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Song Parodies -> "Irving & Gertrude & Norman & Midge (or, 'The Ballad of Neoconservatism')"

Original Song Title:

"Melanie & Roger"

Original Performer:

Bob Musial

Parody Song Title:

"Irving & Gertrude & Norman & Midge (or, 'The Ballad of Neoconservatism')"

Parody Written by:

Joe Bilger

The Lyrics

This song is about the "grandparents" of neoconservatism, Irving
Kristol, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Norman Podhoretz, & Midge
Decter. The melody is obscure but you can use almost any one
& it will work.
Irving had a malady
He got mugged by reality
Pressed charges and proceeded to sue

Gertrude was worryin'
She was a victorian historian
The swabbies had nothin' to do

Norman was fakin' it
Workin' hard to be makin' it
Not for the many but the few

Midge came from Minnesota
To do away with the quota
Canceled on the sixties in 1962

There once was a dream
On two sides of a stream
But somebody blew up the bridge
(It was) Irving & Gertrude, Norman & Midge

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Billy Florio - November 29, 2003 - Report this comment
How on earth do you forget Leo Strauss?

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