It Seems We’re Living in a ‘Veep’ Episode

Although Election Day has come and gone, the election itself is still very much underway (as if 2020 wasn’t long enough). The sheer volume of early and mail-in ballots, due in large part to COVID-19 safety measures, has resulted in some delays in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina while poll workers ensure all votes are counted properly.

Currently, Joe Biden is ahead with 253 electoral votes, compared to Trump’s 216, meaning we are closing in on the 270 benchmark needed to win the presidency and with margins as razor thin as 1%, the election may hinge on just a couple thousand votes.

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As the tally slowly rolls in, things are not looking promising for the incumbent President. So, naturally, as Trump begins to see his presidency slip away, he’s returning to his comfort zone: nonsensical tweeting and attempts to discredit our democratic process. Rather than accept the results, he’s crying “fraud” in states where he was ahead prior to mail-in vote counts, like Pennsylvania and Georgia, asking that election officials “STOP THE COUNT.” Meanwhile, in states like Nevada and Arizona where the early voter turn out is leaning in his favor, Trump is asking that all votes be counted.

STOP THE COUNT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020

We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020

If it feels like you’re in a political satire TV episode, rather than real life — that’s because you are. On Twitter, people were quick to call out some feelings of deja vu, comparing current events to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ VEEP, in which… the exact same scenario was played out on screen (except then, it was funny).

THIS IS LITERALLY AN EPISODE OF VEEP https://t.co/TkNdIRCxo9 https://t.co/n5BpNwsuiZ — Alyssa hallucinated a pandemic? (@Alyssa hallucinated a pandemic?)1604548957.0
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@alyssalavacca the way veep has ended up being a reality😭 https://t.co/JEurgiX0H6 — dalia (@dalia)1604554711.0

So, while we’re all still on the edge of our seats waiting for those final states to count out their votes — here’s looking at you Nevada! — one thing’s for sure, 2020 continues to be a year of absolute clownery.

Photo via Getty/ Tayfun Coskun/ Anadolu Agency

Jay Electronica – Universal Soldier Lyrics

Play this song

[Interlude]
This is the gallant crew that rolled the big super fort
Which carried the first atomic bomb to Japan
Piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets Jr. of Miami
Carrying Navy Captain William Parsons of Chicago
Who helped design the bomb, as observer
And Major Thomas Ferebee of Mocksville, North Carolina
Who pulled the plug on Hiroshima
The B-29 dropped its load of atomic death
Which exploded with a force equal to 20,000 tons of TNT

[Intro: J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A]
Bismillah (Bismillah)
Bismillah (Bismillah)
(A’oodhu Billaahi) A’oodhu Billaahi min al-Shaytaan ir-rajeem
Bismillah (Bismillah)
Ashadu an lâ ilâha illa-llâhWa
Ashadu anna Muhammad rasûl allâh

[Verse 1: J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A]
The son of slaves, true, I started out as a peasant (Uh-uh)
That’s why I build my temple like Solomon in the desert (Uh-uh)
The Lord is my rock, I speed dial through salat
My trials in the fiery crucible made me hot
I glow like embers of coal, born with a touch of gold
My mathematical theology of rhymin’ a touch the soul
I spent many nights bent off Woodford
Clutchin’ the bowl, stuffin’ my nose
Some of the cons, I suffered for prose
My poetry’s livin’ like the God that I fall back on
And all praises due to Allah for such a illustrious platform
The teachers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s my backbone
When I spit, the children on the mothership bow on a platform
The true history of Jesus comin’ to age
I wore a ski mask and glove to the masquerade
Uh, I got the Roc on my shoulder (It’s the Roc)
Somebody should’ve told you, I’m a motherfuckin’ universal soldier

