The Sarah Palin Battle Hymn

[Video Link], Written by Tom Dempsey, sung by Gary Mcvay.

Hold me. Hold me tight, internet.

(Brought to our attention by Boing Boing commenter Edward Lewis/sharpshooteraa, thanks, Antinous)


  1. “And when she gets to Washington, it’ll be cold as hell”
    So I assume they mean that hell would have to freeze over for that to happen.

  2. ‘When she gets to Washington, it’ll be cold as hell.’

    Another way of saying ‘When Hell freezes over’?

    1. This is exactly right, revoke the tax status of this church.
      The IRS needs to step up and put an end to the use of religous tax free status to spread political messages.

      It’s their right to argue for the messages, even political, but not using a church’s tax free classification as their base of operations!

  3. Wasn’t this inevitable with a (gulp!) black man in the white house?

    I mean, are you the least bit surprised?

  4. I can’t believe they would say the word “hell” like slang IN church. That is unacceptable. I agree with Bluebottle! They’ve turned their pulpit into a political forum and should not have any exempt status.

  5. I used to think that President Bartlet was the main fantasy of the West Wing – turns out it was actually Arnie Vinick.

    I’m looking forward to a time when Palin is just a political footnote, remembered for an old man’s brain fart in 2008.

  6. “Sarah has the wisdom to walk through an open door”

    So she not smart enough to open a closed one then?

    Thought not.

  7. Needs more cowbell.

    Seriously, the delivery lacks something – it didn’t sound as if their hearts were really in it. Prolly ’cause they don’t have any.

      1. I concour. They both have good pipes. He’s got the kind of voice that could really get down and rassle with “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” or “Bringing in the Sheaves”. Needs trombone, however. Karaoke machines have wounded hometown gospel. I don’t care if Helen’s kid can’t play the piano worth a hoot.

  8. To quote Thomas Frank, “Let your snake flag fly.”

    I have to admit I still prefer the McCain Girls singing “It’s Raining McCain.” Boy they stole the spotlight right off that Obama Girl.

  9. I’m still thrown by the hat… call me old fashioned but the last time I stepped foot into a church a decade or two ago, gentlemen took off their hats as a sign of respect. Guess redneck churches that dabble in politics have a whole different set of social rules.

    And definitely needs more cowbell.

  10. I agree that the quicker we can make Palin a footnote the better but would like to point out that many Churches open the microphone to people in the congregation. This wasn’t an “official” pronouncement from a member of the clergy as far as I can tell. It might even be from a church talent show.

    I at least hope there aren’t any churches where a duck hunting hat is something a clergyman would wear.

  11. So they think they’re being real cute and clever with “Sarah Palin’s coming south to hunt some skunk”, what with skunks being black and white.

  12. Wow! Remember when the wingnuts and Fox News went apoplectic about a bunch of kids singing a song about Obama? But apparently a whole song about Palin leading the army of God to sweep aside everyone who disagrees with her is just awesome!

    Also too “I’d like to dedicate this song to the Tea Party and all the Patriots. Now where’s my Metamucil?”

    1. I had never seen the obama kids singing. It’s cute, but I kind of disagree with any kids singing in favor of any politician in a public forum. I don’t think kids know enough about politics to make a statement like that, and whether they’re singing for the Tea Party or Obama, it sort of makes me think of brainwashing. And I like Obama, so I think this applies anywhere. Adults on the other hand can (as shown by the example above) make themselves look foolish as often or as intensely as they want, and we know they’re doing it to themselves. So they’ve got the right.

    1. I’m always amazed at people who reply to articles they dislike in a FREE site, telling editorial staff what content to post.

      1. The “you can’t complain because it’s free” argument is bullshit. I complain because I care. I want this site to be good. Most of the time it is. I don’t like everything that gets posted here. That’s normal. Everyone has different tastes and different points of view. I just don’t want this site to fall into a myopic rut.

        1. So complaining about what someone posts on their own blog is cool, but complaining about the complainers is stepping over the line. Got it.

        2. “I just don’t want this site to fall into a myopic rut.”

          I totally agree. There was one post about Sarah in the 41 posts currently on the front page. And in total there were about five whole posts about her since December 1st of last year, out of something like 700 posts. 5 out of 700! This site’s Palin mad!!!

