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Happy Birthday U2 (ADD U2 Song)

dick greenhaus 06 Aug 05 - 09:27 PM
Big Mick 07 Aug 05 - 12:18 AM
dick greenhaus 07 Aug 05 - 11:31 AM
GUEST,Joe_F 07 Aug 05 - 09:50 PM
GUEST,Joe_F 08 Aug 05 - 09:17 AM
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Subject: Happy Birthday U2
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 06 Aug 05 - 09:27 PM

The venerable United States spyplane, the U2, just turned 50. It's still operational. Back when it was flying recon missions over The Evil Empire, and one was forced down in Soviet territory, President Eisenhower wasted no time in categorically denying the plane's existence. There was a song about this, with the chorus:

Oh say it ain't true
Oh say it ain't true
Did you have a friend
On the plane called U2?

Anyone know the verses?


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday U2
From: Big Mick
Date: 07 Aug 05 - 12:18 AM

Dick, was that a parody of "Reuben James"? Seems to fit the melody.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday U2
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 07 Aug 05 - 11:31 AM

yep.


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Subject: ADD: The U-2 Song (Howard Shapiro)
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 07 Aug 05 - 09:50 PM

The U-2 Song
by Howard Shapiro (a Harvard student at the time)

(Only the 4th line of the chorus varies)

Have you heard of a plane called the Lockheed U-2
Flown o'er flags of all red, and not red, white, and blue?
She flew the Stars and Stripes of the land of the free
And gave the other side a propaganda victory.

CHORUS: Oh, it just can't be true, no, it just can't be true --
Can we have a spy on that Lockheed U-2?
It just can't be true, no, it just can't be true --
If they do it, we might as well do it too.

It was over Sverdlovsk on the first day of May,
With the summit in Paris a few weeks away.
U-2 flew and she fell, and she fell to the ground --
Pictures, pilot, and paraphernalia were found.

CHORUS...
...We're caught with the goods; now what are we to do?

Ike was there in the dark, and he said that the flight
Might be legally wrong, but was morally right.
First the rocket's red glare, then the red leader's roar
Brought the U-2 to that hot Senate floor.

CHORUS...
...But Ike lost a friend thru that Lockheed U-2.

Soon our Midas's camera will soar to the heights,
And we'll do without Lockheed U-2s and their flights.
When the satellite's up, there'll be no need to spy:
There's an eye in the sky in the sweet bye and bye.

CHORUS...
...But Ike lost a friend thru that Lockheed U-2.

So the summit was torpedoed like the good Reuben James,
While heads of state sulked and called each other names.
What of Francis G. Powers, the man at the hub?
He's now camera instructor at the Moscow Glider Club.

CHORUS...
...If we do it, they might as well do it too.

They gave Powers ten years in the Soviet court.
We said it was too long, they said it was too short.
Nathan Hale might regret he'd but one life to give --
Said Powers, "I'm sorry, I just wanna live".

CHORUS...
...So they sent him to jail, and they sent up the zoo.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: We ought to say, not disillusioned, but transillusioned. :||


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Subject: RE: Happy Birthday U2 (ADD U2 Song)
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 09:17 AM

Thank you, whoever removed the superfluous newlines from the previous posting. As I mentioned in another posting, they are a curious artifact of the interaction between w3m and the Mudcat: when I key one newline (or more than one), two newlines appear in the posting.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: When a body is badly sexed, God knows what god is coming next. :||


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