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Pie In His Eye (Song Parody by Rick London c2011) sung to Alan Parson’s Eye In The Sky

July 20, 2011


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  On thin ice Rupert Murdoch treads,
And puts News Of The World To Bed,
Hard to say goodbye to media whores,
Rupert and James are such dismal bores,
Walking greed,
Turned phone hacking pros,
With life dedicated to separating America into left and right wing.
Cable news went from 24/7 ceiling debt,
To Mr. Marbles’ pie thrown at Rupert’s head,
Newscorp employees jumping ship from no espirit de corps
How could they take anymore?
Did he hack me?
A pie in his eye,
His young wife just got a slight Ding.

(chorus)
How ’bout that pie in his eye,
Not long after Rebekah Brooks resigns
No more media old school,
Rupert’s no fool, he can cheat you blind,
That’s how he became a media fat cat,
He’ll take all he can find (sleeping with you)
He really doesn’t mind (if you sing the blues),
He’s lower than slime (the sewers are full of this type news)
His testimony’s maligned.
His ethics are undefined.
He’s technically out of his mind,
And any fool who walks in his door,
Won’t work there long before leaving.
Some believe his lies awhile,
But all his signs are deceiving

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Rick London is a writer, songwriter, cartoonist and designer. In 1997 he founded Londons Times Cartoons which has been the #1 Google & MSN ranked offbeat cartoons on the Internet since 2005.  He also recently founded ShoeShies.com which manufacturers Sushi Shoes and other Sushi Gifts. He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London founder of nature blog Hike Our Planet. They are active in animal, environmentaland veteran causes, and live and work in the Ouichata Mountains of Arkansas.

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Is Rupert On My Telephone (Song Parody by Rick London c2011) Sung To How Long Has This Been Going On by Ace

July 19, 2011


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Is Rupert hacking Hugh Grant’s cell phone?
What’s that clicking on my Smart Phone?
In parliamentary court Rupert sits with his son,
        Spinning their phone hacking scheme,
Surely Louise Mensch has her suspicions,
And Piers Morgan’s new book shows he has a hacking degree.

Rupert better prepare to be a “has been”,
As the scales of justice weigh,
He’s had  years of riding by shark fin,
           Now stuck on the dock of the bay.

What’s that clicking on my telephone?
Is Rupert on Hugh Grant’s cell phone?    

(Musical interlude)

With all of your courtroom legal guns,
You’ll need more than The Dream Team,
You spin and old story till its spun,
Parliament’s not quite as dumb as he seems
Rupert’s defense is looking a bit slim,
He says his employees betrayed,
Rebekah Brooks is his Stevie-Nicks wannabe broody hen.

Is News Of The World hacking my cell hone?
Is that click Rupert’s listening on?
Is he a kindergartener overgrown?
Is that Rupert on my phone?
Looks like Fleet Street is gonna be a Murdoch-Free Zone

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Rick London is a songwriter, designer, and cartoonist. He founded Londons Times Cartoons and gifts which have remained the #1 offbeat cartoons & offbeat cartoon gifts on the Internet since 2005 with an inventory of over 1/4 million funny gifts bearing his licensed images.  London is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London who operates Hike Our Planet blog and designs merchandise from her photography and graphic images. Both are active in animal environmental and veteran causes.

Shirley Sherrod by Rick London c2010 Sung to Que Sara

July 26, 2010

Shirley Sherrod by Rick London c2010 To Tune Of Doris Day’s “Que Sara”

Dedicated to my wife: Lee Hiller-London

Shirley Sherrod (Click To Enlarge)

Under a bus she was unfurled,
A story bigger than BP,
Fox News, White House NAACP in perfect pitch,
Trying to oust Shirley.

Shirley Sherrod, Sherrod
In the land of the brave and free,
“Fire her’ yelled O-Rei-Leee

Shirley Sherrod, Sherrod,
We love you Shirley.

60’s civil rights this is indicative of,
While we felt we’d progressed instead,
Now your signature has value on Ebay,
We watched as you bled.

Bill O'Reilly (Click To Enlarge)


Shirley Sherrod, Sherrod,
A story fueled by Fox News greed,
NAACP should take heed,
Shirley Sherrod, Sherrod,
Your vision we all should see.

