This parody was written as a response to Hillary Clinton’s accusation that Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian Asset. That’s an accusation that’s identical to what was happening with cold war McCarthyism in the middle of the previous century. It is my firm belief that no matter who the accuser is or who the accused, we have a responsibility to speak out against returning to that dark era of our history where normal discourse and healthy disagreements are smothered by accusations of treason.
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LYRICS to “I’ll Never Vote Your Way Again”
by Don Caron (Original by Hal David / Burt Bacharach)
What do you do when you lose the vote?
You blame it on Russian bots and actors,
not your Machiavellian factors.
You’re the reason that you couldn’t win.
I’ll never vote your way again.
What do you get when you speak for peace?
You get attacked and slimed and slandered,
for threatening profits with your candor.
They’ll take you down with lies and spin.
and they’ll never let you run again.
Don’t tell me what it’s all about.
I saw it happen and saw it play out.
Corruption won’t release it’s stranglehold.
Red and Blue reach for the same billfold.
What do you get when opposed to war?
They point at you and shout out “traitor”
in spite of years as an Army Major.
That’s a basket of deplorable.
and they’re sickening and horrible.
What results can you now expect
after using tactics of the Trumpster;
Throwing Truth into the dumpster,
so destructive to Democracy.
You’re the essence of hypocrisy.
What do you get when you dare to fight
against corruption, greed and power?
They’ll lie about you on the hour.
They were desperate to obstruct your win.
Now they’re doing all of that again.
Don’t blame it on third party votes.
They didn’t fall for your elaborate hoax.
Maybe you should have tried running
on real beliefs instead of cunning.
What do you get when you just ignore
the cries of anger from a nation?
Your party falls to ruination.
You’ll lose elections yet again,
slipping noisily on down the drain.
ABOUT THE SOURCE MATERIAL
“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” is a popular song by composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David that was written for the 1968 musical Promises, Promises. Several recordings of the song were released in 1969, the most popular of which was by Dionne Warwick, who took it to number six on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 and spent three weeks with it at number one on the magazine’s list of the 40 most popular Easy Listening songs in the US.
In the fall of 1968 Bacharach and David were in Boston for previews of Promises, Promises, the new musical for which producer David Merrick had asked if they would write the score, and Merrick realized, “‘We’re missing a song in the middle of the second act, and what we need is something the audience can whistle on their way out of the theater.'”
But around this time, Bacharach was hospitalized with pneumonia and wasn’t able to sit at a piano to write the music until after he was released. By that time “Hal had already come up with the lyrics to ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,’ and my hospital stay had inspired him to write, ‘What do you get when you kiss a girl? / You get enough germs to catch pneumonia / After you do, she’ll never phone ya.'”
When he finally sat with the lyrics in front of him, he recalls, “I wrote the melody for ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ faster than I had ever written any song in my life.”The surge of creativity paid off. “We came in with the song the next morning, and it went into the show a couple of nights later. ‘
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ became the outstanding hit from the score and pretty much stopped the show every night.” Promises, Promises had its Broadway premiere on December 1 of that year, and the song was originally performed as a duet between the characters played by Jill O’Hara and Jerry Orbach as they ruminate on the various troubles that falling in love brings. They recorded it for the original Broadway cast album.