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John Forster: Music


(John Forster)
music & lyric by John Forster

The intermingling of two musics.
I say it's the music of the future
And, hey, I oughta know.
Have you heard my latest album?
It's a masterpiece of fusion,
Just a masterpiece of fusion
If I do say so myself.
A true collaboration of the heaviest musicians on the planet.
That's Sakimoto playing the bamboo flute.
He's a monster.
And Big Joseph Nabuma on mbira.
 Check it out.
And over on cabasa...who is that on cabasa?
Oh yeah, that's the guy who drove me in from the airport.
I forget his name, but he's a monster, too.
We're all just monsters of—
We're intermingling our musics
In a welter of ethnic confusion.
(Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.
Anh anh.
Zimbabwe, zimbabwe.
Anh anh.
Savuca! Loodloodloodloodloodloodloodloo!)
This pretty tune was written by Hans Leo Hassler
In 1599.
I wrote some words and changed about three notes.
Now ASCAP says it's mine.
I love constructing albums
From objects that I find,
From all kinds of folk riffs
That are just sort of out there.
Nobody owns them.
They're in public domain.
And the foreign musicians
Who play those folk riffs,
Well, they're just grist for my fevered brain.
Mama, don't take my copyright.
Gimme that folk riff copyright.
Mama, don't take my copyright from me.
There've been slurs and innuendoes.
There've been nasty little comments.
I don't bother to respond to them.
They roll right off my back.
I'm well aware that there's an element
You could call "exploitation"
In the way that I appropriate the cultures of these peoples
For my own commercial purposes.
But everyone who works for me gets
And royalties
And Grammys
And a chance to ride to stardom on my coattails, lay lay lay.
But, hey, let's just remember who's the genius here,
Who is the Master of—
It's a matter of "Finders Keepers."
Cause there ain't no copyrights in
We're all just ripping off each other
In a jungle of ethical con-
And having a hell of a lot of fun.
I'm having a hell of a lot of
I'm thinking this song is in the
Ballpark... [fade]
Music & lyric by John Forster
© 1990 Limousine Music Co (ASCAP)