The Dollar and Its Diving

 (Great Recession Remix) 

[On the Future of the Dollar]

To "The Holly and the Ivy"

(Traditional)

Parody Lyrics by Marcy Shaffer

Arranged by Greg Hilfman

THE DOLLAR AND ITS DIVING.
HAVE TORN CONVENTION DOWN.
OF ALL THE CURRENCIES IN THE WORLD,
THE DOLLAR'S WORN THE CROWN.
THE THRIVING OF THE YEN.
THE ARRIVING OF THE YUAN.
THAT SAID, WE BRED '08.
THAT LED THE GREAT DEFLATE.
THAT SPED A DREAD NEW DAY TO DAWN. 
 
THE DOLLAR'S BEEN A HAVEN.
AS SAFE AS ANY VAULT.
BUT SINCE WE GAVE IN TO OUR CRAVIN',
THAT VAULT IS IN DEFAULT.
THE THRIVING OF THE YEN.
THE DRIVING OF THE YUAN. 
QE2 MAY DATE
A ONCE TABOO DEBATE.
WITH THE U.S. OVERDRAWN. 
 
THE DOLLAR'S BEEN THE STANDARD.
LIKE THE STERLING, AND LIKE GOLD.
BUT POLICIES PHILANDERED. 
AS WE PANDERED UNCONTROLLED.
THE THRIVING OF THE YEN.
THE HIGH-FIVING OF THE YUAN. 
WITH THE EURO STATE 
AN UNSURE, OH, STATE.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE POWERS GONE? 
 
THE DOLLAR'S LIKE A LINGO.
THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS.
BUT AS EACH POSE GROWS MORE JINGOISTIC.
THAT OPENING COULD CLOSE.
THE THRIVING OF THE YEN.
THE CONTRIVING OF THE YUAN. 
FIRST TO COMPLICATE. 
THEN TO STOMP-LICATE.
IF WE SWING FROM KING TO PAWN. 
 
THE DOLLAR AND ITS DIVING.
HOW WILL THE STORY END?
THE MOST THE EXPERTS CONDESCEND TO SAY
IS THAT IT WILL JUST DEPEND.
ON THE THRIVING OF THE YEN.
THE CONNIVING OF THE YUAN. 
CAN WE RE-BRETTONATE?
RE-SET THE DETONATE?
OR HAVE WE CROSSED THE RUBICON? 
 
THE THRIVING OF THE YEN.
THE CONNIVING OF THE YUAN. 
CAN WE RE-BRETTONATE?
RE-SET THE DETONATE?
OR HAVE WE CROSSED THE RUBICON?
HAVE WE CROSSED THE RUBICON?
HAVE WE CROSSED THE RUBICON?

JANIS LIEBHART - LEAD VOCAL, BACKGROUND VOCAL

CRAIG L. COPELAND - BACKGROUND VOCAL

SCOTTIE HASKELL - BACKGROUND VOCAL
GREG HILFMAN - MUSIC DIRECTOR

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