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One Side Now: The Green Raw Deal

 

With apologies to Joni Mitchell, here’s my adaptation of her song: “AOC One Side Now.” Suggestions are welcome.

Rows and flows of angel hair
And Leftist castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at energy that way

But now they don’t block the sun
That CO2 stuff will kill everyone
So many things I would have done
But planes were grounded to stay

I’ve looked at energy from one side now
From windmills to solar and still somehow
It’s AOC’s illusions I recall
She really doesn’t know much at all

Moons and Junes and ferries wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As Leftist fairy tales come real
I’ve looked at energy that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em stranded when you go
And if you care, don’t let people know
Don’t give her strategy away

I’ve looked at energy from one side now
From renewable crap and still somehow
It’s AOC’s illusions I recall
She really…

Here’s the revised version:

AOC One Side Now

Rows and flows of angel hair
And Leftist castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at fuel that way

But now they cannot block the sun
That CO2 kills everyone
So many things I would have done
But planes were grounded to stay

I’ve looked at fuel from one side now
From windmills to solar and still somehow
It’s AOC’s illusions I recall
She really doesn’t know much at all

Moons and Junes and ferries wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As Leftist fairy tales come real
I’ve looked at fuel that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em stranded when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give her goals away

I’ve looked at fuel from one side now
From renewable crap and still somehow
It’s AOC’s illusions I recall
She really…

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There are 29 comments.

  1. Coolidge

    I quote from another person’s entry on another discussion board related to the building industry seen just this morning:

    Alexandria Cortez’s ”Green Energy Movement”…..she wants 100% of all buildings in America to be re-built using all of our NEW modern technology (green technology)…do away with 100% air travel within 10 years….and build train tracks across the Oceans for high speed trains…….ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!!!! The woman needs ”HELP”…..OMG! Can you believe she has (2) University degrees…and one of those degrees is actually in ”Economics”. Unreal.

    Do trains not require energy? And I guess we are supposed to also raze any coastal building not 20 feet or so above the new ocean level prior to expiration of their normal expected lifespans? Or “lift” existing ones?

    Maybe she’s watched too many science fiction computer special effects movies.

    • #1
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:11 am
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  2. Member

    Richard Easton: Suggestions are welcome.

    “Energy” doesn’t work well. The original things (clouds, love, life) are all one strong syllable, like sun, wind, dams, etc.

    • #2
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:14 am
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  3. Member
    Richard Easton Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Richard Easton: Suggestions are welcome.

    “Energy” doesn’t work well. The original things (clouds, love, life) are all one strong syllable, like sun, wind, dams, etc.

    Agreed. Do you have a suggestion?

    • #3
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:17 am
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  4. Member

    Richard Easton: But now they don’t block the sun
    That CO2 stuff will kill everyone

    The rhythm is totally off from the original. Perhaps:

    But now they cannot block the sun,
    The CO2 kills everyone.

    • #4
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:17 am
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  5. Member

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Richard Easton: Suggestions are welcome.

    “Energy” doesn’t work well. The original things (clouds, love, life) are all one strong syllable, like sun, wind, dams, etc.

    Agreed. Do you have a suggestion?

    Were I really rewriting this song as a parody, all that I would keep would be the structure. And I would use the both sides structure, positive, negative, chorus. The first chorus might wind up as:

    I’ve looked at sun from both sides now,
    From dreams and costs, and still somehow,
    The Dems, their eyes are blinded all,
    They really don’t know sun at all.

    That’s a weak first draft, but I think you see where I’m going. The first section would have the merits of solar, the second the negatives, chorus, then the merits of wind, then the negatives, chorus, merits of hydro, negatives, chorus, etc.

    • #5
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:25 am
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  6. Member

    I’ll take a stab at the solar energy verses, just give me a minute…

    • #6
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:27 am
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  7. Member

    Row and rows of collectors,
    Shining roofs above each door,
    Solar panels for rich and poor.
    I’ve looked at sun that way.

    But now the hidden costs I’ve gleaned:
    The solar panels must be cleaned,
    And batteries must be machined,
    For while the sun’s away.

    I’ve looked at sun from both sides now,
    From dreams and costs, and still somehow,
    The Dems, their eyes are blinded all,
    They really don’t know sun at all.

    • #7
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:36 am
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  8. Member

    Virgin sails turn in the sun
    Providing juice for everyone.
    A Schelfhout painting full of fun,
    I’ve look at wind that way.

    But now they only chop up birds,
    Turn my neighbors’ brains to curds.
    If wind’s too high, they turn to sherds,
    and rain down parts all day.

    I’ve looked at wind from both sides now,
    From lies and truth, but still somehow,
    The Dems, their eyes are blinded all,
    They really don’t know wind at all.

    • #8
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:48 am
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  9. Member

    Sunlight glitt’ring off the lake
    We ski, we swim, we lay and bake,
    While water falls just for our sake.
    I’ve looked at dams that way.

    But now they block off too much flow:
    Endangered fish will lay no roe.
    And when they burst, then we’ll all go
    Downstream, washed away.

    I’ve looked at dams from both sides now,
    From up and down and still somehow
    The Dems, their lies are told to all,
    They really do not care…at all.

