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Song Parodies -> "Why Did They Keep Slaves?"

Original Song Title:

"(Love is Like A) Heat Wave"

Original Performer:

Martha and the Vandella's

Parody Song Title:

"Why Did They Keep Slaves?"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

Even though the institution of Slavery was abolished in this country over 140 years ago it still casts a shadow on how we as a people relate to one piece goes back in time to ask the question...
[Instrumental intro]

Whenever they're whipping me
with that rawhide
skin starts burning
bleeds as it's opened wide
Being beat, well, it
sure hurts me
But to the slave
owner's do as they please

Sometimes they beat slaves
sometimes really hard
Those damn creeps are violent
cruel people with no heart

Feel the lash while restrained
I moan in great pain
the overseer
he sneers
My humanity's disdained
how can a human being
be so damn mean
didn't Jesus say
"Treat the least like me"?

But still they beat slaves
cruelly and real hard
The whip-lash keeps flying
tears my back apart

[instrumental break]
{Beat slaves}

{Ooh, it's screwed}
{being a slave}

{I don't think it's how}
{it's s'posed to be}
{always thought that}
{people should be free}
{but still they beat slaves}

Slavery is a disgrace
to the whole human race
No way around it
no excuse for it
On Judgment Day
you may be asked why

you treated human beings
in such bad ways
He might ask you why
you behaved this way

Why did you keep slaves?
Why did you take part
in this human bondage
While saying to me "Thou Art"?

[Out to end Fade]
Come on, I say
Please explain
why did you keep slaves?
those days
and explain
this to me
make plain
Oh, man
please, explain...

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 11

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alvin rhodes - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
good question...good parody
... - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Even though it deals with a rather serious issue, I gave you a perfect score in all categories.
Adagio - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
DKTOS but 5's anyway.
Paul Robinson - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
alvin, ... and Adagio. Thanks!
Stephen Harrington - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
5s, dude, you hit the nail on the head. We're(both whites and blacks in general) paying the price for the sins of dead slave owners.
Paul Robinson - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
I think so, Stephen...Thanks...
Ellipsis - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
You're welcome! I thought I'd drop by the site again, since it had been at least a couple months or so.
AFW - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Thought provoking..very well done
carol - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
this could be americans soon. 5's
Paul Robinson - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Ellipsis, yes...this time I recognized you by your "..." - Thanks! carol...what do you mean, "soon"...? Just kidding...I hope...
Rick C - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
What ... said and did.
Peregrin - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Hi Paul, some good points in here :)
Stuart McArthur - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
a few serious ones today - very well-written Paul - 555
Paul Robinson - May 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Rick C, Per & Stu...Thanks!
Larry Hensley - May 03, 2006 - Report this comment
Another good serious one, 5s
Red Ant - May 03, 2006 - Report this comment
To answer the question you pose with the parody title as best I can (although I imagine it is somewhat of a rhetorical one....): Cheap labor, status, and they were of no value (as human beings anyway) to their owners. While slavery no longer exists (thankfully), unfortunately people continue to take advantage of one another in a similar fashion even today.
Paul Robinson - May 03, 2006 - Report this comment
Larry H. - Thanks ~ Red - Yeah, rhetorical...yes, and through all the reasons and rationalizations it was STILL an inefficient economic system to boot...beyond the inhumanity of it all. Correct on your points, though...thanks for chiming in.

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