In 2010 Rob Ford won a decisive victory and was elected mayor of Toronto with 47% of the vote. Now he's admitted to smoking crack and nearly all of Toronto city council wants him to take a leave of absence. Friends and foes are pleading with him to get help for his suspected abuse problem. Polling suggests he'll lose the 2014 election. The fall from grace, the bombast and the tragedy of it all seemed operatic. Well no longer do you have to imagine what a Rob Ford opera would sound like. We've recorded this aria, adapted from Bizet's Carmen, arranged and written by Topher Mokrzewski, Resident Conductor with the Calgary Opera. Click read more for lyrics, video and more credits.
Lyrics: The Rob Ford Aria
Yes it's me, I'm still the Ford you knew, still just the same old chap who'd not smoke crack with you.
Hail from Etobicoke, not in that video.
I still yearn to coach the kids at Don Bosco.
Pillar of that quiet society, the vast majority who'd see on bended knee,
Those lazy, soft elites, who rule on Bay Street, they who all believe the media conspiracy!
Wait! You've heard Chief Bill Blair, it's absurd, it's just that paper's way to make a fool of me.
They detest the stand I take for you.
I'm the man you chose to see things through.
Ah no, they can't, they won't remove me from here.
I'm mayor Rob Ford, your champion,
Never smoked crack, (ahem) wait, I've smoked crack. I'm just in a drunken stupor.
Sorry my bad, I've done wrong. Just vote me in again, this too shall pass, I love my job, God bless.
All hail our fearless leader. Ford Nation lives, (somehow) it lives!
He protects us taxpayers.
Now it's time to move on.
We'll vote him in again, we pray he reigns another thousand years.
There's something wrong.
There's nothing wrong.
I won't resign.
Topher Mokrzewski is also director of Against the Grain Theatre. Aaron Dimoff sang the role of Rob Ford. Alex Beley and Tyler Fitzgerald are the Ford Nation Chorus. All the singers are part of Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development program.
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Comment: Lessons for kids
from the words of Rob Ford