The moment I heard this phrase while watching the national news I knew I had to write this song. The Ken Burns documentary on Country Music and Stephen Colbert’s Late Night monologues provided the fuel and impetus to give it a meaningful lyric and proper bluesy country format to complete it.
I hoped the eclectic arrangement and production would provide the sort of humorous context needed for political/social comment and the implications of the lyric. Acoustic guitar fingerpicking romps along over layered drums with pedal steel guitar providing the melodrama.
He’s Gone Rogue
Time for intervention,
You know what he’s done
He went rogue, he’s gone rogue Now he’s out there... somewhere Going off the rails, He went rogue He went.....He’s gone rogue
Blind justice was helpless,
He pulled her blindfold down Declared truth was fool’s gold And pulled old glory down
He went... he went rogue.
Wound up in a spiderweb
He got caught up, strung out
(Now he’s)out there somewhere In the unknown going off the rails Gone stone cold rogue
He went...He went rogue
He’s gone rogue