Levitating Churches - Glad I'm Not a Kennedy

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"Glad I'm Not a Kennedy", originally an international hit for New Zealand singer Shona Laing in 1986, is not just about the JFK assassination, but about the tragedies that have happened to various members of the Kennedy family over the years. Levitating Church's version ends with a gunshot, a reminder of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, but a number of tragedies had already occurred to members of the Kennedy family before the JFK and RFK assassinations: their oldest sister, Rosemary, had been lobotomized in the 1940s, their oldest brother, Joe, had been killed in World War II, and their sister, Kathleen, had died in a plane crash in 1948. In addition, Jackie Kennedy had given birth to a stillborn baby in 1956 and another child, Patrick, died in infancy weeks before JFK was assassinated. In subsequent years, news reports of tragedies involving the Kennedy family, from Ted Kennedy's accident at Chappaquiddick to John F. Kennedy Jr.'s death in an airplane crash--not to mention any story involving reckless behavior, illness or the death of a member of the Kennedy clan--commonly made reference to the "Kennedy Curse". "Glad I'm Not a Kennedy" expresses our fascination with the Kennedy family and the way they have carried on in the face of tragedy.

Living on through politics
Body-guarded, heart in bits
A blue-eyed honesty
Indigo injury
The family tree is felled
Bereavement worn so well
Giving up on certainty
Wilderness, society

Wearing your fame like a loaded gun
Tied up with a rosary
I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy

Imagine being a Kennedy
Rule without remedy
To watch your family die
The world loves a sacrifice
Prophets longing for the three
Honoring the tragedy
They hunger for the crime
The privilege to take a life


I love the look in your eyes
I can see your soul sometimes and we laugh
When we try too hard
We stop and start
Oh imagine being a Kennedy
I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy


I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy


from Conspiracy A​-​Go​-​Go, released November 1, 2013
by Shona Laing
previously unreleased




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