how the world sees america

Songs About America

Heard any songs about America sung by non-Americans. Share them here. Use the comment thread to put link to music clips or YouTube videos. I'll keep updating the list. I just found this Mr. Perfect about his request for a visa to the U.S. being denied.

Mr. Perfect: "Amerimaka":

Hugh Laurie: "America":

Germany: Rammstein: "Amerika":

France: Najoua Belyzel: "Rentrez Aux USA":

France: Joe Dassin: "L'Amérique":

Canada: Richard Desjardins: "Les Yankees":

Canada: Rufus Wainright: "Going to a Town":

Canada: Leonard Cohen's "Democracy":
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England: David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans":

England: David Bowie's "Young Americans":

Britain: LCD Soundsystem's "North American Scum:"

England: Razorlight's "America":

Canada: The Guess Who's "American Woman":

Canada: Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin' In the Free World":

India: Kannada's "America, America"

Ireland/Australia: Niav's "Who Put America In Charge":

Australia: Ernie Van Veen's "Flag of Democracy":

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Comments (67)

Amar C. Bakshi:

Here is a song about a man wanting a visa to the U.S. but not getting it. It's by Mr. Perfect.

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Tac:

Then why did you listen Kelarz?
Sounds like a personal gripe to me.
If your dogs howled then possibly perhaps
because they are part of a world man has forgot
and were probably agreeing.
Obviously you missed the entire point of it,
which wasn't musical only a message carried empathetically via music.
One can only assume you have an opinion on all
the other videos too ?
No doubt, equally as smallminded.

kelmarz:

That song "Who Put America In Charge?" was one of the worst songs I've ever heard and I am no Bush fan nor did I vote for him but damn! You made my dogs howl in pain!

Omar:

I wish to go to America. I love America!!!

Amar:

Miker, great call on Morrissey. I downloaded it on itunes. But I can't find a version of it online. Any leads?

MikeR:

"America Is Not the World" by Morrissey

MikeR:

American Is Not the World by Morrissey

jerseyrepresent:

lcd soundsystem (James Murphy) from jersey, yo. Princeton area. c'mon now, son

This is USA:

Dear Sir / Madam

I am 46 years old, Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan (muslim). I was an immigration consultant in Canada and also member of Canadian Bar Association as part of my business , I had an office in New York.
During 2001 immediately after the Sept 11, event the US govt arrested me on Oct 25, 2001 on anonymous call, as a material witness for the 9/11 world trade centre terrorist attack. A detail investigation by the FBI and USA Naval intelligence dept was conducted and I was cleared, but even then govt put me in front of Grand jury , and I was cleared and the case was dismissed by the Grand jury of the US Federal Court .
Approximately after 2 weeks , before I was released from custody the US Govt imposed a new charges of Fraud and money laundering , under the advice of my attorney , I pleaded guilty and I was sentenced to prison for five years (which was four years more, what I pleaded). In which I had already spent 3 years in Detention jail, during the case , I had about 14 months left to finishing my sentence ,(instead of appealing, I preferred to applied for Treaty Transfer to Canada, because if the case is in the appeal, defendant is not eligible for transfer back to his home country).
While at prison, I learned from the case manager Miss Hause, that my citizen was incorrect in the FBOP’s (Federal Bureau of Prison) computer system as Pakistani instead of Canadian.
Its important to note , that all of my Canadian identifications (passport , citizenship card , S.I.N , Health card , Driving license etc) were under FBI’s possession, with a great deal of concern, I wrote a letter to the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, N.Y to notify such mistake and requested them to fix this problem. This is especially important for Treaty Transfer back to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate official sent a letter to the jail to correct my citizenship status, however FBOP ignored the request and the citizenship status in the FBOP computer still reflect Pakistani instead of Canadian (Note:- I would be required to obtain visa to visit Pakistan) .In contrast , the deportation letter received from US Immigration dept, Contained the correct citizenship status of Canada.
At the hindsight, I believe that the FBOP intentionally left the citizenship as Pakistani, so that they could retained me at their facility, while the govt is planning to file new charges against me 3rd time.
Approximately six weeks before my released date on Jan 30 ,2006 I was notified by the FBOP that I was being transferred from Allenwood , PA to MDC (Metropolitan Detention Centre) in Brooklyn N.Y, it was explained to me, that the purpose of this transfer was in preparation for deportation back to Canada, (after few days, I signed the immigration deportation papers, with my consular Miss Chen).
But immediately after my arriving to MDC Brooklyn, I discovered during a phone call with my family in Montreal, that RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) official had contacted my sister and brother-in-law regarding the whereabouts of my wife and my current situation, there was no explanation given by the RCMP official to the purpose of the call and he left his phone number and asked my wife to call him back immediately, my wife called the RCMP official and left messages in his voice mail. Then the official contacted my brother-in-law again and had asked him to tell my wife not to call again, because there is nothing good nor anything bad.
Meanwhile the AUSA ( Astt United States Attorney) office Investigator and FBI brought me to their office to be interrogated without an attorney present, even AUSA told in the court to the judge on March 16, 2006 that he arranged attorney for me before my arrival from Allenwood PA to MDC Brooklyn, N.Y, on Transcript; page 11, Transcript line No: 14 to 23.
AUSA:-
He (Khalid Awan) was writ in the cause of a grand jury investigation. He clearly had criminal exposure. So to protect his interest I made an application to the duty magistrate for counsel to be appointed.
THE COURT:-
Initially he was brought here by a Court to testify before the grand jury?
AUSA:-
That is correct, Your Honour.
THE COURT:-
When he arrived here, you made arrangements for an attorney to be pointed to request him?
AUSA:-
Yes, Your Honour.
This interrogation started with the AUSA office Investigator stating that my family will be arrested in Canada if I refused to answer their questions.
At this point I am certain that my family is in great danger for reasons that I am not aware of. I was scared that my family would be harassed by these people along with the Canadian RCMP official, I strongly believe that the RCMP is doing this intentionally in collaboration with FBI official to further harass me to admit charges, that I never committed.
Without knowledge of the reasons why the Canadian RCMP agency was involved. I was surprised that RCMP official directly approached my family instead of me without proper explanation, and its also shocked for me, that how RCMP got the phone number of my family (because before my arrest, I don’t have any single record in any police dept, of any country).
I was intimated and pushed to the edge during this interrogation, I was determined to provide anything these USA officials wanted to make them happy even is the questions made no sense, because I want them to stop the harassment to my family.
On March 15, 2006 I completed the term of my imprisonment and was to be released from American Custody and deported back to Canada. Before that I was arrested again 3rd time, and charged with providing “material support to a foreign terrorist” and money laundering (to a organization and person, which are not designated by the USA govt and belongs to Sikh religion) , and with whom, I don’t have any single common interest, because we both are from different countries and different religions.
These charges emerged while I was still in prison and without the capability of providing any type of support. It was even difficult for me to get enough financial assistance to pay legal fees. I could not have provided any material support while I was in prison for five years and I could not launder any money because I did not have any.
AUSA filed three counts of indictment against me.
Conspiracy to provide material support.
Provide a material support to the foreign terrorist.
Money laundering to support terrorism.
(Please note, that in my previous case govt charged me for money laundering and fraud from Jan 1999 to 2002 and “its mentioned in the plea-agreement by the AUSA that no further money laundering charges will be brought against defendant from Jan 1999 to April 2002” even then govt indict me for money laundering from 1998 to Nov 2001 (Which is double Jeopardy and violation of 5th Amendment of U.S Constitution.)
In Oct 2006, during pre-trial hearing on the motion’s filed by my attorney the first two counts of my indictment were dismissed by the judge, stating that there is a lack of facts and figures.
After two weeks AUSA re-indicted me again. I believe this is a desperate act of the AUSA to cover up a huge embarrassment . Further this hastily drawn indictment was full of factual errors and creative legal theories.
Since I was first arrested by the American govt, I believe that I have been singled out, isolated `and discriminated against primarily because of my race and religion, in addition to the fact that I don’t know any information that the American govt is trying to pressure out of me.
I do not understand the American laws and this is what led to my pleading guilty in the first case. I have difficulty understanding the new charges also.
I have been charged under, section 2339(a) of Title 18 of the United States code, which makes it illegal to provide material support to a foreign terrorist.
Please understand, I am not a terrorist, I do not know any terrorist and I have had no connections with or to any known or unknown terrorist. I have been incarcerated for last 5 years and I had no money to provide or launder.
The law enforcement have in America is pressuring me to provide information to them that I really do not have or know. I am a Canadian Citizen and nearly all of my family is in Canada, including my wife and kids. I don’t know any information to tell them to help their investigation.
Because of this , I am being treated unfairly and my rights under the American constitution are being violated. I am being held here in further detention against my will for crimes which I could have never committed, because I was in prison.
I believe, that I am a victim of the discrimination that was outlined in the July 3, 2006 issue of Time magazine (Page 29, column 3). In this article section 2339(a) & (b) are discussed and criticized “as most suspects are charged under these two sections. However, the justice dept here in America admits that of the more than 218 guilty pleas that it has obtained, most are for minor investigation issues that are uncovered deeding the course of their terrorism investigation. This suggest, according to the article that the Attorney General’s office have is not concerned about the rights or fairness or the manner in which it achieves convictions for the people they arrest. Furthermore, criticizes have noted that one of the patterns to emerge from these domestic prosecutions is that suspect seen too incompetent to carry out the deeds they are accused of. The Deputy Attorney General acknowledges that the Dept of Justice’s goal is “ preventions through prosecution’s” and this is done with no regard for an individual’s rights.
I agree that these guilty of terrorism should be prosecuted . But as the above mentioned article suggest , innocent people should not be targeted because of their race or religion.
I am not a terrorist and I should not be targeted and treated unfairly and unjustly.
I need your assistance desperately in my case, as I believe that I am being treated unjustly here. I would like to send you my attorney’s contact information and provide you with legal documents related to my case, so that you may become more familiar with my situation.
Please also note, that I appeared in the court , for no guilty of my 2nd superseding indictment on Aug 02, 2006 and on Aug 03, 2006 FBOP officials placed me in the SHU (Segregation Housing Unit) out of these months, I placed in the SHU isolation from Jan 03, 2007 to March 6, 2007 for unknown “Pending Investigation” in these 215 days of my segregation and isolation, I don’t have a single phone call access to my family, no legal calls to my attorney and Canadian Council, my legal mail opened in my absence, no medical treatment for my injured shoulder (even I went for hunger strike for 3 and half day) I harassed by the various jail officials and lot of other problems too which already been submitted in the attention of the FBOP higher authorities, but no action taken on them, after writing the court, instead of receiving the response or any action on my complaints, jail officials removed /moved me from MDC federal facility to Nassau County Jail .
My suffering has gone on for far too long, and I need your help to bring my suffering to an end. I want to return home to my family, because my imprisonment was injustice and will remain a great injustice forever.
May God bless you and be with you in your efforts to champion the cause of human rights, and the suffering of innocent prisoners and restore hope, faith and love to peoples all over the world.

Sincerely,
KHALID AWAN
FBOP NO. 50959-054

Amar:

Check these out. Don't understand it: does it work for this site?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsctxTrcVcY

Amar C. Bakshi:

Apologies for the delay in updating this. I love these suggestions and am updating now! Keep 'em coming, and let me know what you think would be good next: cartoons about America, art, movies?

Shan Kumar:

This is about the Australian detention of the Indian doctor.

To say that 'recklessness' is a crime and could be supportive of terrorism, then half of the world (may be more) should be behind the bars.

Tell me, was it not reckless for the Americans to have encouraged Saddam Hussein in the first place before it dawned on them that he was not as good as he was portrayed?

Was it not the Americans who supported Al-Qaida in the initial days against the Russians? What do you call that, reckless or otherwise? Today Al-Qaida and the person whom Americans patronised are the biggest nemisis the US faced since WWII.

Didn't the UK support every one of these actions by the US when it happened instead of objecting to it? They should have advised the Americans to stay away from these people. Instead they too provided arms and ammunition to these people and allowed their growth into an international power. Was this not reckless?

All the mistakes are done by someone sitting in the chair commanding and controlling a large intelligence force. No action is initiated against all those presidents who were the prime cause of the terrorism that is on today! But call some puny people as abettors of terrorism, knowingly or unknowingly abetted terror!

Great Show, Australia!

From Tom Nixon:

Amerika by Rammstein.

Bill:

I'm American
This song is from England...
XTC - "Melt the Guns" from the album "English Settlement" Check the bridge lyrics especially...

Also XTC - "President Kill" from "Oranges and Lemons"

Canadian Khalid Q Awan:

