George Michael can, I think, cover anyone’s music.
But no one can cover his.
Rufus Wainright wrote ‘Going to a Place’ in 2007 about the Bush government.
Rufus was disillusioned with so much about America back then.
As I get older, I see cycles.
I see world cycles.
And I am recognising my own cycles.
World cycles are quite scary.
Not because things repeat.
I get that.
But because we don’t really seem to learn from the last cycle.
In fact bad things today that mirror similar things from yesterday – are very often worse.
Some people think that the best way to stop people shooting each other is to give more people guns.
Some people think that the best way to bond people together is to shut people out.
My Own Cycles.
With regards to my own cycles, I learn from everything I do.
However my big worry is that by the time I mature enough to recognise my own repeating dumb stupidity and mistakes, I will die.
I should listen to them more closely.
America was stupid 10 years ago.
And it is even more stupid now.
Here is George Michael singing Rufus Wainwrights tune, 11 years after it was written about a different America.
Sadly, that different America – is pretty much the same as today’s America.
I’m going to a town that has already been burnt down
I’m going to a place that has already been disgraced
I’m gonna see some folks who have already been let down
I’m so tired of AmericaI’m gonna make it up for all of The Sunday Times
I’m gonna make it up for all of the nursery rhymes
They never really seem to want to tell the truth
I’m so tired of you, AmericaMaking my own way home
Ain’t gonna be alone
I’ve got a life to lead, America
I’ve got a life to leadTell me, do you really think you go to hell for having loved?
Tell me, enough of thinking everything that you’ve done is good
I really need to know, after soaking the body of Jesus Christ in blood
I’m so tired of AmericaI really need to knowI may just never see you again, or might as wellYou took advantage of a world that loved you wellI’m going to a town that has already been burnt downI’m so tired of you, America