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BACK DOWN, WE’LL SCUTTLE THE BOAT

BACK DOWN, WE’LL SCUTTLE THE BOAT
(To tune of “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” by Frank Loesser from Broadway show, “Guys and Dolls.”)

Verse:
Back in Twenty-Ten, when Obama-Care was voted
All Republicans said, “What a Lie!”
They harangued so loudly, what they saw as Socialism
That government would force someone to buy.

Chorus:
The, Republicans yelled, “Back down,
Back down, we’ll scuttle the boat”
The Republicans cried, “Back down
Back down, this law won’t float,
For the high court will turn it over,
With a loud resounding, majority vote,
Back down, back down, back down, back down,
Back down, this law won’t float.”

Verse:
Throw a pebble in a stream, and the water there will ripple
Or don’t toss it and the water will lie still
But, health care runs through commerce, like a wild and raging river
And we’re all in the boat against our will

 Chorus:
Still, the, Republicans yelled, “Back down,
Back down, we’ll scuttle the boat,
The Republicans cried, “Back down,”
“Back down, this law won’t float.”
For the high court will turn it over,
With a gavel so heavy, then we will gloat,
Back down, back down, back down, back down
Back down, this law won’t float”

Verse:
Now, the hospitals and the doctors, welcomed more insurance dollars
For them, this new law wasn’t a bad dream
And helping lower-income folk, the middle class with children
Shouldn’t cause conservatives to scream

 Chorus:
Yet, the Republicans yelled “Back down
Back down, we’ll scuttle the boat”
The Republicans cried, “Back down
To privatize we’ll promote
For the high court will turn it over,
With a lofty opinion, of great note
Back down, back down, back down, back down
Back down, this law won’t float.”

 Verse:
Yesterday the highest court, of our land gave its opinion
In a strangely twisted, yet pragmatic dance
Held a penalty a tax, and the Commerce Clause too broadly
 Applied to this law’s health-care mandate stance

 Chorus:
So, the Republicans cried “we’re down
We’re down because of this vote”
The Republicans yelled “we’ll drown
Before we’ll stay on this boat
In the tally of fall’s election, will be the antidote
We’re down, we’re down, we’re down, we’re down
We’re down, until the next vote.”

“And, we’ll not back down, back down, back down
Until we’ve scuttled the boat!”

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

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