There have been songs that one naturally associates with bureaucracies and Washington. The “Taxman” by the Beatles, for example, says, “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, if you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat, if you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat.”
Or there’s “Take the Money and Run” by the Steve Miller Band, “Money, Money, Money” by ABBA, “Ka Ching” by Shania Twain and “Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones.
Now, there’s another, “Big Government,” by Hurtsmile, featuring ex-Van Halen singer Gary Cherone.
The chorus seems pretty simple and appealing to some in America: “Big, big, big government. I want my big government.”
No, that’s it. Really.
And the first verse goes: “Omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, big brethren, central planners. social engineers, nanny staters, cradle to gravers, utopian idealogues, ivory tower left wing progs, ruling class, system caste, bloody blue aristocrats.”
Sound like a political debate?
The second verse says: “Socialize, collective lies, a proletariat paradise, pyramids, Ponzi schemes, bloated bureaucracies, special interest bedding big business, corporate crony fat cat, capitalist, public sector, union labor, campaign coffers and party favors.”
Posted on the Web and starting to make the rounds, it credits WND columnist Dennis Prager for a quote, “The bigger the government … the smaller the citizen.”
In Rolling Stone magazine two years ago, Cherone recalled his time with Van Halen.
He said he remembers getting off a plane and Van Halen bass player Mike Anthony coming out to meet him.
“I’d met him over the years at some Extreme shows. I said, ‘Mike, hey man, you’re my only ally here.’ He goes, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ And Alex and Eddie (Van Halen) came out and shook my hand. I’m holding my suitcase, my overnight bag – and Ed goes, ‘You ready to sing?’ I go, ‘Yeah. Can I go to the bathroom first?’ Then we literally went into ‘5150,’ three other songs from the Hagar catalog and ‘Jump’ and ‘Panama’ from the Dave era.”
At the HollywoodIntoto.com website was a report that Prager’s wisdom inspired Cherone to do the track.
The piece by the “rocker … who once fronted for the bands Extreme and Van Halen” is a “body blow against liberal tactics and policies.”
“The song slams nanny state policies, class warfare rhetoric, Utopian ideologues, and bloated bureaucracies,” the report said.
At report said The song is from the band’s new album, “Retrogrenade,” which “is an unabashed political critique, featuring Cherone’s fervently ironic vocals,” said Skopemag.com.
In GuitarWorld, Cherone said he “had that chorus ‘Big Government’ in my head.”
“It’s a critique on how the bigger the government gets, the smaller the individual gets.”
Hear the song: