Posted at 4:19 PM on January 20, 2009
by Jeff Horwich
Full of cliches and pablum, signifying nothing, Oprah's live-from-Lincoln-Center show on Monday featured the debut of some We-Are-The-World-ish anthem dreamed up in the level of musical hell previously reserved only for Lee Greenwood and whoever wrote that "Eagle Soared" song that John Ashcroft sang. (Oh, wait...that would be John Ashcroft.)
I looked all around the web for the lyrics. Finding them nowhere, I figured the world needed to see them laid bare, preserved for posterity, so I started typing. Readers, I bring you: "America's Song (aka 'America Is Beautiful')."
Let liberty and justice ring for all
Let your dreams stand tall
May opportunities fall upon you
In the land of the free
Mary J. Blige:
(repeat chorus, quite literally ad nauseum)
For my money, the most ridiculous line: At the dawn of the morning for a brand new day. Triple-redundancy!
But the whole thing is garbage-y garbage. America can make way better music than this.
This sounds like they wrote it phrase by phrase, maybe by posting on Will.i.am's Facebook wall.
Whale? Like the twitter fail whale? I hope not!
oh wow. That's bad. And Bono is not an American, does he realize that?
I think whale = way.
"Whale" could be "way", as Kassie says.
Or it could be "will," if the wanted to make it sound vaguely God-y. (This is Your will...) Or if Will.i.am was on an ego trip...
Or it could be "world."
The sad thing is that the song offers no clues! Any one of these options would make just as much sense as the others!
I better not say anything. Not after what I just submitted for the Presidential In the Loop movie trailer.
Maybe the word is well. Like the Biblical wells of our fathers, or the community well???
A lot can happen with sleep depravation, or drinking. Maybe the song was written by a school child for one of the many inaugural contests. I bet the winner won tickets to the Disney inaugural kid concert.
The most ridiculous thing is Faith Hills legs. Man!
No wonder Oprah offer this song as a "free" download for 48 hours at the Oprah homepage. What a mess...
I too think it's "way," or at least that would make the most sense if sense can be applied. I wonder if they used that microsoft program Jeff commented on earlier...
All I have to say is that you dont know the words to this song! There is no word whale to the song it is Well. I just love this new song it make me feel good to sing it and I'm wishing you all beauty in life ahead!