George's Take-Away 

 

[Election Reflection]

 To "They Can't Take That Away From Me" 

 Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin 

 

THE WAY I GOT AL GORED.
THE WAY I-RAQ GOT FREE.
MY YAKKIN' WITH THE LORD.
NO, NO, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME! 
 
THE WAY I MIS-CLICHE. 
THE WAY I DISS D.C.
MY HARVARD M.B.A.
NO, NO, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME! 
 
I WILL DRILL THE HILL WITH PIONEERS
IN THE TIME THAT I HAVE STILL.
TO THE END CONTEND THAT I'M NO FRIEND OF BILL. 
 
THE WAY I DUCKED DELAY.
MY "POOTY-POOT" ESPRIT.
THE WAY I GOT MY WAY.
NO, NO, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME.
NO, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME. 
 
[MUSICAL INTERLUDE] 
 
I HAVE RULED THE EARTH LIKE NONE, AND I'M
SURE BEFORE MY TIME HAS RUN:
WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN, OR UNDONE LIKE 41. 
 
THE WAY I PLAY WITH FACT.
THE WAY I NAP AT THREE.
OLE, PATRIOT ACT!
OH NO, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME!
NO, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME! 
 
CAN THEY TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME?

 Gary Stockdale - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

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 As Featured on  NPR 

 

 I've Had The Fight of my Life 

[Clinton vs. Obama]

 To "(I've Had) The Time of my Life" 

 Words & Music by Franke Previte / John Denicola / Donald Markowitz 

 

CLINTON:
WELL, I'VE HAD THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE.
'TIL NOW I ALWAYS BREEZED MY WAY RIGHT THROUGH.
AND IT'S TRUE. 
THAT I GREW.
'CAUSE OF TUSSLING WITH YOU.
 
OBAMA:
I TOO HAVE HAD THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE.
WITH ALL THAT MUSCLING FROM YOU.
 
CLINTON:
STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS I CAN DEFEAT.
BARACK, OH, YES, I RAN TO MEET
DESTINY.
 
OBAMA:
AND I'M CONVINCED I CANNOT FAIL.
LIKE EACH TIME HARVARD PLAYS AT YALE.
HILLARY.
 
CLINTON:
MY INNUENDOS ON THE RISE.
 
OBAMA:
MY SPINNERS WISER TO DEVISE
STRATEGY.
 
BOTH:
SO FORGET WHAT'S DONE ON NEWS.
YOU CAN BET NO ONE WILL LOSE
GRACEFULLY.
 
OBAMA:
YOU'VE MISSPOKEN.
 
CLINTON:
YOU HAVE BEEN PROVOKIN'.
 
BOTH:
IT IS MASTERSTROKIN'!
SEE HOW WE RUN!
 
REALLY:
I'VE HAD THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE.
'TIL NOW I ALWAYS BREEZED MY WAY RIGHT THROUGH.
AND IT'S TRUE. 
THAT I GREW.
'CAUSE OF HUSTLING FROM YOU.
 
CLINTON:
OH, THOSE CALLS AT 3 A.M.
HAVE A STRATAGEM FOR THEM?  
I'D LIKE TO HEAR.
 
OBAMA:
ARE YOU AWAKE THEN FROM CONCERNS
WHERE THOSE STACKS OF TAX RETURNS 
MIGHT STEER?
 
CLINTON:
HAH!
WHEN THOSE DELEGATES CONVENE.
I CAN TELL, I'LL BE QUEEN OF THE YEAR.
BUT REMEMBER:
 
YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME 
THAT IT COULD BE NOT ME.
 
OBAMA:
HOW FAR YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME!
 
BOTH:
SEE HOW WE RUN!
 
THANK YOU.
I'VE HAD THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE.
AND I'LL BE NUMBER 44 BEFORE I'M THROUGH.
WHAT I'LL DO. 
WILL BE NEW.
'CAUSE OF TUSSLING WITH YOU.
 
YES, I'VE HAD THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE.
AND MAYBE TO MY DEBUT INTERVIEW.
I WILL COO.
THAT I FLEW.
'CAUSE OF TUSSLING, YES,
TUSSLING WITH YOU.

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Gary Stockdale - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

Ⓟ © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  Lyrics © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  All rights reserved.  These audio files are provided for personal listening only.  No reproduction, distribution or performance of this recording or these lyrics is permitted, in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written authorization of The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  For more information, contact info@versusplus.com.

 On Baghdad 

 

 To "On Broadway" 

 Written by Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller / Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil 

 

THEY SAY THE XENON LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT  
IN BAGHDAD.  
THEY SAY THERE'S ALWAYS 
SADNESS IN THE AIR.  
YOU TURN THE KEY 
OF YOUR HUMVEE  
IF YOU DON’T SEE THE I.E.D.  
THE MADNESS TAKES YOU OFF 
TO GOD KNOWS WHERE. 
 
