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近くの選挙、遠くの災厄


もしボクが大統領だったら 金曜日に選出されて
土曜日に暗殺されて 日曜日に埋葬されて
月曜日には仕事に戻るのさ

ワイクリフ・ジョンが、ハイチへの支援を呼びかけている。(映画『ホテル・ルワンダ』のエンドロールで流れるMillion Voicesは、フージーズ好きならずとも、多くの人が耳にした歌だろう。あの、ワイクリフです。)twitterのフォロワーで拡がってかなりの額に達しているらしい。この歌、Presidentは、デイヴ・シャペルの『ブロック・パーティ』で、子どもたちに囲まれながらオルガンで弾き語りしていた曲。

Election times coming. Who you gonna vote for?

If I was President, I'd get elected on Friday, Assasinated on Saturday, Burried on Sunday, then go back to work on Monday.
If I was President, If I was President, If I was President

Instead of spendin' Billions on the war, I could use that money so I can feed the poor.
Cause I know some so poor, when it rains that's when they shower
Screamin' "Fight the power!" That's when the vulture devours.

If I was President, I'd get elected on Friday, Assasinated on Saturday, Burried on Sunday. Then go back to work on Monday
If I was President, If I was President, If I was President.

I know some soldiers that sleep but they can't dream, Wake up with screams, sounds of them succeed.
So take this medal of honor for your bravery, I wish you the best care for you and your family.

If I was President, I'd get elected on Friday, Assasinated on Saturday, Burried on Sunday, then go back to work on Monday.
If I was President, If I was President, If I was President.

But the radio won't play this. They call it rebel music.
How can you refuse it? Children of Moses.

Tell the children the truth, the truth. It's not all that bling that's dimonds.
Tell them the truth, the truth. Most of yall wear cubics of zycomians.
Tell them the truth, the truth. Your soldiers worth more than diamonds.

Yeah, If I was President, All blacks have reperation no segregation
Feed the nation until there's no famine Muslims, Jews, Christians
would all hold hands, every week on the beach party by the sand
Word up, take trips on Air Force One,
No need to bring no homless with no sneaks to Air Force One.
Better schools in the hood, better teachers for the classes,
making money, paying no taxes.
Find the best scientist tell'em come up with an answer, I want the cure for aids and cancer. But I gotta watch my back sniper gonna heal with the steel waitin for JFK.

If I was President, If I was President. I'd get elected on Friday, Assasinated on Saturday, Burried on Sunday, then go back to work on Monday.
If I was President, If I was President.
I feel the rain comming let me play the guitar for them right now.
(let's go)
Rescue g's
Yeah!

子ブッシュが2度目の当選を掠め取ったあの2004年の米大統領選挙で、しばしば取り上げられていたことが記憶に新しい。あの頃、歌詞はまさにそのことを歌っていた。

If I was President, I'd get elected on Friday, call a Peace Treaty on Saturday, Stop the War on Sunday, Bring the truth back on Monday.

もし、ボクが名護市長だったら。
もし、ボクが沖縄県知事だったら。
もし、ボクが・・・。

目前となった近くの選挙と、衝撃を持って伝え聞いた遠くの災厄とを、この歌がつないでくれる。
どちらにも、関心を持ち続けること。
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