A voice to be heard was your only plea,
A hunt in search of a witch,
Obama finally texted Shir-ley
Andrew Breitbart grins with glee,
Then YouTube & Fox TV,

Barack Obama (Click To Enlarge)

Shirley Sherrod, Sherrod,
Victim of hubris of the bourgeosie.







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Rick London is a writer, entrepreneur, designer, parody song writer, and cartoonist. London launched Londons Times Cartoons in 1997 which as evolved into the #1 offbeat cartoons ranked by Google and MSN. He writes parody songs such as these, and is auditioning musicians/bands. 100% of London’s half of the take benefits Gulf causes.  London owns 4 gift licensing online shops showcasing over 100,000 funny gifts and collectibles featuring his cartoon images on funny cards, mugs tees, etc. He also founded ShoesThatAmuse.com, the world’s only famous love quote shoes.

Now That Our Sand’s Brown by Rick London To Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is My Land”

July 15, 2010

Now That Our Sand’s Brown” by Rick London c2010 To The Tune Of Woody Guthrie’s

This Land Is My Land”

Dedicated to my wife Lee Hiller-London

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Now that our land been damned by BP’s philosophy of Ayn Rand,
So we have brown sand,
From Grand Isle across the Gulf Stream waters,
This land does not belong to BP.

Dispursment’s a liquid toupee,
A toxin where the fish used to play,
It takes no banshee,
To know this toxic liquid is killing all that’s in the sea.

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BP stumbled through its many missteps,
Now the gusher continues to squirt,
One thing we do know whatever life brings,
The Gulf Coast belongs to you and me.

Onto their lies they do cling,
As death and destruction they do bring,
“We’ll make it right” is the mantra they sing,
The Gulf belongs not to BP.

As I walked the beaches, no sign of life there,
BP had signs up, that said “No Trespassing”,
All I could think was “Who are they kidding”?
The Gulf beach belongs to you and me.

On cable news shows, I saw my struggling people,
I stood outside a church staring at the steeple,
As if it spoke to me, the church bells were ringing,
Get off of my land you damned BP.

Looks like a war zone, or some DMZ,
Our clear blue waters are now brown and gray,
Nothing is living, wildlife floating on their backs,
. Thanks to you, BP

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Rick London is a writer, musician, cartoonist, designer, and entrepreneur. He founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997 which have catapulted to Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoon since 2005. He also founded a number of shops featuring his funny gifts bearing his cartoon images The above BP cartoon sales benefit various Gulf causes. London is currently auditioning bands and auditions to record his parody songs. He is donating 100% of his proceeds to Gulf causes and the band may keep or donate their half (their option).London is a native of the Gulf Coast and a lover of wildlife, nature and the Gulf Coast.

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Five Ways Online Retailers Can Survive The Summer (Beyond Twitter & facebook)

July 8, 2010

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There ain’t no cure for the summertime retail blues….or is there? Historically, retailers dread the

summer as far as sales are concerned. Some even close shop for long periods of time. I remember

one brick and mortar store that closed the entire summer. People just don’t want to go out

in the sweltering heat.

One might think that would be an advantage to the online retailer and in many ways it is, if he/she

wants it to be. People are still people and we are creatures of habit so we tend to sock away extra

funds to start buying in September through early December for holiday gifts.

There are ways an online retailer can help him or herself as well as clients by keeping up with

trends.

One might have to live on Mars to know that the economy is suffering; and, even then chances are

the news has saturated other planets. Face it folks, it’s rough.

But people still will buy gifts and collectibles. What can a retailer do to fill that void. My stores

decided to drop most of its items that retail for over $25 and focus more on items that run from

the $.99  to $15 range. Yes we still cater to those who prefer the more expensive gifts, but our

cartoon postcards,  buttons, magnets, and basic tees are shipped worldwide daily. The economy

has affected everyone  everywhere, but, if the retailer listens to what the customer wants, the

customer will buy.

With millions of online retail stores on the Internet, how does one become a squeaky wheel? There

are lots of ways to do so. I am doing one now by writing an article. But one can’t just write an

article and “they will come”. The article has to offer at least a few pieces of information of value to

both the retailer and client.

