"Yo George" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
I salute to you Commander
And I sneeze
Cause I have now
An allergy
To your policies it seems

Where have we gone wrong America?
Mr. Lincoln we can't seem
To find you anywhere out of the millions
From the deserts
To the mountains
Over prairies
To the shores
Is this just the madness of King George
Yo George
Is this just the madness of King George
Yo George
Well you have the whole nation
On all fours

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"Yo George" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentI think there is not much to say about this lyrics... they are pretty clear... ;)
    luplikon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta little simplistic, but thats what makes sense, given the context and all. gotta love it. Praise to all the artists who are standing up against the current administration with political songs/albums/concerts---(i.e. NIN, tom morellos nightwatchman, this,maynard/tool, etc.)
    necrophageon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's obviously a criticism of the Bush Administration, but I thought it could also be comparing Dubya to King George III- both named George, both unpopular among America for their policies. And of course, it refers to "the madness of King George", and later in life George III developed mental illnesses. Though I could just be reading too much into the song, the message is pretty simple.
    urban_idyllon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've just discovered something else interesting. There is a play/film about George III called "The Madness of King George" that is supposed to deal primarily with "the relative powerlessness of the British monarch in a time when Parliament is supreme". Again this can be compared to Bush, as some have criticised him as little more than a puppet used by others in the administration. There is also a satirical book about Bush called "The Madness of King George".
    urban_idyllon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps it's referring to the fact that America got independance from England in order to escape monarchs (Mr Lincoln we can't seem to find you anywhere) and now they've got a new king.. which they don't want.. i dunno... i'm aussie so who am I to comment?
    antisheepon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentalso interesting to note, at the G8 summit, Bush met Blair as "yo Blair." (hence the title) I think she is definitely poking at Bush and calling him out on that disrespect--which all the world caught and was critical of, just as they are being critical of (as they should be) his policies.
    avirginportraiton May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentof course, anybody who really studied the Civil War knows that Lincoln did a lot of things nastier than anything Bush has been accused of - suspending habeas corpus, closing down dissenting newspapers, jailing certain "peace" advocates... maybe we don't want to find mister Lincoln as much as we think we do, hm?
    Doom Shepherdon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOnce again an ill-informed musician has attempted to make a political statement through their work, and once again the musician has contributed nothing more than an unavailing piece of blather. Personally, I feel that musicians, and actors alike, are better off simply forgoing the production of any politically inspired work unless they have the innate proficiency to do so. Names such as Bob Dylan and bands like Rage Against the Machine have that requisite proficiency, and their incessant success attests to that. However, when lesser artists, not necessarily overall lesser but those lacking that political proficiency, attempt to do so they end up falling short and unfortunately for Amos she has done just that.
    pbrazilon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpbrazil, since when did the authority of deciding which artists are lesser and greater lie with you? and how do Bob Dylan or Rage Against the Machine have the "innate proficiency" to make politically charged songs? have you studied their brains to see this? I'm pretty sure you haven't.

    I think this song is perfect.
    Iantuitionon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpbrazil: "Proficiency" is a very nice word, I will grant you, but there are others that are more worthy of being used three times in the space of one paragraph. "And," for instance.

    Look, it's a toss-off little intro, hardly worthy of criticism with words such as "unavailing" or "innate proficiency" unless one has a serious chip on one's shoulder. Granted, I'm not sure I would have opened the album with it. (There's a weird little part of me that just might have swapped it with "Fat Slut.")

    While I don't hate GWB, I think it's entirely fair to suggest that he considers himself a king of sorts. As "the decider," he has worked nonstop to expand the power of the executive branch, at the expense of the other two. As an independent, I suspect that this is a powderkeg. So do many conservatives -- and just wait until the next liberal gets to the White House and uses GWB's fondness for "signing statements" as a precedent. The hypocritical backpedaling is going to be hilarious.
    raffishtenant2on November 22, 2007   Link

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