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Song Parodies -> "Greed. Greed"

Original Song Title:

"Green, Green"

Original Performer:

The New Christy Minstrels

Parody Song Title:

"Greed. Greed"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

Dennis Kozlowski, the former chief executive officer of Tyco International Ltd., is on trial (along with his chief financial officer) for stealing $600 million from Tyco to finance his lavish lifestyle. This is in addition to the $300 million in authorized compensation that he made between 1998 and 2002. An example of Kozlowski's extravagant lifestyle is a $2.1 million birthday party for his wife on the island of Sardinia at which Jimmy Buffett performed for $250,000. Tyco paid half of the birthday party expenses. The jury began deliberations yesterday, and in her closing argument, Ann Donnelly, the prosecuting attorney, told the jurors that "Being wealthy has never been an impediment to stealing. Greed is greed." What was Kozlowski's reaction?
Greed, greed, it's greed they say
That makes me who I am.
Greed, greed, led me astray
To a rich stock option scam.

Well, I honored my wife for the day she was born
With a big Sardinia bash.
It was Mediterranean Margaritaville
And it was paid for with Tyco's cash.


Yeah, I only earned 300 million bucks,
And I needed to impress my spouse.
What would she and the neighbors think
If I only had a billion dollar house?


No, I won't care if the Dow goes down
Where I'm gonna be locked away.
I'll only care about my cell mate Spike
And the games that Spike likes to play.
Hear me cryin', its a

Greed, greed, it's greed they say
That makes me want to steal.
Greed, greed, I'm going away
With a five to ten year deal.
The trial began in late September, and shortly thereafter, Bob Gomez wrote an excellent parody about Kozlowski's legal situation titled "It's My Party."

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Johnny D - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Great job, JJ, 555 ... I wrote one about Ken Lay of Enron, called "Skim Skim For Me" ... aren't these fat cats a great source for satire?
Grace Hampton - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
The pacing was good. It was easy to sing it along with the original. The more money people have the more they want and they will get it all costs.
Paul Robinson - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
John J. - Hopefully he'll spend some serious time someplace where the only thing he can do with the money is buy cigarettes...Great job...
Bob Gomez - March 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Way to go, John, and thanks for the plug. I hope Kozlowski gets what he deserves--a great big load of Spike. d;:^)
John Jenkins - March 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Johnny, Grace, Paul, and Bob. Kozlowski is clearly guilty of arrogance and greed; but, I'm not sure that he is technically guilty of the crimes for which he is charged. It is possible that the Board of Directors approved his actions. In which case, the Board should be sued for a lot of $$, which might be a more desireable outcome.
martha - March 21, 2004 - Report this comment
great parody! love it
John Jenkins - March 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you, Martha.
Gordon Gekko - March 22, 2004 - Report this comment
I hated this one.
Ralph Nader - March 22, 2004 - Report this comment
I loved it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to tell everyone there's no important differences between George W. Bush and John Kerry.

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