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the life of a politician
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by Brian Gundersdorf

The Life of a Politician and mine

Are more alike than you might imagine

If you want to say it clearly and quickly

You have to write fiction sometimes

So when the media caught you in a lie

I took it fine, but all your campaign supporters were mortified

You kept reciting from their scripts like a reluctant bride

Until the human they had godded was crucified

You don’t have to tell me what you tell them at the teleconference or on the news

I know you’re only selling your own conscience, as I’ve been known to do

Don’t tell me what it tells you on the teleprompter

I know you don’t want to

From the very first time your supporters asked for something like a song from you

You knew that all they wanted was a rhythm they could snap their fingers with

And melody, with a hook that could sing along to

But you corrupted them with substance and with imagery

Somehow you won them over without a beat

They said you ought to play it safe, you said you didn’t agree

And that appealed to me

You don’t have to tell me what you tell them at the teleconference or on the news

I know you’re only selling your own conscience, as I’ve been known to do

Don’t tell me what it tells you on the teleprompter

I know you don’t want to