THEY SAY THE KURDS ARE SOMEPLACE ELSE  
THAN BAGHDAD.  
BUT THE INSURGENCY 
IS TOUGH AND ROUGH.  
AND HOW YA GONNA PACE YOUR TOUR  
WHEN YOU MAY WELL FACE CIVIL WAR?  
WITH FORCES THAT ARE 
FAR LESS THAN ENOUGH. 
 
THEY SAY THE BUSH PLAN ISN’T LONG  
ON BAGHDAD.  
HE'LL CUT AND RUN 
FROM WHAT HE’S DONE. 
TOO BAD.  
HOW MANY DEAD? 
HOW MANY SCARRED?  
HOW MANY HEARTS FOREVER CHARRED?  
HOW MANY FUTURES SHATTERED HARD?  
ON BAGHDAD. 

ON BAGHDAD. 

 Tony Jones - Lead Vocal 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

Ⓟ © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  Lyrics © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  All rights reserved.  These audio files are provided for personal listening only.  No reproduction, distribution or performance of this recording or these lyrics is permitted, in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written authorization of The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  For more information, contact info@versusplus.com.

 

 South Dakota (The State of Choice) 

[South Dakota Abortion Ban]

 To "Oklahoma" 

 Music by Richard Rogers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA!
WHERE A RANGE OF CHANGE IS TAKING SHAPE.
WHERE AN EGG AND SPERM
HAVE RIGHTS SO FIRM
THEY TRUMP EACH LIVE CASUALTY OF RAPE! 
 
SOUTH DAKOTA!
WHERE THE ZEALOTS SMELL IT'S THEIR DEBUT.
HE, THEY TELL TO LEAD.
AND SHE, TO BREED.
WELCOME BACK TO 1952! 
 
IT’S PART OF A TACTICAL START.
BUT WHAT’S A HEARTLAND WITHOUT ANY HEART?
 
WHEN YOU DECREE:
NOTHING STOPS A PREGNANCY.
THE TRAGEDY OF COAT HANGERS, NOTE, SOUTH DAKOTA.
AS YOU VOTE THIS TO BE. 

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

Ⓟ © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  Lyrics © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  All rights reserved.  These audio files are provided for personal listening only.  No reproduction, distribution or performance of this recording or these lyrics is permitted, in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written authorization of The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  For more information, contact info@versusplus.com.

 Versus Overture

 

[Many Great VERSUS in One Listen]

 Circle of Lies

 To "Circle of Life" 

 Music by Elton John and Lyrics by Tim Rice 

 

AH, THE GLORIES!
LIKE OF JESSICA LYNCH.
(WHAT A STAR!)
(STAY THE COURSE.)
YEAH. 
(STAY THE COURSE.)
THEY WERE STORIES!
WHICH ARE A CINCH IN A CLINCH.
(WHAT P.R.!)
WHEN YOU ENDORSE.
(STAY THE COURSE.)
USE THE FORCE.
(STAY THE COURSE.)
SHOW NO REMORSE.

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Gary Stockdale - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Another Beef 

 To "On the Street Where You Live" 

 Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Music by Frederick Loewe 

 

THERE’S A VIRAL BREEZE BLOWING INTO TOWN.
AND EACH CHICKEN WHO IS STRICKEN 
WILL BE PUT RIGHT DOWN.
I DON’T HAVE A CLUE
WHAT WILL THEN ENSUE.
SO I TWEET: 
I CAN’T EAT WHERE I LIVE. 

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Kyoto (Protocol) 

 To "Copacabana" 

 Music by Barry Manilow and Words by Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman 

 

WITH KYOTO.
KYOTO PROTO-.
CLEAN HOUSE OF GREENHOUSE IN TOTO.
THE KYOTO. 
KYOTO PROTOCOL.
INKING CONDITIONS FOR SHRINKING EMISSIONS.
THE KYOTO … 
OR NO MORE SNOW.

 Tony Jones - Lead Vocal 

 Mary Harris - Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Malay Ride 

 To "Sleigh Ride" 

 Music by Leroy Anderson and Words by Mitchell Parish 

 

JUST HEAR BEIJING -ZHING -ZHINGLING.  
KRIS KRING, KRINGLING TOO.  
THE MALL WILL CALL A-COURTIN'  
WITH ALL SANTA'S IMPORTIN' FOR YOU. 
 
PERHAPS A FEATHER BOA  
(HELLO, SAMOA!)  
WILL DO.  
YOO HOO!  
DON'T STALL.  
COME HAVE A BALL CAVORTIN'.  
WITH ALL SANTA'S IMPORTIN' FOR YOU! 

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Guantanamo!

 To "Camelot" 

 Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Music by Frederick Loewe 

 

GENEVA HAS CONVENTIONS. 
BUT THOSE SWISSIES.
JUST SISSIES WHO STASH 
OTHER PEOPLE'S CASH.
AND SPURN THE OVERFLOW
YOU LEARN WHEN YOU CAN THROW
SOME DAMN ISLAMO-FASCIST CLASHIST
IN GUANTANAMO. 

