[Editor's note: It's Friday, practically a weekend day at some offices, or at least a day of winding down for others. And you know what that means: YouTube videos! Today, The Tyee presents "Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap" -- a little satire for your consideration. We hope it provokes some creativity this weekend, or at the very least fills you with the kind of gleeful joy only puppets can inspire. This video was created by Caitlin Dodd, David Henderson-Hean, Kai Nagata, Spencer Powell and Emile Scott. If you like the track, click here for a free mp3 download. And feel free to follow along using the annotated lyrics provided below.]
Crackdown in Iran? Those Ayatollahs should park it!
Monks burnin' in Sichuan? well that's a growing market,
Buck your pinko paranoia! I don't believe in inflation,
Dutch diseases be damned! All hail the petro nation!
Look. Petroleum's a fertilizer.
That's not a spill, it's an "Alberta geyser."
You guys say you like trees and grasses
Well, Ethical Oil is like free-range molasses!
That's what my dad says. I'm just a student,
I do this out of my deep passion for crude,
Evan, I got a guy who can get you in the know,
You best believe his shit's legit, cuz he's like, got his own show!
Yo! They call me Easy-E
Cause you can hold my strings, if you can pay my fee.
I'm no slacker! I was selling Ethical Tobacco!
I'd sell water to a well after lobbying to frack it!
Capture regulators in my necktie and jacket!
You see my mouth moving and I know you wanna smack it!
Well too bad, radicals / I'm practically diplomatical
Canada reps my words from Durban to the Vatican.
Ezra is my name, dogg. You know how we play,
Cuttin' down trees on live TV!
Click here for a Tyee investigation into China's state-owned oil companies and their role in Canada's tar sands.
Click here for more on the connections between Ethical Oil, the Marshall family, the Government of Canada, and Sun News.
Click here for Kathryn Marshall's original interview on CBC.