John Mellencamp Community
January 31, 2023, 01:47:57 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
News: Visit's NEWS section for all of the latest updates!
   Home   Help Search Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Rolling Stone Hear John Mellencamp's Sobering Political Ballad 'Easy Target'  (Read 2944 times)
Certified Mellenhead
Posts: 655

View Profile
« on: January 23, 2017, 10:35:26 pm »

John Mellencamp's latest single offers a raspy diagnosis of America's current political ailments. "Let the poor be damned, and the easy targets too," he sings, before adding sarcastically, "all are created equal Ė equally beneath me and you." Mellencamp released the song on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, though the track does not directly reference the new president.

"Easy Target" features late-night, smoky-bar piano and an ornate string section, and Mellencamp delivers his grim lines in a dry croak. He sings about a world where everyone is on their own and no one is safe: "Easy targets all along the avenue/ Living here in sucker town, baby me and you/ Behind the bars to keep each other apart/ Easy targets, our country's broken heart."

During a recent conversation with Katie Couric, Mellencamp suggested the song came to him in one jolt of inspiration. "I didnít even want to write the song," he said. "All of a sudden, I just started singing 'easy target' ... as fast as I could write is how long it took me to write the song."

Though "Easy Target" suggests a bleak view of the future, Mellencamp told Couric that he's "not really worried about anything." He presented himself as an outsider observing politics with academic curiosity. "I want to see how weird it's going to get," he explained. "All of the things that we grew up believing, now it's upside down ... Do you know whatís going to happen? When a candidate just lies, and people accept the lies?Ö Iím going to just sit back and just see how weird it gets.Ē
Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.10 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!




Email Updates! Home Powered by BubbleUp,Ltd. John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on Wikipedia John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on John Mellencamp on