DEBT IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING

DEBT IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING
(To tune of “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster from 1955 film of same name)

Debt
Is a very dangerous thing
Debt will lead you on, and make you want
Every single thing

Debt is cunning and exotic
It’s like a strong narcotic
When you can borrow, you feel like a king

Then
You no longer pay your loan
And the bankers call
And come take all, of the things you own

There’s a lesson to this story
Loud, alarming bells should ring
Yes debt is,
A very dangerous thing

Refrain:
Debt
Is a very dangerous thing
Lets you feel the world
Is a string-of-pearls
Dangling on your string

But its spell soon breaks
That thrill’s a fake
You’re left untangling string
Yes debt is
A very dangerous thing.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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HOW DO YOU MAKE A CONGRESS GOVERN?

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CONGRESS GOVERN?
(To tune of “How Do you Keep the Music Playing,” by Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman)

How do you make a congress govern?
How do you make it work?
How do get them to do the job they shirk?

How do you keep your optimism?
When it’s a cynic’s town
How do you right a system turned upside down?

I thought they’d surely have to bend to sequestration
They‘ve played with fire and now I’m so afraid
They’ll put the party line above a nation
God help the nation!

If we would choose the best of people
Who’d work for us not gain
Then we might see real compromises there,
No self-made crises, when,
Our voice is heard again.

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg
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TIME TWITTERED AWAY

With the help of Facebook and Twitter, Dr. Keith Ablow, suggests, “We are raising a generation of deluded narcissits.” See his Fox News opinion piece at: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/08/are-raising-generation-deluded-narcissists. My reaction to his opinion is expressed in the parody lyric below.

TIME TWITTERED AWAY
(To tune of “She’s Funny that Way,” by Charles N. Daniels and Richard A. Whiting)

How does my face look?
Welcome on board
Follow my Face book
Fame’s the reward
I’ve got a feeling
Fools we may be
Time twittered away

No one is sparing
Trivial tales
Not one worth sharing
Weighing the scales
I’ve got a feeling
Fools we may be
Time twittered away

Every little thing you do or place you go, a post
Commentary on a life from one more boring host

What are we doing?
Where will it end?
All this pursuing
The casual friend
I’ve got a feeling
Fools we may be
Time twittered away

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, esquire
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TAXPAYER RELIEF

TAXPAYER RELIEF
(To the tune of “Learning the Blues,” by Delores Vicki Silvers, made popular by Frank Sinatra in 1950s)

Verses
Some thought it was good news
Tax rates aren’t rising
Not so for the well-off
Who are now realizing
They’ll pay the piper
And the pain won’t be brief
And that’s what they’re calling
Taxpayer relief

But even the workers
Will notice their net-pay
Decline from a tax-hike
From the party they’d let play
Mean fiscal war-games
‘Gainst the Dems and the chief
Who’ve passed what they’re calling
Taxpayer relief

Bridge 1
The AMT should never touch
The middle class no-how
So, when they pass a patch we
Shouldn’t need
How dare they take a bow

Verse
To add to the insult
You’ll lose your exemptions
And all those deductions
Will phase-out, need I mention
On your investments
A new tax pours on grief
And this they are calling
Taxpayer relief

Bridge 2
And tax reform’s a word we’ve heard
That always seems to vex
For every time they say reform
The Code grows more complex

 Verse
And now they’re preparing
To forge the next battle
On spending and budgets
Loudly sabers will rattle
Always repeating
Same old crime like a thief
Till congress reforms though
We’ll get no relief

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