl in high school. Do you have liver-colored lipstick to go with that all-black outfit, Drama-Boy?
You look SILLY.

And OMG, the gringos DANCE ALL NIGHT?
Oh you little Spic Puke.
You think Whites like to dance to other people's music, meet some ARMOS. We dance BEFORE you, WITH you, AND after you. We close the party.
Oh f**k YOU you little jealous Hispanic munchkins.
Yeah I DID say that.

Here on HA, MANY of us, part-Whites like me included, love to diss the ossified Anglo culture we are leaving (or trying to leave). But BY GOD, one of the GOOD things about Anglos, one of the things they will always be remembered for, is their openness to adapt to other cultures. YES, dancing to other people's music, that too.

Who else does that? Anglos... Germans... Armos... Filipinos.

Who else?

Yeah you little provincial peninsular Argentine WOP. Who else?
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-- Dr John Hunsucker, speaking about canoeing on Georgia's Lake Lanier, with its irregular shape, and 1000 miles of meandering shoreline
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby Jester » Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:02 am

pandabear wrote:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUwUp-D_VV0[/youtube]



Nice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boxes
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:55 pm

Here is the original, by Alberto Cortez

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBYjtD06fcs[/youtube]

Alberto does wear black.

Maybe someone could turn it around, and write lyrics about Argentinians to the same tune. It might get viral.
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby Moretorque » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:23 pm

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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:02 pm

This one also describes American people

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2mU6USTBRE[/youtube]

"Little Boxes" predates the obesity epidemic.
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:15 pm

Another American theme

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnjF1O4eH0[/youtube]
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby Teal Lantern » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:15 am

My vote ... :mrgreen:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrgpZ0fUixs[/youtube]
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:01 pm

While Argentinians think that we're a bunch of ridiculous schmucks, if songs are any indication, then French girls seem to have a fascination with us:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpyJ3aOUEU[/youtube]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpyJ3aOUEU

Jenna Lee does a brilliant take on American High School culture. Also, she is more up on American popular culture and television shows than I am--I had to google some of her references, to see what she was talking about.

And here is Jenn Ayache - wrapping herself in the American flag:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATQnK-q9OHg[/youtube]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATQnK-q9OHg
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:53 pm

A translation of US Boys:

It would be like in a high school dance
The quarterback would take me on the floor and the queen would tell us (hush hey)
A decor like in Desperate Housewives, oh yeah!
I could live there just to hire him as my gardener
They are bad boys from LOST, Sawyer
Nate's beauty in Gossip Girl
Ju-Ju-Justin (Timberlake)'s dancer-singer's side
A sense of humor like in Friends and a mystery like Fringe

(chorus)
US boys are French girls' dream
We want an American boyfriend forever
US boy, U-US boy, US love, U-US love
Just tell me "baby" once and I'll reach happiness
I want my own American boyfriend forever
US boy, U-US boy, US love, U-US love

I like listening to him speak, drives me crazy
All the girls think he's an idol, the neighborhood's most handsome man
To charm him I shall give him French lessons
Even if this is only a dream in my head
He has a touch of Ashton Kutcher's charm
Barney's craziness in How I Met Your Mother
Edward's romanticism in Twilight
Eminem's talent and Brian McKnight's voice

(chorus)

French kiss under California's stars
Or a US kiss, the last one before I go back to Paris
(yeah yeah)
US Boy (x8)
(chorus)
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby newbgold » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:14 pm

Some songs that may describe the modern US society quite well:

1. Decline of the Roman Empire

The Roman Empire during its period of decline
Kept up a pretense to maintain law and order
The Caesar was at the head, the senators were there by him
It seemed that life was beautiful from all the historical evidence

The men of the Roman Empire in the period of decline
Ate whatever crap, drank themselves to unconsciousness
In the morning after, there was hangover,
Perhaps these men did not realize that they have decline

The boys of the Roman Empire in the period of decline
Always dreamed of uniforms and battles
One day they are fighting, the next day they are attacking
One day they are in the East, the next day they are in Europe

The women of the Roman Empire in the period of the decline
Only they, the beauties, had it sweet
Everything is open to them and within reach
If you want - go to work, otherwise go to the forum.


Some of the lyrics of this song show the current US culture very well. For example, "The men of the Roman Empire in the period of decline, ate whatever crap" relates to how we eat at McDonald's, Taco-Bell, White Castle, Subway, etc. and all the junk food. Also, "drank themselves to unconsciousness, In the morning after, there was hangover," can be interpreted as the internet pornography epidemic that many of the men now have. But many lyrics of this song could apply to the putinist Russia just as well.

