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March 10th 2008: Hamster Fad riseandshine.tv/2008/03/10/hamster-fad/

This song suggestion comes from regular Rise and Shine viewer / listener / contributor Langley.

He found the headline "Pet hamsters banned in Vietnam" as well as news that the B-52s had reformed and were launching their new album.

And so the song Hamster Fad, was born, a marriage of these two news items - an affectionate tribute to our favourite 80s-retro-50s band, as well as a sorry tale of pet obsession and state oppression.

lyrics

I saved up all my cash
I spent six months flipping burgers
Delivering the news
I did whatever I could do
I want to buy a hamster
A cutie little pet
So I'm saving all my money
I haven't got it yet

I used to have a dog
I liked him such a lot
I took him home to Mom
She put him in the pot
Put him in the pot

My sister has a fish
Just like the rest of Vietman
But her pet is wet and weird
You can't stroke it in your hand
So I want to buy a hamster
A cutie little pet
Hamster cheeks are bulging
He fills them 'til they're fat - FAT!

I used to have a kitten
It was a Burmese Blue
But when I showed him Mama
She put him in the stew
Put him in the stew

Well, it's a glorious day here in Ho Chi Minh City!
A small rodent with four legs
smuggled in from China, with some fake chicken eggs
and bogus remedies of old Malaria, spreading disease throughout the area..

Now I have my hamster
I feel like I belong
What's that knocking on the door?
What have I done so wrong?
Please don't take away my Daddy
He's not a bad, bad baddy
We can't afford the fine
30 million Dong - 30 million Dong!

I used to have a hamster
I used to have a Dad
But now my Dad's in jail
For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad

For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad
A little hamster fad
For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad
For my hamster fad
Just a hamster fad

credits

from Rise and Shine: Breakfast with Inspiration, track released March 20, 2009
Written and performed by Dean Whitbread and Keirkegaard, the hamster. Thanks to the Rise and Shine audience for providing clean water and sawdust.

Produced by Dean Whitbread.

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