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Song Parodies -> "Muslim Brotherhood Week"

Original Song Title:

"National Brotherhood Week"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"Muslim Brotherhood Week"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

As in the Christian world there are many branches, so too in Islam, and they don't always see eye to eye. After the turmoil of this week, I propose an annual week dedicated to restoring peace and brotherhood, as TOS did during the civil rights movement in the USA.
Oh, Hezbollah hates proud Hamas;
Likewise, Hamas hates Hezbollah.
To hate all but Great Allah
Is an old established rule.

But during Muslim Brotherhood Week,
Muslim brothers are meek.
'Baradei and Mubarak
Are chanting, cheek to cheek.
It's fine to empathize
With sects that you despise,
As long as you don't let 'em in your mosque.

Oh, the Turkish hate the Kurdish,
And the Kurdish hate the Turkish.
Ev'ry dervish who's not avertish [1]
Is a heretic decapped to die. [2]

But during Muslim Brotherhood Week,
Muslim brothers good speak.
Afghanis love the Pakistanis
'Cause it's very chic.
Step up and shake the sand
Off someone you can't stand;
You can tolerate him if you try.

Oh, the militants hate the moderates,
And the moderates hate the militants,
And the Shias hate the Sunnis,
And everybody hates the West.

But during Muslim Brotherhood Week,
Muslim brothers should seek
Transnational love; they can smile and
Turn another good cheek.
Be nice to apostates
And infidels, ingrates;
It's only for a week, so have no fear.
With hateful wrath, your cousins blast all year!
[1] Grab a dictionary if you don't get it.
[2] As Tom Lehrer would say, "Sorry about that one." It fit TOS.

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Old Man Ribber - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
BJM - Bravo. Wonderful spoof of a Tom Lehrer spoof. I also love the irony of a conservative using the tunes of an uber-liberal. ;D
BJM - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks, OMR; I just commented favorably on your Middle East treatise of February 3.
Squeamish readers may change "decapped to die" to "who's apt to die."
Patrick - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Funny how all the TV news anchors decided they just had to go to Cairo to get knocked in the head by some jihadi. Wonder what they think of "brotherhood" now? I like your use of "decapped". Cap comes from the Latin word for head.
BJM - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks, Patrick. "Decapped" was short for decapitated or beheaded.
Notes on pacing: "National" and "everybody" in TOS were sung as 2 and 4 syllables, respectively. In singing my top line, accent "Hezbollah" on 2nd & 3rd syllables.
Dana Mathewson - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Took me awhile to respond, Barry; I was rolling on the floor laughing. Yes, it is interesting to watch the different Muslim sects rage at each other, and our liberal "friends" don't seem to see it when getting into bed with them, appearing genuinely surprised when they aren't recognized as "friends." In the end, humor may be the only way to deal with the issues.
Tommy Turtle - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
How about an annual *year*?

Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland/UK, Arian and other controversies in Christianity in the early 300s A.D.... (Fun fact: In ancient Rome, far more Christians were killed by other Christians over such "heresies' than were "thrown to the lions" by the Romans -- by an order of magnitude or two.)

Can't everybody just believe however they want to, let their neighbors do the same, and leave each other alone? ... Great idea; now extend it globally. 555
Mars Marley - February 06, 2011 - Report this comment
It's just like what TT said. Here in "tolerant" America the press loves to highlight Catholic priest perv scandals but clergy of ALL faiths have done these horrible deeds. Some people still believe that the Catholic Church (or Judaism) control the banks and "create" recessions! Mormons have been subject to controversy, Quakers have been crapped on for their pacifism, so have Jehovah's Witnesses. Muslims have been victims of a smaller but sickening Holocaust ("ethnic cleansing") in Yugoslavia. Can't we all just get along? - RODNEY KING P.S. - I like your parody but the title is a little misleading. "Muslim Brotherhood" is the name of an extremist Islamic terror group that is banned by the Egyptian government. They assassinated then-Pres. Anwar Sadat in 1981.
TJC - February 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks for this wonderful Lehrer-take-off--enjoyed it!

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