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Rank this week: 89 (↓1)
Duration: 4:36 
Release Date: 1972  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: George Carlin (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Samuel Ward (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Monte Kay/Jack Lewis (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Little David LD 1004 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Dead Sea Music Inc. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI (Stavro Arrgolus) 
  • Clever commentary on Muhammad Ali's (1942-2016) early '70s return to boxing after being unfairly banned for refusing to be drafted evolves into a shot at Vietnam policy and the idiotic social mores surrounding it. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali-
    It's a nice musical name...Muhammad Ali.

    He's back at work again; he's being allowed to work once again, Muhammad Ali. He wasn't for awhile, as you know. For about three and a half years, they didn't let him work. 'Course he had an unusual job, beating people up. It's a strange calling, y'know? But it's one you're entitled to. Government didn't see it that way. Government wanted him to change jobs. Government wanted him to kill people. He said, "No, that's where I draw the line. I'll beat 'em up, but I don't wanna kill 'em." And the government said, "Well, if you won't kill 'em, we won't let you beat 'em up! Ah, ha, ha, ha."

    It was a spiteful move, y'know. All because he didn't want to go to Vietnam. And now, of course, we're leaving Vietnam...(makes explosion sound) We're leaving through Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. It's the overland route. It's the long way out. Ya gotta go through China and Russia to get out that way. What'll we tell them, man? "We'll only be here six weeks. Just looking for the Ho Chi Minh Trail!" Wow. Maybe they'll buy it, y'know. Of course, you have to remember why we're over there in the first place...(pause, then applause) Oh, yeah! It always comes to me. To free those people...So they can have industry- yeah! US industry- YEAH! Those are the middle two letters of the word 'industry'..US. And that is our job around the world. Run in, free some people and whip a little industry on them. "Here's your industry. Cool it awhile, willya?" So that they can have the benefits of industry that we have come to enjoy...COUGH!

    Oh, beautiful
    for smoggy skies
    insecticided grain
    For strip mined mountains majesty
    above the asphalt plain
    America, America
    Man sheds his waste on thee
    and hides the pines
    with billboard signs
    from sea to oily sea-eee!

    Then you have to have to remember the sexual side of Vietnam which a lot of people don't notice. The Hearst newspapers notice it, of course. Yes, they're into sex on anything. You check the wishing well or the sewing patterns and there's a little something in there. But they're always afraid of pulling out. That's their big problem, y'know? "Pull out? Doesn't sound manly to me, Bill. I say leave it in there and get the job done!" 'Cause that is, after all, what we're doing to that country, right?
    Yeah. And we have always been good at that, you must admit. We, uh, took care of, uh, the blacks, took care of the Indians. I consider the South just another minority that was screwed by the US government. I have no prejudice against them. They got it, too. 'budadoom!'

    We really gave the Indians a fast trip across the continent, you notice that? They were having a little cookout in Massachusetts- buncha boats came up, man..."Hey, ya mind moving over, guys? Bring in the stuff. Would you move it over, man. Bring in the stuff. Would you move it over, man. Bring in the stuff. Would you move it over, man. Over three mountain ranges...four mountain ranges. Got 'em onto an offshore island, Alcatraz, right? Off the continent completely! They had to take the island to get it! Then we kicked them off there. "I guess we're going to send them back where they came from." Yeah, we must, we.. They bought the Bering Strait theory. "Get them welfare people to work filling in the Bering Strait and charge them Indians a buck a head to go home. It's a good sound business solution."

    ©1972 Dead Sea Music Inc., BMI
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
    Current Rating 9.7 (2 votes)
    Played on 4 shows:
    07-11-18, #MMS-22506-11-16, #AOTA-160611
    07-02-16, #AOTA-16070202-05-12, #MMS-152
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