What’s currently on high rotation in Madison, Wisconsin

In case you hadn’t heard, as well as the current uprisings around the Middle East against corrupt governments, right now there are thousands of people out demonstrating (in February, in Wisconsin!) against the Governor’s attack on unions:

Some 30,000 students and public sector workers rallied at the Wisconsin State House in Madison Thursday to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to eliminate almost all their collective bargaining rights and slash pay and benefits. Public schools in Madison are closed for a third day in a row today as teachers continue to protest. A vote on the measure was delayed after Democratic senators refused to show up and fled the state—leaving the Republican-controlled State Senate without quorum.

This is what they keep on playing:


All the old paintings on the tombs
They do the sand dance don’t you know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They’re falling down like a domino

All the bazaar men by the Nile
They got the money on a bet
Gold crocodiles (oh whey oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette

Foreign types with the hookah pipes say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Blonde waitresses take their trays
They spin around and they cross the floor
They’ve got the moves (oh whey oh)
You drop your drink then they bring you more

All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (oh whey oh)
They’re walking like an Egyptian

All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Slide your feet up the street bend your back
Shift your arm then you pull it back
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac

If you want to find all the cops
They’re hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
Spin the clubs cruise down the block

All the Japanese with their yen
The party boys call the Kremlin
And the Chinese know (oh whey oh)
They walk the line like Egyptian

All the cops in the donut shop say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian

Shine on, you crazy diamonds. Fight for your rights, all around the world. I’m less worried for the physical safety of the protestors in Wisconsin, despite the risk of exposure, than I am about the protestors in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.  But all of them are standing up for a fair, just future, where they can expect an equitable return for their labour and an equal say in the policies of their nations. Stand firm, comrades.

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7 replies

  1. Awww. That lovely guy!
    Tweet from someone called @MichaelLink: When Tea Partiers come to Madison this weekend, they can thank unions for the fact they have weekends off.
    Quite. I see the same kind of thinking (or not) from anti-unionists at my workplace.
    @tomtomorrow sez: “Just so I’m clear on this: Tea Party is siding decisively with government in its battle against middle class Americans?” (and not just middle class, Tom.)

  2. Just realised that I somehow managed to strip out the video embed code when I edited the lyrics transcript. It’s back now.
    Another cheering sight at the protests in Wisconsin – even though the firefighters’ union is exempt from the proposed stripping of collective bargaining rights, they still came out and marched with the rest.

    • Also, a pizza place that let folks online know that they could buy pizzas to send to the protestors there has received such a response that they’ve now stopped normal orders and are only processing orders for the protest: via pharyngula

      This was just posted on Ian’s Facebook Wall:

      This is astounding! As of right now, Ian’s Pizza on State’s normal in-store and delivery operations are on hold — due to the high volume of calls, we are only processing orders donated to the protesters. By our (rather harried) count, we’ve heard from 30 states and 5 countries (including Egypt, Korea, and our northern friends, Canada). Wow. Thank you! To our regular customers: We really apologize, but… wow.


  3. That’s brilliant. 🙂

  4. That’s such a sweet picture.

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