Friday, June 27, 2008

Song Parody: "The Missouri Compromise"

My Dear Reader,

I sang this once for a church talent show, and they still talk about it. That's because I absolutely rocked. It's a parody of "I Will Survive," and it started out as a homework assignment in my high school American history class. To learn more about the famous compromise that was a futile attempt to mantain the balance of power in the pre-civil War U.S., click here.

"The Missouri Compromise"

At first they were afraid
They were petrified
They didn’t want Missouri on the other side
But the North gave it up, and the South gave them Maine
Thanks to a guy
By the name of Henry Clay

The union’s safe
For one more day
And now that Henry’s here to help us, we’ll relax and shout, “Hooray!”
South states want another slave state
North states want another free
We compromised
In the year 1820

Go on and try
Tear us apart,
Oh, but you can’t now, we’re compromisers from the start
When they were faced with tyranny,
What did Founding Fathers do?
They compromised
And now we’ll do it too!
We must devise
A compromise
If the North and South can’t get along we surely will divide
We will give a state to them
They will give a state to us
And we’ll be strong
And we’ll all get along
Hey, Hey!

It took all the strength we had
Not to fall apart
And just try to keep the powers balanced on the chart
We are sick of fighting wars, we don’t want another one
If you want bloodshed, just wait ‘til 1861!

Just look at us, with liberty!
We’re the picture perfect model for democracy
Sure, we’re still enslaving men, but the rest of us are free
And that works well for everyone who's in the white majority!

Go on and try
Tear us apart,
Oh, but you can’t now, we’re compromisers from the start
When they were faced with
What did Founding Fathers do?
They compromised
And we’ll do it too!
We must devise
A compromise
If the North and South can’t get along we surely will divide
We will give a state to them
They will give a state to us
And we’ll be strong
And we’ll all get along
Hey, Hey!

-Cecily Jane


Patricia Shin said...

HAHAHAHA someday i'm going to walk in on you singing and dancing to this ;)

Allison Harris said...

This song makes me laugh.

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It's hilarious AND historically accurate! That's what I'm talking about!

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I love that. You should sell it to AP US HIstory teachers.

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