Don’t Cry for Me, America

Naomi Wolf’s Battle Plan II in the Huffington Post today, which dissects the Rove-Cheney use of Sarah Palin, reminded me of the road “little Eva” Perón travelled to fascist infamy.  InEVITAbly, not far behind in my thoughts were Andrew Lloyd Webber’s eponymous musical and the words to its signature song.  I think you’ll find that substituting “America” for “Argentina” lends a creepy resonance to the Wolf thesis. 

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
that I still need your love after all that I’ve done

You won’t believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she’s dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn’t stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to

Chorus:

Don’t cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don’t cry for me Argentina

(chorus)

Have I said too much?
There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know

That every word is true. 

If you have a hankering to sing along, try

 

 

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One Response to “Don’t Cry for Me, America”

  1. Yes, right after the RNC, I too, thought of Palin as Peron.

    http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/sarah-palin-dont-cry-for-me-oh-wasilla/

    And now after hearing her in the debate talking about her expanded Cheney-like role, I’d say we might as well rename her Palita.

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