Songs for an Economic Slump: A contest, sort of

I have writer’s block. The deadline for my column in VAR’s Commonwealth Magazine passed earlier this week, and I’ve yet to type a word of anything coherent (no wry comments, please).

So here’s the deal: YOU can help me write the column. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult. All it requires is a sense of humor and the recollection of a song or two.

ANNOUNCING: Scott’s “Songs for an Economic Slump” Contest….

Here’s the premise: In the great soundtrack of life, even an economic slump needs its own theme song.

Below are several categories. Your job is to suggest a song title or snippet of lyrics – from actual, reasonably mainstream music – that in your opinion summarizes the particular category. Just leave your suggestion in the comments on this post. I’ll take the best suggestions…determined solely by me and my own subjective and somewhat warped sense of humor…and publish them in my June Commonwealth column. (And no, this contest is NOT just limited to Virginia REALTORS®.)

So be creative. Be clever. Just be helpful. I really do need to finish this @#!% column. Deadline for submissions is Monday at 5 p.m. EDT, and you can make recommendations in any or all categories.

1. SONGS YEARNING FOR THE HOUSING MARKETS OF 2004-2006

2. SONGS FOR SUBPRIME LENDERS

3. SONGS FOR ECONOMISTS WHO DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING

4. SAD SONGS FOR SHORT-SELLERS WHO THOUGHT THEIR NO-MONEY-DOWN A.R.M. WAS A SWEET DEAL

5. SONGS FOR UNREALISTIC SELLERS AND THE REALTORS® WHO OVERPRICE THEM

6. SONGS OF THOSE ADVOCATING A FEDERAL BAILOUT

7. SONGS DESCRIBING THE WHOLE, CURSED ECONOMIC MESS

Now go to it. I look forward to hearing your entries!

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8 Responses to Songs for an Economic Slump: A contest, sort of

  1. Bryan Penman says:

    How about …..Yesterday by the Beatles: Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away Now it looks as though they’re here to stay Oh, I believe in yesterday.

  2. Here’s a take on an old bluegrass song written by Little Jimmy Dickens that fits category 5, overpriced listings and the Realtors who overprice them:

    When I was a new seller around the table at home

    I remember fairly well when buyers and agents would come

    I would have to sit right still ’till my agent called real late

    My agent always said to me just take a ‘tater and wait

    Now ‘taters never did taste real good with chicken on the plate

    But I had to eat ’em just the same

    That is why I look so bad and have these puny ways

    Those buyers always say to me take an old cold ‘tater and wait.

    And when those buyers they would come

    To have a look around

    I would have to take a ride until my price they found

    My agent’s call would always come and that would seal my fate

    My agent always said to me just take a ‘tater and wait.

    Now ‘taters never did taste real good with chicken on the plate

    But I had to eat ’em just the same

    That is why I look so bad and have these puny ways

    Those buyers always say to me take an old cold ‘tater and wait.

    Well I thought that I would starve to death

    Before my house got sold

    All that chicken my neighbors would eat

    While my days on market got old

    I finally got wise and called my agent before it got too late

    You overpriced me, move along

    And take an old cold ‘tater and wait.

    Now taters never did taste real good with chicken on the plate

    But I had to eat ’em just the same

    That is why I look so bad and have these puny ways

    Those buyers always say to me take an old cold ‘tater and wait.

  3. Number 2, songs for subprime lenders, sung to the tune of Maroon 5’s “This Love”

    I was so high I did not recognize
    The fire burning in my eyes
    The chaos that controlled my mind
    Those loans are gone and not to come again
    Never to return again
    But always in my heart

    Those loans have taken their toll on me
    They’ve gone goodbye and my account is looking pretty poor
    And my job is changing in front of me
    I have no choice, cause sub-prime loans are gone forevermore.

  4. I would say that if everything during 2004 – 2006 was done correctly “Yesterday” would be the perfect song. I feel those days were closer to Badfinger’s song, “Come and Get It.” The $1,000,000 question is, who is the fool?

