Class Warfare Blog

July 25, 2020

With Apologies to Lerner and Loewe

Musical theatre for 2020 and possibly the campaign song for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign:

Why can’t the poor be more like rich?
The rich are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historically fair.
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat.
Why can’t the poor be like that?

Why does every one do what the others do?
Can’t the poor learn to use their heads?
Why do they do everything their parents do?
Why don’t they grow up, well, like the rich instead?

Why can’t the poor take after the rich?
The rich are so pleasant, so easy to please.
Whenever you’re with them, you’re always at ease.

One rich man in a million may shout a bit.
Now and then, there’s one with slight defects.
One perhaps whose truthfulness you doubt a bit,
But by and large we are a marvelous sort!

Why can’t the poor take after the rich?
‘Cause the rich are so friendly, good-natured and kind.
Better companions you never will find.

Why can’t the poor be more like the rich?
The rich are so decent, such regular chaps;
Ready to help you through any mishaps;
Ready to buck you up whenever you’re glum.
Why can’t the poor be such chums?

Why is thinking something the poor never do?
And why is logic never even tried?
Applying for welfare is all they ever do.
Why don’t they straighten up the mess that’s inside?

Why can’t the poor behave like the rich?
If I were one of the poor who’d been to a ball,
Been hailed as royalty by one and by all;
Would I start whinging like a jilted lover,
Or carry on as if my home were in a tree?
Would I run off and tell no one where I’m going?
Why can’t the poor be like me?

Adapted from “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?” from My Fair Lady by Lerner and Loewe.

5 Comments »

  1. 👏👏😄 Petty clever!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Nan — July 25, 2020 @ 10:44 am | Reply

    • Any compliment from you makes my day!!! 😊😊😊

      On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 10:44 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Liked by 2 people

      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 25, 2020 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  2. 😆👏🏼👏🏼 I second Nan’s favor and praise! Very witty Steve. Bravo!

    I was reading Robert Vella’s post and news yesterday about Trump canceling the Florida Repub Convention—after a previous cancel as well—and that too just MADE MY DAY and weekend!!! 🎉🥳 Love it, love it, LUUUUV-IT!!! Lol

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Professor Taboo — July 25, 2020 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

    • Couldn’t he just jump ahead and cancel himself. It would make things so much more pleasant.

      On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 12:18 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Liked by 3 people

      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 25, 2020 @ 1:12 pm | Reply


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