Well it didn't make it to the number one position on this week's music charts.
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead has failed to reach the number one spot in the music charts.
The Wizard of Oz song, which has been at the centre of an online campaign by opponents of Baroness Thatcher, reached number two after selling 52,605 copies.
And the BBC did chicken out.
But number two is still extraordinary for a 74-year-old song. And somewhere the spirit of the man who wrote it is chuckling tonight.
For the great Yip Harburg was truly a progressive hero.
In a 2006 interview with Amy Goodman on 'Democracy Now', Harburg's son Ernie Harburg said "Wizard of Oz" was about common people confronting and defeating seemingly insurmountable and violent oppression. The Scarecrow represented farmers, the Tin Man stood for factory workers, and the Munchkins of the 'Lollipop Guild' were the union members, he said.
A man who was blacklisted for his beliefs, and wrote so many other great songs like
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
They used to tell me
I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead
Why should I be standing in line
Just waiting for bread?
Whose lyrics still stand today as an indictment of everything Thatcher and her Con acolytes did and are doing to our world.
And I'm pretty sure if Yip was alive today, and we had asked him to rewrite the lyrics of that song as the New York Times did in 1970.
He would have written this version for us:
Once we had a
Praise the Lord!
Life had meaning and hope.
Now we're stuck with
Brother, can you spare a rope?
For he would have known that Harper is just another would-be Thatcher, just the same old Con thing. And he would have been working with us to defeat him.
Yup. I mean Yip. Thank goodness I'm a progressive eh?
Which is why I long ago downloaded the Brother song, just like I downloaded the Ding Dong one yesterday.
But if you don't mind I think I'll end with another song he wrote, that long ago became the unofficial anthem of the gay movement.
The one that speaks to all of us, of the light beyond the darkness, and of the hope for a better world...
For we will get to that promised land, that better place.
We will defeat the Cons of this world.
Yip Harburg's songs will live forever.
And he will always be my hero....
P.S. Now c'mon Munchkins, we're off to the Thatcher funeral...
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