By Ellie Mangle-Lero
Today for Poetry Friday, I have written a song poem called Up Wisconsin! It can be read as a poem, or sung as a song! Below the song poem is a youtube video with the music of the Wisconsin Fight Song! My song poem starts off with the dejection and depression we all feel about the recent loss in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and then builds in the final verse to a song of inspiration and a stirring call to victory over the Fascist Scott Walker and has evil minions! Penelope interlaced my song poem with theme sensitive pictures! Now, without further ado:
Poor Wisconsin, Poor Wisconsin, learn to say “Sig Heil!”
We are stuck with Scottie Walker, for a long, long while!
Poor Wisconsin, Poor Wisconsin, learn to goose step, too!
Scott Walker, here he comes for me and you!
Poor Wisconsin, Poor Wisconsin, we got no support,
From that Fascist institution, our own Supreme Court!
Poor Wisconsin, Poor Wisconsin, those evil John Does!
Scott Walker got his way, anything goes!
Up Wisconsin, Up Wisconsin, scream that Badger call!
We have not begun to fight, let’s rally one and all!
Rally unions, Rally teachers, rally every one!
Scott Walker, we won’t quit until you’re done!
Here is the music video:
I hope you enjoyed it!
FootNote: The images are from the 1925 silent Harold Lloyd film, The Freshman. Wiki notes:
The Freshman is a 1925 comedy film that tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. It stars Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict and James Anderson. It remains one of Lloyd’s most successful and enduring films.
Harold is determined to prove himself by getting into the big football game. His chance comes when the other team proves too tough, injuring so many of Tate College’s players that the coach runs out of substitutes. The first few plays are disastrous. Finally, he breaks free and is on his way to winning the game, but, mindful of a referee’s prior instruction that he is to stop playing when he hears the whistle, drops the football just outside the end zone when a non-football whistle sounds. The other team recovers the ball with only a minute left to play. His teammates are disheartened, but Harold rouses them to make a final effort. He chases down the opposing ball carrier, knocks the football loose, scoops it up and runs it all the way back for the winning touchdown as time runs out. Tate prevails by a score of 6 to 3, which at last earns him the respect and popularity he was after. To top it off, Peggy passes him a note proclaiming her love for him.
The Freshman was Lloyd’s most successful silent film of the 1920s, and was hugely popular at the time of its release. It sparked a craze for college films that lasted well beyond the 1920s. Exteriors were filmed near the USC campus in Los Angeles. The game sequence was shot on the field at the Rose Bowl, and the crowd scenes were shot at halftime at California Memorial Stadium during the November 1924 Big Game between UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
Pete the Pup makes a cameo in the movie.
American humorist and author H. C. Witwer sued Lloyd in April 1929 for $2,300,000 over The Freshman, claiming that it was “pirated” from Witwer’s short story “The Emancipation of Rodney”, first published in 1915. When Witwer died from liver failure in Los Angeles, California, on August 9, 1929, the lawsuit had not been settled. Witwer’s widow pursued the lawsuit and won a judgment against Lloyd in November 1930. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals overturned the ruling and Witwer’s widow received nothing.
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