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SNOWDEN’S LAMENT

This post is neither for nor against the actions of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  But, certainly one cannot fail to see the irony of his seeking asylum in such democratic stalwarts as Russia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia.

SNOWDEN’S LAMENT
(To tune of “You Say You Want a Revolution,” by Lennon and McCartney)

They want me to get out of Russia
Well you know,
If Putin says to go, you go
‘Cause if you don’t the state will crush ya,
Well, I know,
‘Cause Khordorkovsky told me so

They got want they want from me without a cent
Now, I’m a political embarrassment
I’m alright
It’s not what I want
But I’m alright

They want me down in Venezuela
Well, oh no
I would rather go to jail
Madura is a far worse jailer
Well you know
That whole country is a jail

So if it’s democracy I’m mad about
Why would I go to where all rights they’d flout?
That’s not right
Not what I want
But I’m alright

Asylum waits in Nicaragua
Well you know
Ortega would pretend
He’ll write the ending to my saga
But I know
That no communist’s a friend

I don’t want revolution, no not me
But, let them protect you out of being free?
It’s not right
Not what I want
But I’m alright

Some say that I’ve committed treason
Well, not quite
I’m not against the USA
I had a patriotic reason
That’s right
Secrets should see the light of day

And if you’ve read Orwell then you can’t ignore
That we’re on the brink of “1984.”
It’s not right
Not what I want
But I’m alright

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

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