DAY TRADER

DAY TRADER
(To tune of, “Day Tripper,” by John Lennon and Paul McCarthy”)

He’s a believer
Thinks it’s a cinch to get rich
But, greed’s a deceiver
Money gets thrown in the ditch

He’s a day trader
Eyes don’t leave the screen
He’ll find the market can be mean

He plays the options
Says it’s a beautiful game
Nothing can stop him
Always a loss, but no blame

 He’s a day trader
Eyes don’t leave the screen
He’ll find the market can be mean

What a risk taker
Sleeps in the night very nice
But he’s a faker
Knows that he’s rolling the dice

 He’s a day trader
Eyes don’t leave the screen
He’ll find the market can be mean

The volume is heavy
Thinks that he’s calling the shots
Just one of a bevy
Suckers drop coins in the slots

He’s a day trader
Eyes don’t leave the screen
He’ll find the market can be mean

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg
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CORPORATION PEOPLE

This parody lyric responds to the Op Ed of Jack Welch (former CEO of GE) and Suzy Welch in the WSJ on July 15, 2012 in which they say, in support of Mitt Romney’s declaration, “Of course, corporations are people.”  This of course, was the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

CORPORATION PEOPLE
(To tune of “People,” by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, from 1964 Broadway show “Funny Girl”)

People
Corporation people
Aren’t people like we know
In the world

Call them persons
Artificial persons
That can’t feel what we feel inside
Are moved by net profit’s tide
Like machines, not people
Real people

Workers
Are very handy people
Corporate people use workers
In their world

They had children
Our very precious children
Working long after light
Yet working late into night
For pennies paid for a slave
But there were brave people
Who were people

Ordinary people
Told those non-people people,
“Not in our world!” 

Lyric © Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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THEY’RE IN THE KETTLE

THEY’RE IN THE KETTLE
(To tune of “We’re in the Money,” by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, from the film “Gold Diggers of 1933”)

Verses
They’re in the kettle
The dust won’t settle
They fudged the LIBOR rate
Got caught, its judgment day

Bet good folk’s money
The joke’s not funny
This time with LIBOR though
They’ll be hell to pay

Bridge
The London rate for bank loans
When a bank loans to a bank
The LIBOR scandal add to
Overrated bets on mortgage debts

Verse
They’re in the kettle
They’ve showed no mettle
Don’t call them bankers, they’re
A den of thieves at bay

Additional verses
Huge banks thought wealthy
Caught not quite healthy
Lowered the LIBOR so
They’d not be on display

When gains at Barclays
Turned lower starkly
Rate-rigging LIBOR seemed
To them a good play

Bridge
The London rate for bank loans
When a bank loans to a bank
That then becomes the benchmark
For adjusting fates, our interest rates 

Verse
They’re in the kettle
They’ll want to settle
Turn up the heat on them
This time, no deals, no way!

 Lyric © by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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WE NEED ANOTHER ISM

WE NEED ANOTHER ISM
(To tune of, “We Need a Little Christmas,” by Jerry Herman, from the 1955 Broadway show, “Mame.”)

 Verse
We loved McCarthy
He was a patriotic, if psychotic guy
He led the party
Demanding names up on the bully pulpit high
Then

But now,
Chorus
We need another ism
In this voting season
We need an ideology
Thank Thomas Paine for “reason”
But we feel the urge to follow
Ideas that are hollow
We need another ism,
Now

Verse
Shout socialism
If he’s a liberal brand him a communist
Create a schism
A little demagoguery, the black list
Again

For now,
 (Repeat chorus)

Verse
Globalization
The seedy capitalists flush with cash de jure
Buy up the nation
Tell those with no job and no safety net, explore
Zen

Chorus
For we, have found the perfect ism
To say it’s not is treason
Old Adam Smith mythology
Thank Thomas Paine for “reason”
But we feel the urge to follow
Ideas that ring hollow
We’ll need no other ism
Now

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