December 31, 2013

Tony Greenstein: An Apology or Mr Elf Regrets...

Tony Greenstein had a birthday bash last night. He was four bar mitzvahs and then some. Rounding up to the nearest ten that makes 60. My spies tell me that the do was well attended but unfortunately one of the invitees couldn't make it and that was me. Still, I've cleared my diary and I should make it for three score and ten.

Many happy returns Tony.


Regards

Mark Elf



PS: Here are the lyrics to a birthday song written by Deborah Maccoby and arranged and performed at the party by Deborah Fink:


THE BALLAD OF TONY GREENSTEIN
 
1ST VERSE
 
Tony Greenstein is a leftie
And one of Marx's lads;
He's fought the fascists all his life,
Those counter-revolutionary cads.
 
CHORUS
 
Those counter-revolutionary cads,
Those counter-revolutionary cads,
He's fought the fascists all his life,
Those counter-revolutionary cads.
 
2ND VERSE
 
His father was a rabbi
Who wanted him to be
A pillar of the Liverpool
Jewish community.
 
CHORUS
 
Jewish community,
Jewish community,
A pillar of the Liverpool
Jewish community.
 
3RD VERSE
 
But little Tony said:
"This plan I will resist;,
I'm an atheist, a Marxist
And an anti-Zionist."
 
CHORUS
 
An anti-Zionist,
An anti-Zionist.
He's an atheist, a Marxist
And an anti-Zionist.
 
4TH VERSE
 
With the fervour of his father
Towards the Jewish law,
Young Tony went to demonstrate
Against the Springboks' tour.
 
CHORUS
 
Against the Springboks' tour,
Against the Springboks' tour,
Young Tony went to demonstrate
Against the Springboks' tour.

5TH VERSE

But it wasn't only fascists
And fans of apartheid;
The British left found Tony
A thorn within their side.

CHORUS

A thorn within their side,
A thorn within their side;
The British left found Tony
A thorn within their side.

6TH VERSE
 
The exiled Palestinians
The left did not discern,
So Tony helped to edit
The magazine "Return".
 
CHORUS
 
The magazine "Return",
The magazine "Return",
So Tony helped to edit
The magazine "Return".

7TH VERSE

When the left regarded Israel
As a socialist country,
Young Tony with a few comrades
Co-founded PSC.
 
CHORUS
 
Co-founded PSC,
Co-founded PSC.
Young Tony and a few comrades
Co-founded PSC.
 
8TH VERSE
 
When PSC supported
The process called Oslo,
Then Tony and a few comrades
Said it was time to go.
 
CHORUS
 
Yes, it was time to go,
Yes, it was time to go,
Then Tony and a few comrades
Said it was time to go.
 
9TH VERSE
 
But later he rejoined it,
When he had been proved right;
Against the anti-Semites
He set himself to fight.
 
CHORUS
 
He set himself to fight,
He set himself to fight,
Against the anti-Semites
He set himself to fight.
 
10TH VERSE
 
Against those anti-Semites
He spoke out clear and strong;
They crawled back in the woodwork
Where all of them belong.
 
CHORUS
 
Where all of them belong,
Where all of them belong,
They crawled back in the woodwork
Where all of them belong.
 
11TH VERSE
 
For JfJfP
He didn't care a fig;
He called for total BDS
And signed up to J-BIG
 
CHORUS
 
And signed up to J-BIG,
And signed up to J-BIG;
He called for total BDS
And signed up to J-BIG
 
12TH VERSE
 
So - three cheers for Tony Greenstein!
He's sixty on this day;
May he win all his battles,
The first among the fray!
 
CHORUS
 
The first among the fray,
The first among the fray,
May he win all his battles,
The first among the fray! 
 
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The song is to the tune of Harry Pollitt by The Limeliters.

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