Monday, 18 June 2018

The Disappointment of Max Boot: The BALLAD of RUDY GIULIANI, part #2

POST #180

Satire with Substituted Lyrics, a continuation of post #179


ORIGINAL SONG: The Ballad of Davy Crockett , by Bruns and Blackburn, Walt Disney Studios 1954, anthem of the "Crockett craze". Several versions of the song were prominent on the Top Ten in 1955.
Rudy Giuliani
Youtube versions of the song by several performers are available via links on the previous post.  
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June 2018.

BACKGROUND INFO: Max Boot's opinion-editorial appeared in our local newspaper on May 8, 2018, under the heading "The long, disappointing fall of Rudy Giuliani". Here is the link to the particular newspaper column.
Other takes on Giuliani's statements about the Presidents' legal and personal imbroglios are given by Jennifer Rubin here, and Amy Sorkin here.

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SONGLINK: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs on these earlier blogposts ...
  #178 "Indiana Song"
  #175 "Rosenstein"
  #173 "Brennan's Tweet"


The BALLAD of GIULIANI, part#2

(to the tune of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett")


Rudy Giuliani!
Voice of those wild Trump Years! 

Update provided by scribe Max Boot,
Who, May '18, wrote a blurb astute.
New York's refurbished image, he does impute
To Rudy's governance, which few dispute.
Rudy - "America's Mayor",
Praised by media seers. 

Max says despite our guy's 'intemp'rate' style,
He granted folks' diversity a high profile.
Supported gays and newbies, and warn't hostile
To programs hailed by both sides o' the aisle.
Rudy Giuliani,
'Moderate' musketeer.

Our Rudy had his 'character flaws',
(Though he knew 'bout state and fed'ral laws)
His pride and vanity could give you pause;
His judgment could have a subordinate clause.
Rudy Giuliani,
Makin' some folks steer clear.

As Max recounted in terms quite blunt,
GOP stars*, the 'Trump test' confront.
They've 'sacrificed their principles', all have flunked -  
The party's evolving to the 'National Front'. 
Rudy, leading others,
Takin' a downward veer.
Rudy (here, Max is tearful)
His 'fall' is the most severe.
   
Max's take is that the Chief's defects,
Infect those who bow and genuflect.
Rudy, like the others, has 'failed the test':
He's the voice of an epoch we've learned to detest.

Rudy Giuliani! Voice of the insincere. x2.

* Boot's article mentions other conservative leaders whom he admired and respected previously, including Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich and Scott Walker. 
   

UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)
(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)











WORDPLAY LINK: 
For wordplay (palindromes, anagrams, eggcorns, creative cartography, etc.) and silly poetry (polished limericks), see our sister blog "EDIFYING NONSENSEhere


ORIGINAL SONG-LYRICS






















Friday, 15 June 2018

The BALLAD of RUDY GIULIANI, part #1

POST #179
Satire with Substituted Lyrics

ORIGINAL SONG: The Ballad of Davy Crockett , by Bruns and Blackburn, Walt Disney Studios 1954, anthem of the "Crockett craze". Several versions of the song were prominent on the Top Ten in 1955.
YouTube versions  by its famous original  performers are available via links below...
Bill Hayes
Fess Parker
Tennessee Ernie Ford  
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June 2018.





SONGLINK: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs on these earlier blogposts ...
  #178 "Indiana Song"
  #175 "Rosenstein"
  #173 "Brennan's Tweet"



The BALLAD of GIULIANI, part#1

(to the tune of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett")


Rudy Giuliani!
Voice of those wild Trump Years! 

 Born in East Flatbush, down in NYC,
'Greenhorn' family from Tuscany.
Dad done time in Sing Sing for robbery,
An' Rudy volunteered for Robert Kennedy.
Rudy Giuliani,
Voice of those wild Trump Years!

At Manhattan College, took philosophy.
Enter the priesthood? "No, that's not for me!"
Studied Law at New York University,
To graduate cum laude with J.D. degree.
Rudy Giuliani,
Startin' up his career. 

To prosecute felons gave him a thrill.
Though tactics like the 'perp walk' were 'overkill'
As U.S. Attorney he showed great skill.
His record of convictions is unequalled still.
Rudy Giuliani,
Outshone his legal peers.

He fought single-handed through the Mafia Wars.
Racketeering mobsters he did abhor. 
Put their capos behind bars, and settled the score, 
And RICOed* inside traders, and convicted more.
Fearless Rudy launchin'
His politickin' career.