Many simply focus on Twitter, “talk” to “friends” and feel that does the trick. Same with facebook.

Both couldn’t be further from the truth. Backlinks are what drives people to ones site, and they

can,in fact be found on Twitter and facebook, if the member places them there, but also in articles

and article directories, blogs and blog directories, social bookmarking sites, pinging their blogs,

and  a multitude of other proven techniques that put the social marketer head and heals above the

basic Twitterer or facebook fanatic. I am not putting down those social networks. I use them

and do so successfully. I have just come to know they are not “magic” and if one puts all his/her

eggs in their baskets, they end up branding Twitter and Facebook more than they do themselves.

Some still use ppc (pay per click) advertising such as Google Adwords, MSN Search etc. They

can be very effective, and I used to use them, but with all the free opportunities to use backlinks

to ones shop, and even more specifically to a particular product, and even a place for keyword

tags, I see paid ads as becoming somewhat outdated. I could be wrong; but I’d prefer to write an

article or a blog with a backlink. It is free, and is another expense I don’t have (advertising) giving

me yet another reason to keep the prices lower to the end buyer.

If the idea of article marketing, tweaking or even changing your sites keywords and metatags,

pinging, twitter blasts, twitter scheduled regular tweets, facebook management, blog and web

upkeep boggles the mind, it is not only a good idea, it is mandatory to find a professional

affordable web promotion firm.

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Rick London is a cartoonist, writer, designer, and online retailer.  He founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997.  It has been the #1 Google ranked offbeat cartoon since 2005 and MSN #1 ranked since 2008. London founded the world’s only famous love quote shoes, ShoesThatAmuse.com in 2007 which has been featured in USA Today and worldwide on the AP Wire. He owns numerous online shops featuring his #1 cartoon on funny tees, cards, mugs etc such as RickLondonCollection.com.  London owns the premiere SEO marketing firm with his wife Lee Hiller-London which offers affordable web promotion and design,   Pen and Ink, Inc.   He is a native of the Ms. Gulf Coast and donates a percentage of each sale to Gulf Wildlife and other animal causes.

“BP Sad Company” by Rick London Sung To “Bad Company”

July 7, 2010

Sad Company” (By Rick London c2010) To The Tune Of “Bad Company” by “Bad Company”

Dedicated To My Wife Lee Hiller-London

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No mackerel shad, thanks to BP,
Dying dolphins, struggling in your greed.

A company so badly run,
Killed our whales with no whaling gun,
Oh 500 miles of tar balls on the sand,
Thanks to BP,

An Iranian Oil Company,
They first tried to deny,
Persian Oil Company,
All the wildlife died,
What a way to die.

Coast Guard & BP Patrols,
The Gulf Coast is appalled,
You claim to be British but your stocks are in Tehran,
Do you realize you’re hellbound?
At Grand Isle you create quite a flame
And Pensacola Bay.

BP needs to leave,
They gave it their best try,
It’s a sad company,
11 men have died.
All the fish have fried
SOLO

Oil grab,
This corrupt company,
All toxic debris,
Everything has died,
Remove your oil bit,
Sad company, Oh yeah—yeah
BP’s a sad company,
Everything has died.

4 generations of family business grieve,
Your heads in the sand,
BP needs to leave,
The entire Gulf & Bay,
Once clean now dirty,
Hold the tartar sauce,

Yeah,
BP’s a sad company,
Spill prevented with drilling mud.

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Rick London is a songwriter, cartoonist and designer. He founded Londons Times Cartoons which have been Google #1 ranked offbeat cartoons since 2005 and MSN #1 ranked since 2008. London founded and designs Shoes That Amuse, the world’s only famous  love quote shoes. He has numerous licensed cartoon funny gift shops such as Rick LondonWear where he donates a percentage of all Funny BP Tees & Gift profits to Gulf causes. . He writes parody songs, and plans to write one every week until BP plugs the hole and cleans up every inch of the Gulf. He is auditioning bands/musicans. Please send audio, video or link to info@LondonsTimes.us. London is donating his half of all music profits to various Gulf Wildlife Causes.

