If you know the old Kingston Trio tune “Charlie and the MTA,” well, it was only a matter of time until someone re-wrote the tune for Edward Snowden. That someone was me. Herewith “Snowden and the NSA,” with a rough cut Karaoke version below you can download for your listening pleasure:
Oh let me tell you of a story ‘bout a boy named Snowden on this tragic and fateful day; He put thumb drives in his pocket, dumped his stripper girl and took down the N-S-A!
But will he ever return, no he’ll never return, and his fate is still unlearned; He may sit forever by the gates of Moscow, he’s the boy who’ll never return.
Snowden handed his passport at the Hong Kong Airport, In exchange for asylum way; When he got there Mr. Putin said, Hold on sonny, This is where you’re going to stay!
But will he ever return, no he’ll never return, and his fate is still unlearned; He may sit forever by the gates of Moscow, he’s the boy, who’ll never return.
Now all night long Edward sits in the airport asking what will become of me? How can I afford to pay my lawyer in DC and my Wiki-leaks en-try?
Snowden’s life looks down at the Moscow station, Until Morales came along to waive; You come down to Ecuador for your vacation, But the Europeans wouldn’t cave.
Now you citizens of U.S, don’t you think it’s a scandal, how we knuckle to the N-S-A? Fight the Orwell state, And while were at it here, Give a finger to the T-S-A!
And here, from the Lovely and Talented Mrs. Hayward (as Hugh Hewitt calls her), is the first ever “studio” recording of “Snowden and the NSA”:
Look out Capitol Steps!
JOHN adds: Sensational! “MTA” has long been my favorite Kingston Trio song. And congrats to the L&T Mrs. Hayward!