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February 3, 2019

Republicans Lie

This post is being posted again in memory of the crash sixty years ago that inspired the original song upon which this one was based. I hope you enjoy and I hope you’ll share it if you do. Thank you.

I have to thank Jane for her fantastic help with some of the words. Her suggestions really made this a lot better and a lot easier to write. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you very much, and if you’re out there Don McLean™, I apologize. 🙂

UPDATE: At the very good suggestion of a poster at dkos (Fumie), I changed one word. “stay” to “pay”. I like it better. I hope you do, too. I am not in the habit of changing these things after I finally post them (except to correct typos.) 🙂

Republicans Lie
(Original words and music, “American Pie™” by Don McLean™,
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2009)

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How that party use to show its guile.
And I knew if they had their chance,
That they would take an ugly stance
And maybe they’d be greedy for a while.

But Ronald Reagan made me shiver
With every falsehood he’d deliver.
Bad views for the nation,
I couldn’t fake elation.

I still remember how they cried
When they read about his widowed bride.
But something left them satisfied,
The way they used their lies.

So why, why do Republicans lie?
Give them credit how they edit
Out what they want to hide.
And them Party boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye,
Singin’, “This’ll be the way The Truth dies.
This’ll be the way The Truth dies.”

Do you hate the Book of Rules,
And would you make space for God in schools,
If the Bible tells you so?

August 11, 2009

That’s The Way We Always Heard It Should Be

Filed under: Parody — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 1:00 AM

This song was originally posted on 1/12/08

As if this surprises anyone, yet another song about the need for impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney. This is based on Carly Simon’s “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. I hope you enjoy it.

That’s The Way We’ve Always Heard It Should Be
Original words and music, “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”, Carly Simon
Additional lyrics Wayne A. Schneider, 2008

The Chairman holds it back with no votes on
The resolution’s in the dark
We call his office, still
No reply, no remark
We e-mail to the Speaker’s Chambers where
The Speaker reads them, so it seems.
She says, “Not in your dreams.”
But she forgets we can dream.

But you say it’s time we move to impeachment
And raise the remedy that we have, you and me.
Now that’s the way we’ve always heard it should be,
We want impeachment. Impeach them.

That friend of Cheney has been pardoned now.
He keeps his houses and his lawns.

August 7, 2009

Story of Your Lies

This song was originally posted on 10/27/07

Vice President Dick Cheney scares me. He scares me more than George Bush, his Co-President. Cheney has been on a personal mission for more than thirty years to expand the powers of the Office of the President. I’ve written about that elsewhere. Now he is trying to ramp up the rhetoric to drive this country, against our collective will, into a war with Iran. Make no mistake about it. He is trying to make this happen, and his reasons have nothing to do with the best interests of this country. So I wrote this parody of The Moody Blues’ “Story In Your Eyes”, by Justin Hayward. I hope you enjoy it. If you have the original handy, put it on while you read this. It’s an extra bonus for you either way.

Story Of Your Lies
Original words and music, “Story In Your Eyes”, Justin Hayward
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2007

I’ve been thinking ’bout Dick Cheney
And I decided that he really is to blame
For the death he’s brought upon the world
All in our name

And the war we’re in forever
Is the problem of the story of his lies

August 5, 2009


Filed under: Parody — Tags: , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 1:00 AM

This song was originally posted on 6/27/07

Well, Vice President Dick Cheney was in the news, again lately. It appears that he has wielded more power than anybody ever knew a veep could. He was even given authority to drop in on any meeting (except Congressional ones, thankfully) and direct activities. He has gone behind the president’s back to promote his own legislative agenda. And, of course, he downed “a beer” at a lunch break on a “hunting trip”, shot a 78-year-old man in the face, sent his friend out to lie to the press, and blew off the cops when they questioned him and asked him to submit to a blood alcohol test on the scene. Glad he’s not my friend. (Glad I’m not 78, either.) So, with apologies to Pink Floyd, here is “Cheney”, sung to the tune of “Money”. I hope you enjoy.

Original Words and Music “Money”, by Pink Floyd
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2007

Cheney, go away.
Keep your nose out of my meetings now, O.K.?
Cheney, you’re an ass.
Shoot your friend’s face then act like you’ve no class.

You’re for dodging war (five deferments)
Think you’d have just a little sense

Cheney, you’re wrong.
I’m sure you’ve been incorrect all along.
Cheney, you’re a twit.
Don’t give me that Legislative Branch bullshit!


August 3, 2009

Go Ask Congress

This song was originally posted on 06/22/07

The troops have been in Iraq far too long. There is nothing left for them to accomplish militarily that will have any lasting effects without serious political changes on the part of the Iraqi people, and they don’t seem all that eager to hold up their end of the bargain. In the meantime, our brave men and women are dying a pointless death. Bring them home now. Contact your Representative and Senators and tell them to put an end to the war in Iraq right now. Sing them this song if you have to.

This is to the tune of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” (also known as “Go Ask Alice”). I hope you enjoy it.

Go Ask Congress
Original words and music “White Rabbit” by Grace Slick and Darby Slick.
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2007

One bill starts in Summer and
One bill starts in Fall.
But the ones that Bush would sign now
Won’t do anything at all.
Go ask Congress,
To get on the ball.

And if you go march in protests,
And you think it’ll help to call,
Tell ‘em our (more…)

July 27, 2009

Good News Olbermann

Now we find out that Dick Cheney was fighting hard to have the military go into an American city (in this case, Buffalo, NY) and arrest the group later known as the Lackawanna Six. Luckily for us he lost that fight. But one question remains: Why is Dick Cheney still walking free?

Good News Olbermann
Original words and music “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2009

Good news came slowly a-through my
a-inbox today
Could’ve skipped it easy a-but it
It changed my day
It’s a big crime, I know it
but in a while
You’re gonna do time, I know it,
Despite your denial

‘Cause I made my mind up you’re going to do time
I’ll tell you right now

May 17, 2009

It’s the Torture, Stupid

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 9:24 AM

Who cares what Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it? That isn’t the point. The point is what it is that she is accused of knowing – That the Bush Administration, in violation of both US Law and International Treaty, tortured people. (more…)

May 8, 2008

Intel Paranoia

Filed under: Parody — Tags: , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 3:59 AM

They made up reasons to start a war with Iraq, and there’s no reason to think they won’t try to do it again. Here, courtesy of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” is my take on it. I hope you enjoy it. Oh, and the performance is from a 1994 reunion concert. It’s a wonderful acoustic version, with a nice, deceptive intro. I think you’ll like it.

Intel Paranoia
Original Words & Music “Hotel California, The Eagles
Additional Lyrics Wayne A. Schneider, 2008

In a dark secret basement, deep down in a lair
Firm sense of denial, rising up ev’rywhere
Up above on a big board, I saw a red flashing light
My heart grew heavy and my thoughts grew grim, I had to see who we’d fight
There he stood in the doorway, I heard the warning bell
And I was thinking to myself, “This could be Cheney and this would be hell”
Then he pulled out a binder and he showed me his plan
He was bracing for a foreign war to take out Iran

Welcome to the Intel Paranoia
Such a scary place, (such a scary place), such a scary place
Plenty of lies in the Intel Paranoia
Any type of fear, (any type of fear) you can find it here

His mind is ill-fully twisted; he’s got those scowls and those grins

April 22, 2008

So Man

Filed under: Parody — Tags: , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 4:00 AM

All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to Pick Wayne’s Brain.
Jeff Danziger
, Syndicated Political Cartoonist
When ABC News’ Martha Raddatz said to President of Vice Dick Cheney that two-thirds of Americans say the war in Iraq is not worth fighting, he answered with an astonishing amount of callousness. From the official White House website:

Q Let me go back to the Americans. Two-thirds of Americans say it’s not worth fighting, and they’re looking at the value gain versus the cost in American lives, certainly, and Iraqi lives.


Q So — you don’t care what the American people think?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: No, I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls. Think about what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln had paid attention to polls, if they had had polls during the Civil War. He never would have succeeded if he hadn’t had a clear objective, a vision for where he wanted to go, and he was willing to withstand the slings and arrows of the political wars in order to get there. And this President has been very courageous, very consistent, very determined to continue down the course we were on and to achieve our objective. And that’s victory in Iraq, that’s the establishment of a democracy where there’s never been a democracy, it’s the establishment of a regime that respects the rights and liberties of their people, as an ally for the United States in the war against terror, and as a positive force for change in the Middle East. That’s a huge accomplishment.

“So?”, Mr. Cheney? “So”? Is that how you feel about your role in the government of this country? That what the people you serve want of you is of no consequence? And on what exactly, sir, do you base this perogative that you claim? Because you, and you alone, know what’s best for this country? Has it ever occurred to you that you might have been wrong all these years? We all know that the war was about controlling the flow of oil and, therefore, its price. You are happy that the price is so high, because it helps make your friends (whatever countries they may live in) just that much wealthier. The fact is, Mr. Cheney, you just don’t give a damn about the American people, do you?

“So” Man
Original Words & Music “Soul Man” by Isaac Hayes, David Porter, 1967
Additional Lyrics Wayne A. Schneider, 2008

Going hunting from a dusty road
Good lawyer, he got a faceload
And when he got it, his head sunk in.
Don’t worry, ‘cause I’m drunken.

I’m a “So” man, I’m a “So” man
I’m a “So” man, I’m a “So” man

Got where I am the hard way
And I keep it secret, each and every day

April 15, 2008

Justice Calling

Filed under: Parody — Tags: , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 11:52 PM
What is it going to take for Congress to begin realizing that this president, like his equally, if not more so, guilty vice president, doesn’t merely bend or break the law, he flat out flaunts it! It’s time to impeach them, try them, find them guilty without having to take time to order lunch, and remove them from office. Oh, and then turn them over to the The Hague.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this song based on “London Calling” by The Clash.
Justice Calling
Original Words and Music “London Calling” by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, 1999
Additional Lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider, 2008

Justice calling from the faraway towns
Before war is declared, they must be brought down
Justice calling from the entire world
Come out and get on board all you boys and girls
Justice calling now don’t look at us
All that phoney Neo-mania has bitten the dust
Justice calling see we ain’t got no pull
Sick of that cry of the “privilege” bull

The Clampdown is coming , the guns are aiming in
Protests expected and our rights are growing thin
Falsehoods keep coming and they rule by fear
Justice is calling and I want it delivered

Justice calling to the presidential drones

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