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Your political singalong: ‘Paul’s Not Gonna Take It’

Dee Snyder, the lead singer of ‘80s hair-metal band Twisted Sister, made some headlines this week by telling Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to stop using his 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at campaign rallies. The Romney-Ryan campaign quickly agreed to comply, but perhaps the problem could’ve been solved had the House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin just tweaked the lyrics a little:

Paul’s not gonna take it,
No, Paul’s not gonna take it
Paul’s not gonna take it anymore!

Four years under Obama; oh, sure he got Osama
Just don’t mistake that for a win.
The budget plan from Ryan has Demcorats a-cryin’
Our fixer from south Wisconsin.

Paul’s not gonna take it,
No, Paul’s not gonna take it
Paul’s not gonna take it anymore!

He’s such a fiscal smarty, he’s backed by the Tea Party
He works out with P90X
Ryan never relaxes, cuts spending and your taxes
Like Newt divorcing another ex

Paul’s not gonna take it,
No, Paul’s not gonna take it
Paul’s not gonna take it anymore!

He’s right! (yeah!)
Right wing! (yeah!)
So white! (yeah!)
Let’s sing! (yeah!)

Paul’s not gonna take it,
No, Paul’s not gonna take it
Paul’s not gonna take it anymore!

We’ve got the right to vote, and we don’t want to gloat
But Ryan’s looking pretty grand.
You want to vote with me? You’d better show ID!
And read some books by Ayn Rand.

Paul’s not gonna take it,
No, Paul’s not gonna take it
Paul’s not gonna take it anymore!

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.