Friday, 20 September 2019

SINGABLE SATIRE:The Ballad of GIULIANI: Part 1

WORDPLAY POST #185


ORIGINAL SONG: The Ballad of Davy Crockett , by Bruns and Blackburn, Walt Disney Studios 1954, anthem of the "Crockett craze". Several versions of the song were prominent on the Top Ten in 1955.
Rudy Giuliani
Youtube versions of the song by several performers are available via links to...
Tennessee Ernie Ford    
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June 2018.
 Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's lyrics posted on these earlier blogposts...

BACKGROUND INFO: Max Boot's opinion-editorial appeared in our local newspaper on May 8, 2018, under the heading "The long, disappointing fall of Rudy Giuliani". Here is the link to the particular newspaper column.
Other takes on Giuliani's statements about the Presidents' legal and personal imbroglios are given by Jennifer Rubin here, and Amy Sorkin here. However, this first part of the song deals with the more positive earlier portion of this flamboyant leaders' life-story.




SONGLINK: See the version of this post designed for ukulele and guitar players on 'SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere


The BALLAD of GIULIANI, part#1

(to the tune of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett")


Rudy Giuliani!
Voice of those wild Trump Years! 

Born in East Flatbush, down in NYC,
'Greenhorn' family from Tuscany.
Dad done time in Sing Sing for robbery,
An' Rudy volunteered for Robert Kennedy.
Rudy Giuliani,
Voice of those wild Trump Years!

At Manhattan College, took philosophy.
Enter the priesthood? "No, that's not for me!"
Studied Law at New York University,
To graduate cum laude with J.D. degree.
Rudy Giuliani,
Startin' up his career. 

To prosecute felons gave him a thrill.
Though tactics like the 'perp walk' were 'overkill'
As U.S. Attorney he showed great skill.
His record of convictions is unequalled still.
Rudy Giuliani,
Outshone his legal peers.

He fought single-handed through the Mafia Wars.
Racketeering mobsters he did abhor. 
Put their capos behind bars, and settled the score, 
And RICOed* inside traders, and convicted more.
Fearless Rudy launchin'
His politickin' career.

Two terms as Mayor start in '93.
First Repub. in office there since John Lindsay.
Libs felt queezy with the GOP, but he
Cleaned the streets, cut crime, and folks said "That's for me!"
Rudy Giuliani,
The Big Apple's brigadier. 

He craved a Senate seat; to lose was gall.
'Specially to Hillary, he'd hate to fall.
But marital scandal, and a doctor's call,
And bad race relations triggered his withdrawal.
Rudy Giuliani,
Back in the Mayor's chair. 

Rudy was the guy in charge when Towers fell.
At Ground Zero visited and stayed a spell.
Folks felt he handled the disaster well,
And was honored by the Queen as I've heard tell.
Rudy Giuliani!
Time's Person-of-the-Year.

Rudy Giuliani!
Time's Person-of-the-Year.

* RICO - The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.  


EDITORIAL NOTE: Stay tuned! Part 2 of this ballad will appear shortly (October, 2019). 


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