PETRO DOLLARS (Parody of) Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

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All of the confusing, conflicting, deceptive and hypocritical foreign policy decisions the US has made in the Middle East make perfect sense and have a consistent coherence when you understand the concept of Petro-Dollars. This little song summarizes it in the simplest and quickest way possible – a parody of Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

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Lyrics to PETRO DOLLARS

Petro Dollars 1
Nixon told Saudi
We will buy your oil
and supply you weapons
to create turmoil,

Petro-dollars
Petro-dollars
It’s why Saudi
can be naughty
Petro-dollars.

Saudi told Kerry
We will foot the bill
if you transform Syria
into a big landfill.

Petro-dollars
Petro-dollars
If you buy oil
from the Saudis
It’s Petro -dollars.

It’s the US dollar
you are forced to use
otherwise your country
will be where missiles cruise.

Petro-dollars
Petro-dollars
Keeps the corrupt
from goin’ bankrupt,
Petro-dollars.

Petro dollar 2
So what is Saudi
gettin’ from the deal?
They get our military
to bend over and squeal –

Petro-dollars
Petro-dollars
We form positions
on their conditions.
Petro-dollars

Petro-dollars
Petro-dollars
If you buy oil
from the Saudis
It’s Petro -dollars.

Keeps the corrupt
from goin’ bankrupt,
Petro-dollars.

It’s why Saudi
can be naughty
Petro-dollars.

ABOUT THE SOURCE SONG – Wooly Bully

Sam_the_Sham_and_the_PharaohsIn 1965, as the Pharaohs began work on their debut album, lead singer “Sam the Sham” (Domingo Samudio) expressed a desire to write a tribute to the Hully Gully dance. His record label’s legal department feared using that title due to the existence of another song with a similar title. The song was given the green light after Sam rewrote the lyrics and replaced “Hully Gully” with “Wooly Bully.”

The lyrics of “Wooly Bully” were hard to understand, and some radio stations banned the song. The lyrics describe a conversation between “Mattie” and “Hattie” concerning the “Wooly Bully” (a creature which Mattie describes as “a thing she saw [that] had two big horns and a wooly jaw”) and the desirability of developing dancing skills, although no attempt is made to synthesize these divergent topics.

The warning, “Let’s not be L-7”, means “Let’s not be square”, from the shape formed by the fingers making an L on one hand and a 7 on the other. Sam the Sham underscores the Tex-Mex nature of the song by counting out the rhythm in Spanish and English, and the characteristic simple organ riffing.

According to Sam: “The name of my cat was ‘Wooly Bully’, so I started from there. The count down part of the song was also not planned. I was just goofing around and counted off in Tex-Mex. It just blew everybody away, and actually, I wanted it taken off the record. We did three takes, all of them different, and they took the first take and released it.”

For more from Parody Project you can watch our parody of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Also we have Tippy Top, a commentary on the Nuclear Posture Review of 2018.

 

7 Responses

  1. Duncan your mate

    I love Don’s work always exposes the sham world we live in, tastefully, with a large dose of in your face sarcasm, very talented, more than clever, much more, Parody is alive and kicking ( biting too ), Keep Up The Great Work

  2. Susan

    Keep it up Don❗️ Laughter & music while digesting some tough stuff.

    Susan
    Juneau, AK

  3. kathleen codyrachel

    You guys are very talented and so politically on the money ! Thank you so much
    Plus everything Judy said !

  4. Judy

    Petro Dollars helped explain the relationship with US govt and the Saudi govt which now has more to do with Syria and Iran than oil. Ironically, higher gas prices now have very little to do with the Middle East as we get most of our petroleum from our own national production, Canada (40%), and Saudi Arabia (only 9%) in 2017. You have another hit on your hands! Thanks again!

    Judy
    St. Louis, MO

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