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Hark the Harold
Released January 31, 2011
Recorded December 27, 2010-January 29, 2011
Genre Post-Punk, Political Rock
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"Hark the Harold" is a song written by Austin Scholl and Mike Scholl, recorded under Austin's alias ThornBrain. It was released on his debut album, BlackholeWhitespace. It was the last song on the album to be recorded, and it is MrVorhias' favourite song on the album.

About

The song is a venomous attack on a dishonest, corrupt, religious-establishment government. The song's title is a pun on the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"; "Harold" is a metaphorical politician who enters Washington DC ("Another angel come to you") with the intent of causing further damage to the country's laws, scientific studies and education. The song also directly references Sarah Palin and her attempts to use her son Trig, who has Down's Syndrome, as a political tool, despite her efforts to stop scientific studies that could benefit Trig ("Why are there flies in here/They couldn't heal my mongoloid"). This lyric is also a reference to a later song on the album, "Count All the Flies in My House".

The bridge of the song is lifted from a Mike Scholl song, "Leap of Faith", with an alternate second line by Austin and a slight shuffling. "Leap of Faith" follows a similar theme to "Hark the Harold", talking about Mike's dubiousness towards electing a President every four years, later finding they're not who you were hoping they'd be and they've followed through on none of their promises ("Is it hypocritical/Or am I being cynical/To vote my conscience for the year/Then wish the bastard outta here").

Lyrics

Hark the harold, Washington
Another angel come to you
He wants a piece of everyone
And make a mess no matter what you do

Smiling like a frozen man
It's true when they said it would stay
He represents you like a tick
Though sometimes it's the better way

An empty head and an active mouth
American as a shot in the eye
The quality is there
The quality is there
Asked for it when we put our fates in the
Hands of people made of rats
The quality is there
But not where I need it

"Hail Mary", he once said
Ideals only fit when relevant
He's gotta pray in school,
'Cause he knows he's gonna need it

Look at all these clever minds
Check it where it says "destroyed"
Why are there flies in here
They couldn't heal my mongoloid

An empty head and an active mouth
American as a shot in the eye
The quality is there
The quality is there
Asked for it when we put our fates in the
Hands of people made of rats
The quality is there
But not where I need it

But not where I need it
But not where I need it

When they get the winning hand
The candidate becomes a man
Wears 'round their necks their secret locks
But the one who lies is the one who walks
Now is it hypocritical
Or am I being cynical
To vote my conscience for the year
Then wish the bastard outta here

Hark the Harold, Washington
Another angel come to you
He wants a piece of everyone
He's already had one or two

An empty head and an active mouth
American as a shot in the eye
The quality is there
The quality is there
Asked for it when we put our fates in the
Hands of people made of rats
The quality is there
But not where I need it

But not where I need it

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