Thanks to my friend Eric Lindberg, I can report that the content of the 45 rpm “The Ballad of Ronald McDonald“, can be found at “https://beta.prx.org/stories/14394“, from 16:00 to 19:15 or so.
The Ballad of Ronald McDonald – Merle Kessler
His face painted gayly, young Ronald did ride
All with his soldiers, 2 Shakes and Large Fries
Big Mac he rode with him, and Mayor McCheese
To fight Colonel Sanders, his worst enemy
While in the White Castle fair Wendy did stay
She watched all a-tremble her lord ride away
She loved not Lord Ronald, though she was his McBride
Another clown had the franchise on her pride
All in the moonlight Jack’s onion rings shone
To court this fair damsel he’d come all alone
The Taco Bell struck the young lover’s McDoom
As Ronald McDonald stepped into the room.
“My burgers are bitter!” young Ronald he cried
as he wiped a McTear from his orange McEye
“I blew-up your boxes, Jack, outsold you too”
“And Wendy, oh Wendy, I did it all for you!”
It was not Colonel Mustard in the hall with a knife
That parted the lovers away from their lives
But Ronald McDonald killed them and himself
Crying, “No need to go-o-o anywhere else!”
The Burger King found them on the sanitized floor
The blood thick as catsup, it grieved him full sore
He said, “Millions consumed your fast food while they roamed!”
“Now your arches have fallen, we’ll eat burgers at home”
This was a single put out by Mr. Kessler but also performed as part of Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre shows. He was a member of that comedy troupe. I have the 45 rpm disc, autographed, somewhere, I hope. I meant to keep it.
This song was written and performed by Merle Kessler, and he holds the copyright to it. This publication of the lyrics is intended to keep knowledge of the song alive, and provide a reference for discussion. I assert that this is “fair use” under current law.
The rhythm is 10 syllables, 1,2,3; 12, 3; 12, 3; 1; : da da da, da-da da, da-da da, da
It looks like 4 bars, or 6 groups of notes, per line, repeated 4 times per verse.
11/9/18 – add *what* struck the McDoom, then follow Eric’s note and get the rest! Thank you!
11/8/18 – add McDoom line & one after