AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

(To tune of, “The Impossible Dream,” by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, from Broadway Musical “Man of La Mancha.”(1965))

To buy everything I can buy
To own everything I can own
To shop till my arms are too weary
To carry one more bag alone

To crave one more dress off the rack
To squander what dollars I earn
To work at my job for one reason
To spend without shame or concern

This is my quest,
My only design
The mall is my heaven
The stores are divine
To spend hours on end, walking till my feet scale
Wanting everything there to be seen
In windows on sale

And my home, like a palace of greed,
Filled with loot from my trolls
I know, with these things I don’t need
Feels so empty of soul

And my life: Is it better for this?
Do I feel bolder with self-esteem?
That I’m sold on this life of consumption
To live
An Impossible Dream

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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YE OLE THANKSGIVING DAY

YE OLE THANKSGIVING DAY
(To the tune of “No Other Love” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, from Broadway show “Me and Juliet” (1953))

Thanksgiving made passé
The bottom line has trumped it
Thanksgiving hours have bumped it
Shop ‘til you drop they say

A perfect holiday
To our beginnings harkened
One day the stores were darkened
No time for thanks today

One more sale to plug
Bag to lug
High on the drug
Of wanting more things

What will the children say?
They will recall a fable
Times we’d sit round the table
Talking the day away
On Ye Old Thanksgiving Day

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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THE FISCAL CLIFF

THE FISCAL CLIFF
(To the tune of “Charade” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer from film “Charade” (1963))

Stand on the fiscal cliff
Fate of own imposing
Big budget cuts
No ifs or buts
Due to a stubborn rift

Breathe in the fouling whiff
Campaign mud decomposing
“Sequester” is lame
A dumb high-jinx game
Pray that the winds will shift

When the economy
Needs some help, a nudge
One hears but brinkmanship
Neither side will budge

Plays like some dream-worn riff
Song of a just-supposing,
“Both sides shook hands
Heard our demands”
Fantasy’s grandest gift

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM

RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM
(To tune of, “Right Back Where we Started From,” by Pierre Tubbs and J. Vincent Edwards (1975))

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Another great divide
The House and Senate will collide
Just like they did before and naught gets done
Politics impedes
Every bill the country needs
While on the next campaign they’ve all begun

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Obama won the vote
He’ll make an effort to promote
Some of his programs for the middle class
The House will just stand by
 Send to committee bills to die
Work of a crippling partisan morass

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

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A MAN WITH FIRE

A MAN WITH FIRE
(To tune of “The Man I Love,” by George and Ira Gershwin)

We prayed he’d come along
A man with fire
He’d sing us a new song
One to inspire
We didn’t know his name
But recognized him when he came

He stood on higher ground
Morality
A trait not often found
Throughout DC
Republicans may squirm
But he deserves a second term

In an office held by few men
There were failures, he was human
Still like FDR and Truman
Given time there, he will do just fine there

 He cared about our health
Long overdue
Regardless of one’s wealth
He fought for you
It’s coming to the wire
I’m voting for
The man with fire

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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I AM AN AMERICAN

Amidst the hard campaign rhetoric of an election, I thought we need a reminder of our common heritage. This lyric is to my own melody which you’ll have to guess at or compose your own. 

I AM AN AMERICAN
Verses:
I am an American
And proud to say
I live in America
In the U.S. of A

My heart beats American
Courageous and free
I’m a living testament
To the best
That America can be

Bridge:
Some thought our dream wouldn’t last
But the torch was lit and passed
(Lit and passed)

Verse:
I am an American
One limb of the tree
Ever mindful I’m blessed
Up to any test,
An American
That’s me

Refrain:
Big-hearted America
One dream, one destiny
Ever mindful we’re blessed
Up to any test
All Americans, All Americans
All Americans
Are we

© 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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