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Song Parodies -> "76 Rahm Clones"

Original Song Title:

"76 Trombones"

Original Performer:

The Music Man (Musical)

Parody Song Title:

"76 Rahm Clones"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

After the election, Obama's transition team has just 76 days before inauguration. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) as Chief of Staff will be in charge, vetting liberal stalwarts like RFK Jr., Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry for Cabinet slots. So much for Democratic diversity! See for the original lyrics.
76 more days of the Bush charade,
With 110 cabinet posts at hand.
They'll be filled by imposing rows of Chicago Mafiosi,
The dream of every left-wing band.

76 long days til they crown That One,
With the 110th Congress left behind.
There are more than a thousand needs springing up like weeds;
There are hordes of folks to keep in mind.

There are operators, cogniscenti, union goons
Plundering, wondering how they can hold sway.
Double-dipping cronies, bums and high-class loons;
Each assumes [s]he can have big fat say.

There are grifters, countless panderers bringing flattery,
Blundering underlings crowding in the door,
Baronets for every prize and strumpets; but to summarize,
A full flock inspired by his score.

76 short days til he can appoint
Lots of Federal judges who clearly share
Every dictum of Freud and Marx;
They'll your thirst for freedoms parch,
Brand the Founders' Bill of Rights passe!
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Stan Hall - November 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Ignoring specific content, an interesting theme is variously undermined by dropped/inserted/misstressed syllables. And whatever the content, here, like the play, the _parody's_ the thing ... or should be.
AFW - November 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Very punny title..and other than what Stan said about the "Syll-AH-bulls"...pretty darned funny..
Barry J. Mitchel - November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Stan, I agree that Con-gress' cannot be fixed. But try cab-net', cog'-ni-scenti and pand'-rers. Professor Harold Hill would not object! On the other hand, Marion the Librarian would.
Stan Hall - November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Barry, I don’t want to nit-pick, but your observations deserve the honor of a reply. Assuming your comment indicates syllabic elisions (or in one instance, breaks) and stresses using dashes and apostrophes, respectively, as does my reply using capitalization and apostrophes ...

pand-rers --> "PANd’rers," as explicitly syllabically elided in your comment, word would have matched the OS’s lyrical lilt. “PANderers,” as actually used, introduces a metrical bump singers must smooth on their own initiative.

cab-net’  Although certainly a stressed syllable in “caberNET,” I’m unaware of any untorqued pronunciation of “cabinet” that gives its ending syllable more than a nodding secondary stress. It’s a fine word to commence a dactylic foot, but—at least as used with a central syllable intrusively intact—rather less suitable for the iambic sawtooth its lyrical locale demands.

cog’-ni-centi -> “CognoSCENTi” (note spelling, BTW), like most of its Italian language-mates, properly receives stress on its penultimate syllable, even when imported for use in English. How about something like “There are con men, cognoscenti, thuggish union goons”?

Marion the Librarian -> John Wayne’s real first name is “Marion.” The librarian’s is “Marian.”

Maybe if Professor Harold Hill sat down for a little chin-wag with Professor ‘Enry ‘Iggins they could straighten out all these issues to their mutual satisfaction.

Oh … and I think even more donkeys and fewer elephants than the recent election will ultimately have put there defines a demographic that would be a good start on fixing “Congress.”

But above all, please take all the foregoing with the :-) with which it's offered.

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