Blue State, Red County
This is another one I'm having trouble titling by the way. It seems like "In Your Little Liberal Oasis" is the more prominent hook, but I feel like it's too confrontational of a title and the song's not meant to be *that* confrontational.
I will say I'm quite proud of myself for my first 50/90 because not only have I finally, for the first time in my life, turned off my inner editor telling me lyrics and melodies aren't good enough (which has actually enabled me to be more creative and improve my writing significantly!) but I've also turned off my inner editor telling me when I might offend people. So I hope this doesn't offend anyone who proudly lives in a liberal oasis, but I am enjoying being able to write about whatever I want and not worry about who will and won't like it until I decide if I want to release it more publicly.
I had this pretty simple idea a long time ago. You do hear a lot about these liberal cities or college towns in red states, that's fairly common. But I'm the opposite. I live in New Jersey, a blue state, but in a county that has a lot of uneducated people and even people you could call rednecks, and tends to be consistently Republican (though due to blatant gerrymandering I recently got a Democratic Congresswoman, so that was weird for me). You never hear about red counties in blue states, so I thought it would make an interesting song. I was going to make it more about my experiences here and the emotions that go along with it. Then as I was writing it, as you can see it turned more into a bit of a diatribe against insularity. It's not that I wouldn't enjoy a world where everyone shared my most important values, it's just that it's not real, and I think it's better to be aware of reality, giving you an opportunity to work with it, than to shut it all out and convince yourself that things are better than they are. I've met a lot of people who live in these oases and believe that about 90% of the country thinks like them and that the media exaggerates conservativism - but it's not true, the country is 50-60% liberal (including center left and social liberals) at best; you're just looking at a skewed sample, and that doesn't help anyone.
In your little liberal oasis, in the center of some great city
White men in immaculate suits don't get mildly offensive in uneducated accents
Looking around for support with excessive confidence, and almost always getting it
In your little liberal oasis, you host a vegan potluck for friendsgiving
No family gatherings of several dozen who won't even eat potatoes with dairy free margarine
And if you try to bake them cookies without eggs they say, I knew I tasted something fishy
I gotta take a 20 minute bus ride to the city
To find a group of people who think like me
While you're half a dozen miles from bumping up against the opposition
And you never had a need for a car, so you're never gonna find it
All insulated in your red state, blue county
While I'm suffocating in my blue state, red county
In your little liberal oasis, you're always patting each other on the backside
Everybody knows that everybody else is never gonna falter and they're always gonna be right
You never wonder if you're in an echo chamber, you're so sure most of the country thinks alike
In your little liberal oasis, you've left yourself no room to create change
There'll never be a martyr or a sacrifice when you're so focused on restricting conversations
And it's hard to influence someone's mind when you've never even met, and you can't understand them anyway
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