“Mississippi Sound” by Rick London c2010 (Sung To The Tune Of “Mrs. Robinson” by S&G)

June 28, 2010

Mississippi Sound” by Rick London c2010 (To the tune of Simon & Garfunkel’s

Ms Robinson”

Dedicated to my wife: Lee Hiller-London

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BP’s oil destroyed the Mississippi Sound,
The birds have died as well as fish below (a death so slow),
God help you please, Mississippi Sound,
The dolphins need a place where they can play,
Will BP pay?

YouTube puts up news coverage but you remove these video files,
The ocean’s a living hell along with the continental shelf.
The Gulf was once a place wildlife called home.

And look at all the destruction and its only just begun,
Have you not heard of quid pro quo? (Resentment grows).
At least no fear of whaling guns, as there are none.
No pelicans no birds of prey,
(An abandoned Bay).

Capping it is iffy may cause another spill to flow,
Most of us would be imprisoned for this mistake.
Meanwhile Deep Horizon emits a hellish flare.
The economy has hit the skids.

I remember tourists coming here to have fun,
We now know about your balloon and pony show.
I miss my Mississippi Sound,
Heaven knows its where I grew up and played.
Another day, its gone away.

Now its just a place where BP oil was strewn,
BP has sealed the wildlife’s fate.
Have you done this all along would you admit?
Or just too much to lose?
And a tv campaign designed to confuse.

Where’s our way of life we had a long time ago?
Its gone BP because of you (Everyone will lose)
Why did you destroy the Mississippi Sound,
(Why do you stay? Please leave we can only pray).

Rick London is a writer, designer, cartoonist and parody song writer. He founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997; #1 Google ranked offbeat cartoons since 2005, and MSN #1 ranked since 2008. His goal is to write one BP parody song per week about the Gulf Coast Spill; he is a native of south Mississippi. He is currently auditioning bands/and or musicians to record his songs. He is donating 100% of his half to Gulf Coast causes. It is optional for the recording band and/or musician to also donate. The above cartoon is available at Rick LondonWear on funny mugs, tees, etc.  Sales from this item will also benefit Gulf causes. To audition: Send video, audio or link to info@LondonsTimes.us. We generally respond within a week.

“How Can We Ask BP To Depart” (Song Parody) Tune Of Bee Gees “Mend A Broken Heart” by Rick London

June 27, 2010

How Can We Ask BP To Depart?” (Song Parody by Rick London 2010) To The Tune Of The Bee Gees “How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?”

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Dedicated to my wife Lee Hiller-London

I sit in front of cable news with my wife,
Was everything a man could want to do. And watch how BP puts the screws,
I could never see For all the wildlife & those who fish there is not tomorrow.

Black sand…Isn’t it time for BP to depart?
Now that the birds are a gooey brown.
They say August or if storms, in the spring.
They polluted the entire Mississippi Sound.
How will they bring back our white sands?
If we criticize they just chagrin.
Please help return, the sea turtles, and all that swim with fins.

Whatever BP touches once healthy is now diseased,
Even the endangered sperm whales are fried.
Those who once worked will now have to do a lifetime of borrowing……

And, Why won’t BP take Deep Horizon apart,
Just count its losses and leave town.
Forgot politics this is not left or right wing.
You’re thin veneer TV campaign does not confound.
Will we ever get our beaches back to tan?
Will we ever again see a brown peli-can,
How much longer does BP think we’ll just take it on the chin?

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Rick London is a writer, designer and cartoonist. He founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997 which has become Google’s and MSN’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoon with over 4500 images.
He also founded the #1 offbeat cartoon gift shops one of which is The Rick London Collection.  London has a goal to write one BP parody song per week until BP plugs Deep Horizon and cleans the entire Gulf Coast.   Please send audios, videos, or links to info@LondonsTimes.us. 100% of Londons half benefits various Gulf Coast causes. The band is not required to contribute but may.

“Oil On The Water” by Rick London To Benefit Gulf Causes

June 25, 2010

Oil On The Water” (Another BP Song by Rick London) To The Tune Of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”

Trapped Brown Pelican: Click To Enlarge

Dedicated To My Wife Lee Hiller-London

Panama City Beach was like snow,
Now thousands tarballs in a line,
Love Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile,
You covered Mobile Bay with slime.

The oil zapped the fish & the birds,
Dispersements on the ocean’s ground,
BP’s spokesman said it was about done,
But the destruction had just begun.

Oil on the water,
Rig’s fire lights the sky
Oil on the water.

Eleven men down.

Now we know Hayward is a louse,
After that Tony yachted around,
Once home tomullet  snapper & sea trout,
Now nowhere to be found.

Pelicans and other birds,
Had to find another place,
But for many time was running out,
Drenched in oil from wings to face.

Oil on the water,
Rigs fire lights the sky, Is BP learning?
Oil on the water,

No wildlife around,
No dolphins play.

Within a few days the Gulf was a living hell,
More than any living thing could bare,
I watched the news with my bride and cried,
What once was is no longer there.

Much of the wildlife found is now dead,
A few lucky ones found their way to a vet,
And BP wonders why we’er pi$$ed,
Not to worry BP we’ll never forget, how you spilled….

Oil on the water,
And told us all those lies,
Oil on the water.

Oil everywhere, everywhere

Your rig burns, still now,
And you don’t like media around,
Gulf small business better be your concern, yeah
BP When will you ever learn. Just debris.
Eleven drowned.

Grand Isle water’s totally brown.

Rick London is a writer, cartoonist and parody songwriter. He founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997. It has been Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoon since 2005 and MSN’s since 2008. His goal is to write one song parody about BP per week until they stop the leak and totally clean up the oil. Rick London is auditioning bands and/or musicians to record the song. London pledges his 100% of his half to various Gulf Coast wildlife refugees. Contributions are optional for the band. To audition please send audio, video or link to info@LondonsTimes.us

“BP Leaks” Song Parody To Rick James “Super Freak”

June 21, 2010

BP Leaks” A Song Parody by Rick London c2010 To The Tune Of Rick James’ “Super Freak”

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For my wife Lee Hiller-London

It makes me want to hurl,
BP comes not with frankincense and myrrh,
Tony Hayward said he was devastated hearing 11 men drowned
So BP puts dispersents in the oil and it swirls,
So we won’t see it when it hits the beach or land.
Now half the Gulf against BP has a writ
Most the beaches now are full of tar balls and grime,
Would you swim in anti-freeze?

(Refrain)


Are small people as important as their cash cow?
BP rigs leak,
The Gulf was once home to mullet, shrimp and trout,
Now brown goo is all that can be seen
Does Kevin Kostner hold the key,
Could James Cameron stop the leak,
We won’t know as BP will not concur
Deep Horizon was built upon deceit,
Now they should be read their legal rights,
For turning the Gulf into the Black Sea, yeah,
Because BP Leaks, Deep Horizon leaks,
The goo is leaking, yow
BP Leaks, BP Leaks,


Where oysters once made pearls,
And fish once laid their roe,
Now just seem like folklore,
The crap BP excretes,
Will take supertankers from Shell in the end, yeah,
It’s so obscene
Can we send them back to LondonTown?
We turn our hopes to the Prez,
Makes a small escrow with 3 years waiting
I turn on cable news and see the oil-drenched gulls,
Bp’s just obscene
(Refrain)
(Bridge)
Look around, no living things,
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!


BP Leaks, It leaks,
That oil rig leaks.
Ohhhhh
It affects every boy and girl,
Every father and mother,
Our life has been beat by BP into th egroiund,
If you think they’re through with us small people, they’ll repeat for sure,
Another one blows, Dammit.

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Rick London is a native Gulf Coast writer, designer and cartoonist.  His goal is to write a parody song every week about BP until they stop the leak and clean up the mess.  A percentage of song and/or cartoon product sales benefits various wildlife causes.  This cartoon “A Tribute To Rick James” is available on his clothing line, aprons, tees, mouse pads, and much more at his RickLondonWear.com Cartoon Collectible Shop.  Londons Times Cartoons has been the number 1 offbeat cartoon on the web since 2005.