Dave’s Gone By Song: SNIPER’S LULLABY

Written specifically for my radio show, a song, to the tune of “Hobo’s Lullaby,” that celebrates the capture of the Beltway snipers

On the fourth episode of my radio show, Dave’s Gone By, we closed the News Gone By segment with a bit about two men who were arrested for the Beltway sniper attacks in Washington DC. Here’s my intro to the song as it aired on our Halloween-themed program, Oct. 27, 2002:
“It looks like the Beltway nightmare has come to an end. John Allen Muhammad and his juvenile accomplice, John Malvo, have been arrested in connection with a month-long series of shootings in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. A former army soldier, National Guardsman and—surprise!—a convert to that gentle religion, Islam, Muhammad modified his used Chevrolet so he could fire comfortably out the back without being seen. Towards the end of the manhunt, Muhmmad also begged to be caught—leaving notes on trees, giving out his phone number, making generic threats against children, and requesting $10 million in blackmail.
This desperation may be attributed to the lack of a good night’s sleep—since Muhammad and Malvo apparently spent the last week catching their z’s in a Chevy, which is where they were caught by Montgomery County police. Since they’ll now have plenty of time to rest and relax—say, 800 to 900 consecutive years (700 with good behavior)—I thought it only fitting to dedicate this 40-year-old ballad by Goebel Reeves to them (lyrics slightly revised).”

The song was then performed live in the radio studio, with backing by the country-folk band, Eddie (Hugg) and the Moonshiners.

SNIPER’S LULLABY

(sung to the tune of Goebel Reeves’s Hobo’s Lullaby)

Go to sleep, you weary sniper
Soon the world will watch you die
Can’t you hear the steel chains clankin’?
That’s the sniper’s lullaby.
 
You’ll no longer have a rifle
When your trigger fingers itch
Fear will be your companion
Fear and some dude who calls you “bitch.”
 
Ten dead bodies cry for blood now
They shall not leave you in peace
I will say one good thing for you:
You got a steal on that Caprice.
 
So when ya die and go to Hades
Take that Malvo with you, too
You can call yourself Muhammad
But you’re still screwed `cause God’s a Jew
 
So go to sleep you filthy garbage
Spend yours days too scared to cry
Hear that mercy seat a-hummin’
That’s a sniper’s lullaby.
 

©2002 David Lefkowitz

Dave’s Gone By Skit (10/27/02): PRE-TAMPERED YUMMIES


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A Halloween advertisement for candy that’s extra-convenient.

Segment originally aired Oct. 27, 2002, as part of the “Dave’s Gone By” radio program hosted by Dave Lefkowitz.

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Dave’s Gone By Skit (10/27/02): TRICK OR TREAT


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A woman faces the worst kind of Halloween horror.

Guest voice: Karen Young.

Segment originally aired Oct. 27, 2002, as part of the “Dave’s Gone By” radio program hosted by Dave Lefkowitz.

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Dave’s Gone By Interview (10/27/02): KAREN YOUNG


a1Dave Lefkowitz interviews actress Karen Young

Topics include: theater, the Soprano, Cheat

Segment aired Oct. 27, 2002, as part of the “Dave’s Gone By” radio program hosted by Dave Lefkowitz.

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Dave’s Gone By #4 (10/27/02): PRETTY SPOOKY, HUH KIDS?


host: Dave Lefkowitz
Guest: actress Karen Young

Featuring: Guest – actress Karen Young. Plus: the satirical News Gone By, Skits (Trick or Treat, Pre-Tampered Yummies), World Weird Web (Rotten.com, Brother Theodore)

00:00:01 DAVE GOES IN
00:02:00 NEWS GONE BY
00:16:30 SKIT: Pre-Tampered Yummies (w/ Karen Young)
00:22:30 DAVE’S GOT GUESTS: Karen Young
00:37:30 SKIT: Trick or Treat (w/ Karen Young)
00:41:00 WORLD WEIRD WEB – Rotten.com (00:40:00) & Brother Theodore (00:46:00)

Oct. 27, 2002 Playlist: “The Party’s Over” (00:05:30; Bells Are Ringing, original cast); “Sniper’s Lullaby” (00:12:00; Dave Lefkowitz w/ Eddie & the Moonshiners); “Little Water Song” (00:18:30; Ute Lemper); Brother Theodore (00:48:00; audioclip from film “That’s Adequate”), “Get Out of My House” (00:51:30; Kate Bush); “Fawn” (00:54:00; Tom Waits).
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Dave’s Gone By Skit (10/20/02): CHIEF MOIST ELK

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Native-American Chief Moist Elk offers his thoughts on America’s history with smallpox

Segment originally aired Oct. 20, 2002, as part of the “Dave’s Gone By” radio program hosted by Dave Lefkowitz.

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Dave’s Gone By Skit (10/20/02): THE PUFF SULLIVAN LETTER


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Taking a cue from Sullivan Ballou, Dave reads the modern wartime missive, The Puff Sullivan Letter.

Segment originally aired Oct. 20, 2002, as part of the “Dave’s Gone By” radio program hosted by Dave Lefkowitz.

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Dave’s Gone By Interview (10/20/02): KIP KOHN

a1Dave Lefkowitz interviews angry LIPA guy, Kip Kohn

Topics include: Kohn was arrested for sending supposedly threatening checks to the Long Island Power Authority.

Segment aired Oct. 20, 2002, as part of the “Dave’s Gone By” radio program hosted by Dave Lefkowitz.

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Dave’s Gone By #3 (10/20/02): THIRD TIME AROUND

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host: Dave Lefkowitz
Featuring: Dave chats with angry LIPA guy Kip Kohn, Plus: The News Gone By, Skits (Chief Moist Elk & The Puff Sullivan Letter), the World Weird Web, Inside Broadway (Say Goodnight, Gracie), and a birthday tribute to Tom Petty.

Guest: LIPA adversary Kip Kohn

00:02:00 NEWS GONE BY w/ Kip Kohn, “the angry LIPA guy” (03:30:00)
00:15:00 SKIT: “A Pox on You” (w/ Chief Moist Elk)
00:21:30 SKIT: The Puff Sullivan Letter
00:29:30 WORLD WEIRD WEB – “Comic Strips”
00:38:00 BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE – Tom Petty
00:42:00 DAVE’S GONE CULTURAL – Say Goodnight, Gracie
00:53:00 DAVE GOES OUT

Oct. 20, 2002 Playlist: “Comic Strip” (00:31:00; Serge Gainsbourg w/ Brigitte Bardot), “Feel A Whole Lot Better” (00:37:00; Tom Petty). “Easy Money” (00:46:30; “The Life,” concept recording, vocal: George Burns);“You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” (00:49:00; Shooby Taylor, unreleased recording).

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(Pictured: Smallpox Road, Kip Kohn, Tom Petty, Maakies, Say Goodnight Gracie.)

Dave’s Gone By #2 (10/13/02): SECOND THINGS SECOND

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00:00:00 DAVE GOES IN
GUEST: Don Lewis (host of WGBB’s “Entertainment Long Island”)
NEWS GONE BY w/ anti-smoking rant
WORLD WEIRD WEB: Shooby Taylor (repeat)
SKIT: SounDefects
00:55:00 DAVE GOES OUT

Oct. 13, 2002 Playlist: “Way Down Now” (World Party). “Tico Tico” (Shooby Taylor, unreleased recording). “Eulogy to Lenny Bruce” (Nico).

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