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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.

He founded and wrote all the material for the comedy folk quartet The Foremen, who recorded for Warner/Reprise Records in the 1990s, and he’s released six solo albums since, all original topical songs played regularly on Air America, NPR, and Sirius Radio. His YouTube videos have garnered over two million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent.

Roy performs his song, “Ted Haggard Is Completely Heterosexual” in Alexandra Pelosi's HBO documentary “The Trials of Ted Haggard.” Annabelle Gurwitch's Showtime documentary “Fired!” features Roy’s performance of his song, “I’m Fired.” Roy's song "Buddy, Can You Spare a Trillion Dollars?" was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

There's a decidedly Lefty slant to Roy's lyrics. "We used to have a name for Right Wing satire," he says. "We called it 'cruelty.'"

In 2008, Roy made a “campaign p romise” to perform in all fifty states and discovered hotbeds of Progressive action all over the real Real America. This year, Roy is doing it again, but this time he's inviting everyone to join the discussion by creating “Live From the Starving Ear” on YouTube. It's a virtual folk club, comedy stage and global town hall in the grand tradition of San Francisco’s hungry i. You can follow Roy's travels on his YouTube channel.

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."

Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"

Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”

Zimmerman lives in Marin County with his wife, children's author Melanie Harby and their two sons, Joe and Sam.

Entries by Roy Zimmerman

"The Big Republican Tent" (A Song)

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:08 AM

Here are all 17 Republican clowns wedged into three and a half minute of circus music. Gaze in wonder!

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I'm Dreaming of a Black Friday

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:27 AM

I'd like to add a few holidays to our already crowded holiday calendar:

Thanksgiving-Up: a day of gratitude for things about which we've said, "Screw it!"

St. Patricks Day After: an international day of barfing.

Immemorial Day: I can't remember what this one's for.

Belabor Day: a day...

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'SCROTUS'

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:26 AM

In answer to the question, "Where's your Hobby Lobby song?"...

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Freedom Industries: Major Polluter, Egregious Misnomer and Now, a Song!

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:24 PM

300,000 people in Charleston, West Virginia wernt without safe water last week when a toxic chemical spill polluted the Elk River. And I think Freedom Industries, the corporation responsible, did a great public service when it answered the age-old question: "What's the worst that could happen?"

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School the House Rock

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:53 PM

In the 70's and 80's, ABC aired a great series of short cartoons called "Schoolhouse Rock," educating kids on the basics of math, science, history and, importantly, civics. With this week's government shutdown, it occurs to me that the petulant children of the Tea Party Caucus in the House could...

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Hello NSA

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 5:35 PM

I'm always looking for the thing that'll bring the Tea Party people together with the Occupy people. I say that often and it elicits groans, eye-rolls and an occasional "Good luck with that." But now we've got an issue that has brought together Rand Paul and Michael Moore, as unlikely...

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My Closing Argument -- I'm In!

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 5:29 PM

Satire hits people where they laugh, which can hurt. But politics hits people where they live. Here, in the final hours before the election, is my closing argument.

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A Delegate Balance

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 4:10 PM

First of all, allow me to admit that I'm biased. (Surprise!) I've been to Tampa for the Republican National Convention and to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention and yes, I have certain biases which colored my observations of the two gatherings.

I have a bias, for instance, toward comedy...

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At Least 50 Reasons to Vote Republican

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:47 AM

Offshore drilling is completely safe... You're getting sleepy
Tax cuts for the rich create new jobs... You're getting sleepy
Financial institutions will police themselves
And illegal aliens are stealing all your pens...

Now when I count to three and snap my fingers, you'll awake refreshed
And...

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Singalong Second Amendment

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 5:47 PM

We don't need to argue for gun control. The Founding Fathers did it for us:

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Romney Mitt, the Demon Barber of Wall Street

(8) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Mitt Romney has encouraged young people to "take a risk," like he did back in prep school. "Take a shot, go for it," like he did. "Borrow money if you have to, start a business." A barber shop, for instance:

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Hope, Struggle and Change

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 1:19 PM

Professional opiners have begun to ask, "Where are the anthems for the Occupy Movement?" It's a darn good question, and not just because I've written one.

We remember the powerful unifying force of songs like "We Shall Overcome," and "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," the songs that drove the...

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What if the Beatles Were Irish?

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 6:18 PM

I know, they WERE, to some degree. It's just an excuse to string together some of my favorite Beatles tunes and sing them in boisterous jig time to poke a little fun at St. Patrick on his day. And I can make fun of the Irish, 'cause I'm... German.

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End of the Ship

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 2:28 PM

When a ship goes down, part of it actually rises for a while. Ever notice that? When I hear about soaring corporate profits made possible by layoffs and outsourcing, I think about the people on the end of the ship that's rising, and what a great time they're having ......

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Socialist!

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 10:51 AM

Ever visit a public library? 'Course you have, 'cause you're taxatin', appropriatin', regulatin', nanny-state-in' Socialist!

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The Last Man

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 4:46 PM

A song for today's McChrystal/Obama meeting:


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George Rekers iIs Completely Heterosexual

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 1:57 PM

Yet another rabid, virulent anti-gay activist who turns out to be gay. And the question becomes, "How do you know when a rabid, virulent anti-gay activist is, in fact gay?" And the answer is, "Well, duh!"

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"Rift Valley Drifters" (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 12:55 PM

Yep, Pardner, if you're one of them "Grass Roots" protesters who hates socialism and just wants his country back, chances are you're of Western European heritage - a member of Haplogroup R1b perhaps - with ancient brothers and sisters in other haplogroups who populated Australia, and China, and crossed over...

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Psychedelic Relic (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted August 23, 2009 | 3:57 PM

We had a party in honor of Woodstock's 40th anniversary. It was a great event. Thousands of psychedelic relics, rolling their own...oxygen tanks. The Jefferson Facelift played. There was a loitering contest. I dressed completely in hemp, because it IS more comfortable than cotton. And I've never had a pair...

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Dear Number 1036924053887

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 11:26 AM

A modest proposal for health care...

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