[Verse 2: JAY-Z]
Back when Emory Jones was catchin’ the fed’ charge
I knew less about Chessimar
All about Pablo Escobar
Thinkin’ I was the last one Allah would lay his blessings on
I was trying not to end up like Tony in the restaurant
Now I’m the general of the geechie army
What don’t kill us make us stronger, that’s Nietzsche on me
Hot boy like I’m B.G., that Fiji on me
We done ducked them fed’ charges, now we eatin’ confit
Le fric, c’est chic
That guilt trip ain’t gon’ work, don’t put your luggage on we
You ain’t keep the same energy for the du Pont’s and Carnegie’s
We was in your cotton fields, now we sittin’ on Bs, on me

[Outro: James Blake]
Save my soul
Save me from myself
Save my soul

N.E.R.D – Don’t Don’t Do It (Demo) lyrics

(feat. Kendrick Lamar & Frank Ocean)

[Intro: Frank Ocean]
It makes no difference in this life
Up and ups just fine
On the up and up this life
Til’ we’re down on our luck
It makes no difference in this life
Up and ups just fine (oh, you scared?)
On the up and up this life
Til’ the lift gets stuck (you scared of?)
Lifting up, lifting up
Lifting up
Coming down, coming down
Coming down (I don’t mind)
Make ’em look, make ’em look
To the sound

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
They tell you pull over, tell you get out the car
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
They wanna see your hands, tell you hold up your arms (Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it

[Verse 1: Pharrell Williams]
We were going home
Waiting for the kids
School bus to arrive
Oh, but you know, they’re gonna do it anyway
Reaching for your keys
Wait, is that your phone?
Got a TBI
Wait, is that police?
Get out for what?
I’m not your guy
(But you know, they’re gonna do it anyway)
Wife behind the trees
Tryna to tell you don’t
They’re about to fire
(They’re gonna do it anyway)

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
They’re gonna do it anyway
They’re gonna do it anyway
They’re gonna do it anyway
They’re gonna do it anyway

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
They tell you pull over, tell you get out the car
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
They wanna see your hands, tell you hold up you arms
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it

[Verse 2: Pharrell Williams]
Whoa Ferguson, oh Baltimore
Raleigh, North Carolina
But you know, they’re gonna do it anyway
Wisconsin, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cleveland, Ohio
Montgomery, Baton Rouge, Cincinnati car
Dayton, Ohio
But you know, they’re gonna do it anyway
New York, New Jersey, Phoenix, Minnesota
South Carolina
They gonna do it anyway

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
They are gonna do it anyway
They are gonna do it anyway
They are gonna do it anyway
They are gonna do it anyway

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar]
You better duck, run fast from the mania
Don’t stare, don’t laugh at the media
Brake free, press gas when it enter ya’
Don’t let it go bad when he ante up
Highway, get out the way
Black man do your great escape
Pac-man wanna prosecute you
Raise your hand up, and they’ll shoot ya’
Face off, face off Adolf Hitler
Grandkids slayed off
Niggas, same rules, same chalk
Different decade, same law
Keep focus, you wanna get caught with your eyes open
You wanna stay clear of the prognosis
Pride provoked him, watch demotion
Watch em’ close enough
Don’t let the holster break or roast ya’
Rollercoaster ride that bitch
Soon or later sides gon’ switch
You know Johnny got that itch
How many more of us gotta see the coroner?
Slain by the same badge, stop, wait, brake, fast!

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it

N.E.R.D – Don’t Don’t Do It! lyrics

(feat. Kendrick Lamar)

[Intro: Pharrell Williams]
It makes no difference in this life
Up and ups just fine
Gonna up and up this life
Til’ we’re down on our luck
It makes no difference in this life
Up and ups just fine
Gonna up and up this life
Til’ the lift gets stuck
Lifting up, lifting up
Lifting up
Coming down, coming down
Coming down
Wake them up, wake them up
To the sound

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
They tell you pull over, tell you get out the car
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
They wanna see your hands, tell you hold up your arms (Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it

