4 Songs Historical Figures Would Have On Their iPod

Thomas Jefferson
“Come On Get Higher” by Matt Nathanson

I miss the sound of your voice
Loudest thing in my head
And I ache to remember
All the violent, sweet
Perfect words that you said

After Jefferson’s wife, Martha, died, he became extremely introverted and he was already a man who preferred communicating with paper rather than with his voice. He never remarried and destroyed all likenesses of his wife in a rage after her death. The only person he confided in was his daughter, Patsy.

Marquis de Lafayette
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus

Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
And now I’m gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!

The lyrics might be simple and juvenile, but the message is strong and clear. Parties? In America???? America’s Number One Fanboy would be all over this, keeping it on a constant loop as he prepped for battle.

And imagine his adorable little French accent singing along. Perfection.

Alexander Hamilton
Go The Distance from Hercules

I have often dreamed
Of a far off place
Where hero’s welcome
Would be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer
When they see my face
And a voice keeps saying
This is where I’m meant to be

Born a poor bastard in the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton came from nothing. Orphaned in adolescence, Hamilton worked as a clerk where he impressed his bosses so much, they started a fund to send him to America for school. He arrived in America at the ripe old age of 16.

Growing up, he found he had a talent for words and yearned for a place where he would fit in. Even as Hamilton got older, this would be the song he’d go back to to remind him of how far he’d come.

(I was tempted to give him Mumford and Sons, “Little Lion Man” but that would be too easy.)

John Wilkes Booth
“Some Nights” by fun.

This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype
Save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked

I’m sure if JWB gave this song a listen, he’d be drawn in by the catchy hooks. But upon second listen, he’d probably realize this song is unintentionally his bio-song. The music video is even Civil War themed.

The mention of an upcoming war? Check.
Using women as a means of repressing your sense of self? Check.
The doubting of yourself? Check.
Even the mention of a sister’s children. Check.

Someone might want to check to see that Nate Ruess wasn’t using the infamous assassin as his ghostwriter.

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