The Great American Novel

The politicians all make speeches while the news men all take note,
And they exaggerate the issues as they shove them down our throats;
Is it really up to them whether this country sinks or floats?
Well I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote.
Larry Norman penned this song that was included in his 1972 album Only Visiting This Planet. It reappeared for me as if by accident.
I only saw him in concert once, and one song intro I’ll never forget. He slung his acoustic guitar across his back and solemnly started talking about the effects of rock and roll. That music blasted at plants eventually caused the to wilt way. Headphones strapped on animals playing rock and roll drove them mad. Just about the time our young minds tried to come to terms with this, he finished with the admonition: “Please keep rock and roll away from your plants and animals,” (or something to that effect) whipped the guitar around and tore into “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music,” as much of a rocker as can be performed acoustically.
It was great.