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The Country’s In the Very Best of Hands, song lyrics

Song: The Country’s In the Very Best of Hands
Lyrics: Johnny Mercer(1)

Music: Johnny Mercer
Year: 1956(2)
Genre: Theatrical Musical
Country: USA


Them city folks and we-uns are pretty much alike,
Though they ain’t used to living in the sticks(3).
We don’t like stone or cement, but we is in agreement,
When we gets down to talking politics.

(Chorus:)
The country’s in the very best of hands,
The best of hands, the best of hands.

The Treasury says the national debt is climbing to the sky,
And govermnent expenditures have never been so high.
It makes a feller get a gleam of pride within his eye,
To see how our economy expands,
The country’s in the very best of hands.
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(Chorus)

You ought to see the Congress when it’s drawing up a bill,
“Where as“‘s and “to wit“‘s are crowded in each codicil(4).
Such legal terminology would give your heart a thrill.
There’s phrases there that no one understands.
The country’s in the very best of hands.

(Chorus)

The building boom, they say, is getting bigger every day.
And when I asked a feller “How could everybody pay?”
He come up with an answer that made everything OK,
“Supplies are getting bigger than demands.”
The country’s in the very best of hands.
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(Chorus)

Don’t you believe them congressmen and senators are dumb.
When they run into problems that are tough to overcome,
They just declare a thing they calls a moritorium.
The upper(5) and the lower house(6) disbands.
The country’s in the very best of hands.

(Chorus)

The voters are connected to the nominee,
the nominee’s connected to the treasury.
When they ain’t connected to the treasury,
They sits around on their thigh bones.

They sits around in this place they got,
This big congressional parking lot.
Just sits around on their you know what.
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

Them bones, them bones gonna rise again,
Gonna exercise a franchise again,
Gonna tax us up to our eyes again,
If we gets them off of their thigh bones.

The farm bill should be 89 percent of parity,
Another feller recommends it should be 93.
But 80, 95 percent, who cares about degree?
It’s parity that no one understands.
The country’s in the very best of hands.
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(Chorus)

Them GOP’s(7) and Democrats(8) each hates the other one.
They’s always criticizing how the country should be run.
But neither tells the public what the other’s gone and done.
As long as no one knows where no one stands,
The country’s in the very best of hands.

(Chorus)

They sits around in this place they’re at, Where folks in congress have always sat.
Just sits around on their excess fat,
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

They sits around ‘til they start to snore,
Jumps up and hollers “I has the floor!”
Then sits right down where they sat before,
Up there they call them their thigh bones.

Them bones, them bones gonna rise again,
So dignified and so wise again,
While the budget doubles in size again,
If we gets them off of their thigh bones.

The money that they taxes us, that’s known as revenues,
They compound up collaterals, subtracts the residues.
Don’t worry about the principle and interest that accrues,
They’re shipping all that stuff to foreign lands,
The country’s in the very best of hands.

(Chorus)


Notes:

1 - Johnny Mercer biography from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

2 - Background on the 1956 musical Lil' Abner, which was based upon the Al Capp cartoon strip.

3 - "The sticks" a slang term for, a remote rural area.

4 - A codicil is a supplement or addition to a legal will that modifies or revokes part of the original.

5 - The "Upper House" is the Senate.

6 - The "Lower House" is the House of Representatives.

7 - GOP or "Grand Old Party" a reference to the Republican Party.

8 - Democrat, that is, a member of the Democratic Party.