John Mellencamp – Cherry Bomb

Heartland rocker John Mellencamp might not appreciate being labeled an ideological conservative. But his 1987 song, Cherry Bomb, essentially highlights part of this way of looking at the world.

That’s when a sport was a sport
And groovin’ was groovin’
And dancin’ meant everything
We were young and we were improvin’
Laughin’, laughin’ with our friends
Holdin’ hands meant somethin’, baby

One aspect of conservatism is a belief that the way things were done in the past can be preferable to the way things are done now. Cherry Bomb is a nostalgic look back at a simpler time, of youth. A conservative would pine again for those days, much like Mellencamp’s narrator of this song, now in his 30s, looks back.


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