My housemate, Alexander, relyricized the union standard “The Ballad of Joe Hill” as a slam on Pepco, the energy company that’s leaving us to languish in the dark. DCist has picked it up, and has put out a call for local bands to submit covers. The full lyrics are at the link, but there’s a preview below. And I promise to update you if any musicians answer the call.
I dreamed I saw Pepco last night
Driving down my street.
“Thank God!” said I, “Our power’s down.”
“It never died,” said he…
“It never died,” said he.
Says I “No, you don’t understand
The lights have all gone out!
The food’s now bad. We’re going mad
From heat without a doubt…
From heat without a doubt.”
Says he “You’re not upon our map;
The grid shows you’re just fine.”
Says I “But look out on our street.
There’s a down-ed power line…
There’s a down-ed power line.”
Says he “Well, tell us on our app.
Be sure to log in right!
We’ll check it out, see what’s about
Sometime tomorrow night…
Sometime tomorrow night.”
“But we’ll have melted down,” says I,
“There’s no way we can last!
But if it’s just for one more day,
I guess we can hold fast…
I guess we can hold fast.”
“Oh no,” says he, “Don’t count on that.
Tomorrow’s just been nixed.
First we’ll diagnose the grid,
In a fortnight she’ll be fixed…
In a fortnight she’ll be fixed.”
“You can’t just leave us stranded here
With no good end in sight!
Didn’t you prep and plan for this -
For setting things a-right…
For setting things a-right?”
“Well there’s your fatal flaw,” said he,
“Now let me put you wise.
We’re such a bad utility, yet
You assume we’re organized…
You assume we’re organized?”