Mr. Harper, How Do You Sleep?

The following is an email I received from one of my readers who has decided to share something interesting with us all. Have a read…. and sing along too…
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After I read this message from Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry:

http://www.arcadefire.com/blog/hey-canadians/

…I emailed the following to Arcade Fire’s manager, as well some other musicians. I hope somebody makes a video of this song. It will go viral!!!

Mr. Harper, How Do You Sleep?

On March 29 Prime Minister Harper played keyboard while singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” at a Winnipeg photo op.

Another song on Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine is “How Do You Sleep?”, directed at Paul McCartney (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNjTPZW7GCU).

Once you’re familiar with the melody, try these new lyrics. All together now!

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Mr. Harper, How Do You Sleep?

So the contempt vote took you by surprise
You better see through the people’s eyes
Those guys were right on the price of the jets
Cost twice as much but what about our vets
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

You made coalition a dirty word
Most Parliaments have them, haven’t you heard?
Policies favoured by most in their land
More moderate than left and right demand
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Prorogue the Parliament, twice down the drain
Can’t hear Afghan detainees scream in pain
Large tax cuts for the largest companies
And for the Tar Sands boys more subsidies
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

At the climate talks, what do we have here
Four times awarded Fossil of the Year
Those Action Plan ads cost twenty-six mill
The G8 and 20, over one bill
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Why did you lose the seat at the U.N.?
Who inserted the word ‘not’ with a pen?
Five times Bruce Carson convicted of fraud
Then secret clearance in a PMO job
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Only five questions, ’cause you are the king
Jump when reporters ask you anything
You keep them more than forty feet away
Behind steel fences, just another day
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

You challenge Michael to a face-to-face
He tell you any time, any place
Next day you say that it can’t be done
You’ll just abide by the consortium
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Get back on the ‘rights’ track says Amnesty
And how do you define democracy?
Your London rally, two students kicked out
‘Cause of a picture on a Facebook account
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

The AG’s words recycled by mistake
But who says he’s sorry for that fake lake
Why does food with GMOs get no blame
Why is Helena the one you can’t name?
How do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

For further reference:

Getting Back on the ‘Rights’ Track
(www.amnesty.ca/files/HRA.pdf)

Hey Canadians!
(www.arcadefire.com/blog/hey-canadians/)

Harper missing the point on F-35s
(http://embassymag.ca/page/view/edit-03-16-2011)

Auditor general to probe lump-sum disability payments for veterans
(www.leaderpost.com/story_print.html?id=3948651)

Government sees no need to test GMOs
(www.commonground.ca/iss/237/cg237_gmos.shtml)

Are we going to reward contempt of Parliament?
(www.ottawacitizen.com/story_print.html?id=4564215&)

The Government of Canada’s record on climate change
(www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/news/2011/release/index.php?WEBYEP_DI=8)

Tories used praise for Liberals to defend summit costs: Fraser
(www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/11/cv-election-weston-ag-fraser.html)

David Buckna

 

You can cage the bird, but not the song!

from John Prince
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