Give him shelter

The Prime Minister seeks solace in song.

But there he was, playing ever more earnestly on the piano. He picked up tempo and volume for a few moments, tapping his foot under the piano bench, before turning around to look at everyone watching him.

“Recognize the tune?”

No one said anything for a moment.

“Gimme Shelter,” said Sun Media photographer Bob Tymczysyn.

Harper grinned, nodded and said, “Rolling Stones!” and turned back to the piano to keep playing.

Let us now wildly over-think this random moment and consider what the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ ode to the apocalypse may say about Mr. Harper’s current mindset.

Oh a storm is threat’ning my very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

See the fire sweepin’ out very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost its way

War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

Rape! Murder! It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
Rape! Murder! It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

The floods is threat’ning my very life today.
Gimme, gimme shelter or I’m gonna fade away

War, children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away




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Give him shelter

  1. This shouldn't happen, but I feel more connected to Harper as a real human being (not just a politician/robot), because of his playing of the Rolling Stones. Very cool.

    • Now suppose he had played "Angie" instead.

  2. Wouldn't "Sweet Neocon" be a more fitting song to define Steve Harper with?

  3. From hockey-book author to sweater-man to piano-man. Yeah, I can see this working with all the out-of-work or underemployed people out there relaxing in their living rooms with their pianos.

    I guess the telling part in this story is that the SUN reporter knew the tune, but apparently none of the other handpicked guests. You'd think Dimitri would have remembered to provide a talking point to some of the "regular" people, not just to his go-to guys in the press.

  4. Lots of great songs have been accidentally used in this way. Devo's "Whip it" was a criticism of a fast-paced, disposable consumer culture… but it made a great catchy jingle for the Swiffer. Alternately Microsoft paid the Rolling Stones to have "start me up" play when Windows loaded… of course the song continues, expressing a sentiment more typical of Windows users ("you make a grown man cry").

    • .. of course the song continues, expressing a sentiment more typical of Windows users ("you make a grown man cry").

      Hilarious!!

  5. Actually nice to see the human side to Mr. Harper … and I think a little impromptu tinkling the ivories will play better than a sweater vest this fall.

    • Careful, though Stewart. You wouldn't want anybody getting the impression he's one of those artists!

    • That was nice, wasn't it.

      That single item has done more to improve my impression of the PM than any of the 'chess' moves that he has made in the last year or so.

      But that's just me.

    • Those were great, Harbles, thanks. I wonder if Harper could compete with them? Not that it matters at all, but I just think its interesting if world leaders show a tendency for musical talent.

  6. Depends on the background chorus. Ya need a good one.

  7. We should just be glad he wasn't playing Helter Skelter.

  8. When asked fopr requests, I have yet to find any piano player that can do a good rendition of Wipeout.

    • Using only his forehead to hit the keyboard!

  9. Careful Steve, if you take too much of those you will have an overdose!

  10. Hmmm….I Don't Get No Satisfaction……..

  11. Harper has to be careful on this one otherwise people might not believe he is hitler re-incarnated and eats baby kittens and then where would his media image be?

    • As someone who inexplicably becomes a venomous dick when he punches in for work every day?

    • Crit, here's a project…try to find a Scorsese movie that doesn't use that song.

      • Heh. You're right – it was in Goodfellas and Casino, too.

        • Mean Streets as well. He's directing a Stones documentary too.

  12. Nothing wrong with Steve indulging his artistic side – long as he eschews the fuffy blue sweater. Somehow i can't quite see him at a stone's concert though. Maybe the fluffy sweater does fit.

  13. All of Sun Media, save the photographer, lose serious cool points for not being able to identify Gimmie friggin' Shelter. This brings Sun Media's collective cool points to…well, still zero.

  14. At this point, I am so cynical about Stephen Harper that I always wonder: when he appears to be more human, is he actually being a real person, or is this is a carefully crafted photo/journalism opportunity?

    And I would have been more impressed if he had played something recorded in his youth, such as something by Joy Division, R.E.M. or U2. He's 50 years old, not 60.

    • That Stephen Harper likes classic rock has been out there for some time if anybody cared to pay attention. His "favourite movie" selections on facebook were also the only ones that looked like they weren't written by some anonymous staffer. Raising Arizona is his favourite movie. I am pretty sure that there is no Coen brothers swing demographic on that one. The original Star trek is his favourite show, so that one is even more damaging.

      Also, why should Harper have to like the music of his youth? I came of age in the 90's – does that mean I should like Britney Spears?

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