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Lyrics

I wrote a new song and put it up on the web.
When I checked the next day, the number of plays, to my dismay was ten.
Maybe my music is not that great in the end.
Maybe I should sell myself to my friends.

And if you think this is true
There's one thing you can do

Please retweet this song
That's all they seem to say
Please retweet this song
Is the mantra of today
And if you agree
If you see the irony then
Please retweet this song

So many people are desperate to be heard.
They try to promote something they wrote to get upvotes on their network.
They urge us to click, to share and subscribe.
No need for humility, they wannabe a celebrity online.

And if you share this point of view
What I'd really like you to do is

Please retweet this song
That's all they seem to say
Please retweet this song
Is the mantra of today
And if you agree
If you see the irony then
Please retweet this song

Maybe this is not a new thing
The spread of personal marketing
People have always used their peers 
To cultivate and propagate and advocate and disseminate and circulate their ideas

Please retweet this song
That's all they seem to say
Please retweet this song
Is the mantra of today
And if you agree
If you see the irony then
Please retweet this song

And as they keep sending metweets galore
The rest of us will endeavour not to measure our friends with a score
And as they grow ever greedier
My proposal is to focus on the social in social media.

And if you feel like this too
I think you know by now what to do

Please retweet this song
That's all they seem to say
Please retweet this song
Is the mantra of today
And if you agree
If you see the irony then
Please retweet this ...

Please retweet this song
That's all they seem to say
Please retweet this song
Is the mantra of today
And if you agree
If you see the irony then
Please retweet this, don't delete this, just retweet this song

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Song: Social Network B


I want to introduce my child to online social networks but how best to explain some of the risks involved? Thought I’d start with a song…

This is a rewrite of the traditional folk song “Sloop John B”, famously covered by the Beach Boys (www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSAoEf1Ib58) although Cap’n Tom Jones deserves a mention for his singing attire: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyQeHavCfPg

Video URL (with captions): Social Network B song

Downloads

For your downloading pleasure, here are the video and audio–only files.

License is Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. If you need a media player, I recommend VLC.

Lyrics

We joined a social network.
Me and my best friend, Bert.
Around that walled garden
we did roam.
Surfing all night.
Got into a fight.
I had so much fun,
I don’t wanna go home.

I got a message from Jen,
my girlfriend from way back when,
but now she just won’t
leave me alone.
What did I say?
Why does she haunt me this way?
She’s nice ‘n’ all but
I wish she’d go home.

Then there’s that guy named Ray.
He took me to a crazy partay
and he took lots of photos
with his cell phone.
Now everyone’s seen
me doing that… thing.
I’m tired of getting laughed at.
I wanna go home.

Then there’s those men in black.
They won’t get off my back,
ever since they gave me
that emergency loan.
How do they know
every place that I go?
I’m getting kinda scared now.
I gotta go home.

But now my whole family
has signed up, just like me.
It’s the only way
I keep in touch with my mom.
It’s part of our lives.
How did we ever survive?
Now we’re in the network,
we’re not going home.
Once you’re in the network,
you can never go home.