AXIS of EVIL – Pop Goes the Weasel Parody – Freedom Toast & Don Caron

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The lyrics were provided by The Freedom Toast. Performance by Don Caron and the Band – The original song, if you don’t recognize it, is Pop Goes the Weasel. The skeleton animations are courtesy of Green Screen Brasil. The band is listed below:
Fiddle – Andy Leftwich
Drums – Kenneth Blevins
Piano – John Jarvis
Acoustic Guitar – Tony King

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Lyrics to Axis of Evil
by Freedom Toast

All around the Capitol Hill
Was talk of some upheaval
So he came up with Dublya’s line:
Axis of Evil!

His good will was fading again,
It needed some retrieval
Dick Cheney once taught him to say:
“Axis of Evil!”

That was back in twenty-oh-two
It still is his pet peeve-il
If he can’t blame Obama he’ll blame
the Axis of Evil!

He’s got no majority and
He needs a short reprieve-il
He still can point his finger at
the Axis of Evil!

He tells them that his health is OK,
His words, they don’t believe-il
He’d better add some countries to his
Axis of Evil:

France and Sweden definitely
And he’ll keep North Kor-e-vil.
Spain will learn it is part of:
the Axis of Evil!

Ecuador and Azerbaijan
Perhaps the Holy See-vil
Grand Fenwick is a cornerstone of
the Axis of Evil!

Lithuania is our friend
So is Tennessee-vil
But Massachusetts soon will join
(the) Axis of Evil!

About Pop Goes the Weasel
In the early 1850s, Miller and Beacham of Baltimore published sheet music for “Pop goes the Weasel for Fun and Frolic”. This is the oldest known source that pairs the name to this tune. Miller and Beacham’s music was a variation of “The Haymakers”, a tune dating back to the 1700s. Gow’s Repository of the Dance Music of Scotland (1799 to 1820), included “The Haymakers” as country dance or jig. One modern expert believes the tune, like most jigs, originated in the 1600s.

By December 1852, “Pop Goes The Weasel” was a popular social dance in England. A ball held in Ipswich on 13 December 1852 ended with “a country dance, entitled ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’, one of the most mirth inspiring dances which can well be imagined.”

On 24 December 1852, an ad in the Birmingham Journal offered lessons in the “Pop Goes The Weasel” dance, described as a “highly fashionable Dance, recently introduced at her Majesty’s and the Nobility’s private soirees”. On 28 December 1852, an advertisement in The Times promoted a publication that included “the new dance recently introduced with such distinguished success at the Court balls” and contained “the original music and a full explanation of the figures by Mons. E. Coulon”. Eugene Coulton was a dance-master of international renown.

Sheet music dated 1853 at the British Library describes it as “An Old English Dance, as performed at Her Majesty’s & The Nobilities Balls, with the Original Music”.

Originally, the dance was an instrumental jig except for the refrain “pop goes the weasel” which was sung or shouted as one pair of dancers moved under the arms of the other dancers. The British Library’s 1853 tune is very similar to that used today but the only lyrics are “pop goes the weasel”.

By 1854, Louis S. D. Rees “changed completely” the arrangement with “easy & brilliant variations”. A modern music historian notes, “This bravura version introduces the theme as a jig, as in the original, but the variations are in 2/4 and 4/4, much better for showing off fast fingerwork. No dancing to this one!”

In 1856, a letter to The Morning Post read, “For many months, everybody has been bored to death with the eternal grinding of this ditty on street.” Since at least the late 19th century, the nursery rhyme was used with a British children’s game similar to musical chairs. The players sing the first verse while dancing around rings. There is always one ring less than the number of players. When the “pop goes the weasel” line is reached, the players rush to secure a ring. The player that fails to secure a ring is eliminated as a “weasel”. There are succeeding rounds until the winner secures the last ring.

In America, the tune became a standard in minstrel shows, featuring additional verses that frequently covered politics. Charley Twigg published his minstrel show arrangement in 1855 with the refrain “Pop goes de weasel.”.

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