Dieses Werk ist eine Übersetzung aus dem Englischen.
Die Ballade von Dennis Karjala
Ein politischer Kommentar in Form einer Breitseitenballade von Timothy
Come all you brave songwriters, and listen
I'll tell you of a man who fought all for our
With nothing but a web site and a stout heart
in his breast,
he fought the Disney company and the greedy
It wasn't many years ago, in nineteen and
they added nineteen years onto the term of
then said the movie barons and the proud
high-lords of song,
“our copyrights will suit us well if
they can last this long.”
But when the nineteen extra years were nearly
past and done,
those same proud barons then returned with
cash to Washington.
“We want another twenty years, we hate
the public domain.
And here's some cash that you can use to fund
your next campaign.”
Then up spoke Dennis Karjala in Arizona's
“Rise up, rise up my merry men! for we
must take our stand
all for the Constitution, or the lords of
will steal away our books and music in their
Then up rose Dennis's merry men, they gathered
to his cause:
The wise man Peter Jaszi, well learned in the
and Mary Brandt, the valiant maid from
with a hundred alligators that all wait on her
“Oh Congressmen, you are deceived! the
lords of Hollywood
have made you to forget your oath to serve the
“Hush you, Dennis Karjala, your egghead
words are rash.
We'll listen to the film-lords, and to their
“Alas for us, my merry men! the Congress
the public domain is put to nought, and
freedom is reviled.
Now let us warn the people with a web-page on
Though our proud foes are mighty, perhaps
we'll beat them yet.”
Now Dennis posts his web-page on a node in
and Mary Brandt with her alligators back in
her own place,
launches a web-wide mailing list where
messages will run,
that the evil that the song-lords plan might
somehow be undone.
The President sits in his house with an Intern
at his feet,
and a Congresswoman comes to him with words so
The President, he signs the bill: for twenty
years more by law,
song-barons will suck the public's life into
their greedy maw.
“Alas for us, my merry men, alas for the
The people's right is thrown aside all for the
But let us fight on 'til the day the barons in
are cast down from their seat, and song and
letters will be freed.”
Copyright © 2000, 2014 Timothy R. Phillips.
Der Autor dankt Peter Jaszi, Mary Brandt Jensen und Dennis Karjala für
die Erlaubnis, sie im mythologischem Gewand darzustellen. Diese Ballade darf
nachgedruckt werden, sofern die Wörter unverändert bleiben und dieser
Hinweis enthalten ist.