Today's post introduces the fourth of country singer Merle Hazard's Euro-shanties, this one taking off on the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th. Teutonic C&W. Merle (if not Beethoven) will do anything to educationally amuse. So will we. The full post, 'Ode to Germany: Merle Hazard, Backed by Beethoven,' is here http://to.pbs.org/efuO0F And for the lyrically-inclined, check out Making Sen$e for a European debt woes contest: http://to.pbs.org/dE516G Here are Merle's lyrics to get you started: (Melody: the "Ode to Joy," from the 9th Symphony of Ludwig Van Beethoven) Germany's the soundest country that is in the Euro-zone But we now are quite concerned about the bonds our bankers own Loans to Greece, Italia, Espana, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, too Our European brothers may have trouble paying when they're due When the Euro finally happened, we were relieved and overjoyed Now we're feeling somewhat ill, with just a twinge of Schadenfreude For an overview of the entire series, watch a web chat video between Paul Solman and Merle over on Making Sen$e: http://to.pbs.org/frgvsV Credits: Mandolin: Frances Cunningham http://www.nashvilleceiliband.com/about Camera: Tom Noser and Matt Westerman Editor: Bob Burns
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