Away in a farm house, no show can I see.
I lost all my coupons to get DTV.
My friends in the city, they all said, “Relax!”
That’s easy to say when you’re wired with co-ax.
Looking for help, I went down to the store,
I asked for more coupons, they just said “what for?”
They sold me a monster, takes up my whole wall.
I yearn for the days of my old analog.
In Two- Thousand Nine after Super Bowl Week,
My analog set will become an antique.
I hope that the public will know what to do,
For most of my neighbors do not have a clue...
The carol, inspired by “Away in a Manger,” was performed by “The Singing Regulators” at the FCC Chairman’s Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Cindy Skrzycki published the words to it and other carols from The Singing Regulators in her article “Oh BlackBerry! FCC Carolers Poke Fun at Issues” on Bloomberg news.
The Chairman’s Dinner is sponsored by the Federal Communications Bar Association to benefit charity. Skrzycki did not name the FCC staff members performing the carols, but there is a picture of the group in a report on the DTV transition at Consumerist.com. Do you recognize any of the faces?
Comments on the Consumerist.com article focus more on the DTV transition than the carols. I like this one, posted by CHRISC1234, describing the value of over-the-air TV: “Hurricane Katrina really taught me a lot about the utilities that we all rely on. In any sort of storm, once the cable system is down, how many people will be up a creek? I have cable TV, but I will be purchasing a digital receiver box, just in case I ever need it. After Katrina, all of the stores that were reopened had a run on TV antennas. It was MONTHS before the cable had been restored in most places.”