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Song Parodies -> "The Poor Are Gone"

Original Song Title:

"I Can See Clearly Now"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Johnny Nash

Parody Song Title:

"The Poor Are Gone"

Parody Written by:

Offender

The Lyrics

Some lofty-sounding causes, on closer examination, are evil to the core; the worldwide elimination of poverty, for instance.
Accounts are clear now that the poor are gone;
No more welfare checks to send down their way.
We just shot every last one of their kind;
The poor have all died (died), died (died);
They've gone away!

Now we can forget population controls;
Our urban blight problems have disappeared.*
Now we have made poverty history:
The poor have all died (died), died (died);
They've gone away!

Look all around;
There's nothing but rich guys!
Look everywhere;
Nothing but rich guys!

Our ledger's clear now that the poor are gone;
Prosperity's finally come to stay.
Only one cause for this now can we find:
The poor have all died (died), died (died);
They've gone away!
*Reference: "A Boy And His Dog"

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Michael Pacholek - October 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Tell ya what: I'll support shooting all the poor people... if I can first hack into your bank's computer, empty it out, and then we'll start with you, and then you'll just have to trust me to kill all the rest. Do we have a deal? No? Of course not, not when the shoe with the holes in it is on the other foot. Say hello to your boy Bill Bennett for me, you Nazi freak!
Red Ant - October 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Flawed idea Offender, but I couldn't help get a chuckle out of this (despite the fact that by all government standards I am "poor"). I do hope you aren't even remotely serious with this piece though.
Offender - October 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Hey, if I were serious, do you think I'd be posting this here? It looks like I disturbed at least one guilty conscience today, though.
carol - October 09, 2005 - Report this comment
funny, well done but disturbing because you can bet your last pencil that some idiot/s out there will take it seriously. 5's
Ethan Mawyer - October 09, 2005 - Report this comment
My interpretation of this parody is that the only way to eliminate poverty is kill all the poor people, which is evil, so we should stop trying to eliminate poverty. I agree that killing poor people is evil, but not with the rest. First of all, killing people is expensive and probably would end up costing more than it does to support those who cannot support themselves. Also, poverty is relative. If the poorest were eliminated, the less rich would become relatively poor. I have no idea how to eliminate poverty - that may be impossible without drastic changes in our socio-economic structure, but it could certainly be alleviated somewhat if taxes went to help American citizens instead of trying to win an unwinnable war.
Offender - October 09, 2005 - Report this comment
"funny, well done but disturbing because you can bet your last pencil that some idiot/s out there will take it seriously."

You don't say! At least Ethan Mawyer got the point, though killing people is not very expensive and our government has already tried every solution mentioned (and those solutions have failed). Poverty is relative, which is why we should stop trying to eliminate it: we can't eliminate an abstraction! What we can do is make poverty a more comfortable and bearable condition. A way this could be done is described in Neal Stephenson's novel, The Diamond Age.
Lobo the Duck - October 09, 2005 - Report this comment
"Fallen are the rich men's towers. (As are the poor men's towers, but these guys were only relatively poor: they were still quite rich. Like, how many towers have you got?)"

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