Before moving on to the final set of my “Blogging the 2010s” series — the Decembers — I decided to share my recent vice, acquired with my new (Huawei) pocket WiFi! Today I have two aims: first, to share a very popular song, and second to share a totally amazing political version of that song.
OK, the song I have in mind is “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” which, as Wikipedia explains, derives ultimately from “a song originally written and recorded by Solomon Linda under the title “Mbube” for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939.”
Here it is performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
There have been many versions in English. Most recently it was used in the soundtrack of the 2019 Lion King movie. But here is one I found that is both very skilful and a tad daffy! The boys choir is from a choir school in Lithuania.
Finally the political mash-up. Brilliant! On YouTube it has had 8,780,267 views since Apr 22, 2020! And counting. I am not sure how many of those are from Donald Trump. But I am sure he is spitting chips as a glance through his own YouTube channel reveals none — NOT ONE — of his videos has even got near ONE million views.
For background to the song see Roy Zimmerman’s blog.
In early April, we were watching the mind-melting “Joe Exotic: Tiger King” Netlfix series with its obvious parallels to Trump World and thought it was ripe for treatment in song. Melanie came up with the riff “Don Exotic: Lyin’ King” and started singing “Wimoweh” which was used in the remake of the movie The Lion King. When we came up with the “Vote Him Away” sub-hook, we were off and running.
Then we remembered the song parody performed by the Raging Grannies of Mendocino – Roy had sung their “The Liar Tweets Tonight” with them a couple years ago – so we got in touch with Ede Morris, the Raging Granny who penned those parody lyrics, and asked if she’d mind if we took a pass at it.
After it was written, we decided to use “Vote Him Away” as the maiden voyage for our idea to get lots of people singing together in one of our videos. We hoped this “Virtual Sing-In” would help bridge the divide we’re all feeling in this time of social distancing. We appealed through our mailing list for people to join in with us in the making of the “Vote Him Away” video. We were so touched by the positive responses…