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He’s Gotta Go

from You're Needed Now! by Ecopella

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Thanks to musician Lindsay Pollack's songwriting competition on Facebook, and the encouragement it gave to Paul, we had an amusing tool that we hoped would come in handy at the next Federal election. We still occasionally sing it in the past tense so that we might still savour Paul's wit.


Tony Abbott, he’s gotta go
He’s gotta go, he’s gotta go
He’s gotta go, he’s gotta go

He’s got a gonad hangin’ out
At a diplomatic function
I hope whoever put him there
Is feeling some compunction

And it’s throw the man out
He shall not keep the crown
The future of this country
Starts with bringing Abbott down

It’s partly that he lacks
A basic social education
He’s leering at his daughters
And embarrassing the nation
But mainly, he’ll kick us in the ditch
His neoliberal policies betray us to the rich
Tony Abbott, he’s gotta go

He’s got a goatish look about him
In the way he leans towards you
Or is that just him listening as ASIO records you?

It’s partly that he’s guided
By Leviticus quotations
And he’d rather bring the witch-hunts back
Than end discrimination

“Stop the boats.” It’s a ploy for votes
“Axe the tax.” He’ll scratch some backs
“In difficult circumstances difficult things happen”
No Tony, it was torture
But you’re shaking hands and clappin’

He’s got a ghost of Mussolini
Standing just behind his shoulder
He may not be as scary
But he would if he were bolder

It’s partly that in climate talks he makes an awful racket
When he wouldn’t know a snowfall
From the dandruff on his jacket


from You're Needed Now!, released September 3, 2020
Words & Melody: Paul Spencer, 2014
Arranged: Miguel Heatwole, 2014


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Miguel Heatwole Sydney, Australia

Miguel’s a versatile singer, choral director & composer. His interests include folk & world music, political satire, the environment, trade unionism & the responsible enjoyment of alcohol. His songwriting embraces themes like peace & justice, the family cat, & visceral passionate attraction. His enthusiasm for recording community singing has let many people share the power of their songs. ... more

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