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The Donald Goes Rolling Along

by Lionel E. Deimel

 

Fleece the poor, scam the sick, poison air and water, too,

Build a wall, and repeal every reg we can undo.

He is Donald, Commander-in-Chief;

He’s the wellspring of mischief and grief.

 

Every day, every night,

Trump tweets hatefulness and spite,

And The Donald goes rolling along.

Like as not, tweets aren’t true

’Cause he hasn’t got a clue,

But The Donald goes rolling along.

 

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!

The Donald’s on his way—

Where to, it isn’t very clear.

But where’re he goes,

Mister Putin knows

That the Russians have nothing to fear.

 

NATO’s bad, trade’s unfair,

Immigration needs repair,

And The Donald goes rolling along.

Pack the courts, help the rich,

Ethics really are a bitch,

But The Donald goes rolling along.

 

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!

The Donald’s on his way—

Where to, it isn’t very clear.

But where’re he goes,

Mister Putin knows

That the Russians have nothing to fear.

 

 

 

I’m not sure where I got the idea of writing satirical lyrics to the official song of the U.S. Army, “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” Anyway, once I did, I wrote a version about Donald Trump that expands on the verse-chorus-refrain structure of the standard Army version.

It hardly seems necessary to explain my lyrics, though I should note that I posted a first draft on my blog. I had hoped to get some useful feedback from my post, but, in lieu of any, I made some revisions, which I am posting here. What you can read above is edgier and more specific than the earlier draft.

The most obvious change I made was to switch from the first person to the third person. (I doubt that Donald Trump will ever sing this song.) In the verse, I substituted “fleece” and “scam” for the more general “screw.” I also changed the words in the first chorus to be more specific. The rest of the poem is pretty much as I originally wrote it.

I finished my first draft on 7/21/2018 and what I expect is the final version on 7/31/2018.

— LED, 7/31/2018

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