[22 February 2010]
PopMatters Contributing Editor
Nona Hendryx illustrates just how much mightier the word is than the sword in “The Ballad of Rush Limbaugh”, her response to the right-wing pundit’s remarks in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti. “I’ve been so pissed off with Rush Limbaugh (for a long time) and his insensitive, racist commentary,” she says. “The final straw was his ill chosen or mean/hateful comments about American relief efforts for Haiti. So instead of just fuming and ranting myself, I wrote a song.” Felicia Collins, the guitarist for David Letterman’s house band, joins Hendryx on guitar.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter-funk rock innovator concocts some memorable couplets. “You chose your airwaves to spread your disease,” Hendryx hisses, “To kick the people already down on their knees.” Count how many dart holes puncture Limbaugh’s smug visage.
Listeners can visit CD Baby or iTunes to download the song. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF.