Shock Horror: Folklore of Disaster 15
SHOCK HORROR: The Folklore of Disaster
© Warren Fahey
The Taliban’s repressive attitude to women appears to make the feminist folklore wheels turn at an unprecedented rate. The fundamentalist Muslim Taliban forbids the education of women, requires them to be completely subservient and to hide their faces from everyone except their husband. It is understandable that jokes would follow:
Message to the Taliban from the American people.
Surrender Osama bin Laden or we will take all your women and send them to college.
History teaches us that we should never underestimate the power of a song. Several songs have come out of the War on Terrorism. These need to be placed in perspective in regard to how we use songs in this day and age. The parody of a well-known popular tune is still the most favoured vehicle. This makes sense since so many people immediately recognise the song which, in turn, enables the song to gain wider circulation.
| This is the top 10 songs played on 95.8 Kabul FM on Sunday….
1. Losing my religion – REM (Raving Edict Mullah mix)
John Warner’s contribution to the tune of the Banana Boat Song
The Osama Bin Laden Song
Come Mr Taliban, give us that Osama,
Our Marines are a nasty bunch,
Proof, we don’t need any proof,
So come Mr Taliban, hang on to Osama,
Whoops! Mr Taliban
And the following sung to the tune of Tom Leher’s classic ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh’ (Camp Granada) of the 1960s.
Hello Mullah, Hello Fatah,
I went bombing
All the Sunnis
Camp looks nothing
Take me home,
Take me home,
I hear airplanes,
And in the spirit of Dr. Seuss . . .
Every U down in Uville liked U.S. a lot,
But I think that the most likely reason of all
They’re leading the world, and their empire is thriving,
And then they’d do something he liked least of all,
“I must stop that singing,” Binch said with a smirk,
The Binch cocked his ear as they woke from their sleeping,
He stared down at U-ville, not trusting his eyes,
He HADN’T stopped U-Ville from singing! It sung!
So we circle the sites where our heroes did fall,
For America means a bit more than tall towers,