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The World Turned Upside Down

The Parliament of Oliver Cromwell had declared Christmas to be too solemn an event for festivity and merriment, and outlawed all celebrations. Groups of people opposed to the new law handed out broadsides with words of protest, demanding they be given their Christmas back. The words were put to music, and the song, The World Turned Upside Down, has been handed down the generations, and was, as legend has it, played by the British band when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown. The original song began with the line, “If buttercups buzzed after bees,” and went on to describe a series of upside down events, ending with the line, “Then all the world would be upside down.” That is where we now are – the world is upside down. What was wrong in the past is now right, what was immoral in the past is now moral, what was black is now white, and what was white is now black.



If buttercups buzzed after bees

And Christians not look at the skies

If pederasts do as they please

And truth is now said to be lies

If treachery now is the norm

And killing of babes is all right

If hate speech is now the new form

And dawn does not follow the night

If people have nothing to say

About what goes on in their town

Then that is where we are today

And the world is again upside down


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