Need a Wisconsin song – Can you help?
It’s time to add some songs to the mix. We have chants. We have signs (man, are there some great signs out there!)
Today I got an e-mail from David Lippman, a satirical, lefty, anti-war, anti-corporate songwriter. I learned about his music from his mother. She was on staff at my first real job, decades ago, and she got me to see him at the Knitting Factory. He was performing as “George Shrub” from the CIA (Committee to Intervene Anywhere) and I don’t know what I liked the best, if it was the between-songs banter or the faux-spy sun glasses or the Ollie North- Bill Casey love song (You can call me Ollie, Ollie, I will call you Bill – rips off a Paul Simon song), or the indictment of middle class indifference (I got a new car, and troubles of my own, and I just don’t got the time. I won’t think about it, someone else will do it, maybe it will go away).
In any case, I google him up about five years ago, find he still performs, go see him at Arbeter Ring in the east 30s. Now, his mother was there, but she didn’t remember me. Not one bit. Not after I described what I did, where I sat, etc, etc. Maybe she had become forgetful. Maybe I was forgetable. Honestly, I was on good behavior at that time, and might not have stood out in any way.
So today I get an e-mail, he’s on tour again. And his newer topics include the Middle East and bail-out related nonsense. (By the way, Tom Paxton who did Rambling Boy, he’s got a great take down of the corporate handouts somewhere on youtube). But nothing on the events of this last week.
I write back: If you can’t sing about Wisconsin…
And he answers: I can. If you write it. I forget, are you on my staff? I just de-unionized them….
So, dear readers, we are looking for some help composing biting anti-Walker, pro-union satire. Can you write a whole song? Or a chorus? Or find a few rhyming words to get him started? A couple of bars for a Mad City beat?
[clarification: Lippman would probably pretend to be Walker when singing. We are looking for something satirical, in Walker’s voice, or in the voice of one of his corporate sponsors – jd]