Ben Folds and Nick Hornby Write "Levi Johnston's Blues"

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Sept. 29 2010 2:10 PM

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby Write "Levi Johnston's Blues"

Everybody who assumed that "Dancing With the Stars" would be the ne plus ultra of Palin culture, settle down. You have not yet heard Lonely Avenue , the new collaboration between author Nick Hornby and musician Ben Folds. Track three is "Levi Johnston's Blues," a song Folds has been playing for about a year, and these are the lyrics.

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

CHORUS:
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

CHORUS

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Johnston keeps getting the fame clock set back to 14:59, doesn't he? Audio:

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.