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Friday, November 13, 2009

 
The Year That Was, 1989

Hat tip to Bowling for Soup.

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Woo Hoo Hooooo!
Woo Hoo Hooooo!

Honecker built the wall
He thought that he had it all
Head of the GDR, oh
Wife's in the Politburo
His dreams were smithereens
By October 16
He was the Number One man
What happened to his plan?

He was the head of party
He was the head of state
He shook his Commie fist
Dissidents he sealed their fates
His own SED
Is now the enemy
Miffed by his corrupt life
And nothing, has been...
All right since

Lech Walesa, and Havel
Way before Obama
There was Ronnie and Gorby
And Russians still in Hungary
The Commies from the old school
They think the change is way uncool
They're all dissatisfied
With 19, 19, 1989

Woo Hoo Hooooo!
(1989)
Woo Hoo Hooooo!

Pozsgay read the Marxist classics
He knew every creed
"Class struggle," "Labor theory"
"From ability to need"
But Hungary was whammed
Economy was jammed
Thought he'd try a hand
To come up with a new plan

Where's the full stores
Like the ones in the West?
And what's with those East German guys
And weekly unrest?
When did Polish dissidents
Get on the TV?
What ever happened
To Comintern, Five Year Plans
(In the streets were)

Walesa, and Havel
Way before Obama
There was Ronnie and Gorby
And Russians still in Hungary
The Commies from the old school
They think the change is way uncool
They're all dissatisfied
With 19, 19, 1989

Woo Hoo Hooooo!

Ceaucescu hates these times
He wants to make it stop
"When did the Berlin Wall
Become a pile of rocks?
And tell me why did Prague
Surrender to that playwright?
Please make this stop
Stop, STOP"
(tick tick tick)

"Please no more..."

Walesa, and Havel
Way before Obama
There was Ronnie and Gorby
And Russians still in Hungary
The Commies from the old school
They think the change is way uncool
They're all dissatisfied
With 19, 19, 1989

Woo Hoo Hooooo!

Lech Walesa, and Havel
Way before Obama
There was Ronnie and Gorby
And Russians still in Hungary
The Commies from the old school
They think the change is way uncool
They're all dissatisfied
With 19, 19, 1989

Update: Minor lyrics tweaks:

  • And "From ability to need" -- "From ability to need" (one too many syllables in original)
  • But something didn't pan -- But Hungary was whammed (verse needs Hungarian reference for audience unfamiliar with Imre Pozsgay; original song referenced 80s band Wham in this line)
  • Economy was whammed -- Economy was jammed (need rhyme for "whammed")
  • Why did the Czech government -- And tell me why did Prague (way too many syllables in original)
  • "Don't bring back..." -- "Please no more..." (sounds better to me)

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