Dear Sir / Madam
I am 46 years old, Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan (Muslim). I was an immigration consultant in Canada and as part of my business; I had an office in New York.
During 2001 immediately after the Sept 11, event the US govt arrested me on Oct 25, 2001 on anonymous call, as a material witness for the 9/11 world trade centre terrorist attack. A detail investigation by the FBI and USA Naval intelligence dept was conducted and I was cleared, but even then govt put me in front of Grand jury, and I was cleared and the case was dismissed by the Grand jury of the US Federal Court.
Approximately after 2 weeks , before I was released from custody the US Govt imposed a new charges of Fraud and money laundering , under the advice of my attorney , I pleaded guilty and I was sentenced to prison for five years (which was four years more, what I pleaded). In which I had already spent 3 years in Detention jail, during the case , I had about 14 months left to finishing my sentence ,(instead of appealing, I preferred to applied for Treaty Transfer to Canada, because if the case is in the appeal, defendant is not eligible for transfer back to his home country).
While at prison, I learned from the case manager Miss House, that my citizen was incorrect in the FBOP’s (Federal Bureau of Prison) computer system as Pakistani instead of Canadian.
Its important to note , that all of my Canadian identifications (passport , citizenship card , S.I.N , Health card , Driving license etc) were under FBI’s possession, with a great deal of concern, I wrote a letter to the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, N.Y to notify such mistake and requested them to fix this problem. This is especially important for Treaty Transfer back to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate official sent a letter to the jail to correct my citizenship status, however FBOP ignored the request and the citizenship status in the FBOP computer still reflect Pakistani instead of Canadian (Note: - I would be required to obtain visa to visit Pakistan) .In contrast, the deportation letter received from US Immigration dept, Contained the correct citizenship status of Canada.
At the hindsight, I believe that the FBOP intentionally left the citizenship as Pakistani, so that they could retained me at their facility, while the govt is planning to file new charges against me 3rd time.
Approximately six weeks before my released date on Jan 30, 2006 I was notified by the FBOP that I was being transferred from Ellenwood, PA to MDC (Metropolitan Detention Centre) in Brooklyn N.Y, it was explained to me, that the purpose of this transfer was in preparation for deportation back to Canada, (after few days, I signed the immigration deportation papers, with my consular Miss Chen).
But immediately after my arriving to MDC Brooklyn, I discovered during a phone call with my family in Montreal, that RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) official had contacted my sister and brother-in-law regarding the whereabouts of my wife and my current situation, there was no explanation given by the RCMP official to the purpose of the call and he left his phone number and asked my wife to call him back immediately, my wife called the RCMP official and left messages in his voice mail. Then the official contacted my brother-in-law again and had asked him to tell my wife not to call again, because there is nothing good nor anything bad.
Meanwhile the AUSA (United States Attorney) office Investigator and FBI brought me to their office to be interrogated without an attorney present, even AUSA told in the court to the judge on March 16, 2006 that he arranged attorney for me before my arrival from Ellenwood PA to MDC Brooklyn, N.Y, on Transcript; page 11, Transcript line No: 14 to 23.
AUSA: - He (Khalid Awan) was writ in the cause of a grand jury investigation. He clearly had criminal exposure. So to protect his interest I made an application to the duty magistrate for counsel to be appointed.
THE COURT: - Initially he was brought here by a Court to testify before the grand jury?
AUSA: - That is correct, Your Honour.

