The Accountants’ Lament

It’s getting harder and harder to find people familiar with the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.  Some people might recognize some of the more famous pieces, even if they can’t tie the G&S names to them.

But let’s face it:  the original to this parody is not one of the more famous pieces.  This one only came back to my attention after I did some research for another parody.

If you’re not familiar with the original(“When a felon’s not engaged in his employment”), here’s a link that may be helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzSTTTCOHr4&feature=related. The song itself begins around 3:00 on the clock.

The Accountant’s Lament

When accountants are engaged at their employment,
They may not accumulate a lot of fans.
But it’s not like they derive their chief enjoyment
From thwarting everybody’s fiscal plans.
Your ambitions they do not intend to smother,
But fiduciary duty must be done.
Ah, take one consideration with another:
An accountant’s lot is not an easy one.

Chorus:
When fiduciary duty’s to be done, to be done
An accountant’s lot is not an easy one.

When the swindler’s tapping someone else’s savings,
Or setting up an Enron sort of crime–
When the tax evader feels dishonest cravings,
Who’s expected to detect it ev’ry time?
When the Ponzi schemer’s bilking someone’s mother,
Who gets blamed if he’s not soon put on the run?
Ah, take one consideration with another:
An accountant’s lot is not an easy one.

Chorus:
When fiduciary duty’s to be done, to be done
An accountant’s lot is not an easy one.

Copyright 2010

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