Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

11 Oct

In keeping with this week’s military theme, today our “candidate” is Jim Croce’s Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. Although there are no indications in the song that Brown is a member of the armed forces, the character may be based on a man who served in the army with Croce. Croce told varying accounts of the song’s origins, including one that evolved from his days in the army at Fort Dix, N.J.

Regardless of the character’s origins, how would Leroy Brown stack up as a political candidate?

He’s from the south side of Chicago, so that’s a good start. What better place to cut your teeth on politics.

Physically, he’s a powerful figure, standing about six feet, four inches. He charms the ladies (who call him Treetop Lover) and has the respect of the men (who call him sir).

On the downside, he likes to gamble. That’s a concern. If he runs up debts, will he be beholden to his creditors instead of his constituents?

He also likes to show off his material possessions, whether they be fancy clothes, a diamond ring or his custom Continental or Eldorado. Surely, that won’t sit well with middle class voters.

But it’s his other possessions that are even more troublesome. As Croce tells us in less-than-perfect English: “He got a 32 gun in his pocket for fun; he got a razor in his shoe.” Those items are a recipe for disaster for a political candidate, especially one with a short temper like Leroy. No wonder that, as the song ends, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown comes out on the short end of a bar fight.

Our analysis: A few good points, but they don’t outweigh the negatives. When all is said and done, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown is a bad, bad candidate.


4 Responses to “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”

  1. Kyle Mackie October 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I think Leroy learns his lesson in the end. None of us are perfect. Just sayin’.

  2. Tom October 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    What about that guy “Jim” the one you’re not supposed to mess around with?


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