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Song Parodies -> "Donald Trump, Clown"

Original Song Title:

"Wernher Von Braun"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"Donald Trump, Clown"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

And what promises to put America into the forefront of the world's nations? And what is it that will spur one candidate to flaunt 10 billion dollars of his own money to put himself into the White House? Well, it's good old nationalist bluster, that's what, as provided by good new Republicans like businessman Donald Trump. [Original introductory remarks and lyrics are here.]
Gather 'round while I sing you of Donald Trump, clown,
A man sans allegiance, he's ruled by his greed sense.
Closet Progressive, he won't be pinned down.
"No-progress Congress," says Donald Trump, clown. [1]

Don't say that he's hypocritical; say rather that he's pan-political.
"Once pockets are stuffed, whose 'fair share' may come down? [2]
"I've bought fine apartments," says Donald Trump, clown.

Some have harsh words for this man-about-town,
But some drink Trump's attitude. Should we show him gratitude
Like the widows he chiseled, whose homes were torn down [3]
So he could build mansions to Donald Trump, clown?

You too may cheat 'nam brig hero, [4]
Once you've earned amounts packing tenth zero.
"On Muslim and Mexican immigrants I'll frown,
"And I'll burn those Chinese," says Donald Trump, clown.

[1] Alludes to his go-it-alone aspirations as a chief executive.
[2] Hints at deals in which developers get temporary tax relief from officials whom they support financially.
[3] by eminent domain
[4] John McCain in the "Hanoi Hilton"

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Pacing: 4.4
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Overall Rating: 4.4

Total Votes: 18

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Barry J. Mitchel - February 05, 2016 - Report this comment
In line 5, "hyper-critical" would reflect the aggressive way he demolishes opponents.
In line 16, "spurn" would be less violent than "burn", by which I had meant trade tariffs.
Arniejt - June 08, 2016 - Report this comment
If our Tom won't write them, we'll have to do it ourselves. Thanks so much for a great send up. Afa
John Sprung - August 08, 2016 - Report this comment
As a sometime parodist myself, I googled "Tom Lehrer on Donald Trump," in hopes that the master had weighed in on "The Donald." I greatly appreciated your re-working of the wonderful "Werner Von Braun." I liked the 1st and last stanzas best. Was "some drink Trump's attitude" a typo? You might have simply said, "Some think Trump's attitude's deserving of gratitude..." and close as you did.
Phil Alexander - August 09, 2016 - Report this comment
Missed this first time around.. excellent stuff :-) I wonder what Lehrer would make of Trump, especially after his "satire is dead" comment when Kissinger got his Nobel Peace Prize.. if satire died then, it's probably spinning in its grave
Charles Mitchell - October 20, 2016 - Report this comment
I agree - There is so much grist in Trump for Tom's mill I imagine Mr. Lehrer isn't writing it on paper, he's writing it in his head. We need Tom!

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