‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ (revised)

Peter Jackson
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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the dropping of the writ

All the candidates are ready, they are chomping at the bit

And the streets will soon be covered with more signs than they can fit

The truth has up and quit


Tories, Tories want to rule ya

Grits and Democrats will woo ya

Once they’re in they’ll only fool ya

The truth has gone AWOL

I have seen the plans in Labrador to build a mighty dam

And I don’t know if it’s viable or just a costly scam

But in either case, our power rates will leave us in a jam

The truth is on the lam


I have seen the NDP speak out on matters great and small

And their leader shows decorum ’mid the shouting and the brawls

But their promises don’t seem to match the cash for which they call

The truth has left the stall


I have seen the Lib’rals hold the fort with just a few brave souls

They have challenged every minister and raked ’em o’er the coals

But it seems they want to turn the clock back to the days of old

The truth is in the hole


The Greens are way too green to burn, the others wouldn’t float

And it seems there’s no one on the slate who’s worthy of your vote

So, just write in “Joey’s yellow dog,” or p’raps a neighbour’s goat

The truth has missed the boat


Peter Jackson is The Telegram’s commentary editor.

Email: pjackson@thetelegram.

Organizations: Democrats, NDP

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • David Day
    September 21, 2011 - 12:04

    This is one of the best tunes I have ever read, or is that sung. David Day

  • Nessie
    September 21, 2011 - 11:20

    Peter, Thanks for the great revision and so True!.