THE COURT: - When he arrived here, you made arrangements for an attorney to be pointed to request him?
AUSA: - Yes, Your Honour.
This interrogation started with the AUSA office Investigator stating that my family will be arrested in Canada if I refused to answer their questions.
At this point I am certain that my family is in great danger for reasons that I am not aware of. I was scared that my family would be harassed by these people along with the Canadian RCMP official; I strongly believe that the RCMP is doing this intentionally in collaboration with FBI official to further harass me to admit charges that I never committed.
Without knowledge of the reasons why the Canadian RCMP agency was involved. I was surprised that RCMP official directly approached my family instead of me without proper explanation, and its also shocked for me, that how RCMP got the phone number of my family (because before my arrest, I don’t have any single record in any police dept, of any country).
I was intimated and pushed to the edge during this interrogation; I was determined to provide anything these USA officials wanted to make them happy even is the questions made no sense, because I want them to stop the harassment to my family.
On March 15, 2006 I completed the term of my imprisonment and was to be released from American Custody and deported back to Canada. Before that I was arrested again 3rd time, and charged with providing “material support to a foreign terrorist” and money laundering (to an organization and person, which are not designated by the USA govt and belongs to Sikh religion).
These charges emerged while I was still in prison and without the capability of providing any type of support. It was even difficult for me to get enough financial assistance to pay legal fees. I could not have provided any material support while I was in prison for five years and I could not launder any money because I did not have any.
AUSA filed three counts of indictment against me.
Conspiracy to provide material support.
Provide a material support to the foreign terrorist.
Money laundering to support terrorism.
(Please note, that in my previous case govt charged me for money laundering and fraud from Jan 1999 to 2002 and “its mentioned in the plea-agreement by the AUSA that no further money laundering charges will be brought against defendant from Jan 1999 to April 2002” even then govt indict me for money laundering from 1998 to Nov 2001 (Which is double Jeopardy and violation of 5th Amendment of U.S Constitution.)
In Oct 2006, during pre-trial hearing on the motions filed by my attorney the first two counts of my indictment were dismissed by the judge, stating that there is a lack of facts and figures.
After two weeks AUSA re-indicted me again. I believe this is a desperate act of the AUSA to cover up a huge embarrassment. Further this hastily drawn indictment was full of factual errors and creative legal theories.
Since I was first arrested by the American govt, I believe that I have been singled out, isolated and discriminated against primarily because of my race and religion, in addition to the fact that I don’t know any information that the American govt is trying to pressure out of me.
I do not understand the American laws and this is what led to my pleading guilty in the first case. I have difficulty understanding the new charges also.
I have been charged under, section 2339(a) of Title 18 of the United States code, which makes it illegal to provide material support to a foreign terrorist.
Please understand, I am not a terrorist, I do not know any terrorist and I have had no connections with or to any known or unknown terrorist. I have been incarcerated for last 5 years and I had no money to provide or launder.
The law enforcement have in America is pressuring me to provide information to them that I really do not have or know. I am a Canadian Citizen and nearly all of my family is in Canada, including my wife and kids. I don’t know any information to tell them to help their investigation.
Because of this, I am being treated unfairly and my rights under the American constitution are being violated. I am being held here in further detention against my will for crimes which I could have never committed, because I was in prison.
I believe that I am a victim of the discrimination that was outlined in the July 3, 2006 issue of Time magazine (Page 29, column 3). In this article section 2339(a) & (b) are discussed and criticized “as most suspects are charged under these two sections. However, the justice dept here in America admits that of the more than 218 guilty pleas that it has obtained, most are for minor investigation issues that are uncovered deeding the course of their terrorism investigation. This suggest, according to the article that the Attorney General’s office have is not concerned about the rights or fairness or the manner in which it achieves convictions for the people they arrest. Furthermore, criticizes have noted that one of the patterns to emerge from these domestic prosecutions is that suspect seen too incompetent to carry out the deeds they are accused of. The Deputy Attorney General acknowledges that the Dept of Justice’s goal is “preventions through prosecutions” and this is done with no regard for an individual’s rights.
I agree that these guilty of terrorism should be prosecuted. But as the above mentioned article suggest, innocent people should not be targeted because of their race or religion.
I am not a terrorist and I should not be targeted and treated unfairly and unjustly.
I need your assistance desperately in my case, as I believe that I am being treated unjustly here. I would like to send you my attorney’s contact information and provide you with legal documents related to my case, so that you may become more familiar with my situation.
Please also note, that I appeared in the court , for no guilty of my 2nd superseding indictment on Aug 02, 2006 and on Aug 03, 2006 FBOP officials placed me in the SHU (Segregation Housing Unit) out of these months, I placed in the SHU isolation from Aug 03, 2006 to March 6, 2007 for unknown “Pending Investigation” in these 215 days of my segregation and isolation, I don’t have a single phone call access to my family, no legal calls to my attorney and Canadian Council, my legal mail opened in my absence, no medical treatment for my injured shoulder (even I went for hunger strike for 3 and half day) I harassed by the various jail officials and lot of other problems too which already been submitted in the attention of the FBOP higher authorities, but no action taken on them, after writing the court, instead of receiving the response or any action on my complaints, jail officials removed /moved me from MDC federal facility to Nassau County Jail .
My suffering has gone on for far too long, and I need your help to bring my suffering to an end. I want to return home to my family, because my imprisonment was injustice and will remain a great injustice forever.
May God bless you and be with you in your efforts to champion the cause of human rights, and the suffering of innocent prisoners and restore hope, faith and love to peoples all over the world.
Sincerely,
KHALID AWAN
FBOP NO. 50959-054

The court will be on 18 july 2007.

JRLR:

Esther Galil (Israel/Morocco/France) – "Dirty War"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hRELMK_acPU

neil bakshi:

lcd soundsystem are British. As a Canadian, I'd like to claim them as one of our own because I think they're great - but alas they're not.

