It’s amazing what you dig up when you move. Ancient relics from the past made us feel like archeologists as we moved our office to another location. Our favorite find so far is our “Songs to Complain By,” home-made songbook, published by our daughter, the real estate genius.
Here are some more songs. All seem to be on the subject of the economy and politics – so we’ve been doing this a long time. First up, sung to the tune of “Greenback Dollar,” again by The Kingston Trio. Clearly, we were really into those guys! This is a 1981 version, so it’s far less serious and dark than their original recording.
Here’s our version:
Chorus: Some people say I’m a Rightist/ Others say I’m no good
But I’m just a natural born Reactionary/ Doin’ what I think I should, Lord, lord.
Doin’ what I think I should.
Well, they don’t give a damn/ about our Greenback dollars/
Spend it as fast as they can/ For an empty pocket and a broken house/
The only thing that I can’t stand, poor boys…
Well, they don’t give a damn/ about our Greenback dollars
Spend it as fast as they can/ For another day, they’ll have to pay
Somethin’ that they don’t understand, poor boys…
Another Kingston Trio song sung to “Island in the Sun”:
This is my Island in the Sun/ said Fidel Castro to everyone
Now look around you and you will see/ that the island no longer belongs to me.
[editor’s note: this was in the days right after Castro became attached to the USSR]
Well, I’m sad to say/ I’m going on my way/ Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down/ My head is spinning around/ I had to leave a little blood in Moscow town
Down in the market you can hear/ talk of rockets going ’round your ear
That is the price you have to pay/ Food will come to you another day
Down in the cane fields you can hear/ People cry out “Why the Hell am I here?
I work my ass off every day/ and what do I get in the way of pay?”
More in the next post…