The 4th of July (2019) speech by 45 was a remarkable moment in history. It needed to be immortalized in song and Sandy and Richard Riccardi did it perfectly with his parody. Thanks to them for granting permission to record a cover of it for Parody Project. You can listen to their other parodies at the links provided below:
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LYRICS to FORGETTYSBURG ADDRESS
In 2019 Trump made a little slip;
He said our revolutionaries manned the landing strip.
The airport where it happened, well it’s anybody’s guess.
Historians will call it the Forgettysburg Address.
He runs his mouth and the memes they keep a-coming.
His teleprompter breaks and he sees there’s no escape.
But on the bright side, he keeps the press a humming’.
Forget the twenty women now accusing him of rape.
The history books would tell him if he’d only delve.
That bit at Fort McKinley was the War of 1812.
But everybody knows the British didn’t care to stay.
They manned their 737 jets and flew away.
He runs his mouth and the memes they keep a-coming.
His cult believes just because he tells them so.
We make the jokes just to keep our spirits humming.
Forget the children dying on the border of Mexico.
Our victory was massive and our victory was large.
Our pilots were impressive and Ivanka was in charge.
First, they beat the Nambians and after they had won
They all enjoyed a cup of hot covfefe in the sun.
He fires his mouth and the memes they keep a-coming.
Mistakes so glaring they give us all a squint.
We make up jokes just to keep our spirits humming.
Forget that children don’t have drinking water down in Flint.
Remember that the president just said it wasn’t so,
so forget the children dying on the border of Mexico.
Remember all the things he said that left your mouth agape,
and forget the twenty women now accusing him of rape.
Remember that his followers all say he’s heaven-sent,
and forget that children don’t have drinking water down in Flint.
Remember how the planes flew over as the flag unfurled
but forget the people we are killing all around the world.
By now it should be clear he ain’t playing 3d chess.
Historians will call it the Forgettysburg Address!
THE ORIGINAL SONG
“Battle of New Orleans”
“The Battle of New Orleans” is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle.
It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 (see 1959 in music). Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1959, it was very popular with teenagers in the late 50s/early 60s in an era mostly dominated by rock and roll music.
Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
The melody is based on a well-known American fiddle tune “The 8th of January,” which was the date of the Battle of New Orleans. Jimmy Driftwood, a school principal in Arkansas with a passion for history, set an account of the battle to this music in an attempt to get students interested in learning history. It seemed to work, and Driftwood became well known in the region for his historical songs. He was “discovered” in the late 1950s by Don Warden, and eventually was given a recording contract by RCA, for whom he recorded 12 songs in 1958, including “The Battle of New Orleans.”
“The Battle of New Orleans” is often played during North American sporting events, and is commonly heard during home games of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames. 2,036 British men were killed or wounded, while the Americans under command of future president Andrew Jackson lost only 71.
send me some samples, if you like. You can use the contact page on this website. thanks! Don
Hey There, I’ve been writing parodies for 25 years and have over 100 political songs about the administration (my main coping mechanism is parody).
I’d be honored if you would consider my material. I haven’t been making my own videos but that’s in the works. Meanwhile I’m a friend of Sandy & Richard Riccardi and a fellow troubadour of the Resistance. What would be the best way to share lyrics with you? Hope to hear back.
Cheers and Thanks!
Tom Orr, Seattle WA
and San Francisco CA
Thanks Sue. I can’t pick a favorite either!
Keep them coming boys, you are doing a marvellous job. If things start to slow down over there (highly unlikely), have a look at our dills in Australia who look to Trump as a saint which, as you point out, he is not.
So appropriate and fitting for the shocking things happening under Trump the Terrible.
Thank you so much for sharing your gifted talents and spreading the laughter through your lyrics.
You always make my day a bit brighter in these troubling times.
Thanks for all you do for us.
Another masterpiece! I love every one of your parody’s; I can’t pick a favorite, but this is a winner.
Very clever parody! Kudos to the Riccardis, but I love the style the “guys” bring to every song. Keep ’em coming, Don. All my friends and family love you. I keep urging them to support you on Patreon.