Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Ballad of Jon and Kate

(to the Ballad of John and Yoko)

Jon and Kate have eight little children
And a show that runs on cable TV
While she stays at home
No, she’s never alone,
And Jon has a job that you never see.

Yikes, at first it was easy,
How charming they could both be
With eight lovely babies,
And entertaining to see.

Clearly they were showing some tension,
The focal point of kids had dissolved.
Then they both said
Let us go get rewed
But the cracks could never get quite resolved.

Yikes, it can’t be that easy,
See how the public can be
We Americans are fickle
About what we see on TV

If you’re famous and your family is well known
And your reputation then takes a slide
The tabloids will sell
And they’ll make your life hell.
Buckle up, it’s gonna be a long ride.

Yikes, it makes me feel queasy,
I know that you would agree.
Yes, we’re watching a train wreck
For all the planet to see.

Getting lots of money from TLC.
Trading your kids for popularity.
Last night my wife said,
“Poor kids, makes me sad.
Twenty years of therapy might make them whole."
You think?

They’re living different lives in the papers.
Showing off their different frailties.
Jon’s got a new squeeze
Kate has had surgery.
Is this the so-called reality?

Yikes, you’d think this was cheesy.
Are you feeling ennui?
The way this drama’s flowing,
It’s gonna overwhelm me.

Warhol got it right in a small way
For fifteen minutes, we’ll all find fame.
It’s a two sided blade
That always cuts it both ways
It’s a price we pay for having no shame.

Yikes, who said it was easy
Living your life on TV?
What’s the price you are paying?
A price that’s too high for me.

What’s the price you are paying?
A price that’s too high for me.
©2009 Warren Baker
For the recording, visit the October 2, 2009 entry.


  1. Well played, Warren. Well played! I think the price they've paid is way too high, but I'm not them. I hope they think it's worth it for their 15 minutes...

  2. Frankly, I can't think of any price I'd be willing to pay to for 15 minutes. But, you know, if there's a 77 Maserati Quattroporte thrown in to sweeten the deal, well...