Music and politics: Will they ever learn?
The upcoming election in Germany has provided another example of how music and politics are not necessarily made to get along. Opposition leader Angela Merkel has been using the Stones’ “Angie” to open her appearances. But does she really want to be associated with the words: “Angie, you’re beautiful. But ain’t it time we said goodbye?” See the full story on BBC News.
As the BBC report points out, lines such as “All the dreams we held so close seemed to all go up in smoke” might feel “inappropriate”. Not forgetting the key lines, “When will those clouds all disappear?” and “with no money in our coats, you can’t say we’re satisfied”.
Once again, I can only advise the communications teams that work for politicians to read the effing lyrics of songs they want to use, and if possible touch base with the publishers before using them.
But as variations of this keep on happening, I don’t think anyone is listening.
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