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Here you will find a collection of song lyrics to popular songs that may be used in class to illustrate or emphasize particular lessons and topics. No access is provided to the songs themselves, but title and artist is provided to allow you to purchase the song from any legal download service like     iTunesMSN Music , Amazon , etc.  The lyrics are provided so that you may determine if the song has value for your classroom.  The songs are presented in no particular order.  Please browse liberally.  I hope that you find something that you can use.

                          The Law     by Bob Rea                          

I use this song in the first unit of my Legal Environment course when we are exploring, "What is Law?" I use it to illustrate the point that law is not inherently just. In order for law to be just, justice must be pursued and embraced. Sample audio here .

The Law
by Bob Rea

When the sands in the desert have melted into glass
and the waters in the ocean evaporate to gas
and the core of human decency is gone with one last gasp
You see that the law ain’t got no conscience
No, the law ain’t got no soul.

When the prophets in their temple have spoken their last lies
and the rulers, kings and pharaohs said their last goodbyes
and the truth is finally laid bare for everybody’s eyes
You’ll see that the law ain’t got no conscience
Oh, the law ain’t got no soul.

Through a million years of evolution
the law just continued to build
Through a thousand wars and revolutions,
a billion graves were filled
Through senseless riots and holocaust
how many fates were sealed?
We oughta know better now,
it’s time to get outta town,
when the law’s got a license to kill

You better break the law (you better break the law)
You better break the law (you better break the law)
You better break the law (you better break the law)
Before the law breaks you
 
When the rain in the forest is burnin’ through the leaves
And the acid smoke of greed is risin’ through the trees
And the science of good politics chokes on its own disease
You see that the law ain’t got no conscience
No, the law ain’t got no soul.

When the bars on the prisons have fallen into rust,
and the hollow halls of justice have crumbled into dust,
and the judges and the deputies stand naked in their lust,
You see that the law ain’t got no conscience (No, No!)
No, the law ain’t got no soul. (No soul)

Through a million years of evolution
the law just continued to build
Through a thousand wars and revolutions,
a billion graves were filled
Through senseless riots and holocaust
how many fates were sealed?
We oughta know better now,
time to get outta town
when the law’s got a license to kill

You better break the law (you better break the law)
You better break the law (you better break the law)
You better break the law (you better break the law)
Before the law breaks you!

               So Sue Us   by Dance Hall Crashers                  

I always thought that the lesson here was obvious - a legitimate issue to consider in litigation is the likelihood of being able to collect on a judgment.  It makes the decision to proceed with litigation an economic decision as much as a legal decision. However, when I recently asked students to comment on this song, a fair number responded  that the song indicates that people will sue over trivial matters (like back rent and damaged windows).  I guess the popularly created image of the frivolous lawsuit is durable, indeed. Sample audio here .

I heard you had a mind to sue
Why I don't know, I guess your lawyer will tell us so
You can have my bongos and that little plastic thing I put
my vitams in
You can have my amplifier, just make sure you're
grounded when you're plugging it in
I don't think you know just what you're getting into
You're spending lots of money to get nothin
 

So sue us, whatcha gonna do with us
Just sue us, whatcha gonna get
Well nothin, cause all of us are flat broke
Go ahead and try to do all you can do to sue

I don't know why you thought we would try
To clean up our mess - I guess you're suing so we confess
Yeah, we left the dirty matress in the doorway but we
could not get it through
Yeah, two windows did get broken, but by the two
dealers who were looking for you
I don't think you just what you're getting into
You're spending lots of money to get nothin

So sue us, whatcha gonna do with us
Just sue us, whatcha gonna get
Well nothin, cause all of us are flat broke
Go ahead and try to do all you can do to sue

I heard you had a mind to sue
Is the rumor true? I guess it is - the joke's on you
You can have my 8 track player and the Stevie Wonder
record I just bought
I could probably dig up some old Shonen Knife,
but it's really all that I've got
I don't think you know just what you're getting into
You're spending lots of money to get nothin

So sue us, whatcha gonna do with us
Just sue us, whatcha gonna get
Well nothin, cause all of us are flat broke
Go ahead and try to do all you can do to sue

My Attorney Bernie    by Dave Frishberg

This song contains an interesting perspective (social commentary?) on what lawyer qualities are valued by society (Dodger season boxes; an office full of "foxes"). Audio sample here .

