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Song Parodies -> "What Kind Of Scores Are These?"

Original Song Title:

"What Kind Of Fool Am I?"

Original Performer:

Sammy Davis Jr.

Parody Song Title:

"What Kind Of Scores Are These?"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

THE big news on Friday August 5th is Standard and Poor's (so far) unilateral downgrading of the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA-plus. Rat Pack August, like most Americans, has only a rudimentary understanding of the economy. What will happen now is a matter for debate. What I DO understand are parodies, as well as the frustration and anger of a largely unenlightened public. BTW, this offering is the first of the series to utilize the songs of Sammy Davis Jr. Don't expect too many selections by Peter Lawford or Joey Bishop. ;D

What kind of scores are these?
S. and P. caused a fuss.
The U.S. credit score's Three-A no more,
Now it's Two-A-Plus.
You said our debt cuts
Were way too small.
The White House says "You're nuts"
And claims you dropped the ball.

Since both the Moody's team
And Fitch's disagree.
Is this a plan that's underhand:
Wreck the economy!
'Though you may carry on
Like lots of Al Capones,
Remember you gave Three-A scores
To sub-prime loans!

(Instrumental interlude to the start of the second half)

This isn't Italy.
It's neither Spain nor Greece.
This path you chose will lead to woes,
Our troubles will increase.
This isn't trivial.
The problem's looming large.
The public asks once more
"Just who in hell's in charge?".

Who indeed? The President? Congress? Geithner? Wall Street? Standard and Poor's? The Tea Party? Hence, I focused on the confusion and outrage. If I only were TT! I could probably explain the mess is terms that even a musician/humorist could understand...with admirable wit and skill. ;D

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Old Man Ribber - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
NOTE: Reading this Monday morning, I see I've largely missed the point. I wrote of anger at S&P but, like Geithner and others, I seem to be blaming the referee. Maybe this could still qualify as a parody of the administration's reaction. ;D
Patrick - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I think S&P was being generous. Grade inflation to precede monetary inflation. We're not Italy or Greece. They have Germany to enforce fiscal discipline. Who do we have? China? Maybe.
BJM - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
The "underhand plan" is not S&P's; it's Obama's! Moody and Fitch may not disagree; they're voting "present" like you-know-who did.
John Barry - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes, indeed, rating subprime dogsh!t and CDO's AAA took genius.
Substandard & Poor Leadership In Washington - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Did anyone notice that the Dow dropped by another 200 points, *sharply*, right after the POTUS spoke?

"If I only were TT! I could probably explain the mess is terms that even a musician/humorist could understand...with admirable wit and skill. ;D"

He did.
Hippocrates - August 09, 2011 - Report this comment
id est: cibi, potus, somni, venus, omnia moderata sint
Old Man Ribber - August 09, 2011 - Report this comment
(Sub) S&P - One of my favorites! ;D

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