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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Beatles Lose Out to Eddie From Ohio

Well, it's now "interim-ly" official. As opposed to being the only state with a state song emeritus and nothing else, we've not got a state song emeritus, and an interim state song, and a promise of an even larger net to be cast to find a permanent state song.

But god bless the Senator from Western Fairfax. His attempt on the floor to amend the Senator Colgan's SB 682 to make The Beatles "The Tax Man" our state song is maybe the funniest thing I've ever seen any legislator do. Now, I'm afraid I'll have to cross the aisle and agree with Senator Houck that considering our tax burden relative to the rest of the Union we aren't really the Commonwealth of the Taxman. But it probably has more to do with Virginia than Shenandoah. Senator Watkins made an impassioned plea on the floor against Shenandoah, pointing aspects of its story which may make it in the near term as controversial as our state song emeritus. And I agree with the reasoning of the 10 Senators who voted against it, most of whom are on record saying that it doesn't make sense to have a song which isn't about Virginia as our state song, even if only for an interim period.

For my money, CCR's "Who'll Stop the Rain?" would have been a much better choice. Sure, it's not really a happy, uplifiting song, but the protagonist does visit our fair Commonwealth, seeking shelter from the storm.

If the Senate could pick a song for itself, I think they should pick "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by War.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all the talk about Cuccinelli's move on the floor to make The Tax Man the state song, no one wants to point out that Chichester and Houck made Cuccinelli look like the fool he is. Houck pointed out that Virginia ranks as the 45th highest tax state in the country--only 5 states have lower taxes. Chicester added that Virginia would have to move from 45th to 41st just to accommodate Cuccinelli's budget amendments.

9:17 AM

Blogger Wyatt Coleman said...

Although the facts are certainly there that Virginia is a relatively low-tax state, I do appreciate that Cuccinelli sees the fundamental problem of taxation as laid out by the esteemed political philosopher Paul McCartney, and that is redistribution driven by a desire for social engineering. Though the egg would come off much easier if he wasn't carrying so many budget amendments.

As for the actual arguments surrounding the song, let's just admit that like most sea shantys (or modern pop songs, devolution at its finest) the lyrics are nonsensical, designed merely to complement the tune. The singer could be a Civil War soldier or a trader, or perhaps Shenandoah is just a very pretty word no matter what language (and mind you it has several different meanings across various indian languages). There's actually a new set of lyrics proposed, though. I'll post soon.

10:37 AM

Blogger Bwana said...

It's time to go old school and declare either Virginia in the Springtime or Sweet Virginia Breeze by Robbin Thompson the new state song.

1:46 PM


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