Who Stole The Show?

Lyrics: Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju
Music: Mickey Hart, Ben Yonas, Tim Hockenberry, Steve Kimock, Dave Schools

This is one of the new songs played on the Mickey Hart Band summer tour 2000. Re-introduced in a slighly amended and shortened form in 2011 and in a very different version on the album "Mysterium Termendum".

There was Einstein
And Cronkite's voice
Bonnie and Clyde
And the right of choice

There were super weapons
And chemical wars
Sonny and Cher
And Tipper Gore

Haight Ashbury
The Berlin wall
Watergate
And Nixon falls

Vietnam
And LBJ
Camelot
And Doris Day

Iraq, Korea
Vietnam
Bosnia, Kosovo
And the bomb

There was Kitty Hawk
We learned to fly
The holocaus
Six million cries

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

Heroin, Valium
Coke and speed
LSD
And PCP

Beatles, Hendrix
And the Stones
Janis Joplin
And portable phones

There were CDROMs
And DVD
Macintosh
And Bruce Lee

Guided missiles and
Rock and roll
Norma Jean
And Joltin' Joe

Larry Bird
And Dr. J
Michael Jordan
And power plays

There was Lindbergh
Churchill, Dr. Seuss
Kruschev, Castro
And The Juice

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

There was Howdy Doody
And Mickey Mouse
Perfect abs
And working out

There was Martin Luther
And BB King
Malcolm X and
Big band swing

There was Groucho Marx
And Melrose Place
Loud guitars
And Steal Your Face

There were commie spies
Corned beef on rye
ATT and
Garcia's ties

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

There was Frank and Bing
And Fu Manchu
Miles and Bird
And Mr. Magoo

There was Nutrasweet
And fat free
Prohibition
And TV

There was Al Capone
And FDR
Nixon, Kennedy
And Jabar

Endangered species
And acid rain
We took Percodan
For the pain
This is the 2011 version (though see below for the version on the album "Mysterium Tremendum"):
There was Einstein
And Cronkite's voice
Bonnie and Clyde
And the right of choice

Super weapons
Chemical wars
Sonny and Cher
And Tipper Gore

Vietnam
And LBJ
Camelot
Doris Day

Haight Ashbury
The Berlin wall
Watergate
And Nixon falls

Heroin, Valium
Coke and speed
PCP
And LSD

Kitty Hawk
We learned to fly
The holocaust
And a million cries

CDROMs
And DVDs
Macintosh
And Bruce Lee

Jimi Hendrix
And the Rolling Stones
Joplin, Beatles
And portable phones

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

Michael Jordan
Dr. J
Larry Bird
And the power play

Iraq
And the secret bomb
Jack Kerouac
And the shotgun mob

Kruschev, Castro
And The Juice
Lindbergh, Churchill
Dr. Seuss

Guided missiles
Rock 'n' Roll
Norma Jean
And Joltin' Joe

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

There was Al Capone
And Gul Jabar
Little Richard
And FDR

There was Frank and Bing
And Fu Manchu
James Brown
And Mr. Magoo

There was Grouch Marx
And big band swing
Charlie Manson
And Dr. King

Woodstock
And Melrose Place
Columbine
And the human race

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

Who stole the show?
And where did it go?
Who stole the show?
And where did it go?

[etc]
This is the version on the album "Mysterium Tremendum", with translations in brackets):
Ifa jigidiringin (Ifa deep and profound)
Ifa, mo gboro kan (Ifa, I heard some news)
Ifa jigidiringin (Ifa deep and profound)
Ifa, mo gboro kan (Ifa, I heard some news)
Won ni n wa joye (People ask me to accept a chieftainship)
Mo ni ‘lesanmi (My response, personal peace overrides all things)

Ifa ki i paro (Ifa never tells a lie)
Opele ki i seke (instrument used for divination is never false)
Ifa ki i paro (Ifa never tells a lie)
Opele ki i seke (instrument used for divination is never false)
Ohun ti yoo sele (The picture of the future)
N’Ifa ma nwi (Is what Ifa reveals)
N’Ifa ma nwi (Is what Ifa reveals)

Ifa ki i paro (Ifa never tells a lie)
Opele ki i seke (instrument used for divination is never false)
Ifa ki i paro (Ifa never tells a lie)
Opele ki i seke (instrument used for divination is never false)
Ohun ti yoo sele (The picture of the future)
N’Ifa ma nwi (Is what Ifa reveals)
N’Ifa ma nwi (Is what Ifa reveals)
N’Ifa ma nwi (Is what Ifa reveals)

Who stole the show
Who stole the show
Who stole the show
Where did it go

Where did it go, Where did it go
Where did it go, Where did it go
Where did it go, Where did it go
Where did it go, Where did it go

Ifa jigidiringin (Ifa deep and profound)
Ifa, mo gboro kan (Ifa, I heard some news)
Ifa jigidiringin (Ifa deep and profound)
Ifa, mo gboro kan (Ifa, I heard some news)
Won ni n wa joye (People ask me to accept a chieftainship)
Mo ni ‘lesanmi (My response, personal peace overrides all things)

Who stole the show
Where did it go
Who stole the show
Where did it go
Who stole the show
Where did it go
Who stole the show
Where did it go
Who stole the show
Where did it go
Who stole the show
Where did it go
Mickey Hart describes the origins of the song in his road journal:
"One of the new songs that we are performing is called Who Stole the Show? which is really starting to gel. I wrote this song on New Year's day. I couldn't help but notice the amount of charts and information coming out about invention, people, events, etc., of the 20th century. Having lived more than half of the past century many things happened in my lifetime. I was old enough to remember the stories of WW2 and the GI uniforms that became a blur in my youth. I remember my grandfather sitting down every night to watch Walter Cronkite on TV; it was like a religious experience. I thought it would be fun to create a song that spanned 100 years. I wondered, who stole the show and where did it go? Once I had the title the rest was easy, except I never did figure out exactly who stole the show. So much happened in the 20th century that was important to us in one way or another. For a while I was fixated on Hitler, but refused to give him the show. He of course was the big meanie of the century no doubt. But hate and fear got him good. I would rather focus on the marvelous and fantastic things and people that made the wheels turn to the next century. This song salutes that spirit."
Mickey Hart Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2012 Mysterium Tremendum Mickey Hart Band
     2012 Live At The 2012 Wanee Music Festival Mickey Hart Band