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toadfrog Lyr Add: Conservative ballads (19) RE: Lyr Add: Conservative ballads 14 Jul 03


McGrath, that song has to be from the heart; the bosses would not have paid perfectly good money for a song that doesn't scan any better than that. Another question is, how many of those political songs of the 30's through 60's ever really "passed into the oral tradition." Some doubtless did. Probably a lot more in the U.K. than here; I still don't think songs automatically become traditional because they are sung for 15 or 20 years at self-consciously folksy hootenanies.

The motto of the John Birch Society was, "This is a republic, not a democracy, let's keep it that way!" That has to be the basis for a song, but I only got this far:

(Tune- "This Land is Your Land")

This is a Rebublic, it is not a democracy,
So kindly spare us your pious hypocrisy!
From our Fox News broadcast, to our glorious plutocracy!
This land belongs to me, me, me!

As I was walking ..........[can anyone finish this?]

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