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Song Parodies -> "The Eurosceptic Tango"

Original Song Title:

"The Masochism Tango"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"The Eurosceptic Tango"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

A brief glossary of the acronyms so loved by politicos and the like (in alphabetical order of appearance):
CAP - the Common Agricultural Policy (where most of the EU budget is spent)
EEC - the European Economic Community
EMU - Economic and Monetary Union (the single currency - the Euro)
UKIP - the UK Independence Party (a laughable bunch of self-important nitwits)
I hate all those foreign practitioners
But much more all those Euro-commissioners
They're far too left-wing
And that's why we sing
And we dance to the Eurosceptic Tango.

Let our rule be from London, not Brussels
We don't want standard snails, whelks or mussels
Bangers, they bleat
Should be more than half meat
As we dance to the Eurosceptic Tango.

No directives
To tell us how to live
And no more cash we'll give
To fund the CAP
Do not expand
To add those Eastern lands
So who'll be next - Japan?
To join the EEC

They preach with an attitude sermon-y
Going on 'bout employment in Germany
It's so plain to see
We don't want to be
Luxembourgeoisie
So we tango.

They get up my nose
And they make my teeth clench, Love,
The Spanish and French, Love,
With their fishing and farms
And when subsidy goes
They'll block up the street, Love,
As their MP sheep bleat, Love,
With undue false alarms

It's only the Danes showing sanity
The rest are insane full of vanity
You know what they do?
Yes, it's full EMU
So we dance to the Eurosceptic Tango.

Don't understand
Our green and pleasant land
As over it we hand
To Eurocratic spooks
Can't be ignored
The billions in fraud
A veritable hoard
We're throwing at those crooks

Now let me tell you what we need-a
Is a new party, with me as leader
The name, it shall be
The UKIP
As we dance to the Euro-
sceptic Tango.

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Birgitta - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Right you are mate! :-D Ya know Phil,I not only do I love your parodies & your own style with them,but they seem to take on a life of their own.Even if you just look at the pattern of each individual one-just neat little stanzas.I love everything about this.GJ :-D
Phil Alexander - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Birgitta- that must be one of the nicest things anyone's said about my parodies :-)
Claude Prez - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Loved the "Luxembourgeoisie" part but the whole thing was great fun.
Birg - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
YQW Phil. :-D
John Jenkins - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good parody, Phil. I liked the Japan line. Thanks for reminding us that there is political humor outside of the US.
Romano Prodi - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
I bet no-one on this board knows who I am
martha - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent parody v funny
Phil Alexander - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Romano - I do :-) And that's without doing any research for this parody. I'll have a go at recording it at the weekend: I've borrowed a new audio I/O device for the PC, which should get the guitar in a bit better than the on-board sound chip..
Martha - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Good luck with the recording Phil Romano I have just submitted a pro EU(Ballad of Berlaymont) song for you! and another anti Euro one for you Phil....(just say no) just can't quite make up my mind!
Diva - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
I enjoyed it!
Phil Alexander - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Martha - must admit, I'm in two minds with regard to the EEC: I approve of the idea in principle, but dislike the implementation.. there's way too much nationalism in the running of it, and too little trying to work out how things might be made better for everyone. Here's another Euro-parody for you: http://www.amiright.com/parody/70s/richardobrien1.shtml
Jack Wilson - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Great job, Phil!
Laurence Dunne - February 19, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm going to send in one called "welcome to the Eurozone "(welcome to the pleasuredome)

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