Country Living Series

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"The country's in the very best of hands"

Some things never change.

Take a gander at this song from this 1959 production of the musical "Lil Abner":



Here are the lyrics:
Them city folks and we-uns are pretty much alike,
Though they ain't used to living in the sticks.
We don't like stone or cement, but we is in agreement
When we gets down to talkin' politics:

The country's in the very best of hands,
the best of hands, the best of hands.

The Treasury says the national debt is climbing to the sky
And government expenditures have never been so high.
It makes a feller get a gleam of pride within his eye,
to see how our economy expands,
The country's in the very best of hands.

You ought to see the congress when it's drawing up a bill,
"Where as"'s and "to wit"'s are crowded in each codicil.
Such legal terminology would give your heart a thrill.
There's phrases there that no one understands.
The country's in the very best of hands.

The building boom, they say, is getting bigger every day.
And when I asked a feller "How could everybody pay?"
He come up with an answer that made everything okay,
"Supplies are getting bigger than demands."
The country's in the very best of hands.

Don't you believe them congressmen and senators are dumb.
When they run into problems that are tough to overcome,
They just declare a thing they calls a moratorium.
The upper and the lower house disbands.
The country's in the very best of hands.

The voters are connected to the nominee,
the nominee's connected to the treasury.
When they ain't connected to the treasury,
They sits around on their thigh bones.

They sits around in this place they got,
This big congressional parking lot.
Just sits around on their you know what.
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

Them bones, them bones gonna rise again,
Gonna exercise a franchise again,
Gonna tax us up to our eyes again,
If we gets them off of their thigh bones.

The farm bill should be 89 percent of parity,
Another feller recommends it should be 93.
But 80, 95 percent, who cares about degree?
It's parity that no one understands.
The country's in the very best of hands.

Them GOP's and Democrats each hates the other one.
They's always criticizing how the country should be run.
But neither tells the public what the other's gone and done.
As long as no one knows where no one stands,
The country's in the very best of hands.

They sits around in this place they're at,
Where folks in congress have always sat.
Just sits around on their excess fat,
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

They sits around 'til they start to snore,
Jumps up and hollers "I has the floor!"
Then sits right down where they sat before,
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

Them bones, them bones gonna rise again
So dignified and so wise again
While the budget doubles in size again,
If we gets them off of their thigh bones.

The money that they taxes us, that's known as revenues,
They compound up collaterals, subtracts the residues.
Don't worry 'bout the principle and interest that accrues,
They're shipping all that stuff to foreign lands,
The country's in the very best of hands.

The country's in the very best of hands? -- yeah right.

Yep. Some things never change.

4 comments:

  1. I read a book back in the 1980's called the coming great depression of the 1990's. Everything that said then are still true today but the powers to be have just become much better at kicking the can down the road.

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  2. Reading the words to this song, as well as what I see going on all around me, I have come to the conclusion that liberal-progressives (more like regressives) are really out to destroy our nation and our way of life. And they didn't just start doing this. It's been going on for a long time, now. A LONG time! These anti-USA liberal-progressives are NOT "God-fearing." They appear to have no morality, no conscience and not one bit of honesty. Those who are politicians break their oaths of office almost daily (and that goes all the way to the top!) They have gotten most Americans conditioned to believe that the 2-party system is the only way to go. They have divided us, and now they are conquering us! It's a ploy that can be traced all the way back to Alexander the Great. I understand why someone would become a libertarian, but we really need to get involved in the many different parties that are now in existence. It's easy to control a 2-party system. Almost as easy as controlling a dictatorship! But 6 or 8 parties? Not so easy to control! --Fred in AZ

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  3. Pete Seeger 1963

    Incredibly some people don't realize that it's satire but things haven't really changed since then.

    "What did you learn in school today?"

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?

    I learned that Washington never told a lie.
    I learned that soldiers seldom die.
    I learned that everybody's free,
    And that's what the teacher said to me.

    Chorus

    That's what I learned in school today,
    That's what I learned in school.

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned that policemen are my friends.
    I learned that justice never ends.
    I learned that murderers die for their crimes
    Even if we make a mistake sometimes.

    Chorus

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned our Government must be strong;
    It's always right and never wrong;
    Our leaders are the finest men
    And we elect them again and again.

    Chorus

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned that war is not so bad;
    I learned about the great ones we have had;
    We fought in Germany and in France
    And someday I might get my chance.

    Chorus

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