“Political” is song by Spirit of the West. One of the band’s most famous songs, it originally appeared on the 1988 album Labour Day. The song was written by John Mann.
Despite the band’s reputation for writing politically-themed songs, “Political” is in fact about the end of a personal romantic relationship. The verses detail the friction that led to the couple’s breakup, and the chorus confirms that “Everything, every little thing, every little thing/With you and me had to be so political.” Although the song was not a mainstream chart breakthrough for the band, it garnered them significant airplay on CBC Radio, CFNY and campus radio stations throughout Canada. This expansion of the band’s audience led to a major label deal with Warner Music Canada, who released the band’s next studio album, Save This House, in 1990.
On 1991’s Go Figure, Spirit of the West’s first rock album, the band recorded a new rendition of the song. Although the lyrics remained identical (except for the word …