Walks like a duck

Walks like a duck

mike skliar's picture



Liner Notes: 

I don't these days follow every nook and cranny of the day-to-day news, but did see some headlines about a certain number of recent racist tweets by the orange disasater-in chief (as I sometimes call him), and this kind of song approach suggested itself.

Whole thing kind of wrote itself in about 15 minutes- and did a quick recording on the iPhone, with guitar, harmonica and vocal all live as it happens.


(and sing along at the end, if it moves you!)


If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck,
Guess what, it’s a duck
If it walks like a turkey and it gobbles like a turkey
Guess what, it’s a turkey
If it looks like a zebra and has stripes like a zebra
And it’s at the zebra cage at the zoo
Then the statement that it’s probably a zebra
Probably is true

If it smells like a rat and it looks like a rat
Guess what, its a rat
If it slithers like a snake and its shaped like a snake
Guess what, it’s a snake
If its big and has a trunk and a set of tusks
Then an elephant might be in the room
And if the elephant is in the room
We all can sing this tune

Not to call something what it is/ Is like a soda that’s lost its fizz
its no good to bear false witness/ if you want to have moral fitness

if it talks like a racist, and it tweets like a racist
guess what, it’s a racist
if it promotes hate all across this land
guess what, it’s a hater
and like the elephant that’s in the room
the sooner we call it out
the sooner we’ll escape from this gloom
if it talks like a racist and it tweets like a racist
guess what, it’s a racist

(c) M. Skliar 2019

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


Billy Sea's picture

Mike, had me smiling and nodding along from the start. The words bring out truth, like all good children's songs do Smile And love the harmonica on this as well. Great job.

Kingwood Kowboy's picture

Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916) may have coined the phrase when he wrote:
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.