JRLR:

Canada, Brian Moniz - "Ghosts Of 9/11"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWUm007Wkg4

JRLR:

Amar, in Tac's footsteps, I found the following that you may find of interest:


1. Jim Lesses - "American Dream"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nEelnNd81I


2. John Warner - "International Cowboy"

http://unionsong.com/u167.html

TAC:

Hi Amar,
I had a look through NeilYoung/livingwithwar.com but they're not listed according to nationality so it's a bit of an effort to track down non american videos.
I did however come across this video by australian band MuscularTeeth to australian songwriter Jim Lesse's song No Blood for Oil. if you're interested.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=2017955800

regards,
TAC

PMCBUN:

Wow great site - particularly was taken / mesmerised with Niav's "who put america in charge" . A question I have asked myself many a time . Great captivating work Niav - I will check out your website and hope to see more of you in the future

Helen Mc C:

Hi Amar -
Great site which I just happened upon.... I love Neil Young and Leonard Cohen anyway (masters of politically aware music) but was delighted to stumble on some really fresh and innovative AND socially aware sounds - Niav's vid was compelling watching. Her voice and lyrics completely caught me. Is this an original song or cover ?? Whatever it is, keep up the good work Niav.

cifran:

Niav,,,,, WONDERFUL!!!!!! I as an American, I am proud of our country, but not of all "we" do....I don't understand why the government doesn't listen to the people of the countries we are to "protect,reform and liberate" listen up, they really don't want us there..... great work NIAV

Amar:

Hi Tac, I'll check Neil Young's site out. Please do share anything you come up with!

Tac:

What a great idea Amar.
I have watched all of these and between them all they carry all area's of protest against the perceived bush administration imperialism and as we see it's not just non u.s. citizens that feel troubled.Have you seen the video's on Neil Young's site?
I will have a look later and if I find anything new and interesting I'll post the link for you.

Tac

Fiona de B.:

Niav's video is one of the most powerful visual and auditory messages I have seen for a long time. It certainly makes one stop and think, and evokes a vestige of the terror which Iraqi people must be experiencing in their own homes. Powerful music, lyrics and imagery. Let's hope we see more of Niav on the world stage.

mango:

I think Niav's Who Put America In Charge is quite catchy. I remember when I first listened to the song, I hummed the song all that day.

Anonymous:

im obsessed with that rufus wainrgiht song!

Ana Key:

Hi,
i think the new song from Niav is excellent. Not many would dare down this path. Brave songwriter.

P Mac S Cigire:

Niav's video, music, singing and lyrics are sooooo impressive. She certainly feels deeply for all Iraqi women who have suffered from inside and outside their country. They still are in trauma today. I would not like to be in their shoes. Would you? Pray God the oppression and aggression will end sooner than later.
Well done Niav.

Naomi :

This is wonderful for Niav, who is my musical mentor and someone I greatly admire. I love the surreality of her video, and the clips in the video compliment the lyrics and message of the song really well.

Amar:

Niav, glad to have you on the site! Thank you for your note. And David Pendragon, I've posted your video. Quick question, do you have a version though that cuts straight to the song or has the conversation afterward? Thanks again! Keep the suggestions coming.

Rick Gehrke:

Kudos to Niav and others who tell it like it is, fearlessly ignoring pop industry pressure to keep their art politically neutral. Who put America in charge? Well, I say that responsibility must be shared internationally, and hopefully this song and video, and others like it, will provoke people everywhere to come up with answers that are based on observation of events rather than political rhetoric. As a US citizen, I love my country but oppose the current administration's steadfast policy of trying to kill our way to peace and prosperity. Niav's choice of phrasing the title for this work as a question is a stroke of genius. To paraphrase Neal Donald Walsch, the treasure is in the question, not in the answer. If more of us would really ask ourselves this one and seek understanding rather than a false sense of security, this world would become a better place very quickly.

Rick Gehrke
Simple toolS

DAVID PENDRAGON:

Niav....your work is outstanding...and you tell it like you see it....thats raw...thats life.
Good work mate

David Pendragon Australia:

Hi here is a video comment....it may be a bit confronting but we see and hear the truth in it. Thanks for being brave enough to put this idea forward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_Qw9BOlig

David Pendragon Australia:

Hi here is a video comment....it may be a bit confronting but we see and hear the truth in it. Thanks for being brave enough to put this idea forward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_Qw9BOlig

ol'lady:

loved the Niav video, too bad for the censoring, loved the message and the voice, being an american myself it was a bit embarrasing to watch but i agree with the message 100%

pask:

they are all amazing, but i really love NIAV's song featured here. as a fellow aussie, i know exactly where she's coming from with this song, and her words are true and heartfelt - and so is the rest of her music i've been lucky enough to hear so far. check out some more of her music here:

http://www.myspace.com/niavmusic

i've also loved leonard cohen's 'democaracy' - not to forget his brilliant track 'the future', and maestro bowie's 'i'm afraid of americans' for many years now too! :)

for my own musical ideas about america's administration at this point in time, please feel free to check out our mini-site & news archive here:

http://xopc.chaosnet.org

cheers,

a. pask

pask:

they are all amazing, but i really love NIAV's song featured here. as a fellow aussie, i know exactly where she's coming from with this song, and her words are true and heartfelt - and so is the rest of her music i've been lucky enough to hear so far. check out some more of her music here:

http://www.myspace.com/niavmusic

i've also loved leonard cohen's 'democaracy' - not to forget his brilliant track 'the future', and maestro bowie's 'i'm afraid of americans' for many years now too! :)

for my own musical ideas about america's administration at this point in time, please feel free to check out our mini-site & news archive here:

http://xopc.chaosnet.org

cheers,

a. pask

Anonymous:

Niav video is beautiful. Thank you.

