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Events – The Art of Parody

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The Art of Comic Song Parody

A lively talk on the challenges of comic parody song, illustrated by reference to songs from “Brexit’s a Treat not a Trick?”.
Mike will discuss some principles of the emotional tone of the parody, as well as exploring the practical task for the parody poet

Parody Creation – interactive workshop

After a brief exploration of principles, volunteers – or everyone – can help to create their own comic parody song with Mike’s guidance, working in small or large groups. This can be your copyright property once it is written.

The story of the “Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat” book – self-publishing a political comic book in a month

The story of how writing song lyrics for fun turned into the setting up of a publishing company and tens of thousands of Youtube views – and explaining what possibilities this has opened up for the future.

These events are designed to be appropriate for those of all political opinions. But we make no claim that our material is “balanced”!

Mike Cashman is an experienced facilitator in four continents.

Context can be mixed and matched according to the needs of your event.

For charitable events, we will waive any fee and ask only for reimbursement of travel expenses, as long as we can bring our books for sale to attendees (autographed if desired).

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Events – songs for 31 January

DO YOU SEE THE PEOPLE MARCH ?
Inspired by “Do You Hear the People Sing?”. Les Misérables
Do you see the people march,
Singing that Truth must be the word?
Leaving in this way is so harsh.
There is a day we will be heard.
The reports that they won’t show
Tell us it’s fairness that we lack.
So, it’s “A bientôt” as we go,
We will be back.

See the demographic trends.
Please leave a light on just for us.
We’ll remember all our friends
And we’ll continue to discuss.
For Time often mends
And will give us a different bus

Do you see the people march,
Singing that Truth must be the word?
Leaving in this way is so harsh.
There is a day we will be heard.
The reports that they won’t show
Tell us it’s fairness that we lack.
So, it’s “A bientôt” as we go,
We will be back.

To an unknown place we’re speeding.
We will know the truth one day.
We will live again in freedom
In all countries of UK.
The lies will be busted
And truth will prevail on that day.

Do you see the people march,
Singing that Truth must be the word?
Leaving in this way is so harsh.
There is a day we will be heard.
The reports that they won’t show
Tell us it’s fairness that we lack.
So, it’s “A bientôt” as we go,
We will be back.

ODE TO 31 JANUARY
Inspired by: “Ode to Joy”.

This is such a day of sadness
As the notice comes about,
As to do this is such madness;
Most of us do not want out.
No Big Ben bongs;
Just sing our songs,
Knowing we have Europe friends.
Have we learned?
Are boats all burned?
But we won’t know how this ends

As we march, we say “A bientôt”
Taken out against our will;
Parliament is such a panto.
Feeding us this bitter pill.
But much longer
We’ll be stronger
Every year we’ll make the case.
With our youth
We’ll see the truth
Restore how we work in this place.

WE’LL MEET AGAIN
Inspired by: We’ll Meet Again (unsurprisingly)
We’ll meet again,
Don’t know how,
Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some summit day.
We’re working through,
Sadly, leaving EU,
Though the trade deal still does seem so far away.

So, we’ll say “A bientôt”
To Verhofstadt and co,
Tell them we want to stay
We hope to enlighten
Can you leave the light on?
We’ll be home a future day.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know how, Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some summit day.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know how,
Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some summit day.
We’re working through,
Sadly, leaving EU,
Though the trade deal still does seem so far away.

For now, it has become plain
That we cannot Remain.
Exit misbegotten!
We’re not out of the loop –
There is your friendship group;
Know you’re not forgotten,

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know how,
Don’t know when.
But I know we’ll meet again some summit day.


YOU’RE IN OUR HEARTS, IT MUST BE TOLD
Inspired by: You’re in My Heart
Also inspired by Terry Reintke of the German Green Party who set up a UK Friendship Group in the European Parliament.

I still can recall what year it was
When we joined up with EU.
Some benefits unnoticed.
We’ve said goodbye too soon.

Pleasing through the decades since,
Seeing gains that were astronomic.
I really must confess back then
The attraction was quite economic.

We took all those differences
That in the beginning were hard to accept.
And Euro crises, food excesses.
But we worked with experience.

The American leader with the bad soundbites.
Who tried to change our point of view.
His late night tweets were aimed at us.
but our hearts cried out for EU.

Chorus:
You’re In our hearts, it must be told.
I thought we’d stay as I grew old.
You are our partners, you’re our best friends.
You’re in my soul.

Our love for you is immeasurable.
Our respect for you immense.
You’re patient, respectful, and transparent.
Your Parliament makes sense.

You’re a union, a friendship group.
You’re a forum and a team.
You’re the greatest group of nations here
Though some Brits play on a different theme

(Chorus)
You’re a lesson in expansion
Please pardon the scansion
But here’s peace and teamwork seen.
You’re Gallic, Romantic, some beside Atlantic
We’re the best team that’s ever been

And there have been many deceits
Said by those who thought we’d Leave
We thought we’d Remain, but sadly it’s plain
There were some who did the lies believe
(Chorus) – 3 times

To see more like this, look at “Brexit’s a Musical Trick” – search with #BrexitsAMusicalTrick on YouTube, Amazon, Facebook;
and buy the books on Amazon, to cheer yourself up all year.

“Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat?”
#BrexitsATrickNotATreat
“Brexit’s a Musical Trick”
#BrexitsAMusicalTrick
Or find both books on Amazon by searching on Amazon for “Mike Cashman”
PS – different person from Lord Michael Cashman (was an MEP, & an actor) – no relation – who also has a book out, but he does like “Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat”, and he wrote:
‘This book is a chance to howl in laughter instead of anger. A laser-like humorous side swipe at the Brexit madness.”

Thank you!

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