The Count of Pennsylvania

Album: not on an album (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • Running to 4 minutes 44 seconds, "The Count of Pennsylvania" is not quite a protest song, but ain't a bad substitute for one. This solo acoustic number was written by Michael Penn - the elder brother of the A List actor Sean Penn. Penn the Elder wrote it for a blog series on the 2008 Presidential Election race, and updated it half way into Barack Obama's second term. Obama - the first Black President of the Promised Land - was billed as the candidate of change. Penn's verdict is clearly plus ça change, or as Al Stewart put it in "Nostradamus", the more it changes, the more it stays the same, ie inflation, tent cities, foreign wars... how is this administration so different from the previous one?

    "A mob is a democracy
    That buys a rope and picks a tree".

    If only!
  • The song also contains an adaptation of a quote from Jesus on the cross, Luke 23:34 from the English Standard Version of the Bible. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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