What is an example of a satire song?

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It's an oldie but a goodie - Alice's Restaurant Massacree by Arlo Guthrie is a satire song.


The dictionary definition of satire is

the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

The song is based on events in Arlo's life - he was cited for littering on Thanksgiving Day in 1965 and because of that citation, the US Army refused to draft him (for the Vietnam War) because they were concerned about his morality - an organization that is in the business of killing people is concerned about letting in a litterbug.


It's a long song (over 18 minutes) but it's funny and hopefully you'll enjoy giving it a listen: