Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fifty Ways to Leave the Looters: A Song Parody

Illustration from “Andrómeda y Perseo” by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (ca.1653)
Fifty Ways to Leave the Looters
A song parody to the tune of
“Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover” by Paul Simon
and with the characters of
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The problem that's with the world is this philosophy:

to each one their need and from each their ability.

And since calls for sacrifice mean life in slavery,

there must be fifty ways to leave the Looters.

The Pull Aristocracy's Ruling Class attitude:

Producers are serfs and Looters are wisdom imbued.

And since “utopia” is life in chains ballyhooed,

there must be fifty ways to leave the Looters,

fifty ways to leave the Looters.

Teach the method that's true, Hugh.

No motor on, John.

Pose as a mountebank, Frank.

And shrug yourself free.

Hoist pirate flag, Rag.

Free the plunder that they bag.

A lesson here for me

to shrug myself free.

Finance the Gulch and Strike, Mike.

Rest ev'ry pitch, Rich.

Torch your fields to hell, El.

And shrug yourself free.

Walk off the track, Mac.

Take your mind and don't look back.

A lesson here for me

to shrug myself free.

The Looters will force their change regardless of the pain,

and ev'ry time they fail means only that they'll try again.

So don't ask “Who is John Galt?”, instead try to ascertain

one of the fifty ways.

And so now, by your life and love of it, think on the plight:

on what the Looters push and what you know is wrong and right.

Then shrug off for the Gulch 'fore those Looters turn out the light,

there must be fifty ways to leave the Looters,

fifty ways to leave the Looters.

Teach the method that's true, Hugh.

No motor on, John.

Pose as a mountebank, Frank.

And shrug yourself free.

Hoist pirate flag, Rag.

Free the plunder that they bag.

A lesson here for me

to shrug myself free.

Finance the Gulch and Strike, Mike.

Rest ev'ry pitch, Rich.

Torch your fields to hell, El.

And shrug yourself free.

Walk off the track, Mac.

Take your mind and don't look back.

A lesson here for me

to shrug myself free.

 

 

 

 

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Fifty Ways to Leave the Looters © 2014 Papa Possum

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