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I'm Changing My Name to Fannie Mae

This song is by Tom Paxton.

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Everybody and his uncle is in debt
And the bankers and the brokers are upset
Goldman Sachs's, Merrill Lynch's
Saw themselves as lead-pipe cinches
Now they've landed in the biggest screw-up yet
Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns and all their kind
Have turned out to be the blind leading the blind
They are clearly the nit-wittest
In survival of the fittest
Let me modestly say what I have in mind

I am changing my name to Fannie Mae
I am changing it to AIG
On this bail-out I am betting
Just a piece of what they're getting
Would be perfectly acceptable to me
I am changing my name to Freddie Mac
I am leaving for that great receiving line
I'll be waiting when they hand out
Seven hundred million grand out
That's when I'll get mine

Since the first amphibian crawled out of the slime
We've been struggling in an unrelenting climb
We were hardly up and walking
Before money started talking
And it said that failure was the only crime
If you really screwed things up, then you were through
Now--surprise!--there is a different point of view
All that crazy rooty-tootin'
And that golden parachutin'
Means that someone's making millions--just not you

I am changing my name to Fannie Mae
I am changing it to AIG
On this bail-out I am betting
Just a piece of what they're getting
Would be perfectly acceptable to me
I am changing my name to Freddie Mac
I am leaving for that great receiving line
I'll be waiting when they hand out
Seven hundred million grand out
That's when I'll get mine