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Original Song Title:

"The Sound of Silence"

Original Performer:

Simon and Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"The Friend of Violence"

Parody Written by:

John Harvey

The Lyrics

Hello Saddam, my old friend
We want our weapons back again
Because you have had them for far too long
The old commie threat is dead and gone
And your oil that our moguls long to drain
Still remains
We must resort to violence

From the bases that we own
We will bomb Iraqi homes
'Neath the fallout of a mushroom cloud
Iraq civilian crying grows so loud
When the greed of man pushed us into this here fight
Bush ain't so bright
'Cause he is the friend of violence

Whatever Rummy boy may say
Ten thousand kids die anyway
People follow without listening
Taking orders without thinking
People starting wars where life will not be spared
No one cared
About these deaths from violence

"Fools," said I, "I want no war
Just so those oil wells can flow
Hear the words that I say to you
Do not let Bush dictate to you"
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And could not stop his urge for violence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the plan that Bush had made
And the Left gave to us a warning
Hate of U.S. will be forming
And they all said "Bush can't command because he had gone AWOL
In drinking halls."
He ushered in an age of violence

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Pacing: 4.0
How Funny: 3.1
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 20

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 5   11

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John Harvey - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Please don't let your political biases effect your ratings. Judge me on my ability, not my beliefs. Thank you.
Phil Alexander - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
A powerful parody, very impressive - don't let a troll with a penchant for 1's get you down.
Jonathan C. - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't agree with your political views either, but this is pretty good.
Jeff Reuben - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
I echo Phil's comments. Not a funny song, but very powerful and well written.
John Jenkins - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
John, you have composed a very powerful piece of propaganda for an unenlightened point of view. If it was all about oil, wouldn't we have done something differently in the 1991 Persian Gulf War? And your last verse implies that because of Bush's uncompromising position, some people will begin to hate us. Hello, 9/11/01 proves that they already do. I do agree that the US should thoroughly explore all possible diplomatic and other alternatives to war.
Nick - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Good work! Unfortunately political biases DO affect many people's song ratings.
John Harvey - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Just so you know, I practice what I preach as far as the ratings go. If my political views are in conflict with those of the author, I don't vote on those parodies. I leave the political stuff by the Florios alone. Again, thank you for your comments.
Michael Pacholek - February 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Fours for style and humor (even if it is what used to be known as black humor), five for being right. So I let my politics color my vote. At least I can vote here. This ain't Florida.
Taoist - February 28, 2003 - Report this comment
I like it! Don't worry about the votes, your subject matter will ensure plenty of low scores from people opposed to your views (the bad guys!)
John Harvey - February 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Glad you liked it, Taoist. After this one, I did a few non-political ones. I gotta keep my ratings up ;). I'll get back to politics soon. I'm just trying to come up with a new and effective way to condemn Bush. It's sort of like trying to come up with a good Sk8er Boi parody. Thanks for your support!
Robert J. Pagliaro - September 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Because of the contest, I just saw this one. Sorry I missed it when it first came out. Hell of a job.
AMIRIGHT AWARDS NOMINEE - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
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