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Dan Bern - Tom Bodine

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The last communist on earth
Was a cat named Tom Bodine
He lived in Kansas City
In a 2nd floor condominium
In a park 3 blocks from home
He'd recite Karl Marx out loud
To the white haired gals who fed the pigeons

The last communist on earth
Would have liked a roommate in his flat
It've made things more communal
But to hell with all of that
It's hard enough trying to overthrow the bosses
And carry out Karl Marx's wishes
Let alone try to get some capitalist running dog
To do the dishes

There'd been other communists in Kansas City
But only Tom Bodine stayed loyal
They used to come to Tom's house
Now they all had season tickets to the Royals
When he read the communist manifesto
During college in Fort Worth
He never thought he'd wind up
The last communist on earth

The last communist on earth
Would have liked a roommate in his flat
It've made things more communal
But to hell with all of that
It's hard enough trying to overthrow the bosses
And carry out Karl Marx's wishes
Let alone try to get some
Capitalist running dog to do the dishes

Well Tom worried that he'd run out
Of those hammer and sickle emblems
He used to get them wholesale
Direct from the Kremlin
In his loneliness he started
Gazing at the stars
And he dreamed of one day being
The first communist on Mars

To the great roll call before him
Engels, Lenin, Trostky, Castro
Chapovera, Emma Goldman, Woody Guthrie
After Bresniov, and Chernekol
After Mao and Ho Chi Ming
Add the name of the last communist
Add the name of Tom Bodine


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