  13. I heard it as “cold as hail”–rhymes with “jail” in the song.
    =not sacreligious.

    I love the spoken word part.

  14. I really don’t think his voice is the big one doing the singing.

    I think they’re singing over a recording – and his voice is the weak one – similar to how he sounds at the end, when he dedicates.

    If this is the case – where’s the original?

  15. As far as I know all southern churches end their gospel sing alongs with “I’d like to thank tea parties, patriots, and flags with snakes on them.”

  16. Ive often wondered about the actual legality of churches tax exempt status regarding political activity. After reading what the irs has to say about it they do seem to investigate alot of churches for this but actually revoke very little.

    “For the 2006 election cycle, the IRS received 237 referals and selected 100 (44 churches, 56 nonchurches) for examination. More than half of these cases are still under investigation. However, the IRS did substantiate improper political activity in 26 cases and issued written advisories. So far, there are no revocation recommendations.”

  17. I like that he took time during the guitar solo to direct a taxi-ing jumbo jet to its proper gate.

    I think they are on safe ground re their tax exempt status because Ms. Palin isn’t a political candidate now and never will be. The real shock to their system will be if they realize Palin has just been leading them on to sell her books and that instead of running for Pres in 2012 she will just take the money and run.

  18. I watched the whole thing. And, as a result, not only can I feel my precious gray matter dribbling out my sinuses and down the back of my throat, I genuinely feel sorry for these people. How ignorant and lost and fist-clenchingly desperate must people be to look to Sarah Palin for a sense of intellectual direction?

    I hope they make a video when the other foot falls and they realize how they’ve allowed her to hijack their ignorance and fear for her own financial and egotistical gains. That’s the sort of betrayal that could lead to a Jonestown-level die-off of “True Believers.” Palin can’t keep this act up for long, and it’s got to be monumentally tiring for her constantly tossing out her common sense and innate human goodness so as to play the perpetual victimized contrarian feeding off the people’s petty fears and hatreds.

    Eventually, the cameras will stop rolling on the Palin circus, and she will be reduced to doing little more than inciting the crowd at white supremacist gatherings since that’s the only audience whose ignorance and hatred she’s familiar with.

  19. I’m not sure what I’m hearing, but I wonder if these two aren’t singing along with a recording? There’s definitely three voices… one good, one middling, and one not so good. I’m thinking the not-so-good one is the man on the right of the screen, who’s sort of talking along with the recording?

    1. Naw, the extra voices you’re hearing are coming from the celestial angels standing at the two mike stands in the back.

      Wait… whaddaya mean, you can’t see them? They’re right there, fully visible in all their mindblowing glory to those who believe, and who demonstrate their belief by contributing now to SarahPAC.

  20. This is a measure of the anger of the American people. The justifiable anger. And how Palin has managed to co-opt that anger and get support from those who feel it. The song was well done and could be stirring if I didn’t hate Palin so much. But this is the failing of the left, that we have let the erosion of our freedoms go unaddressed, let Obama and the Democrats crap out on everything they promised to do to restore those freedoms. Either Palin or someone else will use that anger to finish our transformation to fascism and we will only have the Democrats and ourselves to blame. “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” That is Palin to a tee. But don’t blame her. Blame us.

    1. Sorry, let’s be clear, it is a “failing” of the Democrats. The political spectrum is sufficiently broad that we can stop referring to the Democratic Party as “leftist”.

      I think you are right though, some responsibility rests with voters. As long as you keep voting for people who don’t represent your interests, you’ll probably end up with officials who don’t represent your interests.

  21. Now, look. I’m hardly a big Sarah Palin fan. But showing a couple of ignorant Southerners sing a goofy song, and characterizing it as typical of ANY group, is ridiculous.

    If you wanted to see people acting ridiculously, you should have tuned into the #teaparty Twitter channel after the Loughner shooting. The number of “lefties” incoherently screaming for blood was quite literally astounding. It almost made me ashamed to be a member of the human race.

    1. And there it is. Wondering when that comment would rear its head.

      Something about concern? A concern something…

    2. If you wanted to see people acting ridiculously, you should have tuned into the #teaparty Twitter channel after the Loughner shooting. The number of “lefties” incoherently screaming for blood was quite literally astounding.

      I looked, but I couldn’t find all these countless examples of “lefties incoherently screaming for blood.” But I guess when it’s something being said by someone you disagree with, it immediately becomes “incoherent screaming.”