 Gary Stockdale - Lead Vocal 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Ode to Join 

 To "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - Finale" 

 Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, based on "Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller 

 

WE'RE THE PRESS.
WE MUST CONFESS.
WE'VE FALLEN VICTIM TO YOUR SPELL.
FIRST YOU DARED SO. 
THEN YOU SCARED. SO
WE DON'T ASK, AND YOU DON'T TELL.
WHY DESPOIL WILDERNESS ROYAL?
DRILLING FOR OIL IN ALASKA. 
WHAT'S THE HITCH HERE? 
WHO GETS RICH HERE?
YOU WON'T TELL, SO WE DON'T ASK.

 Angie Jarée - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Guy Maeda - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Victor Zharkov - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Partition! 

 To "Tradition" 

 Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick 

 

WHO GREW TO SEE 
THEIR MISERY TO BE A 
KEY TO GUARANTEE A 
REBORN BABYLON? 
AND WHO NOW AGREE A 
PEOPLE SHOULD DECREE A 
PANACEA IS IRAN?  
THE SHI'A. 
THE SHI'A. 
PARTITION! 
THE SHI'A. 
THE SHI'A. 
PARTITION! 

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Gary Stockdale - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

 Circle of Lies

 To "Circle of Life" 

 Music by Elton John and Lyrics by Tim Rice 

 

THE CIRCLE OF LIES.
AND THEY DRAW IT WELL.
NEVER COMPROMISE.
NEVER, EVER TELL. 
HEAR THE FOUNDERS' CRIES.
AS THEIR CHILD DIES.
IN THE CIRCLE,
THE CIRCLE OF LIES.

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Gary Stockdale - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

Ⓟ © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  Lyrics © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  All rights reserved.  These audio files are provided for personal listening only.  No reproduction, distribution or performance of this recording or these lyrics is permitted, in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written authorization of The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  For more information, contact info@versusplus.com.

 

 Your Campaign 

[Super Tuesday 2008]

 To "You're So Vain" 

 Words & Music by Carly Simon 

 

IT'S D-DAY FOR EACH PARTY.
THE G.O.P., IT WILL BE ENGROSSED:
IN MITT.
THE DELEGATE SPLIT.
AND HOW JOHN HIT.
THE JITTERS FROM COAST TO COAST.
WHILE THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING BATS.
AT WHO WILL GET THE MOST:
BLACK AND HISPANIC.
THERE'S PANIC TITANIC. 
AND IT'S ORGANIC.
SO:
 
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
IS GONNA HAVE A VERY BIG NEWS DAY.
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
COULD END UP WITH A WIN OR A LOSE DAY.
TUESDAY.
WHOSE DAY?
 
WELL, THIS SUPER DATE'S IN OVER 20 STATES.
WITH DELEGATE RULES OF THEIR OWN.
IN THE REPUBLICAN BRAWL
SOME ARE WINNER-TAKE-ALL.
AND SOME ARE PROPORTION-PRONE.
BUT THE DEMOCRATIC'S MATHEMATICS 
ARE A ZONE UNKNOWN.
WHY SELF-INFLICT AN ANALYSIS THIS STRICT?
DISTRICT BY DISTRICT?
OH.
 
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
IS GONNA HAVE A VERY BIG NEWS DAY.
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
COULD END UP WITH A WIN OR A LOSE DAY.
TUESDAY.
WHOSE DAY?
 
OH, THE DRAMA THAT IS CLINTON AND OBAMA RUNS HIGH.
DOMESTICALLY AND OVERSEAS.
WHILE THE HUCKABEE QUOTES. 
AND THE PAUL ANECDOTES.
THROW SUCH A NET 
THEY'RE SET TO SWEAT PUNDITRIES.
WITH MITT AND JOHN, 
THEY'LL ALL BE TURNING ON
A BONFIRE OF VANITIES.
WILL THIS DAY BE JUST A MELEE AND DIVIDER?
OR THE DECIDER?
OH.
 
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
IS GONNA HAVE A HULLABALOO DAY.
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
COULD END UP WITH A MAJOR TO-DO DAY.
ZOO DAY.
NEW DAY.
TODAY.
 
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
IS GONNA HAVE A VERY BIG TUESDAY.
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
IT MAY NOT BE A WIN OR A LOSE DAY.
YOUR CAMPAIGN.
IS GONNA HAVE A VERY BIG NEWS DAY.

 Janis Liebhart - Lead Vocal; Background Vocals 

 Gary Stockdale - Background Vocals 

 Greg Hilfman - Music Director 

Ⓟ © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  Lyrics © 2006 The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  All rights reserved.  These audio files are provided for personal listening only.  No reproduction, distribution or performance of this recording or these lyrics is permitted, in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written authorization of The Meyer Shaffer Company LLC.  For more information, contact info@versusplus.com.