    If you want it, here it is come and get it
    Mmmm, make your mind up fast
    If you want it, anytime I can give it
    But you better hurry cause it may not last

    Did I hear you say that there must be a catch
    Will you walk away from a fool and his money
    If you want it, here it is come and get it
    But you better hurry cause it’s going fast

  5. Fun idea! Life and art always come together.

    1. SONGS YEARNING FOR THE HOUSING MARKETS OF 2004-2006
    Glory Days by Bruce Springstein

    2. SONGS FOR SUBPRIME LENDERS

    3. SONGS FOR ECONOMISTS WHO DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING
    Anything by Ray Charles

    4. SAD SONGS FOR SHORT-SELLERS WHO THOUGHT THEIR NO-MONEY-DOWN A.R.M. WAS A SWEET DEAL
    Our House – by Crosby, Stills, and Nash

    5. SONGS FOR UNREALISTIC SELLERS AND THE REALTORS® WHO OVERPRICE THEM
    (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by the Stones

    6. SONGS OF THOSE ADVOCATING A FEDERAL BAILOUT
    Baby I Need You – Bread (had to go way back for this classic)

    7. SONGS DESCRIBING THE WHOLE, CURSED ECONOMIC MESS
    Helter Skelter – The Beatles

  6. SONGS DESCRIBING THE WHOLE, CURSED ECONOMIC MESS from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas:

    Fellow Texans, I am proudly standing here to humbly see.
    I assure you, and I mean it- Now, who says I don’t speak out as plain as day?
    And, fellow Texans, I’m for progress and the flag- long may it fly.
    I’m a poor boy, come to greatness. So, it follows that I cannot tell a lie.

    Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t-
    I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
    cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

    Now my good friends, it behooves me to be solemn and declare,
    I’m for goodness and for profit and for living clean and saying daily prayer.
    And now, my good friends, you can sleep nights, I’ll continue to stand tall.
    You can trust me, for I promise, I shall keep a watchful eye upon ya’ll…

    Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t-
    I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
    cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

  7. Lisa Noon says:

    1. SONGS YEARNING FOR THE HOUSING MARKETS OF 2004-2006
    I Guess I Had Your Leavin’ Coming
    by Vern Gosdin
    or
    Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung

    2. SONGS FOR SUBPRIME LENDERS
    How Come Your Dog Don’t Bite Nobody But Me?
    by Mel Tillis

    3. SONGS FOR ECONOMISTS WHO DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING
    High Cost of Low Living
    by John Steele & James Sloane
    or
    Dare to be Stupid, “Weird Al” Yankovic

    4. SAD SONGS FOR SHORT-SELLERS WHO THOUGHT THEIR NO-MONEY-DOWN A.R.M. WAS A SWEET DEAL
    It Ain’t Easy Being Easy
    by Roseanne Cash

    5. SONGS FOR UNREALISTIC SELLERS AND THE REALTORS® WHO OVERPRICE THEM
    Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)
    by Travis Tritt

    6. SONGS OF THOSE ADVOCATING A FEDERAL BAILOUT
    If You Got the Money, Honey, I Got the Time
    by Hank Williams

    7. SONGS DESCRIBING THE WHOLE, CURSED ECONOMIC MESS
    There’s A Tear In My Beer
    by Hank Williams
    or
    Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line
    by Buck Owens
    or
    Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

    How about a song for foreclosures (and the people who walk away from them)?
    Burning Down the House, Talking Heads

    Or a song for people who just want to ignore it all (and hope it goes away)?
    Don’t Worry Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin

    This is just too much fun for a Friday afternoon…

  8. What’s that song that Shirley Temple Sang about Being Optomistic and Smiling…?

    Be optimistic!
    Don’t you be a grumpy
    When the road gets bumpy
    Just smile
    (Smile and be happy!)

    Your troubles can’t be
    As bad as all that
    When you’re sad as all that
    No one loves you

    Be optimistic!
    Don’t you be a mourner
    Brighten up that corner
    And smile

    Don’t wear a long face
    It’s never in style
    Be optimistic
    And smile

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