Wednesday, January 21, 2009

OBAMANATION!: Inauguration's greatest hits

This our OBAMANATION! (thanks to Prop. 8 the Musical for that one!) What a line-up. Legends, all of them.

This is my own personal 2009 Presidential Inauguration greatest hits (plus a few added ditties on the way).  PLEASE leave a link to your favorite moment if it's not included here.


1) "Pride (In the Name of Love)" and "City of Blinding Lights" - U2 (This song has been making me cry ever since I starting thinking about MLK and Obama and what this really means to all of us.) I love these four guys from Dublin, they can do no wrong in my book, even as Bono's voice starts going. I love his shoutouts to Ireland, Europe, Africa, Israel and Palestine, as well as to Joe Biden (as a fellow Catholic)!




2) "You'll Never Walk Alone" - Renee Fleming (Omigawd I want to wrap myself in this woman's voice!)




3) "This Land is Your Land" with Pete Seeger (the cutest man alive) and Bruce Springsteen. By Woody Guthrie, this is one of the most quintessential American songs ever written. Seeger has been leading the masses to this song for decades. I wonder which would have been his proudest sing-a-long.




4) "Air and Simple Gifts" by John Williams performed by Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill. STUNNING! Aaron Copland's "Simple Gifts is one of of the most perfect melodies ever.




5) "Higher Ground" with Usher, Shakira & Stevie Wonder




6. "America the Beautiful" Beyonce (and a ton of other famous people) Simple and gorgeous.  Beyonce is a goddess.



7. "My Country Tis of Thee" - Aretha Franklin She's not quite the singer she used to be, and someone had a point that the key was too high for her, but it's ARETHA FRANKLIN!! And she can get away with anything, even that hat.




8. Oh, and just because I can't help it, here is Obama dancing with Ellen from over a year-and-a-half ago.



9) And this... "No one as Irish as Barack OBama" by the Hardy Drew and the Nany Boys (a.k.a The Corrigan Brothers)

          Lyrics:
O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

You don't believe me, I hear you say
But Barack's as Irish, as was JFK
His granddaddy's daddy came from Moneygall
A small Irish village, well known to you all

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There's no one as Irish As Barack O'Bama

He's as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew
He's Hawaiian he's Kenyan American too
He’s in the white house, He took his chance
Now let’s see Barack do Riverdance

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There's no one as Irish As Barack O'Bama

From Kerry and cork to old Donegal
Let’s hear it for Barack from old moneygall
From the lakes if Killarney to old Connemara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama
From the old blarney stone to the great hill of Tara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

2008 the white house is green, their cheering in Mayo and in Skibereen.
The Irish in Kenya, and in Yokahama,
Are cheering for President Barack O’Bama

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

The Hockey Moms gone, and so is McCain
They are cheering in Texas and in Borrisokane,

In Moneygall town, the greatest of drama, for our Famous president Barack o Bama

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There's no one as Irish As Barack O'Bama

The great Stephen Neill, a great man of God,
He proved that Barack was from the Auld Sod
They came by bus and they came by car, to celebrate Barack in Ollie Hayes’s Bar

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

2 comments:

Sarah said...

here's one to add from a local band. "Welcome to DC - The Presidential Remix"
http://www.myspace.com/mambosauce

Jamie: said...

I loved that! All 8 remixes! haha. I'm emotional about this all the time, I wonder when it's going to wear off?

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