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Song Parodies -> "Ride High Tide (OWS movement)"

Original Song Title:

"Side By Side"

Original Performer:

Ray Charles

Parody Song Title:

"Ride High Tide (OWS movement)"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

Occupiers in Manhattan and other cities, confident that the tide of public opinion eventually will rise to help them, vow to persevere through the inclement weather that has arrived and will worsen. TOS likewise promised tenacity and eventual success in a committed relationship despite hardships. After several negative parodies on OWS, I wanted to be fair and balanced.
Oh, greed! One percent snares half the money;
Payments are draggin', banks dun me.
But we're savagely strong, bringin' this throng;
Ride high tide.

Don't know what sums into more owed;
Maybe it's double what's borrowed.
Must unravel tax code, parin' our load;
Ride high tide.

Youth calls, finding whether
Haughty rich guys should fall.
Justice longs to shear through tether,
So freely we must batter them all. [1]

Yes, we've all had our quarrels and smarted;
We peaceful came, won't be parted.
Depravity's strong; wring out the wrong;
Ride high tide.

Through Fall's kindly weather,
Naught from the sky could fall.
Winter-long, we'll cheer together;
Though freezing, will not scatter or stall. [1]

When we've all fed the squirrels, departed,
We'll see the flame that we started.
Just have-nots belong, ringin' a gong;
Ride high tide.
[1] I matched the shorter Patsy Cline version of that line.

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Barry J. Mitchel - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I wrote this before the great October snow storm in the northeastern USA.
AFW - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Good subs, and lyrical work......ya know, I'm not quite sure how to slice this "Occu-pie" thing...In a way, it would seem as though many of these groups are just unfairly critical and envious of those who've had the initiative, talent and fortitude to go out and capture their american dreams...I realize there's always gonna' be the extremes, and those we'd label the excessively greedy rich...but on the other hand, there's, also, the greedy poor....and I'm not saying this because I'm rich...far from it, I'm just another shucker surviving on SS, at an amount way below poverty levels...but I do own my own home, and have scratched and grabbed enough, (honestly) in my lifetime to get by..I'm inclined to believe, from media accounts, etc. that many of these protesters are of the "Gimme" variety. I say this, even though I lean pretty much democratic and liberal in my political beliefs....Since you've parodied both sides of the fence, how do you feel about it?
Leo Keough - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
From what I've read, the OWS movement hasn't focused on the real problem, which would be the abuse of power and position to enrich oneself, as opposed to getting or being rich as a result of one's honest and ethical efforts...Nice to see the fair and balanced approach...555
Barry J. Mitchel - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I wrote this from the viewpoint of a protester. My prior parodies express my view, similar to that in the Oklahoma song parody series by Old Man Ribber.

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