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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:40 am 
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Comedic actor, writer, director and musician Harry Shearer’s new CD lampooning the Bush administration is well worth checking out.

The right wing already is recoiling with self-righteous horror at Shearer’s musical dissection of Dubya and his crew. Billboard ads for Shearer’s just-released “Songs of the Bushmen” have been refused by Clear Channel – the arch-conservative radio station and outdoor advertising conglomerate – because the CD cover features President Decider with a bone through his nose. How’s that for an endorsement?

Here are a few lyrical tidbits from Shearer’s tribute to Bush and his legacy.

A think tank did the counting
The numbers still could rise
Total what we were told before the war: 935 lies …
Couple hundred thousand Iraqis
Said their early goodbyes
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to 935 lies
-- selections from “935 Lies”, a bluesy piece (and our personal favorite) about the Bush Administration’s illegal war

He was the soul of loyalty
Wouldn’t even look at a drink
Now it’s the reward of royalty
Scooter’s skatin’ past the clink …

No cooler for the Scooter
In a way that was the point,
He’s still free to bend over
Scooter’s rescued from the joint
-- selections from “No Cooler for the Scooter”, a soft jazz rendition on the prison pardon granted to vice presidential hatchet man Scooter Libby after his felony conviction

Karen do they love us again?
Do they see Uncle Sam as their friend?
Does their heart swell with pride
Knowing God’s on our side?
Is the whole hatred thing on the mend?
-- from “Karen”, a lilting country ballad dedicated to former White House Communications Director Karen Hughes

“Songs of the Bushmen” contains seven other songs, each dedicated to a different player in the administration:
"Gym Buds" (Condoleeza Rice)
"Stuff Happens" (Donald Rumsfeld)
"Wolf on the Run" (Paul Wolfowitz)
"Turd Blossom Special" (former Karl Rove)
"Carrot Soup" (John Bolton)
"Who Is Yoo" (John Yoo)
"Smooth Moves" (Colin Powell)

“Songs of the Bushmen” was released July 1 by Courgette Records on digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon. The CD is a follow-up to Shearer’s release last year of “Songs Pointed and Pointless”, which was nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album. Although his latest musical effort seems headed for similar success, Shearer admits to a twinge of regret over the imminent departure of the Bush Administration because it will be “sorely missed by comedy writers everywhere.”

“Songs of the Bushmen” by Harry Shearer



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