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Song Parodies -> "Are You Kidding, Franklin Pierce?"

Original Song Title:

"Reeling In the Years"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Steely Dan

Parody Song Title:

"Are You Kidding, Franklin Pierce?"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

It's been a while since I posted anything, let alone another chapter in my All-42-Presidents project. This almost became a "M*A*S*H" parody: "Are You Kidding, Hawkeye Pierce?" But this guy may have been the worst of the 42... of course, that record may not hold for long.
Your everlasting policies, you can see them falling fast.
So you let the slave States rule you, thinking they are gonna last.
Well, you wouldn't know your freedom if you held it in your hand.
The way you cozy to the Southerners, I just don't understand.

Are you kidding, Franklin Pierce? Throwin' away your chance
to drive away the nation's tears, abolitionist's advance?
Are you kidding, Franklin Pierce? Throwin' away your chance
to drive away the nation's tears, abolitionist's advance?

You've been telling us that we don't need no Amendment Number 13.
Take a look at the plantation owners, can't you see that they're so mean?
The Kansas-Nebraska Act didn't turn out like you planned.
And if you run for re-election, you are going to get canned.

Are you kidding, Franklin Pierce? Throwin' away your chance
to drive away the nation's tears, abolitionist's advance?
Are you kidding, Franklin Pierce? Throwin' away your chance
to drive away the nation's tears, abolitionist's advance?

(instrumental break)

Well, it cost a lot of money and it cost a lot of lives
but we won the Civil War in April 1865.
If you'd only done the right thing in '54 like we all planned
perhaps we would not have that drunk fool Andrew Johnson in command.

Are you kidding, Franklin Pierce? Throwin' away your chance
to drive away the nation's tears, abolitionist's advance?
Are you kidding, Franklin Pierce? Throwin' away your chance
to drive away the nation's tears, abolitionist's advance?


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Johnny D - September 02, 2004 - Report this comment
I like history parodies, and this is a good one, Professor Pacholek.
Guy - September 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Not one of America's most memorable presidents but your parody is. Well done history lesson there Michael. Oh yeah, the parody wasn't bad either.
martha - September 02, 2004 - Report this comment
love the idea of these ... 5s
alvin rhodes - September 02, 2004 - Report this comment
frankly brilliant...5s.
Charlie Decker - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
Finally Franklin Peirce gets his due! All 5s, even though G.W. Bush is worse than Pierce...

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