June 5th, 2008

Wright, Rezko, Ayers—I hardly knew ye, says Obama

It’s time to rewrite the lyrics of the Irish pacifist folk tune “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” to fit Barack Obama’s gift for sizing up character.

First he didn’t know Wright, after 20 years of close connection. Now he says he didn’t know Rezko, whom he first met eighteen years ago. And of course he’s barely acquainted with terrorist Bill Ayers.

HEY GUYS, I HARDLY KNEW YE

While goin’ the road to vict’ry nigh, hurroo, hurroo
While goin’ the road to vict’ry nigh, hurroo, hurroo
While goin’ the road to vict’ry nigh
A mic in the hand and a glint in the eye
A doleful Barack I heard cry,
Jeremiah I hardly knew ye.

With your raging mouth and mouthy rage , hurroo, hurroo
With your raging mouth and mouthy rage, hurroo, hurroo
With your raging mouth and mouthy rage
The enemy nearly slew ye
Oh my mentor dear, Ye made me fear
Jeremiah I hardly knew ye.

Where are your deals that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your deals that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your deals that were so mild
When my heart you so beguiled?
I should have run when the charges were filed
Oh Rezko, I hardly knew ye.

Of bribes and laund’ring, I saw none, hurroo, hurroo
Of bribes and laund’ring, I saw none, hurroo, hurroo
Of bribes and laund’ring, I saw none,
But you I also need to shun
To be sure but our dancing days are done
Oh Rezko, I hardly knew ye.

I’d be happy if you’d stay at home, hurroo, hurroo
I’d be happy if you’d stay at home, hurroo, hurroo
I’d be happy if you’d stay at home
I was only eight when your bombs were thrown
There’s naught for which I must atone
Oh Bill Ayers I hardly knew ye.

Ye haven’t remorse, ye haven’t regret, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven’t remorse, ye haven’t regret, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven’t remorse, ye haven’t regret,
Ye’ve not shown any conscience yet,
Now, what was your crime? I quite forget,
Oh Bill Ayers I hardly knew ye.

They’re rolling out the cameras again, hurroo, hurroo
They’re rolling out the cameras again, hurroo, hurroo
They’re rolling out the cameras again,
But they never will take our photos again,
No they never will take our photos again,
Ex-friends, I’m swearing to ye.

[NOTE: Somehow I can’t yet find this version on You Tube. How odd. But here’s the sorrowful original, if you’re not familiar with it:

10 Responses to “Wright, Rezko, Ayers—I hardly knew ye, says Obama”

  1. gcotharn Says:

    One imagines:

    This Michelle Obama is not the Michelle Obama I know.

    We’ve just been working so hard, and so separately, in the years since the kids were born. In those years, she has morphed into a person I do not now recognize. I am shocked, shocked to find such anger in her – such a sense she has been victimized by others. I did not have intellectual relations with that woman, Michelle Obama, as least since 2001.

  2. nyomythus Says:

    Your rendition is a thousand times better, neo. Oh Bill Ayers — what a complete and total scum-of-the-earth-bag!

  3. neo-neocon Says:

    gcotharn: I was going to add a Michelle verse. But I’m waiting.

  4. Jille Says:

    Fabulous. Now you just have to have someone record it.

    I loved the video of the old Irishman for all he was worth a great song.

  5. Jille Says:

    Oops. What I meant to write was the old Irishman , for all he was worth a great song.

  6. Gringo Says:

    Loved that new version of Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye. Here is the version of the song that I knew from my childhood, with Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers .

  7. Artfldgr Says:

    this is getting to the point where one can ask… does obama have any decent friends?

  8. cSimon Says:

    gcotharn,

    I rarely smile at the mention of Michelle (Obama, of course)
    — or these days, the name Obama at all for that matter.
    But your comment enticed a really good laugh. Thanks!

  9. Occam's Beard Says:

    Gcotharn nails it.

    The question is what Obama will do when he runs out of people to jettison: invoke multiple personality disorder, and claim he doesn’t know this Obama?

    The funny part is that on one hand he claims to be unaware of the character of people he’s known for decades, but on the other, asks us to trust our lives to the assessment he makes of, e.g. Ahmadinnerjacket, in a matter of minutes or hours.

    No, thanks.

  10. Vince P Says:

    Obama is already playing Clintonian games… and he started with his speech at AIPAC. He told the Jewish lobby :

    “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference.

    but now..

    But a campaign adviser clarified Thursday that Obama believes “Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties” as part of “an agreement that they both can live with.”

    “Two principles should apply to any outcome,” which the adviser gave as: “Jerusalem remains Israel’s capital and it’s not going to be divided by barbed wire and checkpoints as it was in 1948-1967.”

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