Perhaps inevitably, YouTube has begun to fill up with songs pegged to the death of Osama bin Laden. We're not saying any of these are in great taste, or even all that much fun to listen to, but they're worth noting as one more way Americans are talking to themselves about the news. Below, a selection:
Singer-songwriter bigedude33 has recorded videos about the royal wedding and Justin Bieber getting a haircut, so it's not surprising that he'd weigh in on one of the biggest news stories of the year. "The Osama bin Laden Is Dead Song" is about a minute long and doesn't tell you much you didn't already know, though it does make use of the convenient Obama-Osama rhyme. Bonus points for a jarringly fatalistic ending: "We are happier / Until somebody else screws us up." Yikes.
The rapper Hot Rod, who signed to 50 Cent's label G Note Records in December, has released "Osama bin Laden Is Dead," a slight but effective dancefloor number. The crooned lyrics might scan as crass--"Osama was killed tonight / So everybody come and have a good time / The great news made me lose my mind / So tonight I'm gonna have a good time." But as far as we can tell, this is exactly the same line of reasoning that got everybody into Times Square and outside the White House on Sunday night. Bonus points, we guess, for the "winning" drops. Actually, on second thought, demerits for that.