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The Ballad of the Skeletons


Said the Presidential Skeleton

I won't sign the bill

Said the Speaker skeleton

Yes you will


Said the Representative Skeleton

I object

Said the Supreme Court skeleton

Whaddya expect


Said the Military skeleton

Buy Star Bombs

Said the Upperclass Skeleton

Starve unmarried moms


Said the Yahoo Skeleton

Stop dirty art

Said the Right Wing skeleton

Forget about yr heart


Said the Gnostic Skeleton

The Human Form's divine

Said the Moral Majority skeleton

No it's not it's mine


Said the Buddha Skeleton

Compassion is wealth

Said the Corporate skeleton

It's bad for your health


Said the Old Christ skeleton

Care for the Poor

Said the Son of God skeleton

AIDS needs cure


Said the Homophobe skeleton

Gay folk suck

Said the Heritage Policy skeleton

Blacks're outa luck


Said the Macho skeleton

Women in their place

Said the Fundamentalist skeleton

Increase human race


Said the Right-to-Life skeleton

Foetus has a soul

Said Pro Choice skeleton

Shove it up your hole


Said the Downsized skeleton

Robots got my job

Said the Tough-on-Crime skeleton

Tear gas the mob


Said the Governor skeleton

Cut school lunch

Said the Mayor skeleton

Eat the budget crunch


Said the Neo Conservative skeleton

Homeless off the street!

Said the Free Market skeleton

Use 'em up for meat


Said the Think Tank skeleton

Free Market's the way

Said the Savings and Loan skeleton

Make the State pay


Said the Chrysler skeleton

Pay for you and me

Said the Nuke Power skeleton

& me & me & me


Said the Ecologic skeleton   AGsoundbite

Keep Skies blue

Said the Multinational skeleton

What's it worth to you?


Said the NAFTA skeleton

Get rich, Free Trade,

Said the Maquiladora skeleton

Sweat shops, low paid


Said the rich GATT skeleton

One world, high tech

Said the Underclass skeleton

Get it in the neck


Said the World Bank skeleton   AGsoundbite

Cut down your trees

Said the I.M.F. skeleton

Buy American cheese


Said the underdeveloped skeleton

We want rice

Said Developed Nations' skeleton   AGsoundbite

Sell your bones for dice


Said the Ayatollah skeleton

Die writer die

Said Joe Stalin's skeleton

That's no lie


Said the Middle Kingdom skeleton

We swallowed Tibet

Said the Dalai Lama skeleton

Indigestion's whatcha get


Said the World Chorus skeleton

That's their fate

Said the U.S.A. skeleton

Gotta save Kuwait


Said the Petrochemical skeleton

Roar Bombers roar!

Said the Psychedelic skeleton

Smoke a dinosaur


Said Nancy's skeleton

Just say No

Said the Rasta skeleton   AGsoundbite

Blow Nancy Blow


Said Demagogue skeleton

Don't smoke Pot

Said Alcoholic skeleton

Let your liver rot


Said the junkie skeleton

Can't we get a fix?

Said the Big Brother skeleton

Jail the dirty pricks


Said the Mirror skeleton

Hey good looking

Said the Electric Chair skeleton

Hey what's cooking?


Said the Talkshow skeleton

Fuck you in the face

Said the Family Values skeleton   AGsoundbite

My family values mace


Said the NY Times skeleton

That's not fit to print

Said the CIA skeleton   AGsoundbite

Cantcha take a hint?


Said the Network skeleton

Believe my lies

Said the Advertising skeleton

Don't get wise!


Said the Media skeleton

Believe you me

Said the Couch-potato skeleton

What me worry?


Said the TV skeleton

Eat sound bites

Said the Newscast skeleton

That's all Goodnight



February 12 - 16 th, 1995





c Copyright Allen Ginsberg 

Published in Selected Poems 1947 - 1995

(Page 401)