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Song Parodies -> "William Lyon Mackenzie King"

Original Song Title:

"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

Original Performer:

The New Seekers

Parody Song Title:

"William Lyon Mackenzie King"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

He served longer as Prime Minister of a nation in the British Empire and Commonwealth than anyone else: Three separate terms, 1921-26, 1926-30 (don't ask about the three-month gap in '26), and 1935-48, a shade over 21 out of 28 years. And his private life was certainly worthy of parody. Yet it was hard to come up with a song for Mackenize King (the first two names were usually dropped). Then I saw a Coke machine outside a store, and bingo.
He tried to build a better land
with Wilfrid Laurier.
For Labour he was Minister
a kind of protege.

William Lyon Mackenzie King
in public, great was he.
In private, I could tell a joke
about his company.

He fought with Arthur Meighen and
Governor-General Byng.
He hung on through minority
until a win he'd string.

(That's the song I hear.)
William Lyon Mackenzie King
had such weird private life.
Held seances for mom and dog
and why'd he have no wife?

He first appeased, thought it was right.
Was wrong, too, on the Jews.
But when war came he made a stand
so Empire wouldn't lose.

(That's the song I hear.)
William Lyon Mackenzie King
brought pensions to his land
but West and Prairies and Quebec
did not like where he'd stand.

(That's the song I hear.)
William Lyon Mackenzie King
a strange old man was he.
But he must have done something right
'cause he made history.
(That's the song I hear.)
William Lyon Mackenzie King
a strange old man was he.
But he must have done something right
'cause he made history.
(repeat 'til fade)

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Tommy Turtle - March 27, 2006 - Report this comment
History lessons much more interesting than real school continue... Stroke of inspiration to find OS for that name. 555
Sharon "Parodiva" Krebs - March 28, 2006 - Report this comment
Mike--Never be ashamed that this song is about Canada. My late father grew up Jewish in Canada from 1925-1955 before immigrating to the U.S. and, therefore, deprived me of half my heritage, stating that Canada was a terrible place. It wasn't until I married my husband, who like my father, is a Toronto native and told me about Mackenzie King. All immigrant groups faced some sort of discrimination when they first came to North America, but things have changed tremendously. I believe people outside of Canada should be exposed to Canadian history to clear up any misconceptions they may have. 5's allaway, eh?!

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