[Verse 1: Pharrell Williams]
We were going home
Waiting for the kids
School bus to arrive
Oh, but you know, they’re gonna do it anyway
Reaching for your keys
Wait, is that your phone?
Got a TBI
Wait, is that police?
Get out for what?
I’m not your guy
(But you know, they’re gonna do it anyway)
Wife behind the trees
Tryna to tell you don’t
They’re about to fire
(They’re gonna do it anyway)

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
They’re gonna do it anyway
They’re gonna do it anyway
They’re gonna do it anyway
They’re gonna do it anyway

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
They tell you pull over, tell you get out the car
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
They wanna see your hands, tell you hold up you arms
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
(Something says)
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it

[Verse 2: Pharrell Williams]
Whoa Ferguson, oh Baltimore
Raleigh, North Carolina
But you know, they’re gonna do it anyway
Wisconsin, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cleveland, Ohio
Montgomery, Baton Rouge, Cincinnati car
Dayton, Ohio
But you know, they’re gonna do it anyway
New York, New Jersey, Phoenix, Minnesota
South Carolina
They gonna do it anyway

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
They are gonna do it anyway
They are gonna do it anyway
They are gonna do it anyway
They are gonna do it anyway

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar]
You better duck, run fast from the mania
Don’t stare, don’t laugh at the media
Brake free, press gas when it enter ya’
Don’t let it go bad when he ante up
Highway, get out the way
Black man do your great escape
Pac-man wanna prosecute you
Raise your hand up, and they’ll shoot ya’
Face off, face off Adolf Hitler
Grandkids slayed off
Niggas, same rules, same chalk
Different decade, same law
Keep focus, you wanna get caught with your eyes open
You wanna stay clear of the prognosis
Pride provoked him, watch demotion
Watch em’ close enough
Don’t let the holster break or roast ya’
Rollercoaster ride that bitch
Soon or later sides gon’ switch
You know Johnny got that itch
How many more of us gotta see the coroner?
Slain by the same badge, stop, wait, brake, fast!

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it
Don’t do it, don’t don’t do it

The Andrew Sisters – Love Is Where You Find It lyrics

[Verse]
Oh love is where you find it
No matter where you go
You may be in Kailua or Kokomo
You may be on the ocean
Or by a wishing well
The streetlights may be blinking when
You get that sinking spell

Cupid gets around back and forth,
Now it’s North Carolina, then it’s China
Doesn’t seem to matter at all
You can fall on a hayride or a slayride

[Chorus]
So wear a suit of armour
When you go out to play
‘Cause love, love, love is where you’ll find it
And you’ll find it out someday.

[Bridge]
Oh love is where you’ll find it
And you find it everywhere
It happens in Tahiti and Old Times Square
You may be at a college quiz
And there the answer is
You looks at her and sigh
She looks into your eyes
Ba-da-da love is where you’ll find it

[Scatting]
Da-da-da-da-da etc.

[Verse]
Oh love could happen when you go out to play
Oh love, you’ll find it out someday
And then your life will be so sweet
And the world will be complete
Ba-da-da-da-da-da-da-da

So wear a suit of armour
When you go out to play, play, play
Oh love (Oh love)
Oh love (Oh love)
Oh love is where you’ll find it
Ba-da-da-da

Bugsy Malone – My Name Is Talulah lyrics

Tallulah:
The name is tallulah
My first rule of thumb
I don’t say were I’m going
Or where I’m coming from
I try to leave a little reputation behind me
So if you really need to
You’ll know how to find me

My name is tallulah
I live till I die
I’ll take what you give me
And I won’t ask why
I made a lot of friends
In some exotic places
I don’t remember names
But I remember faces

chorus girls:
Lonelyyyy

Tallulah:
You don’t have to be lonely
Come and see Tallulah
We can chase your troubles away (ohhh)
If your lonely
You don’t have to be lonely
When they talk about Tallulah
You know what they say
Know one south of heaven’s gonna treat you finer
Tallulah had her training in North Carolina