  22. Ok, everybody. Let’s go out on a high note and make this the last Sarah Palin Boing Boing Post of 2011. Xeni, please…. please… For the love of…. anything. Help us put this sad chapter behind us and stop obsessing.

    We need an S.P. Moratorium immediately. All who agree, please let your voices be heard!

    1. Agree. This blog is supposed to be about bananas, isn’t it? Why are there so many non-banana posts? Just look at them all!

        1. I´ll see your banana and raise you three unicorns:

          …that didn’t come out quite the way I ment it.

    2. I second. Maybe they just need to get really drunk together and make out a little bit.

      Also – the guy wasn’t half bad. Does Willie Nelson need an opener?

  23. Oh, for Pete’s sake. These people are really talented and give a stirring performance. The song gets its effectiveness from their professionalism and from the history of the tune it swiped, but, y’know, it actually works: I can see a giant Sarah Palin, in a red designer suit, sweeping over this land like the 50-foot woman, stooping here and there to pick up a tiny Democrat or two and shake him.

    It’s not aimed at you young city folk. Those who sneer at mind-manipulation are doomed to experience it.

    What really interests me is that the tune is the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Not the Battle Hymn of the Confederacy. What’s *that* about?

  24. By the end of the first 12 bars, all I could think…

    Jayne, the man they call Jayne

    He robbed from the rich
    And he gave to the poor
    Stood up to the man
    And gave him what for
    Our love for him now
    Ain’t hard to explain
    The hero of Canton
    The man they call Jayne

    Our Jayne saw the mudders’ backs breakin’
    He saw the mudders’ lament
    And he saw the magistrate takin’
    Every dollar and leavin’ five cents
    So he said “you can’t do that to my people”
    He said “you can’t crush them under your heel”
    So Jayne strapped on his hat
    And in 5 seconds flat
    Stole everythin’ Boss Higgins had to steal

    He robbed from the rich
    And he gave to the poor
    Stood up to the man
    And gave him what for
    Our love for him now
    Ain’t hard to explain
    The hero of Canton
    The man they call Jayne

    Now here is what separates heroes
    From common folk like you and I
    The man they call Jayne
    He turned ’round his plane
    And let that money hit sky
    He dropped it onto our houses
    He dropped it into our yards
    The man they called Jayne
    He stole away our pain
    And headed out for the stars

    He robbed from the rich
    And he gave to the poor
    Stood up to the man
    And gave him what for
    Our love for him now
    Ain’t hard to explain
    The hero of Canton
    The man they call Jayne.

  25. Disgusting pervesion of what church is intended for.

    If you believe in God, I’m sure you can imagine how pleased he would be at the politics at this supposed place of worship.

  26. Withstanding the politics as an aside, there is something weird about that audio.

    There is a an awesome country singer at the heart of the song, ala old school country, merle haggard and such, but I dont believe it is the guy at the podium, he has a poor voice and can occasionally be heard mixing in.

    Is there a new auotune technology that can take a midland poor voice and translate it to the country singer voice with a barely second lag? I know technologically thats not far off, but its just not all there there so to speak, something is amiss.


  27. Right wing Christians have a delusional fixation on the Battle Hymn of the Republic, because it depicts God’s righteous wrath poured out through armed human intervention. But they are not very good students of their own Scripture, because God’s righteous wrath is poured out not on the poor, but on the rich- James 5:3,4 “Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! (4) Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outrcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth…”

    Another departure from Biblical theology is their treatment of illegal aliens. The Bible has no such concept of an “illegal” alien- instead, that aliens are to be loved and fed and provided for- Deuteronomy 10:18,19 He (God) executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing, so show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” It seems that American right wing Evangelicals and Israeli Jews alike have this interesting disagreement with the God they claim to serve.

    This may seem off-topic, but we are talking presumably about the spirituality and politics of the Tea Party.

    1. It seems that American right wing Evangelicals and Israeli Jews alike have this interesting disagreement with the God they claim to serve.

      Israeli Jews are no more of a monolithic political entity than “Americans”. We both have horrible governments. We both have extremist religious nuts who have political power in disproportion to their numbers. Lots of people in both countries are appalled by what’s done it their name.

  28. This site is going a little Jared Loughner with it’s obsession of Sarah Palin.

    …What?… too soon?

