BLUE TIDE – Parody of Sleigh Ride

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We’ve had almost two years with scarcely any good news in that time period. Here’s a parody that focuses on the positive possibilities that could result from the Blue Wave of the midterm. It all depends on how the Democratic leadership handles it. We need to be on them to make sure they do this right. It’s not enough to just elect Democrats and expect them to do the right thing.

 

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BLUE TIDE

We’ve got a Congress coming to fix the plumbing in blue.
It will be well worth noting just how their voting will skew.
This Congress has new faces with creeds and races anew
that were not bought or paid for, as a masquerade for the few.

There’s some old Democrats that prefer the way the game has been played.
They’re trying to preserve their grand charade.
But the new Democrats need to take control
and they’re on a roll.They’re moving ahead it’ll spread.
They intend to achieve their goal.

We made the earth our toilet and tried to spoil it, it’s true.
Now it’s become apparent our ways were inherently skewed.
And the progressive leaning is toward the Green New Deal.
A plan to save the planet that’s strong as granite and real.

And the House of Representatives forever changed
when the 2018 midterms came and rearranged
the priorities of the congress and the power structure too,
with the new progressives redefining Blue.

We have wondered far from what we claimed we were.
“All created equal” was a faded blur.
We must bring it all into focus and do that without delay
before it all disappears just a whip of smoke that fades away.

No one who works full time should ever live in poverty.
Everyone must have an equal opportunity to succeed.
And no one should be penalized for their race or their creed.
We must give help to people who have desperate need.

No one should be allowed special privileges,
because of their wealth.
Wealth never made a head out of an ass.
Money can’t instill any character or lend any class.
We’ve never seen better proof than the president’s bold trespass.

The Green New Deal encompasses every one of these themes.
Providing jobs and dignity hope of reaching one’s dreams.
It is investment in our most treasured resource of all:
the people of this planet are where all the focus must fall.

We’ve got a Congress coming to fix the plumbing in blue.
It will be well worth noting just how their voting will skew.
This Congress has new faces with creeds and races anew,
that were not bought and paid for, a masquerade for the few.

They work for us now!

HISTORY OF SOURCE MATERIAL

“Sleigh Ride” is a popular light orchestra standard composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 and finished the work in February 1948. It was originally instrumental, without lyrics; the lyrics, where someone asks another to join them for a ride in a sleigh, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950.

The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. “Sleigh Ride” has become one of the orchestra’s signature songs. The 45 rpm version was originally issued on red vinyl. The Pops has also recorded the song with John Williams, their conductor from 1979 to 1995, and Keith Lockhart, a later conductor.”Sleigh Ride”‘s main melody was used (with no credit for Anderson) as the main theme of Victor Young’s score for the 1949 western Streets of Laredo. Mitchell Parish worked with Young around this time, writing the lyrics for Young’s version of Hoagy Carmichael’s previously instrumental “Stardust”. In 1950 The Andrews Sisters recorded the first vocal version of “Sleigh Ride”, using lyrics written by Parish.

Although “Sleigh Ride” is often associated with Christmas and appears on Christmas compilation albums, its lyrics mention no holiday (apart from certain recordings, such as those by the Carpenters, Walter Schumann and Air Supply, that substitute “Christmas party” for “birthday party” in the song’s bridge). The song is noted for the sounds of a horse clip-clopping, and a whip used to get the horse moving. In most performances, a percussionist provides these sounds on temple blocks and a slapstick (or occasionally, drum rim shots). Toward the end of the piece, a trumpet imitates the sound of a horse whinnying.

According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) review of Christmas music, “Sleigh Ride” consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most-performed songs written by ASCAP members. ASCAP named “Sleigh Ride” the most popular piece of Christmas music in the U.S. in 2009–2012, based on performance data from over 2,500 radio stations. Anderson’s recording remains the most popular instrumental version, while Johnny Mathis’s has become the most popular vocal version.In his book Leroy Anderson: A Bio-Bibliography [Praeger 2004], Steve Metcalf says “‘Sleigh Ride’ … has been performed and recorded by a wider array of musical artists than any other piece in the history of Western music.”


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8 Responses

  1. Barbara Bryant

    Katherine Lake: “that was cool water in the desert”. Well, guys there’s an update in them there words. Sons of the Pioneers. Yup. (“Yup” is my Best Gary Cooper impression from High Noon).

  2. Barbara Bryant

    a second reply—the Sons of the Pioneers ‘Cool Water” sounds like a tune you could Update.

  3. Barbara Bryant

    hey guys–I will gladly contribute but not on line. I pay no bills, purchase zilch, nor bank online. email me an actual old-fashioned P.O. Box or street address and I will gladly contribute. I have had too many account breaches to trust the unholy sanctity of computer safety. you have my email address.

  4. Katherine Lake

    As of today, 12/11/18, it’s looking like the Democrats may FINALLY be getting with the Progressive program. Pelosi and Schumer calling Trump on his lies to his face in front of news cameras!! That was cool water in the desert. Let’s hope this remains the stance of the Democratic party. 🙏

  5. Katherine Lake

    Truly excellent lyrics, Don. They express my feelings about the new House exactly. Too bad Schumer isn’t getting with the Progressive program as well as Pelosi seems to be. Putting Manchin in a chair of power is just giving up to the Rethuglicans.

    • admin

      I’m hoping Manchin does not end up in the seat. It’s absurd that a climate change denier be put in charge of Energy.

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