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Song Parodies -> "Detainee"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Woody Guthrie

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Valerie White

The Lyrics

protesting the erosion of civil liberities
Some are illegal and others not wanted.
Your beards are suspicious, your skin is too dark.
You speak with an accent and you're not a Christian.
Your names aren't like Christopher, Robert or Mark.


Goodbye to Muhammad, to Anwar and Abdul,
Tahir, Zaccarias, Ali and Yasmin.
You won't get to talk to your lawyers or families.
All we will call you will be detainees.

If you wear a turban, though you are a citizen,
You're likely to wind up in Gonzales's sights.
He's busy protecting our homeland security
Depriving you of Constitutional rights.


If you are a Muslim you must be a terrorist,
Even if you are beloved in town.
They'll take you and hold you without any habeas
Concerned that there must be a plot going down.


Is this the best way we can honor our country?
Is this the best way we respond to attack?
By jailing all Muslims, all Sikhs, and all people
who come here from Pakistan, Chad or Iraq.


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Pacing: 2.3
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Overall Rating: 2.3

Total Votes: 3

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Phil Alexander - March 04, 2007 - Report this comment
DKTOS, but I wholeheartedly approve of the sentiment.
Citizen - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Dry your eyes, Ms. White. The detainees are all illegal enemy combatants, and as such are not entitled to any rights at all under our Constitution or even under the Geneva Convention. Whether you like it or not, that is how things are. Also, we caught them doing very bad things, sometimes in the very act. Thus, in addition to having no legal basis for complaint, you have no moral case either. Spare your sympathy for someone more deserving.

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