In the wake of raucous interactions among citizens, councilors, the City Manager, and police, Charlottesville’s City Council meetings have become prime, circus-like entertainment for local (and sometimes national) audiences seeking a thrill.
While everyday people broadly have eschewed attending due to security concerns, Charlottesville’s own TV10 has become must-see TV on the first and third Mondays of the month, as a cavalcade of “performers” entertains.
Here, for your viewing enjoyment are the vocal and lyrical stylings of Carole Thorpe singing “The Silly Clowncil Song,” with apologies to James Darren.
The Silly Clowncil Song(The biggest thrill…)(…in Charlottesville!)Oh, it’s Monday night.I’m off to City Council.Gonna be the Greatest Show in Town!A side show in the peanut galleryAnd, count ’em, five leftist councilors —Every one of them a clown.(…in Charlottesville!)It’s quite a sightTo watch the Silly ClowncilJuggle the agenda with an ineffectual mayor.Frantic to keep the spinning plates up in the air,It’s a hard act to follow —I’d rather watch a dancing bear.(…in Charlottesville!)(Oh-oh-oh) Step right upTo the microphoneFor “Matters of the Public”. Son, you’re on your own!You can reach for the flying trapeze,So you can swing up high above the flying obscenities.It’s fun tonight,So gitcha popcorn ready.Oh, Mister Barnum —Save a seat for me!We will hang the biggest tarp of all Like a big top over City Hall.It’s a World Class Circus For all the world to see,With the City ManagerPlaying the calliope.(…in Charlottesville!)SPOKEN: “Play it, MoJo!” [Slide whistle solo under recorded meeting pandemonium, presided by then-Mayor Michael Signer.]
Let’s all hang the biggest tarp of allLike a big top over City Hall.
It’s a Progressive Circus,A dog and pony show —And you’re the suckersBorn every minute, don’t ya know?
(The biggest thrill…)(…in Charlottesville!)[City Councilor Wes Bellamy recorded quote.]References: – “Matters of the Public”: The period of time allotted prior to the business of each Charlottesville City Council meeting for citizens to redress their elected representatives for three minutes on a topic of their choosing. This segment typically devolves into a profanity-laden meltdown of the speaker and audience (typically Marxists), due to the inability and/or unwillingness of the mayor to enforce the rules of conduct. – The unusual use of the word “tarp” has a specific meaning. It is intended to draw a correlation to the highly controversial ruling by Charlottesville City Council to cover two Confederate war memorials in city parks. It was a politically motivated action which was successfully challenged in court, thus forcing the council to remove the tarps and rightly endure public embarrassment. – The phrase World Class Circus is a poke at Charlottesville’s self-aggrandizing and ridiculous slogan, “Charlottesville – A World Class City”. – “MoJo” is a commonly used nickname for Maurice Jones, Charlottesville’s City Manager.