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  • Avatar for HonkyWildTonk
    They will appreciated his work after hundreds of years, hi is like all great poets.
  • Avatar for Bandit17C
    Randy is just too smart for the rest of us.
  • Avatar for ctd55
    I'd like to think Randy hadn't given up on his trademark irony, but how do you satirize such flagrant amorality and decadence? In a society where "greed is good" is a moral maxim, conspicuous consumption is de rigueur, and the CEO is glorified as oracle and saint, how do you avoid literally depicting human awfulness? Simply put, you don't: you rub our noses in it. In a typical Newman song, the narrator is an illustration of what we don't want to be--but he's unaware of his status as cautionary example. And though the narrator doesn't get it, we do. Though allowed to speak in his own voice, the narrator doesn't set the meaning of his own words in the context. Newman's irony and our awareness of it fix meaning. That's not true here: the narrator of this song understands his greedy, selfish ways, and simply doesn't care. We don't read this narrator's flaws and blindspots between the lines; they are the lines. Irony is dead, killed by the awfulness of the literal and obvious.
  • Avatar for jakobdorof
    such an adept parody of the musical cliches of the time that the song itself is a bit tiresome to hear, too.

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