I'm impressed, with my attorney Bernie
I'm impressed, with his influential friends
He's got very big connections
and I follow his directions
Bernie knows his way around
and so I always do what Bernie recommends.

I am blessed, with my attorney Bernie
I'm impressed, with the way he runs the store
He's got Dodger season boxes
and an office full of foxes
It's amazing all the different things
your average guy might need a lawyer for.

chorus:

Bernie tells me what to do
Bernie always lays it on the line
Bernie says we sue, we sue
Bernie says we sign.. we sign

I'm in touch, with my attorney Bernie
In a clutch, he can speed right to the scene
and if I'm locked up in the jail
with just one phone call for my bail
he said to call his club collect
or deal directly with his answering machine

When I dine, with my attorney Bernie
He buys wine, from the rare imported rack
That's cause Bernie is a purist
not your polyester tourist
Bernie waves the glass around awhile
then takes a sip and always sends it back

(chorus)

I admire, my attorney Bernie
I admire, any guy who knows his stuff
Sure we blew a couple ventures
with a counterfeit debenture
But you win a few, you lose a few
and like Bernie says you keep on hanging tough

Thanks to you, my attorney Bernie
Thanks to you, I'm considered well to do
Sure I made out like a bandit
Just exactly like you planned it
But like Murray my accountant
told me yesterday, I owe it all to you.

(chorus)

On the dotted line!

 

 Lullaby For Lawyers  by Patti Rothberg

There are many songs that are critical of lawyers, however, 
not many as clever as this one (and the one that follows). Amidst 
some of the starkly graphic rhyming insults are clever rhyming 
schemes such as "res ipsa loquitor" rhyming with "respondeat 
superior." The song shows the animus that many feel for lawyers. 
It might be useful to pair this song with Warren Zevon's, 
"Lawyers, Guns and Money." Everyone seems to hate lawyers . . . 
until they need one! A full two minute audio sample
 here.  
 
There are rats there are bats 

There are stinky mangy cats

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

There are weasels there are skunks

There are bandits there are punks

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

With their quips and their quiddities

Their fees and their contingencies...



There are lice there are mice

There are lots of things not nice

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

With their 'res ipsa loquitor'

And their 'respondeat superior'

Yes the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.



There's thrombosis, halitosis

and there's diverticulosis

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

Diarrhea, gonorrhea and seborrhea

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

With their proximate causes and their escape clauses

Yes the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.



With 'affirmative defenses' - I would rather see a dentist.



There are rats there are bats

There are stinky mangy cats

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

There are weasels there are skunks

There are bandits there are punks

But the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

With their quips and their quiddities

Their fees and their contingencies

Yes the worst thing in the world is a lawyer.

One Million Lawyers by Tom Paxton
The best of the anti-lawyer songs. A classic. Audio sample here .

Humankind has survived some disasters, for sure,
Like locusts and flash floods and flu.
There's never a moment when we've been secure,
From the ills that the flesh is heir to.
If it isn't a war, it's some gruesome disease.
If it isn't disease, then it's war.
But there's worse still to come, and I'm asking you, please,
How the world's gonna take any more.

[Cho:]
In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers.
One million lawyers, one million lawyers.
In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers.
How much can a poor nation stand?

The world shook with dread of Attila the Hun
As he conquered with fire and steel.
And Genghis and Kubla and all of the Khans
Ground a groaning world under the heel.
Disaster, disaster - so what else is new?
We've suffered the worst, and then some.
So I'm sorry to tell you, my suffering friends,
Of the terrible scourge still to come.

[Cho:]

Oh, a suffering world cries for mercy.
As far as the eye can see,
Lawyers around every bend in the road.
Lawyers in every tree.
Lawyers in restaurants.
Lawyers in clubs.
Lawyers behind every door.
Behind windows and potted plants,
Shade trees and shrubs.
Lawyers on pogo sticks.
Lawyers in politics.
In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers.
How much can a poor nation stand.

In spring it's tornados and rampaging floods;
In summer it's heat stroke and drought.
There's Ivy League football to ruin the fall,
It's a terrible scourge without doubt.
There are blizzards to batter the shivering plain.
There are dust storms that strike, but far worse
Is the threat of disaster to shrivel the brain;
It's the threat of implacable curse.

[Cho:]