Union Songs

Fast Food Hustle

A song by Jack Warshaw©Jack Warshaw 2010

(suggested arrangement: oompah band, kids singing chorus)

The country's getting fat they say, something must be done
The government's afraid we'll all turn into blobby buns
The Minister's got his orders, the boffins have a plan
They've come up with the best idea to get us fit again

McDonalds, McDonalds
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut
They grow fat on profits while we grow poor on cuts
They'll sell us lots of junk food, enough to rot your gut
McDonalds, McDonalds
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut

I used to be a veggie, a health and fitness fan
And every day I'd go to shop like any working man
But now the supermarket's changed all the shelves around
Instead of fruit and nuts and greens this is what I found

I went to see the doctor, getting weaker by the day
"You've got to help me now or I believe I'll fade away"
He looked in every crevice, he poked and prodded too
And when he finally finished said "I've just the cure for you"

I've tried a dozen diets, so many pills as well
Aerobics, running, yoga, nothing works I have to tell
But the nice folks down in Whitehall have swept away my fears
Bring on those Turkey Twizzlers and you'll live at least a year (with)


Many thanks to Jack Warshaw for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection

Jack writes:
'The Guardian 13 November 2010:
The Department of Health is putting fast food companies McDonalds, KFC, Kellogs, Mars, Unilever and Diageo in charge of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet related disease ... including Compass, the company that markets [the infamous] Turkey Twizzlers. Campaign groups say it's the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry ...'

See more of Jack Warshaw's work in this collection.

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