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Zimmerman and Riccardi release "The Wedding of Church and State" musical satire

Zimmerman and Riccardi release "The Wedding of Church and State" musical satire

Comedian singers Roy Zimmerman and Sandy Wright Riccardi released on YouTube today a hilarious musical satire, "The Wedding of Church and State" that illustrates the mindset of America's social conservative politicians and activists.

We transcribed the lyrics:

What God has joined together, let no man separate.
We've just been to the wedding of Mr. Church and Miss State.

Well, the groom was dressed in his Sunday best, he made everybody nervous,
he'd been named the head of the brand new federal Faith Enforcement Service.

Standing at his side were the groomsmen,the Four Doomsmen of the Apocalypse,
Waiting for the moment the happy couple would lock lips.

And the bride wore white which was not quite right, but nobody raised a question,
'cuz they had a gun trained on anyone who might make a rude suggestion.

And President Jesus was happy to officiate
at the wedding,
at the wedding,
at the wedding,
the wedding of church and state.

And President Jesus said I pronounce you man and mate
at the wedding,
at the wedding,
at the wedding,
the wedding of church and state.

And James Madison in attendance under sedation and coercion,
heard the accolytes read the Bill of Rights and I mean, the King James version.

And they forced on us all an epistle of Paul and a steaming cup of Foldgers,
and the well-rehearsed coupled danced their first dance to Onward Christian Soldiers.

And we pledged allegiance to the cross and sang the national anthem,
then the knot was tied
and the groom and bride
ordered Bill Maher's execution.

And they left real soon for their honeymoon where they screwed the Constituion,
and their first child will be a Judea-Christian Sharia,
great idea finally a wedding,
a wedding of church and state,
a wedding of church and state,
a wedding of church and ….
They've only just begun….

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Quoting his Facebook page, Roy Zimmerman writes fiercely funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. In eleven albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs are heard on NPR, PRI, Air America and Sirius Radio. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over two million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent. The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”

Sandy Wright Riccardi (jazz and classical soprano) received her Bachelor of Music degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and her Master of Music (vocal performance) degree from Manhattan School of Music in NYC. She spent 11 years in NYC as a member of The New York Gilbert And Sullivan Players as well as many other musical theater companies and productions, including Belle in A Christmas Carol with Playwright Preview Productions, Brigadoon with Westchester Broadway Theater, Maria in the Sound of Music, Lily in The Secret Garden, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Casilda in The Gondoliers, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, and about 25 other shows. She loves her new life in sunny California with husband Richard, and has performed theatrically “out west” as Marion the Librarian in The Music Man, Mouse in Frog and Toad, Mary in The Price of Everything by Richard B. Evans and Charles Liepart, and has enjoyed music directing the children in 6 summer productions with the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. She also has played the flute in many musical theater and college orchestras under the conducting of her husband Richard. At last count, she has been teaching music to kids from toddlers through 8th graders for more than 20 years in schools, bands and privately. Her current creative love is to make music, singing and writing with Richard at the piano.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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