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Singer-songwriter Margo Guryan takes the 16 words from George W. Bush's 2003 State Of The Union address and set them to music. Comes with great video, directed by James Reitano (iFilm, youtube). [more inside]
posted by Ira.metafilter (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's been pretty amazing for me to stumble onto this video, as she hasn't released any new material as far as I know since Take A Picture in 1968!

The following is written on her MySpace (where you can hear a few of her other songs) about "16 Words":
"Despite misgivings about the accuracy of the 16 words embodied in this song (these words had been previously removed from a Bush speech given in Cincinnati, Ohio in October '02), the words appeared in Bush's State of the Union address '03. The words were among a litany used to gain the support of Congress and the American people for an invasion of Iraq. Fury over Joseph Wilson's July '03 NY Times article debunking the truth of the president's statement resulted in the "outing" of Wilson's wife by high government officials. The ensuing investigation is ongoing."
"16 Words" is on cdbaby, but the CD is not for sale. The YouTube video was uploaded by a davidarosner, who I believe is her husband. I don't know if this all means there will be more new music coming from her - I hope so!

Her page on the Franklin Castle label, with more clips of her songs

A review of the song

posted by Ira.metafilter at 7:07 PM on February 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

Very nice!
posted by maryh at 7:23 PM on February 9, 2007

posted by furtive at 7:36 PM on February 9, 2007

Not to derail but Her song "Sunday Morning" is so great. I heard it at a friends house and loved it and asked him who it was thinking it was some new indie band.
To my surprise the tune is like almost 40! years old and sounds nothing like anything female singers were doing back then. Truly a song ahead of it's time.
posted by stavx at 9:01 PM on February 9, 2007

Wow, that was positively Costellian, ie excellent. The final image extension after the reddening was unnecessary, though. :)
posted by Listener at 9:25 PM on February 9, 2007

2001 article says "Now a music teacher, she won't attempt a comeback." Hmm.
posted by Listener at 9:42 PM on February 9, 2007

Margo is divine.
posted by Brittanie at 12:56 AM on February 10, 2007

She also recorded a song called 'California Shake' some time between '68 and now. It's on Dirty Diamonds III and 25 Demos. Margo does indeed rule.
posted by mike_bling at 10:01 AM on February 10, 2007

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