Song of the Day #3,031: ‘Demagogue’ – Franz Ferdinand

franz_ferdinandI’m not sure when Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland pitched the idea for 30 Days, 30 Songs, their anti-Trump web project. Based on their lyrics, the songs I’ve posted so far could all have been written and recorded as far back as the Republican primary.

But today’s selection, by Franz Ferdinand, is hot off the presses. The lyrics reference Trump’s “pussy grabbing fingers” and their glorious takedown introduction references news from the second presidential debate.

Unfortunately, the song itself sounds like it was written in five minutes.

A demagogue is motivated by ego and self-interest.

A demagogue amplifies prejudices and fears, whipping up a fury of hatred to distract from their lack of reasoned argument or considered thought.

A demagogue makes hollow promises. To return a nation to a fantasy state of greatness that never existed. To solve everyone’s problems.

A demagogue offers no evidence to support the promises they make.

A demagogue is not interested in the future and prosperity of the nation they wish to command, only in their own power.

A demagogue questions and undermines the validity of the democratic process, claiming it to be rigged against them.

A demagogue is a bully.

A demagogue is a narcissist, prone to comically exaggerated acts of vanity.

A demagogue is often a sexual predator, abusing their power to satisfy their lust.

A demagogue has no interest in facts or truth, lying easily and freely to meet their desires.

A demagogue preys upon divisiveness: they declare some ethnic or social group to be the enemy, and insist we rise together against them.

A demagogue has no regard for the vulnerable in society. They are to be derided, rather than cared for.

A demagogue is hot tempered and irrational, prone to capricious violent outbursts triggered by the slightest puncture of their gossamer-thin skin.

A demagogue uses any means to suppress their opponents, threatening to lock them up, and then, once in power, making them physically disappear.

A demagogue suppresses any voice that dare speak out against them. The free press is an early target: a demagogue undermines the credibility of the press during their rise to power, and then censors the press once they have seized power.

A demagogue is consumed by ambition, insatiable like the thirst of a rabid dog.

A demagogue is ultimately insecure, with serious psychological issues. Emotionally unwell. Unstable.

A demagogue is a threat to their own nation.

The more powerful the nation, the greater the threat to the entire planet.

He’s a demagogue
Check out his rise
He’s fatally famous
He plays with my fears
My shadow side dreaming
It feels so good to be dumb
From the Wall straight to La Quenta
Those pussy grabbing fingers won’t let go of me now
He’s a demagogue
He’d like to punch in your face
He’s a demagogue
Throwing terminal shade
He knows all of the words
He sees a nation of marks
From the mob to chapter eleven
Those tiny vulgar fingers on the nuclear bomb
What’s a mother and father got to do with making me?

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,031: ‘Demagogue’ – Franz Ferdinand

  1. Dana says:

    What’s with the definitions of a demegogue? Was that included in the song lyrics?

    Though I appreciate any artist who makes an effort to trash Trump, I’m not crazy about this offering.

  2. Clay says:

    That is their written intro to the song.

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