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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Waist Deep In The Big Muddy


Well, we ended up not watching The Decider last night, instead we watched a new show on Discovery where they blow things up. Very cool. I did notice this morning that according to news reports, and a few tape excerpts I heard, anyone playing the 'State of the Union Drinking Game' by the normal rules would have been three-sheets-to-the-wind within the first 20 minutes. Hell, a single sentence where he mentioned War, Terrorists and Iraq would have got you halfway there all by itself.

So, in honor of Our Clueless Leader and all the little lemmings who merrily follow him off the cliff, I present-



[My thanks to Gods for pointing out that of course there's a video available of this]

It was back in nineteen forty-two,
I was a member of a good platoon.
We were on maneuvers in-a Loozianna,
One night by the light of the moon.
The captain told us to ford a river,
That's how it all begun.
We were -- knee deep in the Big Muddy,
But the big fool said to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, are you sure,
This is the best way back to the base?"
"Sergeant, go on! I forded this river
'Bout a mile above this place.
It'll be a little soggy but just keep slogging.
We'll soon be on dry ground."
We were -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, with all this equipment
No man will be able to swim."
"Sergeant, don't be a Nervous Nellie,"
The Captain said to him.
"All we need is a little determination;
Men, follow me, I'll lead on."
We were -- neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.

All at once, the moon clouded over,
We heard a gurgling cry.
A few seconds later, the captain's helmet
Was all that floated by.
The Sergeant said, "Turn around men!
I'm in charge from now on."
And we just made it out of the Big Muddy
With the captain dead and gone.

We stripped and dived and found his body
Stuck in the old quicksand.
I guess he didn't know that the water was deeper
Than the place he'd once before been.
Another stream had joined the Big Muddy
'Bout a half mile from where we'd gone.
We were lucky to escape from the Big Muddy
When the big fool said to push on.

Well, I'm not going to point any moral;
I'll leave that for yourself
Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
You'd like to keep your health.
But every time I read the papers
That old feeling comes on;
We're -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.

Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep! Neck deep! Soon even a
Tall man'll be over his head, we're
Waist deep in the Big Muddy!
And the big fool says to push on!

Words and music by Pete Seeger (1967)

23 comments:

Mike said...

I think that is why I am so skeptical about Mitt Romney. Based on my highly independent and totally unbiased research, I believe the lemmings have turned their attention from George to Mitt.

They are applying the same lunatic rhetoric to Mitt as they have been to George.

C.Rag said...

I couldn't watch it last night either. Watching a monkey on tv without Jane Goodall isn't really good.

Phoebe Fay said...

Got your highspeed Internet going, and all of a sudden there's a video on your blog. That's the first step. Next thing you know, you're waist deep in the Big Tubes!

And I didn't watch either. My liver wouldn't have been able to take the classic rules, and my brain couldn't take your new rules.

Catalyst said...

Aww, you missed a good time. W with a big grin every time he got the Democrats to stand and applaud. W coming out of the hall, signing dozens of autographs on both sides of the aisle. Even Jim Lehrer said he'd never seen anything like that before. W the rock star. (Less than a year left.)

Buzzardbilly said...

I'm telling you people the only way to watch was if you smoked hoobie every time Bush opened his mouth. Really.

Excellent song choice.

Catalyst said...

That is a great song. I saw Pete and Arlo in a joint concert once in Phoenix.

Hahahaha - I said "joint".

FOUR DINNERS said...

War hurts. Governments like to hurt.

Anarchy wouldn't be so bad 'cause it'd be us running the show.

I think they're going to arrest me now....

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike: Mitt's apparently been playing buddy-buddy with George Sr. lately. The mind boggles.

C.Rag: Jane Goodall!

Phoebe: Good call- watching Shrub without some sort of chemical assistance is probably dangerous.

Catalyst: Maybe he'll overdose on pills like a real rock star.

BB: I think you had the right idea.

Catalyst: That sounds like a great show. I have a 2-cd set of Pete and Arlo in concert.

Dinners: You may be safe now that Tony the Poodle is gone. Hopefully...

Malach the Merciless said...

Intersting Debate, who is the worst President of the past 60 years?

Colonel Colonel said...

60 years? Well, it would have been Ray-gun, but then Bushy started his war, so it's got to be Bush II. Worst President EVER.

And he was up against some tough competition.

Mike said...

That's easy. George. A close second is Jimmy Carter, but my God almighty as bad as he was, he was nowhere near as inept as "The Master of Low Expectations."

A lot of people might be tempted to say Nixon, but when it came to international issues, Nixon was really pretty danged good (besides, he kept me out of Vietnam and for that I will always be grateful).

Bush Sr. was pretty sucky too, but he was pretty much too wimpy to be either helpful or harmful. He was just like a big blob of President that took up the 4 years between Reagan and Clinton (both of whom were pretty good in their own ways).

Hungry Mother said...

I didn't get drunk during the speech last night by blogging while (almost) listening to it.

C.Rag said...

I would have to say Bush.
Speaking of bush I shave a beaver.

AngryMan said...

Yeah, that piece was the straw that broke the show's back. They'd been fighting a bunch before that and then The Smothers Brothers had to start submitting scripts in advance and all that shit. Terrible.

Thomas said...

I didn't watch. His lips were moving so I know he was lying.

I would take Nixon back in an instant. Twisted, crazy, and paranoid in the worst ways, but at least you knew his kind of crazy and respected it.

TV

Colonel Colonel said...

Mike: Yes, Nixon was a cypher. He opened up detente with both Russia and China, and wasn't too bad on the environment either. Of course, he was nuts...

HungryMo: Just the sound of Bush's voice is enough to send me to a bottle these days.

C.Rag: You'd do both Bush daughters at the same time, admit it.

Angryman: I've only recently begun to appreciate just how subversive Dick and Tommy really were.

TV: Yeah, Nixon was paranoid crazy. Bush is just nuts.

Buzzardbilly said...

Worst President = GWB hands down.

Prior to that, I think it was Reagan.

Malicious Intent said...

My condolences on the loss of your presidential candidate. :(

Malicious Intent said...

My condolences on the loss of your presidential candidate. :(

Malicious Intent said...

My condolences on the loss of your presidential candidate. :(

Malicious Intent said...

My condolences on the loss of your presidential candidate. :(

Malicious Intent said...

My appologies for hitting the submit button three times. Gawd I need some coffee.

Buzzardbilly said...

So, Colonel, has your Super Bowl tailgating already begun?