2. The Tight Rope

This should resonate very well with many involuntary celibate or rejected or otherwise unwanted men. Also, it should resonate with those people on HA who think that too many men are put on medications and thrown in prison.

Once in the dark land, in the angry and cold state
The young man was pricked by many thorns
He received full satchels of hate and apprehension
And he drowned in such grief that can't be sadder

Drink the poison till you faint
Before they ask you to pay for it
Let the tight rope hand there
It will still turn into a whip

The poor young man is thrown around the land
His life is slipping through the fingers like a thread
And those men who become outcasts in the society
They are instantly get thrown in prison

Don't hope for mercy there
Just clench your teeth and take it like a man
Let the tight rope hang there
It will still turn into a lash

Ah the cold and unfortunate land
No matter where I search
All I see is a red scaffold and a tight rope
But those that get hanged
The Satan himself licks their feet
Mother-dear, why is it so tough
To live and to survive

Don't complain or cry or laugh
No one will forgive tears today
Let the tight rope hang there
It will still be shortened

Darkest cloudy thoughts in the night
Carpenters are not fussing around
I won't make it to the morning prayer
I am getting hanged too soon
Don't regret about this
What good would delaying the execution do?
And the rope is so tight
That there is not a knot on it

Lie down somewhere warm while you can
But don't oversleep the execution
Let the tight rope hang there
It will still turn into a noose.

3. Constrained and Chained

The social cliques are disgusting like greasy oil
I look for a hand, but I shoved by an elbow
I look for a hand, but I get an angry look
Some important ass is higher than many heads
The pink sunset after the red sunrise
We're constrained and we're chained

The joints are weak, but the lands are vast
The natural resources were abused to build columns
We whisper one thing at our homes, but we say opposite things on the street
The eagles were shot down for factory chickens
And I feel fear even when I kiss
I am constrained and I am chained

You can believe when there is no faith
You can deal when there is no deal
The poor pray that their poverty is guaranteed to them
You can play the pipe when no one hears
But you will still play the retreat
And if there are people who come to you
Then there will be people who will come for you
Also constrained and chained

The women look and find old age
The measure of work is tiredness
The first ones look like they are last
The men in offices are never crooks
But perhaps they too are tired
To be constrained and chained

"The men in offices are never crooks" - this is just like all those CEOs of companies that are "too big to fail".

It seems like these songs describe the modern US very well.
But now, I will reveal a surprising fact...
All these three protest songs are not American songs.
They were written in the Soviet Union between 1956 and 1991.
These songs were protesting against the injustices and problems of the Soviet system. Those songs were written by Russian bards, who were protest singers that played the acoustic guitar and wrote songs on social issues.
But at least to me, the similarities are abundant and even stark and eerie.

If there are any Russians on this board, then they will recognize these songs by Russian bards.
1. Decline of the Roman Empire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbCo-ZAqfxE
2. The Tight Rope
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMWbRbGBIdA
3. Constrained and Chained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_ebl5OuKh8

But Americans wrote a share of protest songs as well, such songs that describe the current problems even better than the original issues.
For example, "Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel describes the complacency and ignorance of our day even more than those things in 1960s. Likewise, Bob Dylan's song "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" describes so many destitute lives after 2008 crash. People like Hollis Brown were a minority in the US of the 1960s, because the economic system was more egalitarian back then. Nowadays, the Western world is full of such Hollis Browns. And what about the song "it's a hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "it's Alright Ma, I'm Only Sighing", both by Bob Dylan.

As an end note, I just want to add that I am not anti-American at all. I just find (like many of you), that the current US culture is in a poor sorry state, that people are extremely materialistic, that corporations have too much power at the expense of the middle and working classes, and that too many men are put on meds and in prison too often. But other than that, the United States has many positive sides. Despite all the venting that I did in this post, I definitely believe that the America is a very good country. I vented out my frustration, but it is just frustration, nothing close to anger.
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby pandabear » Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:29 am

Another good one

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcFYJbPUOj4[/youtube]
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Re: The Best Song to Describe People America?

Postby Ghost » Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:06 am

Not a song, but this music perfectly expresses how hopeful I am about life in the U.S. Whenever I go out among people, this should be playing in the background.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ_Z9bFmZWs[/youtube]
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