  29. Now that this gentleman’s heavenly voice has been discovered, he can be hired by sports teams and purveyors of fine cheese food spreads, get involved in a domestic dispute and go into rehab. The American dream lives on.

  30. Ok, I am a libertarian/conservative gun nut and this makes even me lmfao. Who exactly is she going to put in Jail? What happened to due process?

    1. Well… it’s pretty easy to be put in jail. STAYING there is another issue ;o)

      Was this actually in a church? I am betting it’s Baptist.

  31. Let me repeat – here is the answer

    The song is a recording sung by Gary McKay, who runs a gospel recording studio and does demos for customers. He has evidently sung and played the instruments to lyrics composed by this pair, one of whom is presumably Tom Dempsey.

    Here is the link to McVay’s studio

    McVay has a good voice.

    The guy at the lectern, presumably Tom Dempsey, is miming to it, hence the echo in the speaking part.

    The woman may be singing for real.

    1. Thanks, Anon/ThatBozGuy. You figured it out. I followed McVay’s trail to his website, but got confused when he didn’t look anything like the singer. I’d make a lousy spy.

  32. Complete and utter proof why the saying of ‘wise old men’ is just bunk. They’re just a bunch of crazy whoots – g/b/America!

  33. I got maybe half way through before realizing this wasn’t a sarcastic joke on the tea party. it was then i also thought that maybe the cold as hell line was not referring to the inferno.

  34. Listen to all you elitists! With all your fancy “irony” and snotty “insight”. You just wait till the sons of the revolution with their grizzly mothers come to Washington with their chopped up snakes and constitutional firearms to take America BACK!

    Don’t forget: “Rogue is Inuit for ‘ignorant'”

  35. Sarah Palin is America’s answer to Влади́мир Жирино́вский
    (Vladimir Zhirinovsky).

  36. when I see things like this I wonder why I’m pro life
    MeatHeadLou 13 seconds ago (Youtube Comment)

    Apart from the pro-life part, we are on the same page my meat-headed friend!

    Hey. Rednecks… You know how stupid this makes you look? If you did I don’t suppose you wouldn’t have uploaded it to Youtube. I thought we had to choose between a giant douche and a turd sandwich, but a giant douche IN a turd sandwich? Unheard of!

  37. Ughh. Please no more Sarah Palin posts. The fact that anyone still pays attention to that woman is just downright disturbing to me.

    However, it is still less disturbing than this gem…

  38. that was beautiful!
    i like to sing “billy shears” in harmony with the final “marches on”.
    i think they should mix that in as it adds a missing something.

  39. We can’t stop making fun of Palin until America in general is utterly bored of her shit, and she fades away.

    still and all…someone with a better editing suite than I’ve access to really needs to remix this using Sarah Palins Breath Libel as a beat box rhythm section.

  40. I am really, really, really scared that I just saw Darwins thoery proved wrong..

    Hold me Xeni, I’m frightened. Make the badness go away..

    1. I know, right? Ugh. Blog comments are this decade’s version of the Two Minutes’ Hate. No matter the political alignment, there are a whole lot of haters out there.

  41. Allright people!…this is still America and these good proud God-Fearin’ folks have every right to…Wait..I think I just threw up in my mouth a little……….

    God PLEASE save us from people like this……….

  42. The wisdom to walk through an open door.

    I think they teach that wisdom in pre-school. You know, instead of all her dumb-a$$ colleagues who keep trying to walk through brick walls?

  43. So, does the old white guy know that its common practice to never wear a hat indoors? Its traditionally considered very rude for a man to wear a hat, let alone a camo hunting hat.

  44. Meh. Old folks with obvious health problems. Jebus will take them home soon, or would, if such things were real.

  45. That man’s got quite a voice for country music. See if Nashville co-opts him. Even ignoring the message, the song-writing is mediocre at best.

  46. This was very good. Sarah Palin is such an idiot, I do not understand why anyone listens to her or gives her any credibility.

  47. Man would you just look at what our ole people have become…
    I just so embarrassed for them … “she going south to hunt some skunk” What kind of metaphor is that suppose to be??? As a Southern man me so sad now…And YES more cow bell please

  48. Like many, I was shocked at this old-timer’s beautiful tennor. Look carefully and you will see that he is lip sinking. Cut back on the cigarettes, pops.

