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Song Parodies -> "Thank Dodd I Own Countrywide"

Original Song Title:

"Thank God I'm A Country Boy"

Original Performer:

John Denver

Parody Song Title:

"Thank Dodd I Own Countrywide"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

Although the states of California and Illinois are prosecuting Countrywide Financial Corp. for unfair business practices that trick borrowers into taking on risky home loans they don’t understand, federal regulators are ignoring Countrywide. Is the reason for the lack of concern on the federal level related to the sweetheart deals that CEO Angelo Mozilo has given to Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee?
Well, life at a bank is somewhat uptight
We sometimes do wrong, and we sometimes do right,
But I know the Feds will never indict.
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.

Chris Dodd in the Senate never did me no harm,
He gets re-elected with his Democratic charm,
But, if he sees laws broken, he won’t raise the alarm,
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.

Well, I got me a big House, I got me a Senate
If you serve a subpoena, I will poke holes in it.
And if there’s a law suit, you know I’m gonna win it.
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.

Well, running a bank is the life that I chose.
I make a lot of loans and then I just foreclose.
It earns me lots of money, and that’s the way it goes,
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.

The Banking Committee was set up to oversee
Predatory lending and outrageous banking fees,
But my Senator will never scrutinize me.
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.


When it comes to “conniving,” I teach the school,
I never was one of them altruistic fools,
And, when nobody’s looking, I bend a few rules
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.

If your loan rate goes up, I really don’t care.
I ignore sad people who claim that I’m unfair
So, if you miss a payment, you had better beware
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.


Well, Chris Dodd got a really sweet deal from Countrywide,
And he took me by the hand and held me close to his side.
He said, “I’ll let you be if you keep me satisfied
And thank Dodd you own Countrywide.”

We Italians all learn young how to live and to negotiate,
When we do people favors, we know they’ll reciprocate.
Thank Dodd I own Countrywide.


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McKludge - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson
alvin - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
lot of good kept the joyous spirit of the OS intact
2Eagle - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
That is one more party pooper - he must go to social gatherings to drum up business. That's business biz.
AFW - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Well done, and fitting political spoof.
Peregrin - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks for the intro John, it gave me the information I needed to thoroughly enjoy your well-written parody :)
Meriadoc - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
We had a local company here that did the same thing. They are pretty much responsible now for a lot of century old homes being torn down because the owners lost them and the finance company didn't keep them up... >:-(
John Jenkins - July 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks for the votes and comments.

McKludge, I like the Jefferson quote. I think politicians who are put into "conflict of interest" situations are a greater threat than bankers or other businesspersons, but I respect the wisdom of Mr. Jefferson.
UnKnownVotrix - July 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Combine financial shananigans at the top, with immigrant threats of racial lawsuits, and this is what we got! NorCAL is suffering greatly from the burning of fires & the flames of financial greed.
Red Ant - July 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Great jump on this news story, John. Like Peregrin said, thanks for the intro to explain the parody. Also, big time kudos for making a humorous and cleverly rhymed political parody with no mudslinging and only one reference to the target's party affiliation.

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