    • #9
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:55 am
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  10. Member

    How’s that?

    • #10
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:55 am
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  11. Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Richard Easton: But now they don’t block the sun
    That CO2 stuff will kill everyone

    The rhythm is totally off from the original. Perhaps:

    But now they cannot block the sun,
    The CO2 kills everyone.

    Hahaha I knew you’d do this. (Arahant: This does not scan at ALL. Iambs I must have iambs)

    • #11
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:56 am
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  12. Member

    Very funny, Richard!

    • #12
    • February 8, 2019 at 8:57 am
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  13. Member
    Richard Easton Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Richard Easton: Suggestions are welcome.

    “Energy” doesn’t work well. The original things (clouds, love, life) are all one strong syllable, like sun, wind, dams, etc.

    I could replace energy with fuel.

    • #13
    • February 8, 2019 at 9:30 am
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  14. Member

    Alright, alright…as soon as I quit giggling, I’ll have this da*n tune stuck in my head the rest of the day!

    • #14
    • February 8, 2019 at 9:39 am
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  15. Thatcher

    The Dems know from wind. Producing it is their core competency.

    • #15
    • February 8, 2019 at 9:44 am
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  16. Member

    Brilliant!

    Here’s the Denver, Boise, and Johnson version:

    • #16
    • February 8, 2019 at 9:48 am
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  17. Inactive

    Good enough for a late night. Oh, Johnny, if you were only still around.

    • #17
    • February 8, 2019 at 9:48 am
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  18. Member
    Richard Easton Post author

    Revised version incorporating Arahant’s suggestions:

    AOC One Side Now

    Rows and flows of angel hair
    And Leftist castles in the air
    And feather canyons everywhere
    I’ve looked at fuel that way

    But now they cannot block the sun
    That CO2 kills everyone
    So many things I would have done
    But planes were grounded to stay

    I’ve looked at fuel from one side now
    From windmills to solar and still somehow
    It’s AOC’s illusions I recall
    She really doesn’t know much at all

    Moons and Junes and ferries wheels
    The dizzy dancing way you feel
    As Leftist fairy tales come real
    I’ve looked at fuel that way

    But now it’s just another show
    You leave ’em stranded when you go
    And if you care, don’t let them know
    Don’t give her goals away

    I’ve looked at fuel from one side now
    From renewable crap and still somehow
    It’s AOC’s illusions I recall
    She really…

    • #18
    • February 8, 2019 at 11:04 am
    • 6 likes
  19. Member

    Basically she is trying to repeal modernity (that took centuries to develop and build upon) and replace it in 10 years. Lenin would be jealous.

    Two college degrees and a government job with benefits. 

    • #19
    • February 8, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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  20. Thatcher

    Five stars!

    • #20
    • February 8, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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  21. Contributor

    I’ve looked at green from both sides now,
    From wind and sun, and still somehow
    It’s coal’s cheap power I recall,
    They really don’t make sense, at all.

    • #21
    • February 8, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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  22. Coolidge

    Can a poem wake people up? Apparently AOC already has a gang of democrat candidates in waiting as well as congresspersons already signing on.

    • #22
    • February 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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  23. Member

    I’ve looked at pow’r from one side now
    From sun and wind, and still somehow
    There’s no improving gas and oil
    Those Dems are clueless after all

    • #23
    • February 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm
    • 2 likes
  24. Member

    Then there’s this classic from JibJab

     

    The OP reminded me of the part at the end: “Stop the globe from getting warm, fuel your car with nuts and corn.”

    • #24
    • February 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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  25. Thatcher

    Arizona Patriot (View Comment):
    The OP reminded me of the part at the end: “Stop the globe from getting warm, fuel your car with nuts and corn.”

    We are finally going to properly inflate our tires, and then you’ll see.

    • #25
    • February 8, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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  26. Member

    Richard, you’ve got a hit there! Brilliant!

    • #26
    • February 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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  27. Member
    Richard Easton Post author

    Percival (View Comment):

    Arizona Patriot (View Comment):
    The OP reminded me of the part at the end: “Stop the globe from getting warm, fuel your car with nuts and corn.”

    We are finally going to properly inflate our tires, and then you’ll see.

    The world’s not going to allow us prols to heat our houses at 72 degrees. BHO is allowed to have the Oval Office at 78 degrees.

    • #27
    • February 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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  28. Member

    All I could think of was Green Eggs and Ham….fairy tale…but this was golden! I was singing the song – it’s great! We should all sing this at the next Ricochet call in together and it should be posted! It will be played on every station in the free world – well – ok – on Hannity, Limbaugh and Glenn Beck at least! Love it!

    • #28
    • February 9, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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  29. Member
    Richard Easton Post author

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    All I could think of was Green Eggs and Ham….fairy tale…but this was golden! I was singing the song – it’s great! We should all sing this at the next Ricochet call in together and it should be posted! It will be played on every station in the free world – well – ok – on Hannity, Limbaugh and Glenn Beck at least! Love it!

    Do people want to sing it tomorrow and see if any of the conservative talk show hosts are interested in playing it?

    • #29
    • February 10, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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