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Song Parodies -> "Waiting for the Smirk to Leave"

Original Song Title:

"Waiting on the World to Change"

Original Performer:

John Mayer

Parody Song Title:

"Waiting for the Smirk to Leave"

Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

I began writing this parody several months ago, but as recently as last week (late April 2008), Ol' George was blaming the Democratic-ruled (by slim majority) Congress for not being so quick to pass the kind of legislation that he loves to sign. I guess Dubya misses his old Republican yes-men. BTW, this might be only my second parody based on a 21st-century song!
All us Dems in Congress
Accused of standing still,
With George Bush and his vetoes
There’s no way we’ll pass a bill.
The old Republican-led Congress, yeah,
Would give Bush just what he pleases.
We no longer kiss his tush, so we are
Condemned to drag our keysters.

So now we’re waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
We’ll keep on waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
With one more year in office,
He has one more year to scoff us,
So we’ll be waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.

For seven years of Bushdom
It’s one step forward, six steps back.
We have seen FEMA blow Katrina,
Seen the Big Iraq Attack.
And then there’s wiretaps, poor health care,
The huge tax breaks for the rich;
When he destroyed the balanced budget, wow,
I could scream, “You careless b****!”

So now we’re waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
We keep on waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
If neocons get sane,
They might go vote for John McCain.
Still, we keep waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.

(instrumental break)

Oh yeah, we’re waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
We keep on waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
We’ll choose Hillary Mama,
Or we’ll elect Barack Obama.
Still, we must keep waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.

You know, we must keep waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
A year of waiting,
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.
Waiting for the Smirk to leave.

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UnKnownVotress - May 06, 2008 - Report this comment
. . . . waiting for the 'jerk' to leave . . .
John Jenkins - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
This appears to consist primarily of left wing sound bites that are not really supported by facts. With respect to “tax breaks for the rich,” the wealthiest 10% of U.S. taxpayers earn 46% of national income and pay 70% of federal income taxes. What per cent do you think would be fair? Believe me, I’m not one of the rich, but the more the tax system is modified to punish the rich or productive segment of the nation, the more they will find ways to earn their income elsewhere or become less productive. Conversely, as was shown when tax rates for everyone were reduced, the economy improved.

By the way, while I think the Bush tax cuts were entirely appropriate, I do agree with your criticism of the Republican Congress (pre-2007), if you're referring to their feeble attempts to control federal spending.
Melanie Lee - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
John: I appreciate your oft-thoughful and challenging comments; keep it up. As for my left-wing soundbites, well, I don't have time in a song parody for a thorough explanation of every point I make. Many of my opinions come from what I've observed, not from what I was told to think. BTW, why assume that the richest people are the most productive? Some are productive, of course; some are just clever or lucky or well-indoctrinated. And of course, Oprah or Condi notwithstanding, it helps to be a white man. Think of the plantation: who was more productive, the plantation owner or the slaves? We have degrees of this all through time and all over the world: from the fairest CEO to the cruelest taskmaster, from slavery to serfdom to big corporations. Actually, there's nothing wrong per se with a few getting rich off the labor of many, if the many are well-compensated. However, when the CEO makes over 400x as much as his lowest worker, when too many workers can't find full-time jobs or have no health insurance or benefits, when, as I heard on the news this morning, a woman who works full time had her lights turned off because energy costs are so high and she can't pay her electric bills, something is terribly, terribly wrong. When the very rich scheme to dodge both taxes and fair wages, when they drive up profits and drive down wages, benefits, and jobs themselves, something is terribly wrong. When they squeeze, as I love to say these days, more work from fewer people for less pay, something is terribly wrong. Wow, I can rant, can't I?
John Jenkins - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Melanie, thank you for reacting, but not over-reacting. I do have sympathy for the woman whose electricity got shut off; but most, if not all, utilities do offer reduced rates for low income customers. Which means that normal ratepayers, like you and I, are paying part of her electric bill. I don’t know the details, but I don’t think her plight can be blamed on President Bush or corporate America. I really don’t disagree with your statement above; but I’m not sure if it is a justification for raising tax rates on the rich. If it is, then it appears that your goal, like Obama’s, is “fairness” (punishment of the rich) rather than improvement of the economy.

I meant to say earlier, that in spite of disagreement with the overall theme, not a bad parody. Smirk is a good word to use to spoof the president – I have used it on AmIRight myself.
Jay - May 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought this was good.
Melanie Lee - May 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Ah, John...guess what? I'm NOT a normal ratepayer! I work part-time and make a four-figure salary, so this year a government agency is paying my gas heating bills. The phone company cut back on my services, and the electric company has threatened to cut me off. Thanks to recent tax returns and the tax rebate (which I think wasn't a smart idea but I'll take advantage anyway), I've caught up on the phone and electric bill, and now the electric company will give me a reduced rate, too. So I guess that means you're paying part of MY utilities! So how can she afford to be on the internet, you ask? Four ways: I'm allowed to use the computers at work during my "down time"; an internet cafe in my neighborhood charges $2 an hour; there's the local public library (ah, those government services again!); and once in a blue moon I use my sister's computer. Come to think of it, I got my MA at a public college and work at a public college, so I practically owe my life to the government dole! Do you want to kill me now? Anyway, when I had a little more money I contributed to the fund of one of those utilities, so I have no problem helping to support those who are worse off than I am. In some ways, I still do! When and if I make enough money to support myself again, I'll be happy, as the Bible says, to leave the edges of my fields and the gleanings for the poor and the alien (see Leviticus 23:22).
John Jenkins - May 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I like and agree with your biblical reference. But, Melanie, it sounds like there is no Mr. Lee in the picture, which means you should be very wary of Mr. Pacholek and other AmiRight liberal parodists in the NY area who might like to collaborate on parodies and stuff with you.
Michael Pacholek - May 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Speak of the devil (or at least the New Jersey Devils fan)... John, they might MAKE 46 percent, but they sure as hell don't EARN that much. Melaine, the smirk has left. It left in November 2006. Alas, the Smirker is still there, but hang in there. We've survived 91 percent of this illegitimate Administration. Not long now.

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