MCockayne:

The Naiv video is cool regardless of how you look at the politics. Is frightening bad? No one told me. The Guess Who video was fun!

MCockayne:

The Naiv video is cool regardless of how you look at the politics. Is frightening bad? No one told me. The Guess Who video was fun!

MCockayne:

The Naiv video is cool regardless of how you look at the politics. Is frightening bad? No one told me. The Guess Who video was fun!

Niav:

post script...
By the way, wonderful job Amar on a wonderful vlog as expressed above.
We all want the same thing ....Peace and Harmony between and within all nations.
You have encouraged me to add the full unedited video to Youtube tonight.
This one was censored to place it on my myspace music promotion site.
Namaste
Niav

Niav:

Thank you JRLR and Amar for finding and adding my protest video in here.
Yes it is intense, I'm not sure about frightening,
but if it is I am happy as that what I was trying to do in editing it.... capture the situation from an iraqi mother's point of view ,since not many reporters seem to care how it is for these twice suffering twice silenced women who's live's were pretty bleak already well before Bush arrived and threw the place into upheaval and chaos.The victims without a voice.
It's not anti-american, anti american foreign policies ? Yes .
Primarily however it is pro freedom and pro humanity.
thanks again,
take care,

Niav
http.niav.cruxy.com

Amar:

That's pretty intense...maybe a tad frightening...but its posted for now.

JRLR:

Looking for something from the other end of the world I found NIAV interpreting "Who Put America in Charge?".

"Niav -- Vocalist -- Sydney, New South Wales , AUS. An Irish born singer/songwriter, she currently lives and performs on the south coast of nsw in Australia." (http://www.nextcat.com/Niav)


Reference: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=niav&search=

Still looking for more diversity and from a larger number of countries.

Kelly:

Check out James Blunt's "No Bravery"...especially in the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q0J78ix0Qs

Amar:

Got it JRLR. There's another interesting version of the song made through a SIMCity type program - rather spooky.

JRLR:

Here is some more material to keep you busy, Amar...

"Rentrez aux USA" by Najoua Belyzel. The lady was born Najoua Mazouri, on Dec. 15, 1981 in Nancy, France. She is a French singer of Moroccan/Egyptian descent.

You may consider specifically :

Montage Rentrez aux USA
Petit montage fait par mwa! Les idées sont de Joe Canagan

From: juju57
Views: 900
Added: 3 months ago Time: 05:10

Source:http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rentrez+aux+usa&search=

Amar:

Hi JRLR,
A cat and a fox are getting married over here (is that a common saying, a garbled one, or what?) - my mother always used to say that when it was raining and sunny at the same time, or in rapid succession.

I've been looking into getting into mainland Europe. I certainly don't need a visa, but do I need a passport is the question because the Indian embassy has mine in its grip. I'm thinking Northern Ireland might be a good spot to go, or Scotland in case I need a passport.

As far as non-UK nationals here, it's a fascinating thing to explore: there are floods of Polish immigrants and French immigrants, among many others, who've arrived very recently. A boy who bikes around one of those little rikshaw type things just arrived from Poland two days ago, and talked with me at good length last night about his plans in the UK.

This weekend I'm catching up on some writing, thinking about whether to delve deeper in the Walthamstowe, or head off. The two things pegging me to London are: a human rights conference and a Sikh writer named Patwant Singh who I'm supposed to meet Monday, and a book party for Rajiv Chandrasekaran on Tuesday. I don't want to miss these, but I also don't want to linger in England much longer than I have to. So decisions lie ahead. Thanks for your input though; please keep it coming. It helps when there are too many options sometimes (other than the one I had planned on, of course). Enjoy the day,

Amar

JRLR:

Sorry to hear the Indian part of the journey has been delayed. I was ready to leave with you, and this! Are your contacts catching up on lost sleep, or something? As an eminent-multi-media-journalist from the Washington Post, accompanied by all of us, the faithfuls, tell them we consider you deserve a red carpet welcome now! Et plus vite que ça! Que ça saute!!...

