Music Monday: When ‘Barry’ Met ‘Davey’

It’s Music Monday!

Two of the main news stories this week have been Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to the USA to meet President Barack Obama, & the continuing controversy in both countries over the legalisation of same-sex marriages.

Two different stories.

Or are they? Well the two men do seem to have been getting on rather well!

So take it away the Reverend Al Green: 

Here in the UK & it seems across the pond as well the gay marriage debate has greatly polarised opinion; largely liberal & humanist vs traditionalist & religious. Almost like “when two tribes go to war”:

One side says “it’s only fair”, the other says:

‘Meanwhile back on the basketball court’ there are a number of people –  mostly, I believe,  from amongst the right-wing ‘Tea Party’ movement – who are convinced that their President wasn’t actually even:

while in “America is Not the World”  Morrissey sang of his adopted home: “where the President is never black, female or gay, and until that day, you’ve got nothing to say to me”. I wonder if he’s listening now?

I guess ultimately not only the PM & the President but also allies, friends & couples everywhere & of every kind often conclude that:

But I couldn’t finish a music post about the USA & relationships with anything but this; beautifully evocative, both musically & lyrically, it’s a 4-minute masterpiece:

“Kathy, I’m lost” I said, ‘though I knew she was sleeping
“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why…”
Counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike
They’ve all gone to look for America


2 thoughts on “Music Monday: When ‘Barry’ Met ‘Davey’”

  1. OK, I’m going to comment here seeing as no-one else has! I’d never seen that U2 vid before & I hadn’t realised that the song was about about Bono’s Dad. It suddenly became very personal, & really struck a chord; a song that I’ve always loved has now developed a new meaning for me

  2. I think I could get used to this commenting on my own posts. I talk to myself in real life; I don’t see why I shouldn’t here as well…

    I was accused recently on facebook, very unfairly, by 2 people – 1 of whom was actually from the USA – of being ‘anti-American’. I’m not. If I was I would have posted Morrissey’s video here & not just a link to it, & probably also U2’s savage condemnation of USA military aggression & foreign policy “Bullet the Blue Sky” – a stonkingly good rock song. But I didn’t, so there 😉

    Some people can’t seem to get their heads around the fact that you can criticise an aspect of a country’s culture without being against the whole country. The USA & its people aren’t perfect, just like the rest of us, & shouldn’t be beyond criticism. Parts of it I love, others I really dislike. Just like anywhere else. It’s big & diverse country! OK? Good

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