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Note to McCain: use John Cale’s “Barracuda” instead of Heart’s.

September 10, 2008

So Heart is angry that the McCain campaign is using their song “Barracuda” to introduce his running mate, Sarah “Barracuda” Palin. Now it must be hard for Republicans to choose theme songs when almost all credible musicians are Democrats. My suggestion is to switch to John Cale’s “Barracuda” off of Fear, one of his finest albums. I’m sure the Welshman wouldn’t mind. The song, written at the height of his cocaine-induced paranoia period, nicely summarizes the current mood. If McCain and Palin win, the song’s refrain that “the ocean will have us all” may come to fruition. And the chorus: “Won’t you love me barracuda if you always need to bring out the worst in me?” The song’s angry and frustrated tone nicely captures the feeling that many people currently have that Obama is not mopping the floor with McCain’s comb-over. What should be a walk in the park ends up as an horse race based on outright lies, deliberate distortions, manufactured controversies, contrived culture wars, and insipid “character” issues. Here are the lyrics to Cale’s “Barracuda”:

BARRACUDA:
Dark woman in the water drowning
Sinking in a funny way
Black footing for a face exploding
Mimicking our final days

The ocean will have us all
The ocean will have us all

Dark woman in a cupboard burning
Woman, what have they done
Dark woman like a panther breathing
Woman, what can be done

The ocean will have us all
The ocean will have us all

Cold cost of the death of nothing
Slipping just like nothing did
Burnt scarecrow in the wind was choking
Smoking in the summer heat

Barracuda, barracuda
Wont you lay down your life for me
Won’t you love me barracuda
If you always need to bring out the worst in me

Ten morons with their whistles blowing
Howling like a winter gale
Dark woman like a crow a-crowing
Crowing for the carrion meat

The ocean will have us all
The ocean will have us all

Dark forest with the moon arising
Smiling at you out of reach
Cracked window in a chapel dreaming
Hoping that the twain’ll meet

Barracuda, barracuda
Wont you lay down your life for me
Won’t you love me barracuda
If you always need to bring out the worst in me