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Dirty Laundry


This week’s poster is former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. Do you remember seeing his face on the news? Do you remember what he did to make him “news worthy”? Do you remember your reaction to it?

As I thought on what I would post, a song came to mind. It is a song that was made famous by Don Henley. Dirty Laundry. Here are the lyrics:

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something, something I can use
People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

Well, I could’ve been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em all around

We got the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde, comes on at 5
She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?  Is the head dead yet?
You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
Get the widow on the set, we need dirty laundry

You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough alone, keep your dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re stiff, kick ’em all around

Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
Love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

And if you would like to hear Don Henley belt it out, here’s the link for that:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bBWBG9r2o.

Why is it that we love dirty laundry? I mean, weren’t we taught as small children that dirty laundry belongs in the dirty clothes hamper so that it can washed? We don’t want people to see our dirty laundry. We wouldn’t wear our dirty laundry out. (I like my clothes clean!) So, why do we want to see other people’s dirty laundry? We need to leave other people’s dirty laundry in their hamper and allow it to be cleaned.

This post is part of POTSC’s Never Beyond Poster Series. www.potsc.com

 

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3 thoughts on “Dirty Laundry

  1. Mike Lehr on said:

    Jaclyn, thanks for sharing this. I forgot about this Don Henley song but it fits perfectly. “We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry.” Glad to be POTSC with you to help change that mentality.

  2. haha dirty laundry.. that’s a hard one to explain. Us humans are quite interesting creatures, airing our dirty laundry and wanting to know other people. There has to be a correlation there..

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