Leavenworth Street are coming late to an issue already addressed by a number of bloggers, but we think it’s one of which all Nebraskans should be aware.
Yes, we’re talking about the musical travesty that is “I Love Nebraska” by Hastings newscaster Ginger ten Bensel.
State Senator Carroll Burling has proposed changing the state song from “Beautiful Nebraska” (which you can hear part of here, in this NPR story about the matter) to this Nashville pop-country bacon fat covered cheese fry of a ballad. Now we’re not saying this is the weightiest matter before the legislature. But it’s probably the easiest to get your head around.
Ms. ten Bensel has even made a music video that you can watch on You Tube here (we would suggest an airsickness bag if you have one handy).
Note the hawk that comes flying out of a dog kennel.
Heck, note the near complete lack of, say, Omaha…
Where’s North Omaha?
Where’s South Omaha?
Where are the meat packing plants?
Where is the CWS? Creighton? Barrett’s Barleycorn? The Q? Healthy Choice foods?
(But we digress…)
And to help us put it all in perspective is former Nebraskan Thomas Irvin, who has posted his You Tube parody version of ten Bensel’s Hee-Haw diddy.
Tom, you are a true hero.
So while Leavenworth Street may be coming to this discussion late, let it be known throughout the land:
This song sucks ass.
And if it becomes the State Song, Johnny Carson’s soul will disown Nebraska.
**Update, 8:30 AM, 2/2707**
Don’t worry, saner heads prevailed…
(The state song remains the same – LJS – 2/27/07)