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Song Parodies -> "Teachable Moments"

Original Song Title:

"Morning Has Broken"

Original Performer:

Cat Stevens

Parody Song Title:

"Teachable Moments"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

Someday, I'll write a dictionary of real meanings for political and media terms. The double-talk problem is not new. Tom Lehrer, in the prologue of his 1965 song Who's Next, noted that "...China, which we called 'Red China', exploded a nuclear bomb, which we called a 'device '." I now take issue with phrases that politicians and their media friends use to justify and excuse "ill-advised", "unfortunate","misguided","inartful", and "regretable" actions and statements by their colleagues. ;D

"Teachable moments" - that's what they lecture
As they conjecture - why something's wrong.
Words "out of context" - is what they say next.
What is it really? Dance and a song!

"Flat-fallen jokes" are - code words for blunder.
It makes us wonder - just what was meant.
Never a mess-up - no one need 'fess up.
What is it really? Covering scent!

"Teachable moments" - "I was misquoted"
"That's out of context" - "flat-fallen joke"
Always a buzz word - not what we all heard.
What is it really? Mirrors and smoke!

Wow! My opening comments were longer than the song! ;D

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Pacing: 4.5
How Funny: 4.4
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 10

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Patrick - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Ah, for the good old days when smoke only got in your eyes.
Peter Andersson - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I've always found it interesting how politicians can spin things to make it look like they are saying one thing while they are really saying something else. I think my favourite spin over the last years must have been the 500 or so days when "elite troops are no more than 24 hours behind Saddam Hussein". Considering the fact that the world has no more than 24 time zones, and that they each span no more than 1 hour, what they were really saying at the time was that they had no clue at all to his whereabouts and as far as they knew he could have been ANYWHERE on the entire planet.
Barry J. Mitchel - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Another TL line (about WVB) applies to you for this: "Say rather that he's a-political." By skewering both parties, you've avoided the unobomber so far. Here's 555 just in case.
TJC - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Our resident poly-sci prof trombonist lextrordinaire slides home another winner... I grovel at thy spit-valve, sir!
George Orwell - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
War is peace. Lies are truth. Slavery is freedom.

("1984", © 1948 George Orwell.) Nice continuation of TT's "Spin-All Wizard", at which you made similar observations. Excellent job of turning a comment into a parody - done that myself a few times. And as for the Unabomber: Ones are really Fives given by a dyslexic, who reads the ranking headings backwards. :-D
Fiddlegirl - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" - Shakespeare (Henry VI)

A pithy little nugget of truth in this parody. You could teach 'em *all* a thing or two! :)
Old Man Ribber - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks all...really!! ;D

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