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Kip W

Perhaps a more appropriate song for Melania would be "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage."

Sean Martin

I really feel sorry for her: an arranged marriage so her daddy could get a cushy little business deal with Cheeto, a (possibly, but likely) autistic son that Cheeto wants nothing to do with, the very distinct possibility that he forced her into an iron-clad pre-nup... and of course, all people can talk about is her former life as a sex worker. They represent the adage that such folks are whacking off with the left hand while pointing a finger with the right.

Kathleen E Donnelly

Kip W - I agree that Melania is a bird in a gilded cage, a sweet and tragic song my grandmother sang to me almost 80 years ago.
It's becoming clear to all that the intention of this administration and its billionaire backers is to create an all white nation. What no one realizes is that there will still be stoop labor and dead-end minimum wage jobs, all of which work will be done by white people. We'll be a country of serfs; perhaps we'll even be offered the option of slavery.

Kip W

"A Bird in a Gilded Cage," which I first heard as a recurring motive on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club in the 60s, is one of the songs I used to play when I had a regular piano slot at one or two rest homes. I sometimes wondered how the audience took the song: Did they cheer for the rich old man? (Probably overthinking it.)

Mike Peterson

I'm more inclined, in this case, towards "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," which is more of a challenge: "But you say I should be happy with your money and your fame, and hide myself in sorrow while you play your cheating game."

But my choice of Desolation Row is that Cinderella doesn't apologize or make excuses or whine. She does what she can with the cards she drew.

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