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Song Parodies -> "Lefty, You're A Rich Man"

Original Song Title:

"Baby, You're A Rich Man"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Lefty, You're A Rich Man"

Parody Written by:

Steve Kalafut

The Lyrics

As various left-wingers decry the "mal-distribution of wealth", it turns out that some of them are doing quite well. Every person named in this parody is politically on the left, and has a seven (or more) figure net worth, except possibly for "Kennedy", since I don't specify any individual member of this rich family of well-known liberals. Now, I don't have a problem per se with people having lots of money, but while the left often denounce "the rich", they don't seem to mind that "the rich" are sometimes right there in the mirror.
How does it feel to be
One of the well-to-do people?
Yes sir, we know who you are
Soros and Noam Chomsky
Lear jets you've flown in very far
Kerry and Kennedy

Righties are some, but not
All of the powerful people
Edwards with his perfect hair
Nancy Pelosi, too
Those two are multi-millionaires
Clintons have joined that crew

Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man, too
Complain of the gap between the rich and poor
Well, then where are you?
On the rich side, too
Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man, too

How does it feel to be
One of the privileged people?
Tuned into nature, Al Gore
Happy to be that way
Streisand and Nader are two more
Then there's the Rev Jesse J.

Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man, too
Complain of the gap between the rich and poor
Well, then where are you?
On the rich side, too
Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man
Lefty, you're a rich man, too

[repeat and fade]
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alvin - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
this was rich...nice job
McKludge - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm tired of the argument that just because a person is rich he can't speak about the plight of the poor. It is like saying that a white person can't speak about ending racism against non-whites, or a man can't speak about ending the disparity of pay between men and women. 523
MrMacphisto - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm tired of it too... I chose not to vote, since I don't want my own bias to affect Steve's ratings, but I would agree that his argument is rather weak.
John Jenkins - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
The point is that capitalism, for all of its flaws, creates more wealth than any other economic system conceived by man. Most of the people named in this parody would like to replace private enterprise with more government, which would make it more difficult for everyone, the rich and the poor, to be productive and to have opportunities to accumulate wealth. Well done, Steve.
MrMacphisto - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
John, I don't think anyone wants full fledged socialism, other than maybe Kucinich. Most liberals just want better run social programs, less war, and less corporate welfare.
Melanie Lee - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
McKludge is right. I'm very well fed; it doesn't mean that I want people to go hungry. And as you acknowledge, not all liberals are rich, and not all conservatives are rich, but it seems those on the right care less about the poor or whether their policies impoverish people. BTW, I'm a cash-poor liberal myself. That said, not a bad parody--easy to read and fairly well-argued.

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