Political Science Lyrics - Randy Newman

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No one likes us-I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens

We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they're spiteful and they're hateful
They don't respect us-so let's surprise them
We'll drop the big one and pulverize them

Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us

We'll save Australia
Don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
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We'll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin', too

Boom goes London and boom Paris
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono babe
And there'll be Italian shoes for me

They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now



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Political Science/Randy Newman | Reviewer: Dan | 7/16/13

Randy Newman/Political Science

Hey, you had to be there I guess. Saw Randy at the Dillo back in the 70's. Great concert that I
saw thru a mushroom cloud. The whole point of this song is that it was a reflection of the time
it was written. The whole redneck/political
moron thing is a joke...okay? Always was. I do
not think that when he wrote it he meant for
idiots 40 years later to redirect and reinterpret meaning to the Bush yaears. Whole point is WEwere stupid then and WE still are. Here's something to listen to and think on...Democracy by
Leonard Cohen. Run that one thru your mentalstrainer and see if you know the difference
between pig shit and applesauce.

I AGREE! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/10

I agree with all of you. Ultimately only way you and we ole hippies can all continue this-now-five year old discussion without fear of reprecussion from our own government will someday depend on our will to "Drop the Big One".

out in Africa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/6/09

traveling with a Dutch group in Africa we came to the subject of traveling through the USA and the music of Randy Newman. Three of us could sing 'political science' spontaniously and we had a great time as we found ourselves in that wunderfull cynical mood that you're just a nothing from a country far far away. how powerfull can you be and yet.... no one likes you. Americans need, as we all do a mirror, and the way amaricans look to the rest of the world is perfect set in this song.

A song that Curtis LeMay would've liked | Reviewer: Terry Parkhurst | 7/17/07

I can still recall seeing Randy Newman sing this song, while watching the old Friday night concert show, "Midnight Special," with a bunch of other members of the U.S. Navy at the barracks in the former National Parachute Test Range, El Centro, California, way back in 1973 or possibly '74. Hey, it was a while ago; but I know it was sometime before I mustered out in early '76.

I was simply "blown away," as we used to say - no pun intended - by Randy Newman's entire performance. I remember also seeing him do the song, "Sail Away," which is another sardonic tune in which as he said, "This song is about a slavetrader talking people onto the ships."

Anyone who knows much about Randy Newman will tell you that as much as the song he is singing ostensibly might seem to be siding with a group of people, or a particular pattern of thought, in fact, it's a spoof. Listen closely to his song, "Rednecks" if you get the chance.

I myself went out and bought the album "Sail Away," with the song "Political Science" on it and kept that album proudly in my possession until the late Eighties.

And for those who don't remember who U.S. Force General Curtis LeMay was, he was not only head of the old Strategic Air Command (SAC) at one time, he also ran as the vice-presidental candidate with the late George Wallace, as independents, in 1968. The general is famous - perhaps infamous - for saying that his solution to the stalemate involving American troops in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War, was to deal with North Vietnam by "bombing them back into the Stone Age."

I believe the general had passed away by the time "Political Science" came out. But my hunch is Randy Newman was thinking about the general, when he wrote this song.


Still Great After 35 Years | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/24/07

Randy Newman said it best, and of course it's satire, and it's brilliant--and as a foreign policy, I could live with it.

If that's all you saw, look again. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/19/07

It is interesting in a twisted sort of way to see people point to irony and other people clearly missing it entirely.

As one of those tree hugging commie hippies from socialist elsewhere, it paints all of you firmly as Americans, and more precisely Americans who have been over the border and not gotten it, or never been outside of cosy little America at all.

I think the best one can do is take the song and use it as a starting point to deliberately look from an angle you've never looked from before.

You don't have to agree, but you can give yourself a new experience and learn from it. And uhm, yeah. The song was written 30 years ago. As they say: Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

If that's all you saw, look again. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/19/07

It is interesting in a twisted sort of way to see people point to irony and other people clearly missing it entirely.