  49. It’s not that Tea Party supporters are uneducated bigots, it’s that uneducated bigots tend to support the Tea Party.

  50. I cannot believe that these folks actually performed this song in a church and he was wearing his hat inside. The folks should be ashamed as well as the church itself.

  51. The nice voice does not belong to the gentleman in the video. Also, I see nothing to suggest that this is taking place in a church. The large book lying open in front of the podium could be a Bible, or it could be a dictionary, or it could be a New York City telephone directory from 1952.

    1. That is a church. What do you suppose that beam on the wall is? It is of course the bottom of an idol otherwise known as a cross. Also, if the book is a dictionary, or phone book, then why is it mounted on a holder, and why is there a fancy cloth on the table? Don’t be so blind. Just admit that this is another wannabe Christian group.

  52. Finding the true religion is simply a proceed of elimination. This Church obviously does not worship the God of the Bible. They put their faith in Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party, not in God. Actions like this by so-called “Christians”, is why so many today laugh and scoff at religion. What a shame.

  53. Palin, like her republican/teaparty/right wing radical crackpot counterparts, is incapable of being honest about anything and relies solely on the ignorant,to maintain support. Anyone who does any fact checking, and independent research will understand that she does not have the best interests of the citizens of this country at heart, but supports the interests of her corporate supporters.

  54. point 1. yes. it’s a no-no to advocate for a political candidate in a church with tax exempt status. IANAL, but i think they might be able to get away with it ’cause palin’s not currently a candidate. it’s still a bit tacky though.

    point 2. if you substituted in your favorite lyrics, this would be an awesome song. i’m not really a fan of the BHotR, but i like what they did with it here. well played!

    point 3. these people are our neighbors, relatives and co-workers; let’s show some respect for them as people, despite the fact we have political disagreements with them.

    and to expound on point 3 a bit… i have several relatives who would probably be the first to join in and yell a couple “amen, brothers! let’s send the collectivist democrats to hell where they can’t get my family’s cash!”

    some days i would really love to hate them and think of them as graceless idiots bereft of the moral impulse $DIET{Y|IES} gave the common dung beetle. it would be a lot simpler.

    sadly though, they’re complicated people, with (IMO) some pretty weird priorities when it comes to public spending. but i love them nonetheless. to them i’m no doubt the spawn of satan incarnate; a queer divorced mother who denies the second coming. but i get some pretty good love from most of them, most of the time.

    it’s easy to laugh at situations (and people) like this cause we think they’re so insanely bone-headed as to care one whit for a woman who’s outstanding intellectual achievement is the ability to apply cosmetics properly in the morning.

    but as right thinking liberals (i’m assuming we’re all liberals or fellow travelers) we may want to try to ask why lots of peeps out there seem to us to be advocating public policies that seem counter to their self interests.

    my relatives and conservative friends are nothing if not dreamers, in a sense. they yearn for a world that makes sense; not so much in a physics sort of way, but in an idealistic “the world is supposed to work this way” kind of way. the american dream has always been something like “work hard for long enough, and you’ll be rewarded with a comfy retirement and a loving family.” but i think we know, intellectually, this isn’t the way things work. the great joy of the last 150 years of american expansionism is we’ve been able to effectively ignore negative externalities.

    even better, we’ve been able to ignore other people’s realities. i don’t believe we’re on hayek’s road to serfdom, but from middle america’s perspective, we are. the american dream isn’t dying, becoming a bitchload more complicated. and if you’re brought up on jesus, america and the republican party, the last 20 years have been pretty confusing.

    so to conclude my rant, let me simply ask that rather dissing our conservative neighbors for their simplistic or self-centered ways, we engage them to understand what they’re all about. maybe stop yelling so much, even though they’re threatening to beat you up cause you’re stoned, left-leaning and gay.

    once we understand them and have established a dialog, then we can use our belgian UN soldiers in black helicopters to round them up into FEMA-run concentration camps in alaska.

    seriously though, keep it civil, peeps.

  55. I have been laughing for 10 minutes now and can’t stop! This is too funny! Let’s have this go global and show the world what Sara Palin’s fans are like. All this could possibly do is hurt her, not help her. My ears hurt!!!!! Sara Palin, you deserve every bit of this video!!!! Hahahahahah!!!!!

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