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Song Parodies -> "Who's Got The Last Laugh? Mao!"

Original Song Title:

"They All Laughed"

Original Performer:

Ella Fitzgerald

Parody Song Title:

"Who's Got The Last Laugh? Mao!"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

OK, I wanted to do this without my long-winded intro. All I'll say is I hope you know some Chinese history! ;D


We all laughed at all the Chinese monarchs,
Shang, Tang, Ming. Manchu, and all.
We all giggled that they built the big Great Wall.
We all laughed 'though Marco Polo's travels
Proved there was great culture there.
And 'though we laughed louder
They gave us gun powder.
We made jokes about their hair.

We laughed at Chiang Kai-shek's plan,
But when World War Two was won,
Then came a man
Who said peace came from a gun!

And so now we'll owe the Chinese trilliions.
Look who is joking now.
Says Hu Jintao
"Who's got the last laugh? Mao!".

We all laughed at all the Chinese thinkers,
Jokes that start "Confucius say".
We all roared each time we saw Chinese ballet.
We all laughed at all the Chinese stories -
"Emperor and Nightengale"???
Their dragon - wormy!
Way too thin and squirmy!
Beat our dragons? FAIL!

We laughed at all this and such.
Now the Chinese control our debt.
We fools spent too much
And we're not through spending yet.

Let's all hope that dinners and star power
Fakes out Hu Jintao.
'Cause Zhou Enlai -
Who's got the last laugh?
Deng Xiaoping -
Who's got the last laugh?
Kublai Khan -
Who's got the last laugh?
Mao!






My friend Tommy knows I chide him about footnoting, but I think you will get it. ;D One bomber - you win! Please have a little mercy...I won't rip you again, buddy! ;D

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Patrick - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
They've got me hooked on sweet & sour chicken and fried rice. Just like the Marseilles mob got all those dudes in NYC hooked on smack. I think it's part of a conspiracy.
TJC - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Yours are a few of my favorite Mings!
Very clever and lexpertly crafted. A great title sub to boot.
Sorry, though--you'll have to distill the n-hexane and cull the lead from these fives before they're safe to handle...
Andy Primus - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Well done, my old china (Cockney slang - bet you don't know what china means, without looking it up).

I see the one-bomber didn't "Shun" your "Song" then.
Old Man Ribber - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks all. Andy - I was almost 21 when I learned what "bloody" actually meant! lol ;D
Fiddlegirl - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Title switch of the day... The Powers that Be would do well to take heed. :)...( LOL @ TJC)
Tommy Turtle - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
China was the world's leader in technology before the Renaissance in the West, say, around 1000-1500 A. D. In addition to gunpowder, they created spaghetti (Marco Polo took it back to Italy, and the rest, as they say, is pastary ;) , a clock, compass (and the discovery of the concept of true north, with magnetic declination towards the North Pole), papermaking, printing, matches, dry docks, the double-action piston pump, cast iron, the iron plouw, the horse collar, the multi-tube seed drill, the wheelbarrow, the suspension bridge, the parachute, natural gas as fuel, the raised-relief map, the propeller, the sluice gate, and the pound lock.

They theorized 1000 years ago that there was climate change in geological regions over an enormous span of time. Eat *that*, Al Gore!

... and a trillion other things, for most of which they are not recognized today. For a quickie intro,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_science_and_technology_in_China#Four_Great_Inventions_of_ancient_China

For a thorough discussion of the rise *and reasons for the fall*, read Jared Diamond's book, "Guns, Germs, and Steel". They used to send fleets of 400 ships with 700 men each (28,000 sailors at a time) 4,000 miles (6,400km) to India to trade, *then another 4,000 miles* to the east coast of Africa, for further trade. 16,000-mile (~25,000km) round trips, truly the first "Global Exonomy".

What went wrong? A jingoistic, xenophobic Administration that decided all things foreign were bad, and China should "turn inward", "focus on its own issues" (with no money from foreign trade?), and stop the global trading. In fact, not only were the shops burned, but the shipyards too were burned, so that no subsequent government could easily reverse this backslide. The result: China became a third-world, poverty-stricken nation until very recently, as it re-adoped de facto capitalsm (and our Pres expounds de facto socialism). Sad.

There's a lesson in here for us somewhere, as people cry for tariffs and trade restrictions, but *no one* learns from history, else it wouldn't keep repeating itself. 555

(I hope *you* know enough Chinese history; if not, the above is a good place to start. ;)
Old Man Ribber - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
TT - 'Deed I Do (another old song title). As in so many things, I'd like to teach the 101 entry level classes and then turn the post graduate seminars over to you. Wait - that's what I did for 34 years of band directing...lol! ;D
Below Average Dave - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm not as familiar with the material behind this as I would need to be to make an in depth review like TT, but suffice to say, it was very educationally sound. . .interesting. TT--I can say, I learned in economics, tariffs are bad for business:)
TT @ BAD - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Dave, if *you* learned that, why have no Congresspersons or POTUSs learned that? The post-WWI and Depression-era "protective" tariffs were a contributing factor to global tension and prolonged Depression, making people receptive to scapegoating demagogues like Der Fuhrer.

Could you please tell that to our current Congress and POTUS?
Peter Andersson - July 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I take it this is the one you meant with "who's got the last laugh now". I can relate, I remember when I was young and we used to laugh at "made in china" because it meant cheap plastic and low quality, ahhh... the good old days.

PS. There's a part in the book "outliers - a story of success" by Malcolm Gladwell (my new favorite book author) that explains why China has become more succesfull than the west and why their culture is more suitable for tech evolution and modern scholing systems than any other on the planet.

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