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August 22, 2009
The People Speak

Same ol' people gettin' overtime

Same ol' names makin' headlines

Same ol' crew stealin' from the kitty

Slitherin' snakes through departments of our city

Mayor Richie Daley tells us wrong from right

It's hard to do when he's on the next flight

He's hangin' out in Switzerland cuttin' big deals

Too much funny business here, everyone steals

Chicago Clout, Little Richie's getting richer

Chicago Clout, nothin' stays the same

Chicago Clout, there's never gonna be change

So, when you turn around a new scandal is brewin'

Daley knows nothin', it's none of his doin'

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 gettin' shot in the 'hood?

We're cuttin' deals for our family and our friends

2016 is when the world's gonna end!

Chicago Clout, Little Richie's gettin' richer

Chicago Clout, nothin' seems to change

Chicago Clout, it all stays the same

Lyrics of "Chicago Clout Blues" by the Clout Meisters

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"Why you don't want to give the Olympics to Chicago"

Dear Member of the International Olympic Committee: 

We've told you about the rampant corruption in Chicago politics. It's so widely known that a group of city workers as formed a band and recorded a song called "Chicago Clout Blues."

Chicago Clout Meisters

They uploaded the video to YouTube where you can watch it.

They've become an overnight sensation and they've been covered by the Chicago Tribune:

Clout Meisters sing the 'Chicago Clout' blues City workers write, perform anti-Daley ditty

August 22, 2009

After fighting City Hall for more than a decade, city worker Patrick McDonough has the blues -- the "Chicago Clout" blues.

McDonough, a self-professed whistle-blower in the city's Hired Truck scandal, and Chicago Park District music instructor Emery Joe Yost are the creators of a catchy little ditty about their beef with Chicago politics.

"Either you accept what they give you or you keep fighting to try and change what they're doing," said McDonough, a city plumber and investigator and longtime critic of Mayor Richard Daley. "I've been banging away for a very long time, and I think I've gotten very good at it."

Earlier this year, McDonough decided he needed a tune for his blog,, where he documents his complaints and opinions about the city. So he approached Yost, a 30-year friend, for his help in creating something "sad, dramatic, beaten-down," McDonough said. Yost, who wrote the music and collaborated with McDonough on the lyrics, nailed it, McDonough said.

The song is performed by Yost, John Bernardi, Eric McCabe and Phillip Garifuna -- known as the Clout Meisters. (McCabe is employed by Chicago Public Schools; Bernardi and Garifuna do not work for the city.) And their work has become a local sensation.

"It's insane," said Yost, who added that decades of watching overtime and promotions go only to the politically connected have pushed him to speak -- or, rather, sing -- out. "When we wrote this song, we didn't write it for one specific scenario," he said. "We wrote it for all the scenarios combined."