Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1975: Nostalgic for Give 'em Hell, Harry

Harry Truman wasn’t just a man who lived in the White House during the 1950s. Harry Truman is the name of a song that can be found on Chicago’s album, Chicago VIII.

The song was written following Watergate and the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The song’s lyrics, penned by Robert Lamm, recall a time when America trusted their president.

Here are the lyrics:

America needs you
Harry Truman
Harry could you please come home
Things are looking bad
I know you would be mad
To see what kind of men
Prevail upon the land you love

America's wondering
How we got here
Harry all we get is lies
We're gettin' safer cars
Rocket ships to mars
From men who'd sell us out
To get themselves a piece of power


We'd love to hear you speak your mind
In plain and simple ways
Call a spade a spade
Like you did back in the day
You would play piano
Each morning walk a mile
Speak of what was going down
Eith honesty and style

America's calling
Harry Truman
Harry you know what to do
The world is turnin' round and losin' lots of ground
Oh Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love
Oh woah woah woah

America's calling
Harry Truman
Harry you know what to do
The world is turnin' round
And losin' lots of ground
So Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love

Oh
Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love
Harry
Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love

1975 saw a wave of nostalgia as Americans came to grips with the Watergate effect. The following video appeared on a nightly newscast on April 13, 1975. You can hear snippets of the song played throughout.

1 comment:

franceshunter said...

It was interesting how Truman's rehabilitation happened in the 1970s. When he left office, Truman was very unpopular and derided, probably worse even than Jimmy Carter. People felt free to say just about anything about Truman. Even my dad, who was a Republican, remembers being taken aback in a bar when a stranger spontaneously blew the foam off his mug and said, "Look, a Truman beer -- no head."

But compared to what came after, and especially LBJ and Nixon, Truman's stock rose dramatically because of his honesty, and it's remained high ever since.

Thanks for reminding me of the song! Now it will be on my mind all day, esp. after yesterday's "State of the Union."