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Lyr Add: Makin' Weapons

dick greenhaus 15 Sep 02 - 04:20 PM
Amos 15 Sep 02 - 05:24 PM
McGrath of Harlow 15 Sep 02 - 06:35 PM
Genie 15 Sep 02 - 09:32 PM
Jim Krause 15 Sep 02 - 10:14 PM
McGrath of Harlow 16 Sep 02 - 02:08 PM
McGrath of Harlow 16 Sep 02 - 02:31 PM
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Subject: Makin' Weapons
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 15 Sep 02 - 04:20 PM

MAKIN' WEAPONS
(Les Barker)

Another day,
Another state,
One more unstable
Potentate;
He's unelected
And he's suspected
Of makin' weapons.

A jar of germs,
A lot of gas,
You talk destruction;
He's talking mass;
It's really killing
That he's so willing
To make weapons.

Whose is the voice we hear
Threatening to attack?
Could it be North Korea?
Maybe it's just Iraq.

An evil axis
All by himself;
He's raising taxes
To spend on stealth;
No education
Or health; his nation
Is makin' weapons.

He's making weapons
To drop on states
For making weapons;
Such reprobates;
It seems to thrill 'em;
We'd better kill 'em
For making weapons.

He's always right;
He was before
In Vietnam,
El Salvador;
You mention Chile
In vain, for still he
Is makin' weapons.

Never attack the wealthy;
Always go for the poor;
Always attack the symptoms;
Never attempt the cure.
Appoint the judge
And you can't fail;
Where are the crooks?
They're not in jail;
Down by the rushes
A bunch of Bushes
Are makin' weapons.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Makin' Weapons
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 02 - 05:24 PM

LOL, DIck!! Congrats to Les.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Making War
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Sep 02 - 06:35 PM

Les Barker is a whole lot more than just the funniest performer I've ever see.

Eminently succinct. The title reminded me of a more wordy one I wrote a few years back, when Clinton was using this kind of thing to take people's minds off blow by blow accounts of life in the White House.

Making War

There are scandals daily breaking, and the press is on his tail,
and they say that he is finished, he belongs inside a jail,
but there's still one last solution, like so many times before -
it could bring him absolution - and they call it "Making War"
Making war, Making War - no, they don't play the bugle any more
Just a bunch of turkey shooters playing a game with their computers
they can tell you what they mean by Making War,
they can tell you what they mean by Making War.

When there's a cock-up in the White House, and the piper must be paid,
well it won't be Good Old Bill who pays to make those headlines fade.
Just you wait and see the pictures as the bombers fly once more,
count the bodies in the bunkers, when it's time for Making War.
Making war, Making War - no, they don't play the bugle any more
Just a bunch of turkey shooters playing a game with their computers
they can tell you what they mean by Making War,
they can tell you what they mean by Making War.

Do you see that sad dictator, with his country broke and bust,
and his throne is feeling shaky, seems there's no one he can trust.
Then help comes falling from the sky, saved by the bombs once more -
for the cry is "No Surrender" when your country's Making War...
Making war, Making War - no, they don't play the bugle any more
Just a bunch of turkey shooters playing a game with their computers
they can tell you what they mean by Making War,
they can tell you what they mean by Making War.

But we all know who pays the price, and it isn't you or me,
and it isn't Good Old Billy, with his pants back round his knees,
and it's not that sad dictator - he's a patriot once more -
it's those dead forgotten zeroes, in that soon forgotten war.
Making war, Making War - no, they don't play the bugle any more
Just a bunch of turkey shooters playing a game with their computers
they can tell you what they mean by Making War,
they can tell you what they mean by Making War.

But out in the city park,
they're burning bodies in the dark.
And in the shelters that we shattered
the dying dead are gathered.
In the dark they lie there screaming
- and who dares to sleep for dreaming -
they can tell you what is meant by making war,
they can tell you what is meant by making war.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Makin' Weapons
From: Genie
Date: 15 Sep 02 - 09:32 PM

Thanks for posting this wonderful Les Barker parody, Dick.

McGrath, yours is a good 'un, too. Is it to a well known tune or did you compose a tune for it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Makin' Weapons
From: Jim Krause
Date: 15 Sep 02 - 10:14 PM

Oh Dick, that was just a scream! I gotta learn the bridge and sing that someday.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Makin' Weapons
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Sep 02 - 02:08 PM

The tune I use - which I made up, but it may well have been around a few times, there are no new tunes when yoiun get down to it -is on a RealAudio sound file with a link next to the words, on my song website - marked "streaming".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Makin' Weapons
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Sep 02 - 02:31 PM

Right, well the sound file is still mssing, but the link to the musical notation of the tune is now working.


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