Dead Men File No Claims


Reprinted from Songworm 3
This parody was sung by Leslie Fish on Tapeworm 3

Parody of “Hyenas”, words by Rudyard Kipling , music by Leslie Fish

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Parody lyrics ©3/1/88 by Bob Kanefsky. All rights reserved. The copyright of the original lyrics and music remain with the holder(s) of the original copyright.

Em
Aft
er the Bm
lyri
cist’s Em
soul 
takes B7
flight
,
And it Em
goes 
to where D
it 
belG
ongs
,   B7
The rEm
uth
less G
filk
ers come D
out 
at night
And C
steal 
his D
words 
for their Em
songs
.

What they filk, and who they filk,
Troubles them not in the least.
And they know that ol’ Kipling is safe to milk
Because he is deceased.

For a fan or folksinger may strike back
And a rock star sometimes sues,
But a poor dead poet’s published works
Are always safe to use.

He, being dead, cannot object,
However much he despairs.
Nor can he lay hands on a single check:
Royalties go to his heirs   his descendants.
Royalties go to his heirs.