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Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Electoral Year Folk Song

This is a parody of 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?' which was written by Pete Seeger, sung by such names as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and (in German) Joan Baez.


This is my rewrite of the song, asking some of the questions which have gone unanswered about the Democratic Party candidate for the President of the United States.


I could have gone on and on, but my head began to hurt too much, and I found it hard to make any of the lines rhyme. Truly another example of my Bad Poetry.


Where Have Barry's Exes Gone?


Where have Barry's 'Exes' gone?

Are they hiding?

Where have Barry's 'Exes' gone?

I'd like to know

Where have Barry's 'Exes' gone?

Even geeks like me had some

That's what I'd like to learn

That's what I'd like to learn


Where have Barry's classmates gone?

Back at Harvard

Where have Barry's classmates gone?

I'd like to know

Where have Barry's classmates gone?

They could tell about someone

That's what I'd like to learn

That's what I'd like to learn


Where did Barry enter Earth?

In the U.S.A?

Where did Barry enter Earth?

Or somewhere else

Where did Barry enter Earth?

Check 'Certificate of Live Birth'

That's what I'd like to learn

That's what I'd like to learn


Name one thing that Barry's done

In the Senate

Name one thing that Barry's done

I'd like to know

Name one thing that Barry's done

[just hum the tune here....]

That's what I thought I'd learn

That's what I thought I'd learn


What's the one thing Barry's done?

Through this campaign

What's the one thing Barry's done?

To earn our trust

What's the one thing Barry's done?

He's deceived most everyone

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?



Discussion:


The first and second verses asks a question which is worth considering; namely, who knew this candidate when he was a youngster? In the case of ex-girlfriends, I don't really want to dig up dirt on a candidate, but it would be interesting to see if there are ANY ex-girlfriends in his past. What I am alluding to I shall leave to the readers speculation. But I would guess most ex-girlfriends would state(for the record) that he was a 'jerk' and it didn't work. Of course, my wife would say that about me on occasion as well, but she happens to love me, even in my jerkiness.


College and Law school classmates would have a lot of information to divulge about a candidate, especially law school classmates.


There is a lawsuit which is demanding that the candidate hand over his birth certificate to prove that he is an American citizen. There is also a report which states that he had to renounce his US citizenship in order to attend public school in Indonesia(the home of his stepfather).


The verse asking for any accomplishments that the candidate had while a US Senator was inspired by the video below, where several proponents of the candidate are unable to list any accomplishments. We are still waiting....


As I said before, I was running out of rhymes, and so I had to omit the verses about 'Joe the Plumber,' the candidate's grandmother who is ill - after being thrown under a bus for him, Bill Ayers, the recent election in Kenya which resulted in the losers(our candidate's people) rioting and forcing their way into power in the government, and other things which I find troubling about this candidate.


The final verse summarizes my thoughts.


Now, on a lighter look, sit back and watch this video with music from a group called 'Living Colour.'









Of course, the candidate reminds me of the character of the Antichrist in Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson's book Lord of the World, which was written in 1907.

Lyrics cross-posted to my Facebook page.

5 comments:

Voltaire said...

I couldn't figure out who your song was about, until the ending. I just don't understand why a Catholic would support a war-mongering Republican. Who would Jesus bomb? Who would Jesus torture? Did Jesus tell us to "love your enemies" or not? Would Jesus support hatred by opposing civil rights? I am a Catholic who follows Jesus and not the hierarchy's misguided understanding of Christianity, AND I'M VOTING FOR BARAK OBAMA ON NOVEMEBER 4!

Voltaire said...

I couldn't figure out who your song was about, until the ending. I just don't understand why a Catholic would support a war-mongering Republican. Who would Jesus bomb? Who would Jesus torture? Did Jesus tell us to "love your enemies" or not? Would Jesus support hatred by opposing civil rights? I am a Catholic who follows Jesus and not the hierarchy's misguided understanding of Christianity, AND I'M VOTING FOR BARAK OBAMA ON NOVEMEBER 4!

the Mom said...

Voltaire,
So in your logic, Jesus would support dismembering infants inside their mothers' wombs, leaving newborns to die of starvation and neglect in piles of dirty linens?

The Church allows for a Just War, but I have never read of Her allowing for a "Just Infanticide". Perhaps you can enlighten me about where I can find that paragraph in the Catechism.

dadwithnoisykids said...

Voltaire and The Mom:

Thank you for your comments. Consider what Jesus did say to soldiers when He had the opportunity: do not grumble about the wages, or exclaiming that He had never seen such faith in all of Israel. It appears as if Jesus did not condemn soldiers or political leaders - even those who put Him to death.

The Mom makes a good point about Barack's plans for the unborn.

Raulito said...

Another poor moral equivalency argument pitting war against abortion. (and just how is murdering the child in the womb a so-called civil right?) How boring and lame. I pray there are better thinkers than voltaire in these United States of America come November 4.

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