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A blue rat ballad

Dear Johnny,

As I was listening to Al Stewart's classic song The Year of the Cat last night, I was inspired to put together some lyrics for Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) campaign song.


The Year of the Rat

On a morning from an Ang Lee movie

In a country where they turn back freedom

The blues go strolling to China with sellout agreements

Contemplating a power grab.

A political party bearing a sun goes to bed with the CCP

Like fudgepackers in a tent

Don't bother asking for explanations

They'll tell you they love Taiwan

In the Year of the Rat.

Johnny replies: Dude, I think you might need to work on the rhymes. Also, I'm not sure that the sexual imagery is quite in keeping with the puritanism of the people involved. And I wonder if my gay readers would be offended at being associated with acts of treason.

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