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Listen to "Levi Johnston's Blues" Off Ben Folds, Nick Hornby's "Lonely Avenue"

  • Friday, July 16, 2010
    Listen to "Levi Johnston's Blues" Off Ben Folds, Nick Hornby's "Lonely Avenue"

    Bristol Palin, the 19-year-old daughter of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has announced in the latest issue of Us Weekly that she and Levi Johnston, the father of her son, Tripp, have reunited and are now engaged. Though the couple's parents had not yet given their blessing to the marriage by the time of the article's publication, Sarah and Todd Palin have since released a statement, saying: “Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what’s best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.”

    Coincidentally, this latest news of the happy coupling comes on the heels of the forthcoming Nonesuch release of the Ben Folds and Nick Hornby collaborative album Lonely Avenue, which features the track "Levi Johnston's Blues." It was the first song the two wrote together for the project. Folds recently recalled: "After watching the Republican National Convention the rest of us were thinking, ‘holy shit that woman could be president,’ but Nick was thinking, ‘holy shit, this poor guy’s got to marry the daughter.’" Some of the song's lyrics (including its "redneck" references) are quoted directly from Johnston's now defunct MySpace page. The Huffington Post, which premiered the track earlier today, describes Lonely Avenue as "one of the most interesting collaborations of the year."

    You can listen to the resulting album track here and read the complete lyrics below:

    LEVI JOHNSTON’S BLUES

    Woke up this morning, what do I see?
    Three thousand cameras, pointing at me
    Dude says, You Levi? I’m like, Yes, that’s me, sir!
    “Well, you’ve knocked up the VP nominee’s daughter”

    So I tell him, No, you got it wrong, mister,
    Already with a girl, and her name’s Bristol"
    They all laugh and say, Where you been, sonny?
    Your mother-in-law’s a heartbeat from the presidency

    I say, Mother-in-law? No, we ain’t getting married
    They say, You will be soon, boy, she just announced it
    I get on my dirt bike, ride to my girl’s home
    I’m gonna lay down the law, tell her what’s going on

    I’m a fuckin’ redneck, I live to hang out with the boys
    Play some hockey, do some fishing, kill some moose
    I like to shoot the shit and do some chillin’, I guess
    Ya fuck with me and I’ll kick your ass

    So we talk and it turns out we don’t believe in abortion
    And sex outside marriage is against our religion
    And when I try to tell them I’m eighteen years old
    They say, Levi, it’s too late, you gotta do as you’re told

    I’m a fuckin’ redneck, I live to hang out with the boys
    Get on my snowboard, do some fishing, kill some moose
    I like to shoot the shit and do some chillin’, I guess
    Ya fuck with me and I’ll kick your ass

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on July 14, 2010 - 4:48pm
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News of the engagement of Bristol Palin (Sarah Palin's daughter) and Levi Johnston comes on the heels of the forthcoming Nonesuch release of the Ben Folds and Nick Hornby album Lonely Avenue, featuring the track "Levi Johnston's Blues," which Folds and Hornby were inspired to write after the young couple's introduction to the world at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The Huffington Post calls Lonely Avenue "one of the most interesting collaborations of the year." Listen to the album track and read the lyrics here.

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Bristol Palin, the 19-year-old daughter of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has announced in the latest issue of Us Weekly that she and Levi Johnston, the father of her son, Tripp, have reunited and are now engaged. Though the couple's parents had not yet given their blessing to the marriage by the time of the article's publication, Sarah and Todd Palin have since released a statement, saying: “Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what’s best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.”

Coincidentally, this latest news of the happy coupling comes on the heels of the forthcoming Nonesuch release of the Ben Folds and Nick Hornby collaborative album Lonely Avenue, which features the track "Levi Johnston's Blues." It was the first song the two wrote together for the project. Folds recently recalled: "After watching the Republican National Convention the rest of us were thinking, ‘holy shit that woman could be president,’ but Nick was thinking, ‘holy shit, this poor guy’s got to marry the daughter.’" Some of the song's lyrics (including its "redneck" references) are quoted directly from Johnston's now defunct MySpace page. The Huffington Post, which premiered the track earlier today, describes Lonely Avenue as "one of the most interesting collaborations of the year."

You can listen to the resulting album track here and read the complete lyrics below:

LEVI JOHNSTON’S BLUES

Woke up this morning, what do I see?
Three thousand cameras, pointing at me
Dude says, You Levi? I’m like, Yes, that’s me, sir!
“Well, you’ve knocked up the VP nominee’s daughter”

So I tell him, No, you got it wrong, mister,
Already with a girl, and her name’s Bristol"
They all laugh and say, Where you been, sonny?
Your mother-in-law’s a heartbeat from the presidency

I say, Mother-in-law? No, we ain’t getting married
They say, You will be soon, boy, she just announced it
I get on my dirt bike, ride to my girl’s home
I’m gonna lay down the law, tell her what’s going on

I’m a fuckin’ redneck, I live to hang out with the boys
Play some hockey, do some fishing, kill some moose
I like to shoot the shit and do some chillin’, I guess
Ya fuck with me and I’ll kick your ass

So we talk and it turns out we don’t believe in abortion
And sex outside marriage is against our religion
And when I try to tell them I’m eighteen years old
They say, Levi, it’s too late, you gotta do as you’re told

I’m a fuckin’ redneck, I live to hang out with the boys
Get on my snowboard, do some fishing, kill some moose
I like to shoot the shit and do some chillin’, I guess
Ya fuck with me and I’ll kick your ass

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Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:00
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Us Weekly: Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston

Comments

This is hilarious. Typical Ben Folds.

Ben Folds is THE MAN. Can't wait for the new album...

humorous music ben.. now.. let us know when you write something worth listening to. the last thing I wanna hear is a song about someone who is dating Sarah Palins daughter.

AHHHHH...This song is too catchy! Noooo! But I like it, but the catchy-ness!

There's more where that came from: you can now listen to the new album single, "From Above," on the album page for both the standard CD or LP of Lonely Avenue and the deluxe edition. Enjoy!

The amount of musical talent that this song displays is unbelievable. Ben Folds truly is a master of his art.

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