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Song Parodies -> "Call 'May Day!' (income tax audit)"

Original Song Title:

"Galway Bay"

Original Performer:

Daniel O'Donnell

Parody Song Title:

"Call 'May Day!' (income tax audit)"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

If you have been struggling with income tax forms lately, you are not alone. In fact, you might even qualify to join those in the current D.C. heirarchy who have (had) similar problems. As a former professional tax preparer during recessions, I can sympathize. I hope that these lyrics, based on this old Irish folk song, give you a humorous break.
If you ever get the third degree from IRS [1]
For maybe not disclosing all your pay,
You will sit and watch what's due rise in the audit,
And bleed your money down and call "May Day!"

Just to fear again their rifflin' through your papers
And thumbin' through your mailbox seeking hay, [2]
And to sit abidin' inquirin' and jabbin'
At what you dared deduct on Schedule A.

Then one seizes on your rental homes and farmland,
All surfeits by bad weather and grey snow;
And for whim investments, up since friggin' '80s,
Peaks your anguish that on Schedule D should show.

When those politicians try to breach our IRAs, [3]
They're shorn of trust for greed that's sought too far.
But their might is swelled so, chasin' tax with goon teams;
In light of many scandals, some are scarred.

And if I'm going to lead good life hereafter,
Then somehow I'll abjure my calumny. [4]
I will mask my wad, hew debt (see Chapter 7),
If they expand my loss with IRS fee. [5] & [1]
[1] Sing "eye-ress"; "third degree" like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.
[2] Hay in the sense "to make hay out of", to one's advantage.
[3] Sing "eye-rays"; is Treasury going to "offer" annuities for them?
[4] Plead guilty and promise to do better.
[5] Bankruptcy does not absolve one of income tax and penalties.

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Patrick - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
My Dad used to sing Galway Bay when I was young. Your parody brings back memories. Never put my money in an IRA, didn't wan't to support terrorism in my ancestral land. I remember an episode of that show "Different Strokes" when someone mentioned IRA. They said the "IRA are Irish terrorists. IRS are American terrorists. Or as like to refer to them "Waffen IRSS". Drudge Report announced recently that the tax boys are looking to buy 60 new tactical shotguns.
Monday Morning QB - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
As a tip-o'-m'-hat to Charlie Rangel, I'd sing in the middle stanza "vacation homes on islands" instead of "your rental homes and farmland"; also "ought" for "should" to avoid the double "sh-" and mimic "not" in the OS.
Old Man Ribber - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Begorah! Our leaders would take more note if they actually PAID their taxes. Fine job, me lad! ;D
Barry J. Mitchel - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Patrick: Thanks for reminding me of the "other" IRA, coincidentally Irish.
MMQB: Even better sub for "should show" is "bought low" (and sold high).
OMR: Thanks; since your postings today cover 3 ethnicities, I am humbled with only this 1.
Mark Scotti - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
None of these leaders want to part with their 'green"!! LOL
Phil Nelson - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
DKTOS but this parody won't be pinched for not wearing green! 555 shamrocks
Fiddlegirl - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
555 Shillelaghs!
Monday Night FB - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Other sources of income (line 9) are rental FEES, royalties and farmSTands. Report them or end with a penalty (line 20).
Christie Marie M - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
This satire "accounts" very well! Looking forward to my refund coming up, but our Income Taxes haven't been finalized yet. :( Here's a refund of $555. I think you and TT have a lot in common when it comes to economical/political topics!
Barry J. Mitchel - March 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks to all v/c's. Just 37 days to due date! Long ago, when rules were simpler, the deadline was March 15, or if that fell on a Saturday, it was "green" Saint Patrick's Day.

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