1. Fusion

From the recording Fusion


Fusion.The intermingling of two musics.I say it's the music of the futureAnd, hey, I oughta know. Have you heard my latest album?It's a masterpiece of fusion,Just a masterpiece of fusionIf 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— Fusion.We're intermingling our musicsIn a welter of ethnic confusion.(Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.
Anh anh.Zimbabwe, zimbabwe.
Anh anh.Savuca! Loodloodloodloodloodloodloodloo!) This pretty tune was written by Hans Leo HasslerIn 1599.I wrote some words and changed about three notes.Now ASCAP says it's mine.I love constructing albumsFrom objects that I find, From all kinds of folk riffsThat are just sort of out there.Nobody owns them.They're in public domain.And the foreign musiciansWho 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 elementYou could call "exploitation"In the way that I appropriate the cultures of these peoplesFor my own commercial purposes. But everyone who works for me getsCredit.And royaltiesAnd GrammysAnd 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— Fusion?Fusion.It's a matter of "Finders Keepers."Cause there ain't no copyrights inFusion.Fusion.We're all just ripping off each otherIn a jungle of ethical con-Fusion.And having a hell of a lot of fun.I'm having a hell of a lot ofBallpark.I'm thinking this song is in theBallpark... [fade] Music & lyric by John Forster© 1990 Limousine Music Co (ASCAP)