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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 10:22 AM
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As we move on to the 2008 campaign, some lyrics from Malvina Reynolds
http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/MALVINA/mr199.htm

The Man in the Mask

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1971 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1999.

Come sit down beside me before the big T.V.
And watch the funny pictures they have there to look at,
Shampoo for your hair and the last polar bear,
And the man on the moon who was walking around
Then left, leaving junk on the once virgin ground.

There's old timey movies with old fashioned dresses,
The kidnap of babies and other such messes,
There's football and baseball and guys selling cars,
And then there's The Man in the Mask.

Chorus:
They say it's his face, but I just can't believe it.
It looks like a mask that I saw in the store.
It talks with deep feeling about ending some war
And stopping inflation, and it's so fantastic,
You'll cry while you're laughing, and roll on the floor.

Every four years he puts a new mask on.
Each one is worse than the one he had before,
But the words are the same and the same earnest manner,
About ending inflation and stopping the war.

The sponsors paid out a million of millions
To get him up there with his magic routine,
But it's really a bargain, 'cause there's such a margin
In war and inflation and the big T.V. screen
That gives us The Man in the Mask.

(Chorus)



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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 10:26 AM
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1. Wow, someone who knows who Malvina Reynolds is....n/t
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 10:32 AM
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2. Yeah, she didn't just sing about ticky-tacky!
Edited on Mon Jan-01-07 10:32 AM by HereSince1628
Though honestly I first heard that sone on a Micheal Cooney LP,
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:16 PM
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3. She also wrote "What Have They Done to the Rain?"
A song about nuclear fallout. I saw Joan Baez sing it in a concert back in 1964 or so. Wow...still gives me chills to think about it. Malvina was amazing. Glad that her songs and those who appreciate them live on!

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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:41 PM
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4. Yes, her work is very well represented by folks influenced by Sing Out!
Many of Reynold's works are simply timeless in the way they reveal the human condition.

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