"President Gas" as written by and Richard/butler Butler....
You have to have a party
When you're in a state like this
You can really move it all
You have to vote and change
You have to get right out of it
Like out of all this mess
You'll say yeah to anything
If you believe all this but
Don't cry, don't do anything
No lies, back in the government
No tears, party time is here again
President gas is up for president
Line up, put your kisses down
Say yeah, say yes again
Stand up, there's a head count
President gas on everything but roller skates
It's sick the price of medicine
Stand up, we'll put you on your feet again
Open up your eyes
Just to check that your asleep again
President gas is president gas again
He comes in from the left sometimes
He comes in from the right
It's so heavily advertised that he wants you and I
It's a real cowboy set, electric company
Every day is happy days
It's hell without the sin, but
Don't cry, don't do anything
No lies, back in the government
No tears, party time is here again
President gas is up for president
Line up, put your kisses down
Say yeah, say yes again
Stand up, there's a head count
President gas on everything but roller skates
It's sick the price of medicine
Stand up, we'll put you on your feet again
Open up your eyes just to check that your asleep again
President gas is president gas again
President gas
Oh, president gas
Whoa, president gas
Oh, president gas
Whoa, president gas
Oh, president gas
Whoa, president gas


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"President Gas" as written by Richard Butler John Ashton

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  • +5
    General CommentI don't think the song necessarily seeks to discredit any particular political philosophy so much as it communicates a certain disdain for elected officials in general. With regard to the left and right ends of the political spectrum, the lyrics, "He comes in from the left sometimes; he comes in from the right," suggest that a candidate's political party doesn't matter. He seems to be primarily focused on reelection and self-preservation regardless of his affiliations. As such, most candidates -- conservative, liberal, etc. -- are about the same once elected. (i.e. "President Gas is President Gas again.")
    daniel82on June 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's December 2016 and for some reason I keep thinking of this song. Donald Trump has been elected president and it's about a month until his swearing in. If there was ever a President Gas it has to be Donald Trump. Even though the song was recorded almost thirty-five years prior. Look at the lyrics. If they don't say Donald Trump, then tell me who else fits!
    neon56on December 12, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is absolutley brilliant i dont believe noone has commented,, id love to knwo if anyone out there would have the chords for this?
    JoshGnosison February 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCarter was gone by the time the song was written, or at least on his way out; Reagan had taken office. With that in mind, it is more likely the songs lines such as "it's sick, the price of medicine" deal with a Republican opposition to Health Care Reform as with The Carter Administration's failure to impliment a national Health Care System.

    Bare in mind this song was written 7 years before I was born AND I'm British, so if I have this all wrong then apologies.
    jamesisnoseon April 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think he was pretty disgusted with Thatcher-era politics as well as the previous left wing administrations' inability to get much done for the working man. That said, Butler was no fan of Reagan...
    FolsomFredon July 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOh, please, people. It's about Reagan, with Thatcher and politicians in general thrown in for good measure. jmesisnose and daniel82 are not off the mark, but we used to play this on college radio in the early and mid '80s and there wasn't any question who it was about.
    Hissyspiton May 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIts quite obviously about their dislike for Ronald Reagan
    Dirk Diggler_44on June 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst, this song was not "written under Carter". The Furs had two albums before this one, they weren't still rehashing songs from before the band even started. It was written during the Reagan/Thatcher era. And why would a song about Carter, as opposed to Reagan, have references to cowboys, Happy Days, or the massive increase in health care costs?

    Also, the idea that Carter was "far left" is ludicrous. I can just barely believe an American in 2009 who gets all his beliefs from Fox News could think that; there's no way a Brit who grew up in 60s/70s Labour England would see Carter as anything but center-right.

    But the song isn't directly a critique of Reagan, either. The whole point of the song is "He comes in from the left sometimes, he comes in from the right." Everyone else—especially other new wave bands who'd come out of the post-punk movement like the Furs—was criticizing Maggie and Ronnie as if the world had been perfect before them and would be perfect again once they were gone. Richard Butler was pointing out that everyone who gets to the top in a political system is going to be someone whose only value is his ability to get to the top. Reagan was horrible, but whoever replaced him in 1984 would be horrible too.
    falcotronon November 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentRonald. Reagan. The most gaseous (as in insubstantial) president of my lifetime … until Shrub. (Hence the "no there there" biography, "Dutch.") Yes, it's about politicians in general, but it's about Reagan in particular. Reagan hooked the nation on an opiate of sunny "Back to the Future" denialism -- selling a "return" to an idealized, warm and fuzzy past that never existed in the first place ("Every day is happy days"). The Furs had moved to the US and recorded this album in the US with an American producer (Todd Rundgren) in an attempt to break through in the American market. If it had been about Maggie Thatcher the song would have been called "Prime Minister Petrol."
    jimeshon July 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentWhen the song came out everything seemed reaganesque, now that Trump won, he probably thinks this song is about him(no pun intended). Yesterday on the day China visits the fake president, some idiot calls for retaliation on Syrian gas attack that killed children, like China has a remarkable human rights record, part of the show like a peacock,
    Propaganda is used, to dismiss any signs of misconduct. Keep people in fear and they'll believe anything.
    Anyhoo Trump was probably at studio 54, with his hands on someones twat, by that age his affluenza would have kept him out of the mudd club or CBGB, he still 35 years later is still out of touch with reality, and very paranoid.
    What a great song that fits the times.
    Regards from Canada furs fans
    Nofan9on April 07, 2017   Link

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