Charlie Angus has the reactionary blues.
The musician and NDP member of Parliament has released a new song with his band, Grievous Angels, shining a light on what he sees as the "low lights" of the year in politics.
A YouTube video of the tune features cheeky footage of Prime Minister Stephen Harper rocking out on the keyboard, as well as images of his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and banished ex-Tory Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin.
Even Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes an appearance.
Earlier this month, Angus released "Four Horses," a heart-rending song that tells the story of John A. MacDonald's policy to starve First Nations people in order to clear the way for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s.
Angus, a HuffPost Canada blogger, was among the first to draw attention to the crisis on the Attawapiskat reserve in his Northern Ontario riding.
And though "Reactionary Blues" is snappier than his last song, Angus didn't pull any punches with the lyrics, pointing to a "Third World in the Northland."
The outspoken politician even calls Harper Conservatives "Thatcher's ugly children."
Read all the lyrics below and tell us what you think in the comments.
They're melting down the ice caps
And raising up the trolls.
Putting shutters on the windows
And burning all the notes.
The climate bell is ringing
But they've turned it back to snooze.
I'm here a-singing the reactionary blues.
There's a war you never heard of
Better join the big parade
Or they'll cut off all your funding
That's how they play the game.
We ain't in this all together or don't you watch the news
They want you all singing the reactionary blues.
They're Thatcher's ugly children
And their world is black and white.
They're hunting down the rainbow
And spoiling for a fight.
They'll put you in a message box
Where nothing is really true
Leave you there a singing the reactionary blues.
It's about pressing all the buttons
And turning all the screws
It's about a Third World in the Northland
Where the children always lose
The fat cats are feasting on your future
Like they always do
While you’re left a singing the reactionary blues.
I saw a Maple leaf a-flying
That wasn't ripped or torn
I saw a world that needed healing
Where little dreams were born.
It's gonna take a lot of effort
To rebuild all the things they blew
And we’ll never sing again
The reactionary blues
No I don't want no more
of your reactionary blues.
With previous files
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