Shuffle: The Envoy


Shuffle is a regular feature used to discuss songs that come up in my ipod on shuffle mode, or songs that I will take poetic license to say I did because I feel like writing about them.

Sure, Warren Zevon’s “The Envoy” is a macho fantasy. Right, it locates all the danger of the world in either El Salvador or, mostly, in that area between Egypt and India, although at least it doesn’t exempt Israel from blame. But it does recall a time in U.S. foreign policy when diplomacy was at least something tangible enough to make conceptual jokes about — and this was the Reagan era.

Sort of like the way Randy Newman’s “Political Science” was a silly joke in 1972 (and 1983, when I first heard it) but has more recently turned into prophecy.


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