Song of the Day #3,044: ‘Clockwork’ – Sam Cohen

sam_cohenI noticed today that 30 Days, 30 Songs re-branded itself recently to 30 Days, 40 Songs. I guess they’ve had no problem finding artists willing to submit songs bashing Donald Trump.

Today’s selection, like so many of these, is from an artist new to me. Sam Cohen is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who has performed as a solo artist and with a couple of bands over the past seven years. He has a nice sound.

Here’s the intro to his song:

I wrote this song sitting at a synthesizer that, to me, sounded a lot like the music in A Clockwork Orange, hence the title. I made a demo of the music while improvising some lyrics, and many of them ended up in the finished song. This was early in the election, still gunning for Bernie Sanders, and I was feeling frustrated with our culture of advertising and post-fact journalism and how that was feeding Trump’s campaign. As a nation, we seem to value entertainment above all else, extending even to our selection of governance. I don’t pass off the blame entirely. I can’t seem to look away from a Trump headline… but how does that lead a person to vote for him! So then I started to think that maybe this is the inevitable outcome of hyper-capitalism; that the president should be a gaudy, hateful, narcissistic Vegas act (no offense, Vegas). Maybe this is our system working as intended, like clockwork. Anyway, the synthesizer barely made the final cut. I’m surprised my ranting fared any better. Hopefully, Hillary wins and Paul Ryan doesn’t end up in a Trump work camp for dissidents.

Here’s the song:

Everybody loves a shit show
Don’t you like to watch them fighting on TV?
My country
‘Tis of thee I sing.
In the court of public fury
Justice and wisdom are condemned
Look who’s shaping your position
Where does it end?

Is this a game?
Is there really nothing valuable to save
The great debate
Is so confused
‘Cos everybody loves to be amused
Yes, everybody loves to be amused
Everybody loves to be amused.

And the rich keep getting richer
And richer
And still your banner’s in my face
Can’t you see, you stupid fuck
You and me are crammed in the same space.

Are you for real?
Is there really nothing left for them to steal?
The great debate
Is so confused
‘Cos everybody loves to be amused
Yes, everybody loves to be amused
Everybody loves to be amused.

Like a bomb
It’s ticking
Like clockwork.
Like a bomb
It’s ticking
Like clockwork.

Is there really nothing nothing beautiful
To save?
Is there really nothing valuable
To save?

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,044: ‘Clockwork’ – Sam Cohen

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve never heard of him either, but the outpouring of anti-Trump songs is welcome.

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