Today’s Wall Street Journal takes a look at a clutch of musicians who have decided to get notoriety—if not cash—by writing songs about the recession, although I’m guessing that the Journal didn’t want to do the songwriters in question any favors. Why? Because the paper took the time to print the awful lyrics these people have come up with in order to suck up the YouTube hits from people looking for “bailout” or “Fannie Mae.” Seriously, the lyrical stylings exhibited after the jump made me appreciate “Weird Al” Yankovic’s recession-ready remake of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like” a lot more.
The internal rhyme of “nation” and “hyperinflation” here is a deft touch, but the guy sounds like he’s about to bust into Porky Pig’s “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” at any moment.
Prop comedy is bad. Prop comedy songs that use the word “perfidy”: Much, much, much worse.
A parody of the Association‘s “Cherish” that rhymes “bearish” with “laissez faire-ish.” Please, someone, take the rhyming dictionary away from this person. And the copy of GarageBand.
I guess the upside is that none of these people will make money off their horrible lyrics? Well, actually, one of the songs isn’t all that bad. But it has the benefit of having history, and someone who actually knows what words don’t sound good when crammed into lyrical meter, on its side—it’s old-school folkie Tom Paxton‘s “I’m Changing My Name To Fannie Mae” is an updated version of his response to the government’s late-’70s bailout of Chrysler:
No Dough In The Do-Re-Mi [WSJ]