My name is tallulah
And soon I’ll be gone
An open invatation is, the road I’ll travel on
I never say goodbye because the words upset me
You may forgive my going
But you won’t forget me

chorus girls:
Lonelyyyy

Tallulah:
You don’t have to be lonely
Come and see Tallulah
We can chase your troubles away (ohhh)
If your lonely
You don’t have to be lonely
When they talk about Tallulah
You know what they say
Know one south of heaven’s gonna treat you finer
Tallulah had her training in North Carolina

Dave East – It Was Written

[Intro]
Six million ways to die
(Took a lot to get this Rollie nigga)
Six million ways to get rich
(Huh, hah)

[Verse 1]
Everybody keep telling me "make a club record"
You ain’t trapping no more, stop making drug records
You got a daughter bout to come, stop making thug records
I brought that money back fast, I had the plug flexing
Welcome to Harlem, el Barrio, that’s the drug section
Hit your bitch with my jeans on, ain’t making love naked
I got love for my loco but I know cuz reckless
I ain’t gotta sleep in the projects, I did enough stressing
My father was a rolling stone but taught me one lesson
Do your dirt by yourself, your friends be the ones telling
I knew it broke my mother’s heart to know her son selling
I had coke in my dresser, trifling as ever
I had a dream Biggie featured me on Life After
I be with my same niggas, I don’t really like rappers
Niggas can’t make a song for nothing but they nice actors
Go and get a movie role, low bagging up tuna rolls, raw shit
I come from a block where you seen it but never saw shit
I be at the juice bar, my wheat grass and bark shit
My younging just came from up north, he want to park shit
Tryna teach him something bout life and how we started
Lower class poverty, homies from jail calling me
Playing the number everyday but never hit the lottery
Liquor store on every corner, might as well get drunk
I remember that free lunch wasn’t shooting, we would jump stones
Niggas like the end of the blunt, traps load up
I told papi I got him by the end of the month
I was thinking bout 550’s with the cinnamon guts
These shots’ll blow your mind away, now your memory dust
And memory of, I got a JF Kennedy buzz
Presidential called enterprise, I need another rental
Tryna take a package down to North Carolina
Maybe buy some Ferragamo, I’m so focused on the commas

[Hook]
If you never been broke it’s gon’ be hard to feel me
Only Allah get my flow, it’s gon’ be hard to kill me
They say practice make perfect, we at it every day
Thinking about that consignment, sometimes I never paid
It was written I’m gifted, homie come learn something
Conversations bout paper homie, let’s burn something
It was written I’m gifted, homie come learn something
Conversations bout paper homie, let’s burn something

[Verse 2]
It’s hard to stop what’s already in motion
I ain’t gotta hit your blunt, I’ve already been smoking
G Star denims on my Shmurda shit
In ’08 my mental was really on some murder shit
Cause nothing was working out
Just to pass the time started working out
Me and my nigga Jay Black from way back
He a Bronx nigga, met him in Queens
Butch crib, met up with fiends
Imagine Nas signed you, hell of a dream
Somebody pinch me
Promise nothing they say ever getting to me
Used to watch House Party, not kidding play listen to me
This that talk that make the hustlers want to open shop
This that stash house talk, don’t let ’em know the spot
This that talk that got my city wanting to rap again
This that all black everything like an African
This that middle of the summer in a trench coat
Glock 19 reminding them of how you been broke

[Hook]
If you never been broke it’s gon’ be hard to feel me
Only Allah get my flow, it’s gon’ be hard to kill me
They say practice make perfect, we at it every day
Thinking about that consignment, sometimes I never paid
It was written I’m gifted, homie come learn something
Conversations bout paper homie, let’s burn something
It was written I’m gifted, homie come learn something
Conversations bout paper homie, let’s burn something

[Outro]
I talked my way right up out the projects nigga
Put your mind to it, anything is possible haha
From a hole in the wall, yeah
Now we in the presidential suite man
Top floor, flower for your bust nigga
Harlem, yeah