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Song Parodies -> "Carly’s Rise—At Least Today"

Original Song Title:

"Charlie on the MTA"

Original Performer:

Kingston Trio

Parody Song Title:

"Carly’s Rise—At Least Today"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

SPOKEN:
These are the times when tiresome trolls race right up to the gate,
try the course, run for the presidency.
And some experience a rally briefly, a flash in the pan,
then are no longer mentioned

In the limelight, for now, one has risen: the wrecker of a legendary company, known by its initials, HP. Looks like she’s not a Birther—
at least not from her narration.
Some pundits are saying her polls increase is due to her
performance in “debate” II.


Well, let me tell you the story of a scam named Carly,
who is having herself a day.
She took off much like a rocket, unlike Scott and Perry,
who went broke and then went away.

They will never return? Lindsey, Jindal. . . should learn
that they’ll never get a turn.
Carly tried, but feckless was her run ’gainst Boxer;
tried to buy the seat and got burned.

Carly’s handing us a line, a mendacious oration,
a deranged and vacant refrain.
How she got there, a conundrum; those polled can be fickle. . .
Carly’s now on the uptown train.

Will she, like most, be spurned? Soon enough we’ll have learned.
Poll numbers can quickly turn.
She once tried, but feckless was her run at Boxer;
she was slammed and sent away spurned.

Carly’s up in polls, the current situation;
in some she’s rated number 3.
By some she’s adored more than the mom of Chelsea,
who has baggage—as does Carly.

So her fortunes have turned; in first “debate” she’s spurned.
Early polls mean naught, we’ve learned.
She may cry as when she made a run at Boxer—
she was canned and sent away, spurned.

Carly’s lights went out ’cause her hollow narration
didn’t play; most voters saw through
her ruse, and so she’s winnowed.
They said, “Carly’s won’t grab it!” Most folks thought that she’d fade from view.

But she made a return. And at first she was spurned. . .
for now, at least, the tide’s turned.
But her ride could end should clever foes outfox ’er—
once again the worm may have turned.

At HP she dearly cost ’em, because her tenure’s a scandal;
so they fired her and sent her away.
Then the shares increased in the rule of Whitman,
who to Gov. tried to buy her way.

After HP she burned, she thought she could return,
but her fate was to be spurned.
Nearly five years passed since her defeat by Boxer.
Then like Lazarus, she returned;
once an asterisk, she’s returned.

Adieu, Carly?

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Patrick - October 21, 2015 - Report this comment
This is not an easy song to parody. Has that rollicking beat and some great rhymes. As I recall, the original song was some sort of political protest against an increase in subway fares. Or at least the campaign song was a parody of an old railroad ballad. I learn most of what I know of current politics and social trends from the writers on this site. Sort of like the days when troubadours and balladeers played in taverns for food and drink, and delivered the news of distant places to listeners who never ventured away from their homes.
Michael Pacholek - October 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I don't even want to think of what subway fares will be if she gets in.

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