Two terms as Mayor start in '93.
First Repub. in office there since John Lindsay.
Libs felt queezy with the GOP, but he
Cleaned the streets, cut crime, and folks said "That's for me!"
Rudy Giuliani,
The Big Apple's brigadier. 

He craved a Senate seat; to lose was gall.
'Specially to Hillary, he'd hate to fall.
But marital scandal, and a doctor's call,
And bad race relations triggered his withdrawal.
Rudy Giuliani,
Back in the Mayor's chair. 

Rudy was the guy in charge when Towers fell.
At Ground Zero visited and stayed a spell.
Folks felt he handled the disaster well,
And was honored by the Queen as I've heard tell.
Rudy Giuliani!
Time's Person-of-the-Year.

Rudy Giuliani!
Time's Person-of-the-Year.



* RICO - The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.  

  

UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, etc., too!)

(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)
















WORDPLAY LINK: 
For wordplay (palindromes, anagrams, eggcorns, creative cartography, etc.) and silly poetry (polished limericks), see our sister blog "EDIFYING NONSENSEhere


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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Columnist George Will, with John Denver's Help, Lambastes MIKE PENCE: "INDIANA SONG"

POST #178
Image result for john denver annie's songSatire with Substituted Lyrics, (also, published limericks on this topic are cited later in the blogpost).
ORIGINAL SONG:  "Annie's Song" by John Denver, 1974.
Enjoy Denver's recording here on Youtube. 
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, May 2018.




SONGLINK: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs on these earlier blogposts
  #175 "Rosenstein"
  #173 "Brennan's Tweet"
  #158 "First Year on the Range".


WORDPLAY LINK: For those interested in pursuing the present theme in the sphere of WORDPLAY (Ed. almost as much fun as satirical song), check out some posts on our sister blog "Edifying Nonsense". The most recent of these, "Still More Fun With Impeachment", will transport you into a universe of political frippery. 

BACKGROUND INFO: George Will's opinion-editorial  was published in the Washington Post under the rubric "Trump is no longer the worst person in government". It appeared in our local newspaper on May 10, 2018, under the heading "Mike Pence sets sad standard for governing by groveling."
Here is the link to the particular newspaper column which generated all the interest.




INDIANA SONG

to the tune of "Annie's Song"
  

CAST OF CHARACTERS

George Will  'conservative political commentator' and popular columnist with the Washington Post Writer's Group.
Mike Pence  Vice-President 2017- . Previous experience as Republican governor of his home-state of Indiana. Described as 'conspicuously devout' by Will, presumably picked for his current post due to his freedom from financial or lifestyle imbroglios. 
Donald Trump  President, 2016-.
"Sheriff Joe" Arpaio   controversial local political figure in Arizona, self-styled as 'America's toughest sheriff', convicted of contempt of court in relation to repeated racially charged practices, 'pardoned' by Trump in 2017.
John McCain   high-profile long-serving senator from Arizona, Republican candidate for President in 2008, struggling with terminal brain cancer at the time of these events.



UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too, perhaps with a capo!)

(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)

Specifics for C-tuned ukulele:
F = 2010;  Fsus4 = 2011;  Bb = 3211; Dm = 2210; FM7 = 5500 or 2410;
F6 = 2213; Am = 2000;  Gm = 0231.  

















LIMERICKS about the CAST OF CHARACTERS


A: LIMERICKS POSTED ONLINE at ...      OEDILF.com 
Authors of verses are shown here in italics.
Once you've entered the site, find the verse you want by scrolling down a bit and entering the WORD USED (e.g. Arpaio), or the LIMERICK APPROVED (e.g. 100807). 

Mike Pence 
#99721 (2016) Len Farano  ' " Apologize!" tweeted the man. '

Donald Trump 
Verses are too numerous to list here.

Joe Arpaio
#99153 (2017) MikeAq   ' You ask, "Why, why-o-why, why-o-why-o 
#100807 (2018) Len Farano  ' The judgment against you was gross '
#T471743 (2018) Giorgio Coniglio ' Though Trump's base found the concept beguiling '

John McCain 
#96387 (2016) MikeAq ' "The crazies," remarked John McCain '

WORDPLAY LINK: 
For wordplay (palindromes, anagrams, eggcorns, creative cartography, etc.) and silly poetry (polished limericks), see our sister blog "EDIFYING NONSENSEhere


ORIGINAL SONG-LYRICS