Last week someone sent me an email with a subject line that read “Emergency Singalong”
They had watched the evolution of the census story with dismay and decided it was time to turn things around.
Cleverly rewriting the lyrics to Garry and the Playboy’s 1960s hit Count Me In, a group assembled at his house last Friday. The rest, as they say, is history.
May I present to you John Campey and his Data Hounds
Apparently this has become a hit with a bullet. Just a few minutes ago, John informed me that it was the top story on CTV online news.
Said Mr. Campey “Justin Bieber, eat your heart out!”
Another member of the Census-conscious group, Rick Eagan, weighed in with a more Eeyore-ish tone.
“We should have discussed royalties earlier. Now that itâ€™s taken off this will be a much harder discussion. Statistics say that nine time out of ten, plus or minus one, 80 percent of the time in any group of ten there will be at least one Yoko Ono.”
In other sightings of Census hilarity
And my favourite thus far
How Stephen Harper Views Statistics Canada and the Census Long Form
If you see any more, post the link in the comments below.
“Count Me In” has now made the CBC, CTV, and Global National News, as well as a large number of radio, television, and print media. We are closing in on 10,000 ‘hits’ on YouTube. I’m not vain enough (or tone-deaf enough!) to think that this has anything to do with the quality of the performance, or the “creepily catchy” (to quote the Toronto Star) lyrics. It is more about people looking for any outlet to vent their frustration at this utterly destructive decision. Datahounds of the world, unite!
Here’s another census song posted on the facebook page.