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Song Parodies -> "Talkin' 'Bout The Reformation"

Original Song Title:

"Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution"

Original Performer:

Tracy Chapman

Parody Song Title:

"Talkin' 'Bout The Reformation"

Parody Written by:

Hu's On First

The Lyrics

Marx and Engels described the Protestant Reformation (in particular certain radical Anabaptist groups like the Munsterites) as a precursor to modern socialist revolutions.
Don't you know
They're talking bout the Reformation
Hey, hey, Martin Luther

Don't you know
They're talking bout the Reformation
So listen to Luther

All the German peasants mad
Blame the Church for all their woes and they don't need it for salvation
Gonna find Jesus on their own
Wasting dough on the big indulgence scam
It's about time to see another schism

The people gonna rise up
And take their share
The people gonna rise up
And get what's there

Don't you know you gotta read read read read read read
Oh the Scriptures you have gotta read read read read read read read
Talkin' bout a Reformation, oh, they are
Talkin' bout a Reformation, yeah they are

But all the Anabaptists are going too far
Too much of a Reformation, oh they are
Too much of a Reformation
Luther eventually thought the Anabaptists were too radical and needed to be stopped by any means, even by force or burning at the stake if necessary. Ironic in light of how Luther viewed Jan Hus, though the Anabaptists certainly didn't have clean hands either (they weren't all peaceniks like the Mennonites, some of them were quite violent at first).

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