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Song Parodies -> "I'm A Victim"

Original Song Title:

"I'm A Loser"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"I'm A Victim"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

A theory of mine, well, more of an observation, is that as soon as a person or entity starts thinking of themself as a victim, they use that to excuse their own subsequent behaviour, however much of a violent overreaction that may be. Simplest example would be something like the film "Death Wish", where a man who loses his family turns into a lethal wreaker of vengeance on all those nasty baddies - but that's OK, 'cause they're bad guys, right? So what happens to the family of the wasted baddie, then? That way lies revenge, vendetta and anarchy.

You see the same all over the world: in Northern Ireland, Israel yet more so and recently even America.
I'm a victim,
I'm a victim
And I lost someone who's near to me

Some bastard came and deprived me of you
I'll do the same, and make him suffer, too
"Two wrongs don't make a right" may be true, but
In my case, I'll make sure that they do

I'm a victim
And I lost somebody dear to me
I'm a victim
So watch out anyone near to me

Although they've suffered throughout history
The Jews ain't learned how to live peaceably
They're killing innocent people as well
That never works, they of all folks should tell

They're all victims
But it ain't no cause for more to die
They're all victims
It don't work taking an eye for'n eye

After Al-Q brought the twin towers down
Revenge was sought 'fore the dust hit the ground
Killing thousands - revenge gone berserk
So who really thinks that's gonna work?

Makin' victims
Is never a good thing to do
Makin' victims
How long 'fore they attack us, too?

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alvin rhodes - October 01, 2005 - Report this comment
thoughtful and well written...5s
Tim Mayfield - October 02, 2005 - Report this comment
I don't think it's just the 'victim' thinking, it's also used as an excuse even when they don't feel that they are a victim. It's a natural human emotion to want revenge whether or not you feel victimized, sometimes it's all about pride. Especially if you feel that the method you used to attack someone leaves you feeling superior, then if you suffer, whether by revenge or by your attack not working the way you want, it amounts to you wanting more revenge. I think we just have to realize that not everyone wants peace. There are some who are addicted to power and power manifests to some through the destruction of others. It's not about winning the war, it's about dominating the other party.
John Jenkins - October 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Thoughtful parody, and I do wish more conflicts could be resolved peacefully. But, Phil, are you suggesting that if the Israelis stopped defending themselves, the Palestinians would discontinue their homicide bombing? And are you suggesting that it took one month or four months for the dust from the 9/11/01 terrorist attack on the New York Trade Center Towers to hit the ground? Because the coalition did not attack the Taliban in Afghanistan until 10/7/01 (supported by a UN resolution) and Bush did not make his Axis of Evil speech (implicating Iraq, Iran, and North Korea) until January, 2002.
Phil Alexander - October 04, 2005 - Report this comment
Tim - yes, but there is definitely a self-justification that comes from thinking of oneself as a victim, especially thinking that one does not deserve to be punished for ones excesses
JJ - if by "defending themselves", you mean blasting seven kinds of hell out of an apartment building that contained who knows how many other people as well as their "target", then yes I do think that the Israelis should stop - your skewed logic is *precisely* the sort of thing I'm talking about, here: how does being the target for terrorist suicide bombings justify killing *INNOCENT* people? People who had no connection to the event concerned, other than to have the same generic label, in this case "Palestinians". If they'd behaved properly towards the Palestinians as a people, who knows what the situation in the ME would be like today. Re the "dust hitting the ground" timescale - the "we will find who organized them and get revenge" speech was made before the dust *had* settled, literally. And using 9/11 as a justification for ten times the civilian casualty figures that have resulted from the Iraq invasion is, again, exactly the sort of skewed logic I mean.
John Jenkins - October 04, 2005 - Report this comment
Phil, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict has been going on so long that it is hard to say when it started, but I would allocate most of the blame to Yasir Arafat for breaking multiple peace pacts in the 1990s and then completely subverting the peace process during and after the 2000 Camp David (failed) peace summit. He rejected a generous offer of land and peace from the Israelis and initiated a Palestinian intifada, which included shootings and bombings not only from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, but from militias that he controlled. Palestinian terrorism does not seem to have diminished since Arafat's death. Feel free to blame Israel for Palestinian terrorism if you would like, but I think you are taking a very narrow look at the conflict.
Phil Alexander - October 05, 2005 - Report this comment
You're not reading what I'm saying, John - I'm NOT blaming Israel for Palestinian terrorism, that's a distortion of what I'm trying to say. What I am saying is that killing innocent people (and the large majority of those killed by Israel have been), they are making things worse for themselves, not better. Calling it "self-defence" is self-delusion in an attempt at self-justification.

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