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December 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

A song about the Boeing 777X: ‘I Am Changing My Name To Boeing’

I received this reader adaption by from Derek Whipple of the song “I Am Changing My Name To Chrysler,” originally by Tom Paxton. Check out Arlo Guthrie’s adaption of the original from Farm Aid in 2008 in the embedded video player above to get an idea what the tune sounds like.

‘I Am Changing My Name To Boeing’

Oh the value of our pensions are shrinking out of sight,

And corporate welfare is the modern era’s blight,

What the contract used to get us,

Now won’t buy a head of lettuce,

No, the corporate policies aren’t right.

But amid the clouds we spot a shining ray,

We can even glimpse a new and better way,

And we’ve devised a plan of action,

Worked it out the last fraction,

And the union’s going into action here today.

We are changing our name to Boeing,

We are massing down in Olympia, by bus,

We will tell Gov’nor Jay Inslee,

What he did for McNerney Jr. will be perfectly acceptable to us.

We are changing our name to Boeing,

We are heading for that great receiving line,

So when they hand 8.7 million grand out,

We’ll be standing with our hands out,

And, yes, we will share!

When the C Suite is screaming for their perks (for their perks),

They know just exactly where they have to go,

They don’t have to grovel to get their way,

They’ll get scandalous incentive pay,

From where the endless streams of money seem to flow,

They know just exactly what to do,

It’s a matter of a simple threat or two,

It’s not just capitulation,

It’s an eye-opening education,

And they’re very glad Olympia serves them not you!

So, we are changing our name to Boeing,

We are massing down in Olympia, by bus,

We will tell Gov’nor Jay Inslee,

What he did for McNerney Jr. will be perfectly acceptable to us.

We are changing our name to Boeing,

We are heading for that great receiving line,

So when they hand 8.7 million grand out,

We’ll be standing with our hands out,

And, yes, we will share!

Since the first amphibians crawled out of the slime (of the slime),

We’ve been struggling as part of the 99,

We were hardly up and walking before money started talking,

And it’s sad that failure is an awful crime,

Well it’s been that way for a millennium or two (um or two),

But now it seems that there’s a different point of view,

If you’re a corporate titanic,

And your failure is gigantic,

Down in the Legislature there’s a safety net for you!

Yes, we are changing our name to Boeing,

We are massing down in Olympia, by bus,

We will tell Gov’nor Jay Inslee,

What he did for McNerney Jr. will be perfectly acceptable to us.

We are changing our name to Boeing,

We are heading for that great receiving line,

So when they hand 8.7 million grand out,

We’ll be standing with our hands out,

And, yes, we will share!

So when they hand 8.7 million grand out,

We’ll be standing with our hands out,

And, yes, we will share!

Derek Whipple, Seattle

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