Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Kejserens nye Klaender. For What It’s Worth.
Good morning boys and girls. Today I am going to tell you a story. Pay close attention because there will be a question at the end.
Our story is by Hans Christian Andersen. It is about a vain emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes and big numbers of how popular he is. He hires two weavers who promise him the finest clothes from a fabric that is invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position, terminally stupid or in the media. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, not even on Fox News, but pretend to do so for fear of appearing unfit for their offices and positions.
During a parade where the emperor wears his new invisible suit, the people of the kingdom play along because they do not want to appear stupid, unfit for their positions and/or live in California.
Suddenly a child with cajones screams out “He ain’t got no clothes on!” Then the crowd takes up the chant screaming “Nekked! Nekked!” The Emperor cuts off all federal funds to all of the people in his kingdom.
Everybody disperses in the event of another Bowling Green Massacre and goes home singing Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” – “There’s something happening here; What it is ain’t exactly clear…”
And now our question.
What do you think is the name of the Emperor?
Kejserens nye Klaender – Original Danish title of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen
Lyrics to Buffalo’s Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”
There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down
There’s battle lines being drawn Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong Young people speaking their minds Getting so much resistance from behind
It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down
What a field-day for the heat A thousand people in the street Singing songs and carrying signs Mostly say, hooray for our side
It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down
Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down Stop, hey, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down Stop, now, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down Stop, children, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down.
Written by Stephen Stills • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc