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We Didn't Vote For Dubya!

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"We Didn't Vote for Dubya"
a MidiWay parody
by LordJupiter of the Apologizers

[Adapted from "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel...check out his original lyrics via the link at bottom and read my notes below that to see the tricky parallels in these!]
(1980-87) Reaganomics, CIA, Ayatollah, Contragate, 
OllieMani-a, Dick Cheney, weapons to Iran.
(1987-88) Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Who the hell Framed Roger Rabbit?  
anthrax, mustard gas, weapons to Saddam. 
(1989) Cannibals were Young and Fine, Once Bitten Twice Shy, 
Panama, Exxon lies, Born on the Fourth of July.
(1990) Rhythm Nation, Hammer prays, Iraqi tanks into Kuwait, 
Ninja Turtles, “inner child”, Noriega good bye.

  [CHORUS] 
We didn't vote for Dubya...Now the world is learning, and the tide is turning.  
We didn't vote for Dubya...Well, we never liked him, and we tried to fight him.

(1991) Clarence Thomas, Rodney King, Sleeping with the Enemy, 
Jeffrey Dahmer, meet Nirvana, war with Iraq.
(1992) LA riots, riot grrrls, unemployment, Wayne’s World,  
Clinton’s sax, Madonna’s SEX, congress writing rubber checks. 
(1993) Pearl Jam, Waco, Trade Center bomb explodes, 
Schindler’s List, Brady Bill, NAFTA, Pentium Intel.
(1994) Newt Gingrich, Green Day, Forrest Gump, O.J.,  
Paula Jones, Seinfeld, No World Series? What the hell!?

  [CHORUS] 
We didn't vote for Dubya...Now the world is learning, and the tide is turning.  
We didn't vote for Dubya...Well, we never liked him, and we tried to fight him.

(1995) Windows, SUVs, Mickey Mantle, and Rabin, 
Braveheart, Tim McVeigh, Fed is closed for 20 days.
(1996) mad cow, doubled Dow, Unabomber, Ron Brown,  
Flight 800, Richard Jewel, Divas suck, the Packers rule.
(1997) Tiger Woods, Hale Bopp, Princess Di, legal pot, 
tax reduction, mammal clone, unemployment very low.
(1998) record surplus, Dow is hot, Paula Jones case dropped,  
balanced budget, Kosovo, put on trial for a blow.

  [CHORUS] 
We didn't vote for Dubya...Now the world is learning, and the tide is turning.  
We didn't vote for Dubya...Well, we never liked him, and we tried to fight him.

(1999) Y2K, Columbine, 7 years of lower crime,  
MP3, Clinton free, lost another Kennedy. 
(2000) Microsoft is ordered split, Dubya blames the internet, 
market crash, election joke, never counted all the votes. 
(2001) Kyoto, tax cuts for the rich, faith-based initiatives, 
911 terror day, What else do I have to say? 

  [CHORUS] 
We didn't vote for Dubya...Now the world is learning, and the tide is turning.  
We didn't vote for Dubya...Well, we never liked him, and we tried to fight him.


(2002 to 2003)	Big Brother, Uncle Sam, Kissinger is 
back again,  Enron, WorldCom, Anthrax, pipe bombs, 
Placing Reagan on the Dime, spies at home, thought 
crime, North Korea and Iran, soldiers in Afghanistan,  
missile treaties put aside, terror bombing Suicides, 
record debts, crippled vets, overstated weapons 
threat, lying to the working poor, die for oil in holy 
wars, throw that monkey out the door, i can’t take it 
any more!
 	
  [CHORUS] 
We didn't vote for Dubya...Now the world is learning, and the tide is turning.  
We didn't vote for Dubya...Well, we never liked him, and we tried to fight him.




Original song's lyrics:  http://uploader.wuerzburg.de/gym-fkg/schule/fachber/englisch/joel/songtext.html

That site has hyperlinks to explanations of all of Joel's references.  


Billy Joel's original song is structured so that each line covers events or notables in a particular year, starting with 1949 and going one year at a time until 1964, at which time he accelerates the years and packs 2 verses with 25 years of history and culture, finishing in 1989. I started with the title of the song, and the idea to begin the progression with an overview of the Reagan years, as I view the current (today=Jan.8th 2004) administration as part of a GOP continuum that began a drive to certain goals, with several recurring key players, beginning for the most part as a real movement with the Reagan administration; transitioning directly to Bush Sr.--then interrupted for 8 years by Clinton--and now, quite conventiently, stewarded by a hapless dunce who bears the great Seal on his arse. (Do not misinterpret here. I'm not anti-capitalism or anti-american. I'm anti-Bush and pro-freedom.) I tried to similarly follow Joel's pattern of cultural references alongside political ones, often replacing names with names, jocks with jocks, and so forth, so that the new song would be like a parallel update of the older one. Sometimes it was spot on, other times I had to diverge a bit, but I tried to keep a mix going. Maybe one of the strangest parallels was the Mickey Mantle line. In the original song, his name appears as a reference to 1957, one of his better years (MVP). As it turned out, in my song his name came up in the year he died. Complete coincidence. Some others include Nixon/Kissinger " is back again", bay of pigs invasion/lost another kennedy, JFK blown away/911 Terror day (do you remember where you were when...?), Iran and Afghanistan, foreign debts/record debts, homeless vets/crippled vets (9,000 injured military personnel have been airlifted out of Iraq as of today). The Clinton years were adversarial and frustrating for the GOP agenda-pushers, who likely viewed the time period as an unwelcome interruption in their chain of "leadership". Their time was spent attacking him for his character; meanwhile, GOP sexual and financial scandals abounded. The impeachment trial actually took away from the administrations ability to completely deal with Saddam and Osama, who were acting up at that time. Where was the GOP resolve against terror then? Instead, they took the low road, and look where we are now. Many of the scandals I mention involve key Republican figures who are still in the picture. Virtually everyone got off for Contragate, for example. Bush continues to stock the courts with conservative judges, and is even trying to put a system in place that will monitor and likely punish federal judges who don't follow the party line. There's the "boobiegate" scandal with Ashcroft covering the statue of justice, and so many other items including multiple and CONVENTIENTLY TIMED elevations of the terror rainbow that may have helped bad legislation get passed for Bush. He's dismantled treaties, squandered international good will, gutted environmental protections, imposed prohibitive trade rules and taxes, blown the surplus, bloated the deficit, and in general just screwed things up. I could go on about the details of all these issues, but it's much more fun to listen to the song. Do your own digging, and get Bush and Big Brother Jesus Oil Junta OUT of power in 2004!!