Song of the Day #4,639: ‘Get Out and Get It’ – Devon Gilfillian

Best Films of 2020
#8 – Boys State

I fit in a few memorable documentaries this year, including Crip Camp, Dick Johnson is Dead and Time. But the one that really blew me away was Boys State, by directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine.

This film focuses on the annual Boys State summer leadership program in Texas. Boys State and Girls State programs are held all over the country and through the years have graduated future presidents, senators and governors. The program separates attendees into two factions and has them form representative governments, with some students campaigning for elected office.

Boys State exposes everything wrong with America’s electoral system, starting with the kind of people it attracts. Texas being a largely Republican state, many of the young men featured here are future Ted Cruzes and Josh Hawleys. They crave power and will cross any line to achieve it. To them, politics is a real-world game of Survivor, and if you have to lie to get to the end, well, that’s just part of the game.

Watching such cynicism and amorality in people so young is disheartening, especially because you know they’re just modeling the behavior we’ve all seen on our TV screens for decades.

Hope comes in the form of Steven Garza, a 19-year-old boy from Houston, the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the film’s Barack Obama or Pete Buttigieg (indeed, director Mosss and McBaine will next helm Mayor Pete, a documentary about the former South Bend mayor’s historic presidential run).

Garza embodies the optimism and openness lacking in so many of our political leaders. And it’s heartening that he doesn’t get swallowed up by Boys State, but manages to thrive.

Boys State left me simultaneously afraid of and excited about the next generation’s emergence in politics. Will we see more Madison Cawthorns or AOCs? Ultimately, I fall slightly more on the side of hope, because I think this won’t be the last we hear of Steven Garza.

[Verse 1]
Got an eye on the highest mountain
Mansion with a golden fountain
Lie on Egyptian cotton
Oh, yeah
You want love that keeps on giving
A life that keeps you living
Not gon’ run from new beginnings
Oh, no

[Pre-Chorus]
Stop asking who’s gonna light the fire
Stop asking who’s gonna take you higher, oh, yeah

[Chorus]
Get out and get it
Get out and get it (It ain’t comin’ to you)
Get out and get it
Get out and get it

[Verse 2]
No time to cry
When you’re bruised and battered
Sweat and bleed for the things that matter
Oh, yeah
You can hide in a dirty mirror
But the truth will be no clearer
Dust it off and take a good look at yourself

[Pre-Chorus]
Stop asking who’s gonna light the fire
Stop asking who’s gonna take you higher

[Chorus]
Get out and get it
Get out and get it (Ooh)
Get out and get it (It ain’t comin’ to you)
Get out and get it
Get out and get it (Oh, yeah)
Get out and get it (Stop asking who)
Get out and get it (Stop asking who)
Get out and get it

[Pre-Chorus]
Stop asking who’s gonna light the fire
Stop asking who’s gonna take you higher

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,639: ‘Get Out and Get It’ – Devon Gilfillian

  1. Peg says:

    Wow this movie sounds wonderful! We need to watch it Hope it is still available.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Didn’t see this one, but might at some point.

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