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Song Parodies -> "USDA"

Original Song Title:

"YMCA"

Original Performer:

Village People

Parody Song Title:

"USDA"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

The United States Department of Agriculture is the bureaucracy responsible for farm subsidies. Theoretically, farm subsidies help small farmers deal with risk, but many subsidies go to wealthy businessmen (including Ted Turner, Kenneth Lay, and David Rockefeller) or dead people (1.1 billion dollars to 173,000 deceased individuals between 1999 and 2005). And many subsidy dollars are given to farmers NOT to plant crops. Conservatives criticize farm subsidies and liberals criticize farm subsidies, so why do farm subsidies continue to grow?
Farmers, there’s no need to bend down.
I said, farmers, don’t plant seeds in the ground.
I said, farmers, super fortunes abound,
There’s no need to be un-wealthy.

Farmers, there’s a place you can go,
I said, farmers, if you want lots of dough,
There are clerks there, and they will let you know
Many ways to build your cash flow.

It’s fun to exploit the USDA,
It’s fun to exploit the USDA.
There are big subsidies for you all to receive;
All your dreams can now be achieved.

It’s fun to live off the USDA,
It’s fun to live off the USDA.
You can make yourself rich,
You can do what you want,
You can buy Utah or Vermont.

Farmers, you can even be dead,
Cash checks and give thanks to Great Uncle Fred.
Bureaucrats don’t care if he is alive.
Think big when the next check arrives

That’s when you should buy a new yacht
And say “Congress, are you ready or not
To increase funds for the USDA?
If not, we’ll send you on your way.”

So please be good to the USDA,
Yes, please be good to the USDA.
There are so many ways for life to be enjoyed,
Farmers need big cars and new toys.

Scottie Pippen loves the USDA,
Rockefellers love the USDA.
It’s a bottomless pit
From which you can withdraw,
And you’re not breaking any law.

Congress, do you hear what they say?
They say, farmers vote on election day.
They say, Congress, in your seats you can stay,
But you’ve got to know this one thing:

Farmers have political clout
Don’t oppose them or they will vote you out!
If you stop funding the USDA
Your next campaign is DOA.

This is OK,
Taxpayers pay,
We get our way,
USDA!
A long time ago, Graham Lester did the first AmIRight parody of YMCA titled U.S.D.A., but with a completely different assessment of the services performed by this agency.

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Dylan Baranski - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
If the Republicans criticize farm subsidies & the Democrats criticize farm subsidies, then the Republicrats sure as heck criticize them!
MasonR - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Great political commentary here...maybe I should go purchase a farm.
Tommy Turtle - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
You answered your own question: all those welfare recipients vote (and donate). Satire in the finest tradition: spoofing the idiocies of those with power. Vote: 222, plus a subsidy of 333 to help you cope with the dreaded spectre of foreign competition so you can write more like this. 555
AFW - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Smart satire..top fives
Kristof Robertson - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Sharp as the blades on a combine harvester. Not many farms in South West London, but growing up in rural Australia, I totally relate to this. 555
TJC - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm with Kristof's analysis on this one... fun one and so true (also, LOL to TT's reply)
John Jenkins - September 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks for all of the votes and comments. TT, I think I need a bigger subsidy so I can compete with foreign parodists like Kristof.
stuart mcarthur - September 21, 2007 - Report this comment
what Kristof said - I'm not sure about the detail of the subject matter but I'm sure about the quality fo the writing - beautiful pacing JJ - 555
Johnny D - September 21, 2007 - Report this comment
There should be a (U)(S)(D)epartment of (A)miRight to subsidize parodies like this - funded by "Monopoly Money" only, of course!
Jonathan S - September 21, 2007 - Report this comment
What?! I thought of using "USDA" as a sub for "YMCA"! Not this exact idea, but, still...*sigh*

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