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Song Parodies -> "Don't Let Wal-Mart In Your Town"

Original Song Title:

"Stop Dragging My Heart Around"

Original Performer:

Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

Parody Song Title:

"Don't Let Wal-Mart In Your Town"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

Wal-Mart's bottom-line madness forces wages down around the globe, kills existing small businesses and then offers lousy wages with poor benefits in exchange. In most places their workers cannot afford to go through Wal-Mart for their health insurance because the premiums they would have to pay are too high. If they do not have a spouse with a useable plan then they often end up using the Emergency Rooms that the Public pays for when they or their children get sick. So count ALL the costs before you pat yourself on the back for saving a couple bucks shopping at one of these places. If they want to come into your town, keep 'em out!
Well, Wal-Mart wants to build a Super Store
In your town; you'd better not ignore
Don't say "Yeah, well, what is the big to-do?"
You'd better know what you are getting into

Say you've got some real nice businesses in town
And you'd like it if they stuck around
Keep Wal-Mart out, keep Wal-Mart out
Keep Wal-Mart out of your town

Don't just think about the things you've wanted
You'd better think about what this will cost
Yes, a few bucks you'll save but you'll be seeing
The businesses you loved will soon be gone

I know you really want get the best buys
You want to get the best price that you can, for sure

Maybe you should stop to figure out what's wise
Yeah, please think about the folks who'll get hurt
Keep Wal-Mart out, Keep Wal-Mart out
Keep Wal-Mart out of your town

Wal-Mart's bottom line; it sure screws up the world
Force wages down wherever they go
Try to conceal; keep the damage hid
Their cost-cutting will be paid for by you
'Cause their employees gonna use your E.R.
'Cause their health coverage plan just isn't too good

Hey, it's time for you to figure out what's wise
Yeah, go stop and count the ways you'll get hurt
Keep Wal-Mart out, Keep Wal-Mart out
Keep Wal-Mart out of your town
Don't let Wal-Mart in your town

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Pacing: 3.9
How Funny: 3.9
Overall Rating: 3.8

Total Votes: 31

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Johnny D - August 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Amen, Brother Paul, amen!
Paul Robinson - August 29, 2004 - Report this comment
JD - Thanks/Hallelujah.
Jonathan C. - August 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Beech Grove (a suburb of Indianapolis) is trying to keep Wal-Mart out of it's town. Maybe this might educate us as to their reasoning. Thanks.
Adagio - August 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Good job, Paul. You're right...count the cost! 5's
Paul Robinson - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Johnathan C., good luck! I live in Culver City, California and just recently our neighgboring city, Inglewood, voted on a referendum that Wal-Mart managed to get on the ballot and turned them away! If you can show the folks in your community those "hidden costs" and harm they might just do the same thing. Adagio, Thanks! Just applying logic beyond one dimension.
Ashkicksass - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Very nice, Paul! I second Johnny's Amen!
Paul Robinson - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Ash-k...
alvin rhodes - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
i have four of those suckers within a 10 mile radius...they're evil
Paul Robinson - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Wow, alvin, "Wall-to-Wall Wal-Marts" You know, maybe they are like the "Borg Collective" in "Star Trek" - "Borg-Marts" - that go around assimilating businesses, jobs, communities, wages, county budgets - you name, they suck it up...and what's sad is that so many people leave these places all happy that they've saved 4 or 5 bucks on some item or whatever without realizing that they are also chipping away at the very foundation of the community in which they live.
Tim Hall - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Paul, this parody shows that low prices come at a very high cost.
Paul Robinsonq - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Yes, sometimes they sure do, Tim. Thanks.
Meriadoc - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Culver City, Paul? As close as that? :-O Clue: Think of another Tom Petty song lyric..... ;-)
Paul Robinson - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
Mer - Well, let's see, maybe "Century City", but I'm thinkin' "Free Fallin", with the reference to "Reseda"...???
some person - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey Paul, when did your last name become Robinsonq? I thought it was just Robinson...
Paul Robinson - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
some person, so did I...every so often I somehow manage to hit the "q" key when reaching with my little finger to hit the "TAB" button. And every so often when I have done that I don't see the "q" stuck on the end of my name before I hit the "Submit comment" button. I've thought about how to pronounce it. "Rob-in-zonk" would seem about right, and perhaps fitting. Reminds me of a template type letter my older brother got from a bank in the early days of "mail-merge" programs (early 1970's). It was addressed to "Mr. & Mrs. David Ribibsib" and the salutation inside began, "Dear Mr. Ribibsib" as well. He hung onto that his whole life. Had it in a desk drawer.
Agrimorfee - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
My wife works for Wal-Mart, not very happily, and will appreciate the humor behind this. Any other Walmart dissing songs here that anyone knows of, lemme know! :) 555
Paul Robinson - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
Agrimorfee - Thanks! You know, I think maybe John Barry did a pretty good one a couple weeks ago. He does a lot of "theme" days, so it was probably on a day when he did songs of other merchant or department stores.
Meriadoc - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
;-)
Paul Robinson - September 13, 2004 - Report this comment
Hmmm...looks like Wal-Marts Executive board came down here to weigh in on this parody...Let's see, 4/"1-1-1"'s at "2-1-1" and a "3-1-1". Well, I guess I got treated about as fairly as Wal-Mart generally treats anybody. Hey, thanks...
Paul Robinson - November 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Ahh...picked up an extra "1-1-1" vote here I see...another Wal-Mart exec, I guess...well...thanks again!
Tim Hall - November 20, 2004 - Report this comment
if Wal-Mart want to expand and create jobs in southern California, they should go to Watts or Compton. Otherwise, forget it!
Paul Robinson - November 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks for looking in, Tim...
Death To Triple One Voters - March 09, 2005 - Report this comment
What's with the 5 ones for pacing?!?! I certainly thought this parody was very well paced, as did 12 other people.
Paul Robinson - March 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Death to 3/1 v's - What can I tell you? I think I was visited by Wal-Marts Executive Board...but that's still better than they treat most of their employees - not to mention their overseas contractors (and THEIR employees)...Thanks!

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