'Twas Halloween and the ghosts were out
And everywhere they'd go, they'd shout
And though I covered my eyes, I knew
They'd go away

But fear's the only thing I saw
And three days later it was clear to all
That nothing is as scary as election day

But the day after is darker
And darker and darker it goes
Who knows, maybe the plans will change
Who knows, maybe he's not deranged

The newsmen know what they know, but they
Know even less than what they say
And I don't know who I can trust
For they come what may

'Cause we believed in our candidate
But even more it's the one we hate
I needed someone I could shake
On election day

But the day after is darker
And deeper and deeper we go
Who knows, maybe it's all a dream
Who knows if I'll wake up and scream

I love the things that you've given me
I cherish you, my dear country
But sometimes I don't understand
The way we play

I love the things that you've given me
And most of all that I am free
To have a song that I can sing
On election day

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"My Dear Country" as written by Norah Jones

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    General Commentbush bashing, anyone?
    through_the_treeson February 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentshe bashed bush in no way, you retard. she's saying the politics game is silly and yet she loves this country. how could you misinterpret that?
    velocityJEon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing.

    However, I think "Who knows, maybe the plans will change; Who knows, maybe he's not deranged" is a dig at Bush.
    PrittyInPink55on February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that Velocity should not be so quick to throw that word around.
    jimikungfuon April 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd by "that word," I mean "retard", which no self-respecting liberal, or for that matter, decent person would use.
    jimikungfuon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou are forgetting that this is the internet, jimikungfu.
    bugoffon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentretards
    velocityJEon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think she left very little question about the intention of her song. I'm guessing she wrote it about the end of Bush's first term, when hopes and fears were high, depending on how a person thought the election might turn out. Then, of course, Bush is elected back in. The media colouring world events with their own slant, the disappointment after election day, the disillusionment with the way the country voted, etc. I think this is a pretty thinly veiled dig at Bush.
    pdaouston November 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit seemed like a dig a bush to me. I also hoped the plans would change, and am also someone am thankful for what the people of our country (troops! not presidents) give to me. manly to be able to say this. like she might have in her song. beautifully written.
    selahswaiton March 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentit's not about bush. it's not about anyone specifically

    she's saying how she loves the country but hates the way we do things.

    she's saying that there's never any good candidates to choose from when election time comes around.
    praisetheloveon October 22, 2016   Link

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