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Song Parodies -> "Seat for Sale"

Original Song Title:

"Love for Sale"

Original Performer:

Billie Holiday

Parody Song Title:

"Seat for Sale"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

Illinois governor Blagojevich allegedly solicited favors from some candidates to fill Obama's Senate post. Springfield is the capital, but I suspect that many political deals happen elsewhere. See Billie_ Holiday_love_for_sale for Cole Porter's 1930 lyrics.
When the value found in the empty seat
Is the extra bread or the office sweet
That belongs to a crony sop,
I sow my crop.
When the goons so long have been tempting fate
By their wayward ways in this favored state,
That fate's smile becomes a smirk,
I grab new perk.

Seat for sale.
Abdicated Senate seat for sale.
Seat that's fresh and little used,
Seat that hasn't been abused,
Seat for sale.
Who will buy?
Who would like an ample place to fly?
Who's prepared to pay my price
For a trip to avarice?
Seat for sale.
Let newspapers gripe of graft,
Have their chiding say.
I know every type of graft;
It's Chicago's way.
If you want the swill of graft,
I'll show you the drill of graft --
Old graft, new graft,
Every kind of Blue graft.
Seat for sale.

Just vacated Senate seat for sale.
If you want to try that chair,
Allow me to claim your ware.
Seat for sale.
Seat for sale.
Send comments/reviews (not royalties) to bjmitchel@att.net also.

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Barry J. Mitchel - December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
The last line could be "Seat in jail". I'd also change "grab" to "reap", the fruit of "sow".
John Jenkins - December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Good stuff, Barry. I know that Illinois has had some Red graft, too; but I did like the "Old graft, new graft/ Every kind of Blue graft" couplet.
Dana Mathewson - June 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Love it! It's a wonderful song, by a wonderful song writer, of course. And it's ripe territory for your treatment. Plus, it's nice to see Blago get what was coming to him.

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