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Song Parodies -> "Cold and Shifty Men"

Original Song Title:

"Blowin' In The Wind"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Bob Dylan

Parody Song Title:

"Cold and Shifty Men"

Parody Written by:

Leo Keough

The Lyrics

How many homes must the banks impound
Before you call it a scam?
Yes, ’n’ how many sheep must these vice thugs flail
Before they're weaker than lambs?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must these cannibals dine
Before they've foreclosed your land?
The banksters, my friend, have phony funds to lend
The banksters are cold and shifty men

How many years till your pension gets stiffed
By whores awash with disease?
Yes, ’n’ how many jobs can their greed and their grip
Export to the crowded Chinese?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can the banks churn your bread
Defending unjust debit fees?
The banksters, my friend, are holdin’ yuan and yen
The banksters are cold and shifty men

How many crimes must these men cook up
Before you concede they're sly?
Yes, ’n’ how many tears must one land pass
Before weepin' tear ducts are dry?
Yes, ’n’ how many debts will it take till you're broke
'Cause too many people got fried?
The banksters, my friend, have gold to hedge the trend
The banksters are cold and shifty men

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John Barry - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Fine job on a worthy target.
Patrick - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I've always enjoyed your Dylan parodies. This is a good one. One has to wonder about the psychology of people whose economic well being and sense of worth can only be derived from bringing down the masses to a level of total destitution.
Leo Keough - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks, folks!!!...Patrick, I haven't forgotten your request a long time ago to do one to "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts"...I got about half-way through it before I 'hit the wall'...The subject matter is more than a decade old, the OS is not known to very many on AmIRight and it's a real bear to syllable match, so it's hard to stay motivated enough to finish it...Maybe someday my muse will kick in and I'll get it done.
Patrick - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
"Jack of Hearts" is a real bear for anyone to tackle. Even the great TT declined that challenge. I never quite understood the story until I found a youtube video of Joan Baez singing it. That's seems to be common with Bob Dylan songs. Have you ever seen that video of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan lip synching to Don Mclean's "American Pie"? I thought it would be cool to have Kansas City, Kansas perform "A Hard Rain". Haven't been able to stir up much interest. "Jack of Hearts" would require the right story line, but, again, how many people here have ever heard it? That is always a factor when I'm pressed for time to read parodies. If I don't know the original, I really can't judge how well the parody matches.
Leo Keough - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
The one I was working on to "Jack of Hearts" dealt with the Lewinski scandal and the efforts to impeach Clinton. It was to be entitled "Willy, Rogue's Marriage and the Lack of Smarts." One of the problems with parodying some of Dylan's long songs is that he varies his syllable counts from one verse to the next. If you follow his pacing exactly, the parody seems incorrectly paced to someone not familiar with the OS. If you try to solve that problem by 'normalizing' the pacing, then someone familiar with the OS can fault you for poor pacing. Either way you lose.

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