As one of those tree hugging commie hippies from socialist elsewhere, it paints all of you firmly as Americans, and more precisely Americans who have been over the border and not gotten it, or never been outside of cosy little America at all.

I think the best one can do is take the song and use it as a starting point to deliberately look from an angle you've never looked from before.

You don't have to agree, but you can give yourself a new experience and learn from it. And uhm, yeah. The song was written 30 years ago. As they say: Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

You Don't Have to Be a Hippie to Like this Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/24/06

In response to the individual who hates "hippies," you seem to have a flair for generalization. Some people just understand the issue of social obstacles (of living your whole life in poverty) and political leaders who aren't serving public interest as they are supposed to. In my OPINION, George Bush is not doing a good job because he is not serving the interest of the masses who could benefit the most. But I'm sure only hippies feel that way. And they are so incompetent as human beings that "they know not what they say."

You Don't Have to Be a Hippie to Like this Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/24/06

In response to the individual who hates "hippies," you seem to have a flair for generalization. Some people just understand the issue of social obstacles (of living your whole life in poverty) and political leaders who aren't serving public interest as they are supposed to. In my OPINION, George Bush is not doing a good job because he is not serving the interest of the masses who could benefit the most. But I'm sure only hippies feel that way. And they are so incompetent as human beings that "they know not what they say."

A National Anthem | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/06

I agree tha this song could well be a new national anthem. But let´s be fair. It could be the national anthem of a lot of countries.By the way, it was written 30 - odd years ago.

Brilliance | Reviewer: Andie | 11/2/05

This song is so expertly conceived and executed that anyone with a sense of humor will laugh themselves silly. It starts from this horrible victim mentality (No one like us) and moves steadily to such an extreme position, gaining power and violence as it goes. I love it! Quick note to some of the other people who reviewed this song: It was written well before President Bush and the war in Iraq. It has nothing to do with President Bush and the war in Iraq. Find yourself a different song if you want to gripe about President Bush and the war in Iraq. Enjoy this song for its own merits. After all, there are some Americans who do feel this way...especially after a couple drinks.

So Much Irony | Reviewer: A Voice That Cares | 9/14/05

Randy Newmans Song Political science is one of many great song by him ex. SHort People, and You Can Leave Your Hat On. This song is full of so much Irony about how people feel. He hits the nail right on the head about how right wing conservative feel about the world. If u dont understand this song then u are a truly obtuse individual I laughed my ass of the first time i heard it and I laugh just as hard everytime i listen to it.

Wow | Reviewer: Who Cares | 9/4/05

This was a funny song, but the other reviews are harsh. Obviosly Newman ment it as a satire, but I dont think it was suppose to stir up these kinds of hatefull responses. Bush is doing a decent job, not great, not bad, Iraqis are not "bullet catchers," they are being given a chance to govern themselves for the first time in a long time, and this is the lasnd of the free, and the land of the brave, just because some people have money you assume that they are evil, corprate giants out to crush eveyone. The plain truth is that America and the world need poor people, middle class, and rich people. If everyone one were rich who would run our drive threws, dig your ditches, empty your sewers and portopotys? Would you do it? I think not. The horrible truth is that you want everyon to be "happy and prance with the flowers" but the truth is this world is a lot diffrent than your pot induced, hazy version of what the world should be, you dirty freakiing hippy.
Damn I hate Hippies and people who know not of what they speak. /sigh /collapse

The NeoCon foreign policy. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/4/05

I really believe the song "Political Science" is exactly the way the neocons think.

God Bless Randy Newman! | Reviewer: Sir Sefirot | 9/17/04

What a wonderful song! I have been listening it since I discovered it this afternoon, and I think I have fell in love ;) I'm really impressed because it's a song with so much truth in it, and it still sounds funny. I mean, I say this because the fact is that reality isn't funny at all. The world's so decadent that when I listen to this song, I feel like, "why not! let's do that", because I really think the world needs that someone stabs it in the face and then gives it a REAL lesson about politics, philosophy and Freedom. And that someone is America.

If there were more Randy Newman in the world, it would be such a great place to live.

God Bless America.


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