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May 26, 2006

The full lyrics to Short People Got No Prison

Some commentors have been a bit surly in response to my suggestion for finding humor in brewing short sentence brouhaha (background here and here).  However, I am so pleased to see Milbarge rise to the occasion with another terrific song parody.  The full lyrics here demand a full review, but here's the great start:

Short people got no prison
Short people got no prison
Short people got no prison
To serve.

The little judge
With his little brain
Wants to spare short people
Big House pain.
They get little slaps
On their little wrists,
And the big D.A.
Is a little pissed.

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I'll take this humor over jokes about prison rape anyday....

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | May 26, 2006 9:13:28 PM

Professor Berman,

I might have added that your earlier apologies were unnecessary: those with pretense to offense would have tarred and feathered Mark Twain given half a chance. Perhaps they could spend some time over at Crooked Timber and learn the cathartic value of a laugh or two....

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | May 27, 2006 12:39:49 AM

I'll have to take another look at the words to Randy Newman's song. I had always thought "short people" were those folks who were ill-tempered, mean-spirited, close minded, judgmental folks who were not open to the joys of life. Not short of stature. Do you have the words? Bruce

Posted by: bruce cunnningham | May 27, 2006 8:24:42 AM

Bruce, for what it's worth I think Newman definitely if jokingly demeaned those of small stature, if also smallness of spirit. From memory:

They got little arms and little feet
They drive little cars that go beep beep beep
They got little hands and little eyes
They walk around telling great big lies.
Don't want no short people 'round here.

The line about prison breaks in the parody was brilliant. :-)

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | May 28, 2006 10:29:04 AM

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