“Watch out now, take care, beware of greedy leaders. They’ll take you where you should not go. … Beware of darkness.” – from the George Harrison song, Beware of Darkness, 1970.
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted July 22nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large
On the final night of the Republic National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this July 21st, Ivanka Trump introduced her father, billionaire blowhard and wannabe U.S. president Donald Trump, to the podium as “a generous and compassionate man” – all while the late George Harrison’s original Beatle recording of ‘Here Comes The Sun” swelled up in the background.
No so generous though – if you could find an ounce of generosity in the man for anyone but himself at all – that the Donald would give any thought to asking those who own the rights to a musical composition for permission to use it in his campaign, much less pay a penny in royalties to use it.
Not long after the last chords of ‘Her Comes The Sun’ rang out at this Trump-fest of a convention, representatives of George Harrison’s estate circulated the following message on Twitter – “The unauthorized use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at the RNC is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate. If it had been ‘Beware of Darkness’ (a song from Harrison’s classic solo album ‘All Things Must Pass’), then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself,”
This was hardly the first time that Trump, who is one for giving the impression to the mobs who adore him that he is so wealthy and strong that he can say and do anything he wants, has appropriated classic pop songs for use in his campaign. Examples include Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’ and Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’.
In virtually every case, the rightful owners of the music followed up with a note warning the Trump circus’s ringmasters to “cease and desist.”
Trump, who has also taken to calling Hillary Clinton “crooked Hillary” every chance he can get as supporters he “loves” to call “poorly educated” chant “lock her up” and “Hillary for prison,” appears oblivious to the fact that these songs are someone’s intellectual property and that using them for advancing one’s own fortunes without the consent of the song’s owner is a criminal offence, subject to penalties up to and including … well … prison.
Having said that, if the Donald had to appropriate a song for his closing address at the Cleveland convention, George Harrison’s ‘Beware of Darkness’ or any one of a number of apocalyptic opuses recorded by Black Sabbath over the years would have served as a perfect lead in.
To listen to Trump’s address at the Cleveland convention, the United States of America is a declining power in the country with weak and stupid people in charge and streets dangerous to walk down. The country is literally crumbling to the ground and on the verge of an economic meltdown so devastating it will make the Great Depression of the 1930s look like people were just a few dollars short of getting some steaks for dinner instead of settling for chicken again.
I find it little curious that people claiming to be so patriotic and wearing shirts and hats dolled up in red, white and blue would cheer while Trump’s standing up there at a podium yelling about what a bad joke the U.S. has become in the eyes of the world and as he declares, as he did at a number of his rallies earlier this year, that “the American dream is dead.”
I’m just sorry he didn’t trash talk the country enough during his Cleveland address to cause the value of the American dollar to fall closer to that of the Canadian loonie. I need to buy some American money for another trip I’m planning to visit friends in Massachusetts.
But it’s not all bad news in Trumpland.
David Duke, a Ku Klux Klan leader from Louisiana and darling for the white supremacist movement, reported this July 22nd that he was so “overjoyed” with Trump’s address and what he had to say about protecting Americans from immigrant hordes and returning to old fashion Christian values that he has decided to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate this fall.
Beware of darkness!
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