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By the Time I Get to Arizona

by

Public Enemy



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The song deals with former Arizona governor Evan Mecham, who faced harsh criticism during his time in office after he refused to recognize Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday. John McCain was an Arizona senator at the time, and in 1983 he opposed creation of a federal holiday to honor King. He later admitted that this was a mistake, and in 1990 supported the holiday.

When this song was released in 1991, Arizona and New Hampshire were the only states that did not recognize the Martin Luther King holiday.
This song samples "Two Sisters of Mystery" by the '70s Funk band Mandrill.
The music video stirred some controversy, as it depicts the group assassinating the governor with a car bomb. The song and the video are Public Enemy at their most militant, implying that they will use force to advance their agenda. (thanks, Joey - Corpus Christi, TX, for all above)
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