Mic Check: Hillary Drops Some Unintended Rhymes

Campaign Messaging Gone Awry

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It seems odd these days, with presidential campaigns operating on such tight rails, that the same sort of message scrutiny isn't being placed on music. Sure, not many of the campaigns have "official," carefully focus-grouped theme songs yet, but how hard would it be to pluck out an intern to check out your rally mixtape before showtime?

We've already chided Hillary for her musical choices, but The Washington Post has now given us a cursory lyrical analysis of her missteps:
... "Takin' Care of Business" is actually about not taking care of business. The '70s-era rock number (which George W. Bush also used in a 2004 campaign video) is from the point of view of a slacker: "People see you having fun/Just a-lying in the sun/Tell them that you like it this way." The lyrics go on to add, "It's the work that we avoid/And we're all self-employed/We love to work at nothing all day."

"American Girl" is about an American girl, all right. But it's not about her patriotism. It's about the shattering of her romantic dreams: "And for one desperate moment there/He crept back in her memory/God, it's so painful/Something that's so close/And still so far out of reach."

Still, hearing "A Little Less Conversation" at a Mitt Romney gathering must be even more jarring. This is the sort of "dirty politics" that creep me out something fierce:
A little less conversation a little more action please,
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me,
A little more bite a little less bark,
A little less fight and a little more spark,
Shut your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me,
Satisfy me baby.
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