THOUGHTS.

Why not take this opportunity to see how Europeans see America?

Here are two possibilities:

Option 1. You can arrange to travel to the "Continent" without passport and do so for a week. Let's be ambitious: How about interviewing people in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Spain, for instance? I myself recently traveled with my wife from southern France to Italy and back, by car, and there was not a soul at the borders to stop us and ask any question. I don't know how it is, leaving from good ol' insular England, but you can inquire and find out quickly.

Option 2. You arrange to meet different groups of European nationals currently living in Britain and find out what their views are on America versus Europe... and "European" Britain. I can imagine you getting help from the French at the Maison Française (Oxford) or from the French Institute in London. How about meeting Germans with the help of staff at the Goethe Institute, 50 Prince's Gate, London, SW7 2PH, UK 020 75964000(?)? And so on for nationals from other European countries. (Wish you could be at Maison des États-Unis, Cité Universitaire, boul. Jourdan, Paris; you would be surrounded by them -- but that takes us back to option 1, version 2...)

Of course two options always lead to a third, e.g. pursuing the journey in Scotland and in Ireland...

These are just thoughts, of course, but in the spirit of your project, I believe. Is it not entitled: "How the WORLD sees America"?

I'm off gardening. Glorious weather here. Wishing you same. All the best.

Regards.


JRLR:

Great Dassin's! How is that for Stereotypes?... (requires a capital S)

Amar:

Hey there,
Yeah, I couldn't find a good YouTube video for Democracy. I put on this one which features his voice, but alas, not much of the music, and then linked to a portion of his song. Can't figure out how to do it for the full piece yet.

India...man...I was supposed to leave yesterday night at 9:30pm, but the embassy threw a number of wrenches in front of me, at the last minute saying I needed to get the visa through the UK, not the U.S. because I was here, and then taking longer because I'm applying for a press visa. Long story short, I'm not leaving until next Friday, the 22nd, at 9:30pm, so for now I have to figure out what to do with myself for a week (that doesn't require a passport since mine is in the embassy). Thinking about going to Scotland, Northern England, or the southern coast of England. Thoughts?

Amar

Alex:

Bowie sang a pro-American song too, "Young American"

JRLR:

Don't we need at least one lively, enthusiastically pro-American song from France, to cheer us up?

How about Joe Dassin's "L'Amérique", once a very popular song?

Joseph Ira Dassin is another hybrid, with both French and American citizenship, sometimes said to have been "the most American of French singers"... During the McCarthy era, his family moved to Europe. He died August 20, 1980 in Papeete, Tahiti, age 41.

JRLR:

This idea of an anthology of "Songs about America" from every part of the world is most original, Amar. Assuming you keep getting more and more material, it would deserve to get "published", some day...

Here are my short comments, for what they are worth. I just hope they can be of help.

1. Your version of Desjardin's is TOP in every respect. Like it or not, one could not ask for anything better, I believe.

2. Wainwright's singing is also top, as far as I can tell. That is Wainwright himself, as he wishes to be perceived.

3. I am very disappointed, though, with the above interpretation of "Democracy". Leonard Cohen is renowned for his unique deep, cavernous voice. To do justice to his work, we would need the nearest we can find to his rendering of "Democracy" on Columbia's "The Future", CT53226, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., 1992. Only then could people find out whether they like the piece or not.

Thanks for all the work you are putting into this, Amar! I keep wondering when you find time to sleep... I imagine you have learned to sleep on command.

When are you leaving for India?

Take care.

Amar:

That's quite a find with Les Yankees!

Amar C. Bakshi:

JRLR, Thanks for those. And thankfully we can add Leonard Cohen's Democracy, which is an intense song.

JRLR:

From Québec (Canada), "Les Yankees", Lyrics and music by Richard Desjardins, 1988.

Source: http://www.paroles.net/chansons/24079.htm

Brandon:

My thoughts:

Non-American:
Neil Young - Keep On Rocking in the Free World

Americans:
James Brown - Living in America
John Mellencap - Pink Houses (Ain't That America)
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Counting Crows - American Girls
Tom Petty - American Girl
Green Day - American Idiot

JRLR:

Rufus Wainwright, "Going to a Town". The man is borderline... "a Canadian-American singer-songwriter."

Source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufus_Wainwright)

Anonymous:

Actually he is foreign; he's Canadian. So it would fit with the theme.

Anonymous:

Know he's not foreign, but I think Leonard Cohen's Democracy is a good one too.

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