Chicago Clout: City Workers Turn Anti-Daley Grievances Into Song
A couple of city workers fed up with Mayor Daley and the rising cost of corruption have taken their anti-clout grievances to YouTube.
The result is the song "Chicago Clout," written by Park District employee Emery Joe Yost and Pat McDonough, the city plumber who helped blow the whistle on the hired truck scandal. It's an old Chicago lament tailored to the current Daley administration, as these lyrics show:
When you turn around a new scandal is brewing/Daley knows nothing, it's none of his doing/Now I have to move out, my taxes too high/Daley don't care, let the middle class fry/And why should we change, everything is so good/Who cares if kids are getting shot in the hood/We're cutting deals for our family and our friends/2016 is when the world's gonna end
McDonough wrote the song lyrics which Yost, who plays guitar and sings, dedicates "to all his bosses."
The Clout Meisters, as the guys behind "Chicago Clout" call themselves, aren't the only ones to cut down Daley and his Ahab-like pursuit of the 2016 Olympics in song. Matt Farmer, a Chicago lawyer with a serious music sideline, mocked Daley and the bid in July with his tune, "Good King Rich" (Listen to it here).