Cover of Henley/Hornsby’s “The End of the Innocence, Rick Perry Edition

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I was revisiting this song by Bruce Hornsby and Don Henley recently when word was circulating that Texas governor Rick Perry might end up with the Republican nomination for president.

If you investigate the lyrics a bit, you encounter lines like,

O beautiful for spacious skies
Now those skies are threatening
They’re beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales

If these lines are a bit too opaque, you might be tempted, as I was, to look into what Henley thinks they mean. I turned up the following, from “The White Paper: Don Henley’s ‘Inside Job,’ ” Billboard Magazine, April 8, 2000:

What do you think of [the album] The End of the Innocence from 1989?

I still love the song “New York Minute,” and “The Last Worthless Evening” is just straight-ahead pop, but it’s good. And of course, “The End of the Innocence”: that song is very fixed in time. I think it has enough universality that it could still apply to today, but it was about the whole Reagan era.”

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Hey, what does “jamba” mean?

Somebody on the Internet says that “Jamba,” in West African, means “celebration.” Yeah right! “West African” isn’t even a language, random Internet person!


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Did you know that there’s a place in Angola named Jamba? According to some other Internet person, to Angolans, “jamba” means “elephant.”

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Did you know you can use Google Translator to see what “jamba” means in Swahili? Neither did I. You should try it, though, if you haven’t already. (Hint: it means “fart.”)

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