Debunking the "50 greatest conservative songs", The Lost Songs

It has been a little over a week since we did our marathon of debunking the so-called, “Top 50 greatest conservative rock songs.” In all of the excitement, we forgot a few of them. The following are the remaining songs from the list.

#3 “Sympathy For The Devil” – The Rolling Stones

NRO Take: Don’t be misled by the title; this song is The Screwtape Letters of rock. The devil is a tempter who leans hard on moral relativism — he will try to make you think that “every cop is a criminal / And all the sinners saints.” What’s more, he is the sinister inspiration for the cruelties of Bolshevism: “I stuck around St. Petersburg / When I saw it was a time for a change / Killed the czar and his ministers / Anastasia screamed in vain.”

DL Take: So, Miller is saying that this song is a work of Christian fiction. Does Miller know that C.S. Lewis himself found the book he wrote, “easy and distasteful?” What’s funny is that Mick Jagger sings this as a narrative as if he was Satan himself. Plus, this song isn’t, “The Screwtape Letters” of rock. If anything, it’s, “The Master and the Magarita” of rock since there are claims that this song was inspired from this book by Mikhail Bulgakov.

#33 “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – The Rolling Stones

NRO Take: You can “[go] down to the demonstration” and vent your frustration, but you must understand that there’s no such thing as a perfect society — there are merely decent and free ones.

DL Take: I have no idea where he is getting this translation! “There are merely decent and free ones?” He is just pulling that out of his ass! He could have put in the entire verse, but he chose not to. Well, here it is:

We went down to the demonstration To get your fair share of abuse Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse"

So, where do the Stones reference a decent and free society? You tell me. My favorite verse in the song is:

I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill

I like to believe that the Mr. Jimmy that Mick is referring to is the same person as, “Doctor Jimmy” from The Who’s Quadrophenia album. The verse goes, “Doctor Jimmy and Mister Jim, When I’m pilled you don’t notice him.” I’m sure it isn’t but still it’s rather funny when the same people who brought you, “Say NO” tend to overlook drug references in lyrics.

#36 “Government Cheese” – The Rainmakers

NRO Take: A protest song against the welfare state by a Kansas City band that deserved more success than it got. The first line: “Give a man a free house and he’ll bust out the windows.”

DL Take: I’ll admit that he is right in that they deserved more credit than they got, but I’m sure I’m talking about a different credit than he is. Here again is proof that conservatives just don’t get satire or parody. As Bob from The Rainmakers explains, the song is about, "a redneck view of the American welfare system." Miller also overlooks some obvious lyrics in his pursuit to label something conservative. Take some of these lines from the song:

“They'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please”

“It's the man in the White House, the man under the steeple
Passing out drugs to the American people”

It seems like that’s The Rainmakers real view on the government.

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