Monday, March 12, 2007

Rocky Mountain low

The Post:
"Rocky Mountain High" has perhaps been Colorado's unofficial state song for years.


Capitol lawmakers made it official today, elevating one of John Denver's biggest hits to the status of co-state song. The ballad shares the spot with "Where the Columbines Grow," adopted in about 1915 . . . .

In the House, a few representatives tapped their feet and sang along during a live, guitar-led performance [of Rocky Mountain High, not Where the Columbines Grow--ed.] [Update: now how the hell would I know that? Answer: I wouldn't. I made an assumption. For all I know they tapped and sang to WtCG.]

Anyway, they got into it.

The resolution passed 50-11 after the failure of a Republican-offered amendment that would have clarified the song is about Colorado's elevation and "in no way reflects or encourages" drug use.

Sen. Bob Hagedorn, the Aurora Democrat [aha!--ed.] who sponsored the measure in the Senate, accused his dissenting colleagues of making too much of the lyrics, which include "friends around the campfire and everybody's high."

"They are just words," he said. "It's how people want to interpret them."

Hagedorn said the line about the campfire could refer to "a bunch of guys who spent the day hunting or fishing and are having a couple six-packs" or "kids pigging out on s'mores."
After getting high, of course.

Update: The Post's Ed Quillen suggests Giardia lamblia for State Parasite.

Update II: The story is so important, the Post moved it to its front page! (As of midnight, anyway.)

Update III: That's really a terrible title, isn't it? Even for me.

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