WASHINGTON -- Derek Bodkin was pretty excited for a Capitol tour on Tuesday, something he'd lined up when he was back home in Santa Cruz, Calif. But as luck would have it, the day he arrived was the same day the government shut down, which meant no more tours.
Instead of sulking, Bodkin came up with plan B. He set up camp outside the Capitol and played his banjo for all the other disappointed tourists. He even wrote them a song, to the tune of the Schoolhouse Rock children's song "I'm Just A Bill." Here's his lyrics:
Tourists, it's true
Now there's nothing to do
'Cause the government has shut down on you.
Now you can't go to a museum or the National Zoo
Try to walk into Yosemite, they might arrest you.
Oh I think there ought to be a law against these folks
That earn more than we
But throw tantrums like crybabies.
"I'm just some dorky Santa Cruz musician that's here on a vacation," Bodkin told The Huffington Post. "I'm just a bald hippie with a good sense of humor."
Even though he didn't get to take the tour, Bodkin said he and his friends were "stoked" they got to meet staffers for Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), who represents his district. The Capitol Police were also "awesome" to him as he sat outside playing, at times coming over to chat.
He said he'd continue to play songs for people outside the Capitol, at least for part of the day.
"I have no political agenda," Bodkin said. "I'm just singing for the tourists."
Click on the video above to watch Bodkin sing the song he wrote for D.C. tourists.