Money Sucks the Congress Down – Parody of Money Makes the World Go ‘Round

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A parody of Money Makes the World Go ‘Round from the Broadway Musical / Movie Cabaret
Parody written and performed by Don Caron
Executive Producers Don Caron and Jerry Pender





 

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LYRICS to MONEY SUCKS THE CONGRESS DOWN
by Don Caron

Money sucks the Congress down
They see it and their brains confound
They can be bought year-around
They’re not by duty bound

They used to sneak their way around
Snatch up their bribes without a sound
But since corruption’s been unbound
There’s no shame to be found.
On that we will expound

Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money

If you happen to be rich from your stocks
Or the bribes in your stocking
As a tenant of the senate where you sit
You can easily ignore everything
But the profit opportunity
Blinded by the money you can get

It’s another bait and switch
Got you there with the help of the donors
And they moan and they groan quite a lot
But they handed you the win.
Take the call gotta, stall for your owners
On your 14-karat yacht! What?

Congress has been bought and sold
Sniffing about to find more gold.
It’s a corporate stranglehold
And watching it unfold
Is awful to behold.

Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money

If the country needs a bomb or a war
Or a fleet of whatever,
Money’s there right away, no delay.
If it happens that a big corporation
Says they need a bigger bailout
They will get it on the very same day.

Not a crumb back to you
For the taxes that you pay
‘Cause you need to be protected
Socialism kept at bay
Education, living wage
Healthy care for old age
Can’t be done cost too high
So we’ll leave you there to die

Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money

[Dance Break]

Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money
Money money money money

When you haven’t any coal in the stove
And you freeze in the winter
And you curse to the wind at your fate
When you haven’t any shoes on your feet
And your coat’s thin as paper
And you look 30 pounds underweight

Don’t expect to get the help that you need
From the Congress or the Senate
Start pulling up the straps on your boots
Never mind the raw hypocrisy that lies
At the bottom of their tenet
That they”re living by the labor of your fruits

Money sucks the Congress down
They see it and their brains confound
They can be bought year-around
They’re not by duty bound

Money, money, money, money
Money, money, money, money
Give a little get a little
Money, money, money, money
Now that corruptions been unbound
There is no shame at all to be found.
Money sucks the Congress down
It sucks the Congress down.

ABOUT THE SOURCE MUSIC

Money Makes the World Go ‘Round (The Money Song) from Cabaret (Kander and Ebb)

In early 1963, producer David Black commissioned English composer and lyricist Sandy Wilson to undertake a musical adaptation of Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera. At that time, Black envisioned the musical as a star vehicle for singer Julie Andrews, but Andrews’ manager refused to allow her to accept the role of Sally Bowles due to the character’s immorality. By the time Wilson completed his work, however, Black’s option on both the 1951 Van Druten play and its source material by Isherwood had lapsed and been acquired by rival producer Harold Prince.

Prince hired playwright Joe Masteroff to work on the adaptation. Prince and Masteroff believed that Wilson’s score failed to capture the carefree hedonism of the Jazz Age in late 1920s Berlin. Consequently, the songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb were invited to join the project. Their new version was initially a dramatic play preceded by a prologue of songs describing the Berlin atmosphere from various points of view. As the composers distributed the songs between scenes, they realized the story could be told in the structure of a more traditional book musical, and they replaced several songs with tunes more relevant to the plot.

By Fall 1966, the musical was complete and entered rehearsals. After viewing one of the last rehearsals before the company headed to Boston for the pre-Broadway run, Prince’s friend Jerome Robbins suggested cutting the songs outside the cabaret, but Prince ignored his advice. In Boston, lead actress Jill Haworth struggled with her characterization of Sally Bowles. Critics thought Sally’s blonde hair and white dress suggested a debutante at a senior prom instead of a cabaret singer, so Sally was changed to brunette before the show opened on Broadway.

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