ZERO TOLERANCE – Parody of Casual Conversation


We can’t get used to this. The crisis at our southern border has reached a tipping point. If our solution is separation of families with no plan to reunite them, as is now being done, we have lost our way. It’s time to elect creative thinkers who search for and find creative solutions to our difficult problems. The era of big money running our country and choosing our leaders must end now.


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“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The president blamed democrats
and claimed that he was powerless
his hand was forced into enforcing immigration law
Turns out he was lying on both
counts that’s not surprising since he
lies whenever he is using
both his tongue and jaw

And who are the victims
of what he is enforcing?
What are the stories they will someday tell?
About their escape to the City on a Hill, how it
was a descent into hell.

The US has two borders one to
South and one that’s Northern, odd that
zero tolerance applies to
only of those.
Double standards not withstanding
white kids aren’t the ones they’re branding
just another glimpse beneath the
the emperors new clothes.

Surely there would be
someone to clarify this
The press waited calmly
to the podium she came
She listened to questions
there were so very many
and then she began to explain

When she said,
“Na nana nana. Na nana na na.”
“Na nana nana. Na nana na na.”
Then she said, “Do dodah dodo, da deedo dee dah.”
“Da dada daba. Da dada duh pah!”

Melania accidentally showed
the underlying moral code
or lack thereof to wit what they are putting people through
treating children like they’re cattle
offering up random prattle
written on her jacket
“I don’t really care. Do you?”

Not like the brazen giant of Greek
fame, with conquering limbs astride from
land to land: Here at our sea-washed
sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose
flame is the imprisoned lightning.
and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!”
With silent lips she proclaims.

Zero Tolerance Trump Border Policy“Give me your tired,
your tired and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me.

“Give me your tired,
your tired and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me.

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Casual Conversation

This one is a bit unusual. Casual Conversation is a song I wrote about twenty years ago (nothing to do with the Super Tramp song by the same title). I have an intern, Jessica, working with me this summer as part of completing her media studies at Corban University. She expressed a desire to do a more contemporary style music video (as opposed to the old fuddy-duddy Parody Project style) so I pulled out Casual Conversation and recorded it for the first time, with the idea of letting her produce and direct the video for it. She’s working on that right now.

Having just finished recording Casual Conversation, the song got stuck in my head, the way they sometimes do, so as I was researching the news for the next Parody Project release, I kept hearing Casual Conversation as the rhythm and melody for the new material. So I thought, what the heck, I’ll parody myself and release the parody before the original. It’ll be a first, maybe. So keep an eye out for the release of the Casual Conversation music video later this summer and you can let Jessica know what you think of her work. I’m sure you’ll love it.

You can see Jessica’s influence on Parody Project on This Land. She pushed it in the direction of using more visual humor and more images overall. Her camera work and editing were predominate on Mr 45 which she shot and co-produced as well. Perhaps you noticed the wigs were also more tidy on that one.

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10 Responses

  1. Kateri

    Listening to your parodies tonight. This one is my all time favorite. I like your style. Are youworking in anymore original tunes? By chance?

  2. Cherie Rosenstein

    I love your songs from Parody Project. Please keep them coming. They serve as bright, cheery sun rays on these dismal days of horribly chaotic news out of Trump’s palace. The bad breaking news just never stops. Listening to your songs lifts my spirit at a time when I need it the most. Thank you for inspiring us and giving us hope.. I’m sending another donation because you more than earn it.

  3. Duncanyourmate

    I wish the Prez , would read what is written on the statue of liberty , know that these are the people whom made USA , and for once look at native American problems , besides them everyone else is a squatter , You Don do great work ,my Australian friends Love Parody ,cutting edge ,parody ,as we have treated our first people kooris (respectful name for Aboriginies) with disdain , Australia day 26 th of January is called ‘invasion day’

  4. cynthia Lankenau

    thank you, just crying over what our country is.

  5. Susan

    You are so right. We have got to get this madman out of office. Keep up the good work.

  6. Molly

    As always, heartbreaking and heartlifting! Keep bringin’ it on, Don! A fitting comment on the eve of our country’s birthday….

  7. Molly

    As always, heartbreaking and heartlifting! Keep bringin’ it on, Don!

  8. Kateri Caron

    Superb! Music and words! Excellent work brother!

  9. RoseAnn M

    Stunning heartbreak. It’s unconscionable this is happening. Thank you for not backing down. Love you.