In hopes of getting away from the drama of the presidential election, I switched to the CD that had been living in my car, unplayed for several years. Great song from 1992: 10,000 Maniacs, “Candy Everybody Wants.” I don’t remember listening to the lyrics before, but heard them this time.
If lust and hate is the candy,
If blood and love taste so sweet,
Then we give ’em what they want.
So their eyes are growing hazy,
‘Cause they wanna turn it on,
So their minds are soft and lazy,
Well, hey, give ’em what they want.
I can’t pretend to know a voter’s motivation, but if we are guided by social media without confirming the legitimacy or veracity of the narratives we’re fed, we follow a pretty bleak path, lured by the most captivating vitriol, shiny objects or candy.