Super Safi’s Monday Morning Musings 76 – Union Strike Folk Song

Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!

(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter “M”)

 

Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.

And what better way to start your week, than by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?

So let’s get started this week by talking about a classic original Simpsons song.

 

In the seventy sixth episode of The Simpsons, Last Exit to Springfield (Season 04, Episode 17) – which is arguably considered by most as the best episode of The Simpsons, and by some as the best 30 minute episode in television history – Mr. Burns decides to cut the dental plan for the plant workers.

Marge tells Homer that Lisa needs braces. When Carl informs all the workers that the new proposal Mr. Burns offers is essentially the same except they get a keg of beer at each union meeting in exchange for their dental plan, everyone is excited. However, Homer is busy with his train of thought:

Lenny: So long, dental plan!
(Homer looks blankly as the words echo through his mind)
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
(Charlie drops a pencil in Homer’s butt crack)
Carl: Bullseye!
Homer: Thanks a lot, Carl, now I’ve lost my train of thought!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Lenny’s Voice: Dental plan!
Marge’s Voice: Lisa needs braces!
Homer: If we give up our dental plan…I’ll have to pay for Lisa’s braces!

Homer urges his co-workers to not let go of the dental plan and is elected union leader. He then faces off with Mr. Burns in some iconic scenes. But ultimately the workers go on strike. Lisa encourages the union workers on strike with her song. Mr. Burns feels he can dishearten the group by shutting off power to Springfield. But when the plant workers retain their resolve and Lisa continues to sing with the plant workers joining in, Mr. Burns succumbs to Homer and agrees to reinstate the dental plan in exchange for Homer stepping down as union leader.

But have you ever wondered what song Lisa is singing?

 

 

Union Strike Folk Song

Here are the lyrics to the song Lisa was singing:

Lisa:
Come gather round, children,
It’s high time ye learned
‘Bout a hero named Homer
And a devil named Burns.

We’ll march ’till we drop
The girls and the fellas.
We’ll fight ’till the death
Or else fold like umbrellas.

So we’ll march day and night
By the big cooling tower.
They have the plant
But we have the power.

Lenny{spoken}:
Now do “Classical Gas”!
Lisa plays an instrumental

Later, after Burns gets tough by deactivating all of Springfield’s electricity.
Lisa:
So we’ll march day and night
By the big cooling tower.
They have the plant
But we have the power.

All the plant workers on strike in unison:
They have the plant
But we have the power.

 

 

Now that we’ve learned more about the union strike folk song, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.

Did you remember the episode? What’s your favourite nuclear power plant related episode of The Simpsons? Is this your favourite episode of The Simpsons? Do you agree this is the best 30 minute episode in television history? What about your favourite Simpsons original song? Were you familiar with the song? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.

7 responses to “Super Safi’s Monday Morning Musings 76 – Union Strike Folk Song

  1. Great posting. It is an all-time great episode….but the best?…not sure. As far as best 30 mins in television history…No…I could think of some Seinfeld episodes that would beat it…lol.

  2. EA completely shut down TSTO???? ‘Too many downloads’ screen (never seen before) constantly kicking me out.

  3. i dont get it

  4. Last Exit to Springfield (Season 04, Episode 17) – not my favourite (that’s for another post!) but this is definitely from an Era when The Simpsons Writers were on 🔥!

    Union Strike Folk Song (part 1 and part 2) Music written by Jeff Martin, Lyrics: by Jay Kogen, Jeff Martin, Wallace Wolodarsky and it’s the 35th Track on Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons (1999).

    Springfield Nuclear Power Plant related Episode of The Simpsons?

    “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” (Episode 4, Season 2) – Bart Simpson catches a three-eyed fish named Blinky in the river by the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and it makes headlines. State Nuclear Inspectors find numerous safety violations, and order Montgomery Burns to fix them, or face having the Nuclear Power Plant closed down. Mr. Burns decides to run for Governor so that he can pass Laws which will keep the Nuclear Power Plant open (by doing away with the Regulations costing him money) and almost wins the Election. His Advisors propose a publicity stunt where Montgomery Burns visits the Simpson House for a meal, but this backfires when he is presented with Blinky as the main course (taking a bite and spitting it out in disgust).

    Favourite Episode of The Simpsons?

    Too many in the first 10 years, too few post Millennium. 🤔

    Best 30 minute Episode in 📺 History?

    I think we’d have to go back to the 60’s for that. 🤔

    Favourite Simpsons original song(s)?

    Lol – we already covered this, but I will be a Simpson schill and encourage everyone to purchase ‘Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons’ (1999) from Rhino Records! 😀

    Thanks for the Monday Morning Musings (and the Battle Bracket Royale), Safi!😊👍🏻

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