Friday, February 26, 2010

At long last, the depressing Marxist poem. Yay!

You gentlemen who think you have a mission
To purge us of the seven deadly sins
Should first sort out the basic food position
Then start your preaching, that's where it begins

You lot who preach restraint and watch your waist as well
Should learn, for once, the way the world is run
However much you twist or whatever lies that you tell
Food is the first thing, morals follow on

So first make sure that those who are now starving
Get proper helpings when we all start carving
What keeps mankind alive?

What keeps mankind alive?
The fact that millions are daily tortured
Stifled, punished, silenced and oppressed
Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
In keeping its humanity repressed
And for once you must try not to shirk the facts
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.

I have a recording of Tom Waites singing this.

It always gets people up and dancing at parties.

36 comments:

Perseus said...

Socialist Parties?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Not really Pers.

More of a mixed bag - we even have some Greens.

We put them in a corner and pelt them with organic fruit.

Puss In Boots said...

I read that last line as, "Mankind is kept alive by beastly cats."

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Puss, Terry Pratchett once wrote something like "cats amusingly tolerate human beings until somebody invents a can opener that can be operated with a paw".

squib said...

It's not that depressing

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I'll see if I can scratch up something really, really depressing for you next week, Squib.

squib said...

Promises, promises...

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Gee, tough audience.

wari lasi said...

It's depressing enough for me Ramon, if that makes you feel better. I'm normally a fairly jolly bloke.

squib said...

A satisfied customer!

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Thanks Wari.

I feel that if I can bring a little gloom into somebody's day, then it's not all wasted.

Melba said...

Yeah it's not that depressing.

I once had an argument that food is first, democracy second.

Do you agree? I think I still believe so. If people are starving, they can't fight for their rights. The person I was arguing with was so adamant he was right; that people will always choose democracy and personal freedoms over anything else.

But not if you're dead.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

it's not that depressing

Stop saying that!!!!!!

Pepsi said...

That poem is very sad.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Thank you Pepsi.

You and Wari are my new bestest friends.

obtuse-a said...

Burroughs' version will tip you over the edge.

Although he's not much of a Marxist

Dr. Golf said...
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Boogeyman said...

I hereby dub this uplifting poem the Walking on Sunshine of the Marxist scene.

It could only be improved by Katrina and the Waves, or possibly Hi-5, covering it.

Mr E Discharge said...
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Mr E Discharge said...

No record collection is complete without a copy of Katrina and the Waves' cover of "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder".

RandomGit said...

What depresses me is the lack of context in this poem. I read and re-read and I still can't tell who he is hating on.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

It's Bertolt Brecht, RG.

He sort of hates everybody.

And I think Alex is having a long chat with his/her gender re-assignment counsellor.

Pepsi said...

Ramon, I'll only be your new bestie if you promise that you wont make me sing The Internationale with you when you've had too many beers.

I thought Alex was one of the regulars logged in with another name, I thought there was a few of you who log in and comment here with different names???

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Sorry Pepsi, I can't promise that.

I make everybody sing The Internationale with me when I've had too many beers.

Melba said...

Really Pepsi? How interesting.


ALEX WE LOVE YOU, COME BACK! I don't care if you're a boy or a girl.

WitchOne said...

(but I still want to know)

Puss In Boots said...

I don't post with alter egos on here. I *have* alter egos, but I don't use them here. I think Boogey has a few, but he might have retired them.

I hope I didn't chase Alex away by questioning his/her gender. Come back Alex!

eat my shorts said...

I'm glad you posted the depressing Marxist poem, Ramon. I'm not going to argue whether it's really all that depressing or not, that's pretty relative after all.

Perseus said...

I didn't find it depressing. I found it more whiny, like a drunk socialist actor in Northcote at a party.

I went to a restaurant for someone's birthday, and she had all her actor mates there. One was in Socialist Alliance. Anyway, the waitress asked what he would like to order and he snapped, "Well I can hardly order anything seeing as I have NO MONEY!"

She ignored him and moved to me.

I ordered the salmon with Moreton Bay Bug on top.

**

I suspect Alex is watching us panic and sniggering to him/herself. S/he'll be back.

WitchOne said...

I'm too lazy to have alter egos.

catlick said...

I thought only priests had altar egos.

eat my shorts said...

I ordered the salmon with Moreton Bay Bug on top.

You're kidding me.

That's like ... an overload of awesome.

Can they do that? Are they allowed?!

catlick said...

If "beef & reef", and "surf N turf" are old hat, then "reef & grief" (cage capture and fish farming) may replace them.

catlick said...

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Well, that's what Babelfish says it means...

Alex said...

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And that is from google translate. The "javelin hitting flying machines/fire a cannon at airplanes" bit has me intrigued. Terrorist plot disguised as spam? Bad translation? Anyone understand this?

Boogeyman said...

My apologies, venerable kinfolk, but I won't allow spammer scum to leave their crap around like that.