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Song Parodies -> "Go Down Barack (Close Guantanamo)"

Original Song Title:

"Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Go Down Barack (Close Guantanamo)"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

I wrote this tribute to the one-year closing schedule on Sunday, the Ides of March, since the tune is a slave hymn and I feel foreboding about what will happen to the prison's inmates. Stanza 1 states the Bush 43 policy. See Wikipedia for the hymn's Civil War roots and history.
Send prisoners to Cuba's land,
Vet sly evil foe,
Aggressive hardened terror band,
Set their freedoms low.

Go down, Barack,
Stray down in Cuba's land.
Fell Guantanamo,
Let those people go.

This is my word, Obama said:
Let those people go.
Fear not they'll smite your forlorn head,
When those people go.


O come, opposers, you have lost,
Let those people go,
Hear out your God and bear your cross,
When those people go.


No more shall they in bondage roil;
Let those people go,
Let them come out to U.S. soil,
But where will they go?


The ocean they could go across,
Wet those people'd go;
But in worse prisons they'd be tossed,
Where those people'd go.


When they hit beach on mother shore,
Get those people, go!
They'll ring a gong of triumph o'er,
Met by sleepers, yo!


As Holder could be on their side,
(Met those people? No.)
At his command they would be tried;
Bet those people go.


The courts will know just what to do
When those people show,
To read Geneva's rulebook through,
Let those people go.


Each judge shall stand and strike the maul, *
Let those people go!
And walls of ol' Gitmo shall fall,
When those people go.


Your foes shall now beside you stand.
Let those people go,
And they'll infest your fatherland,
When those people go.


O set them all from bondage free,
Let those people go;
And let us all for safety flee,
When those people go.


We 'deed won't always sleep 'til morn,
When those people go,
Aware their knav'ry reigns reborn,
Bet those people know.

* Maul means gavel. I reordered the original 12 stanzas (one for each tribe of ancient Israel?) to fit my imagined sequence of events. I'm at for feedback.

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Pacing: 4.0
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 4

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   1
 2   0
 3   0
 4   0
 5   3

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Poli-tick-ly Incorrect - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Isn't this so typical for liberals? They are more conerned about the welfare and well-being of the terrorists than the citizens of America. How incredibly warped, all 111s!
Patrick - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
As I read the lyrics, the author is stating the reasons the President and the courts want to close the prison in Guantanamo. He also believes, as I do, that many of the prisoners will then meet up with their cohors on the outside and we will not be able to sleep easily again, worrying about the terrorists in our midst, bent on vengeance for their captivity. Will the author please confirm or deny my interpretation?
Barry J. Mitchel - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
PI, you totally misread my intent: to focus on the danger to Americans (stanzas 2, 6 & 10-12) if those prisoners are given citizen rights in civilian courts (stanzas 7-9). I wrote this tongue-in-cheek, should have put "tribute" in quotes at the top. I am a strong "opposer" (stanza 3) of this plan by executive order. How could you not vote 5 for pacing, anyway?
Phil Alexander - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Barry - in a way, that's fairly typical sort of behaviour: PI doesn't think, he simply reacts (and doesn't vote on the merits of a song, merely whether he thinks it fits his own viewpoint). But don't you think that it's really rather cowardly to hold someone who can't be proven to be a terrorist (after all, if it *could* be proven, they'd have been charged & convicted by now), just because you're scared of what they might do if you let them out?
2Eagle - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Quite an agenda -555.
Barry J. Mitchel - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Patrick, you got it right. Phil, in every war, captured combatants have been held until a treaty. (In this case, there may never be one.) Some have been released, and some of those returned to battle. Some remaining are dangerous, and must be held somewhere secure after Gitmo is closed. That may be cowardly, as you say, but it's also prudent.

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