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Spud McLaren
1237826.  Mon May 22, 2017 2:59 pm Reply with quote

- sung, recited and chanted.

F'rinstance -

Gilbert & Sullivan's Savoy operettas are mainly satires on Victorian society, taking the rip out of pompous characters and corrupt institutions. In The Mikado (1884-1885), there is a song called As Some Day It May Happen (aka I've got a little list) - original lyrics (complete with non-PC lines) here, if anyone's interested. The tradition has grown up that the original words are at least partly replaced with more topical ones - see this relatively recent performance.

My aim in opening this thread is to invite satirical verses (as opposed to the Salman Rushdie kind) both regurgitated and original, as long as they lampoon someone or something. Contributions don't have to be G&S, it's just what I'm starting with. I'll stick with As Some Day It May Happen for the opener, for which I offer only a couple of verses. Incidentally, I hope my effort is better than Peter Lilley's ...

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There's the haystack-headed clown who seems a turncoat sort of chap
The rental cyclist - oh, yes, HE's on the list
With his former mate, the teachers' friend, whose face you'd like to slap
They're both upon the list - can't see THEM being missed!
There are two or three reporters who are biased to the right,
An apprentice of Lord Sugar's who is full of bile and spite -
She made her name with nasty words, her heart is made of flint -
Still she's gone a little quiet since a court case made her skint.
And there's all the WAGs who profit, telling papers who they've "kissed" -
They're all upon the list - they'd none of 'em be missed.

There's the big fat orange bully on the far side of the Pond -
The auto-publicist - I've got HIM on the list!
He excels in mass confusion and the spreading of despond
But can't take being dissed - I don't think he'd be missed.
He wants to build a wall and instigate a travel ban
But the judges won't play ball 'cos he's an odious little man;
He's known for pussy-grabbing; he's some sort of Russian clone;
His vices are so bad he gets a whole verse of his own.
He makes up words like BIGLY and you'd swear that he was pissed.
He's the top one on the list, and I'm sure he'd not be missed.

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Contributions, please!
'Cos, y'know, if satire can't flourish now, we really are all doomed.


Last edited by Spud McLaren on Mon May 22, 2017 3:05 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
Jenny
1237828.  Mon May 22, 2017 3:01 pm Reply with quote

I love that! Will think about the topic.

 
'yorz
1237836.  Mon May 22, 2017 4:02 pm Reply with quote

Springtime for Hitler (and Germany) - The Producers (2010)

 
'yorz
1237841.  Mon May 22, 2017 4:46 pm Reply with quote

Serendipity, this thread! A friend sent me the following, recently:


"Mummy" Theresa, strong and stable,
Stole the food from the children's table,
Took their grandma's house away -
Nasty, wicked Theresa May!

First she's in and then she's out
(Nobody knows what THAT's about)
But if she's out then we're out too -
We want to stay, but what can we do?

"Mummy" Theresa, pants of leather,
Forward she wants to go together,
But downward is the path we'll take
Brexit's such a big mistake.

So if you want to seal her fate
Use your vote on June the eight
six and five and four and three
two, one, zero, out goes she!

 
Jenny
1237899.  Tue May 23, 2017 3:45 pm Reply with quote

TRUMP:

I am the ruler of the free,
in charge of everything I see,
whose praise from voters never ends.

IVANKA:
And we are his children and his family and friends!

FAMILY:
And we are his children and his family and friends!

TRUMP:
When in the Oval Office I sit,
I do not care a whit,
and my thumbs are busy with the tweets I send.

IVANKA:
And so do his children and his family and friends!

ALL:
And so do his children and his family and friends!

TRUMP:
But when the FBI
says for Russians Iím a spy
I seek the seclusion that the White House lends.

IVANKA:
And so do his children and his family and friends!

ALL:
And so do his children and his family and friends!
His children and his family
who grab the goodies merrily,
and his friends!

TRUMP:
When I was a lad I asked my dad
for a million bucks Ė that was all I had.
I parlayed that in real estate hours
and put all the money into building towers.
I built those towers so carefully
that now I am the ruler of the land of the free!

CHORUS:
He built those towers so carefully
that now he is the ruler of the land of the free!

TRUMP:
In real estate I made such a name
that they gave me a shot at TV fame.
I pretended to be such a huge success
though my bankruptcies were an enormous mess.
I pretended success so carefully
that now I am the ruler of the land of the free!


CHORUS:
He pretended success so carefully
that now he is the ruler of the land of the free!


TRUMP:
And now that everybody knows my name
and thinks Iíve done something to deserve my fame,
though Iíve specialised in stiffing the little guys
they all overlook it and think me a prize.
I stiffed those guys so carefully
that now I am the ruler of the land of the free!

CHORUS:
He stiffed those guys so carefully
that now he is the ruler of the land of the free!

TRUMP:
I grew so rich that I was sent
by less than half the voters to be President.
I always do what my advisers call
and never think of thinking for myself at all.
I think so little they rewarded me
by making me the ruler of the land of the free!


CHORUS:
He thought so little they rewarded he
by making him the ruler of the land of the free!

TRUMP:
Now citizens all, whoever you may be
if you want to rise to the top of the tree,
if your soul isnít fettered by honesty
be guided by this helpful advice from me Ė
never tell the truth if a lie sounds good
and you all may be rulers of your neighbourhood!

CHORUS:

Never tell the truth if a lie sounds good,
and you all may be rulers of your neighbourhood!

 
Spud McLaren
1237915.  Wed May 24, 2017 2:42 am Reply with quote

Jenny, it's not often that I LOL when alone, but I did at that!

 
'yorz
1239357.  Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:43 pm Reply with quote



Not mine, but rather good nevertheless. :-)

 

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