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Sunday, December 08, 2002

Sing it, Gerhard!:

A spoof of Schroeder supposedly singing a doctored version of the hugely successful "The Ketchup Song" has raced to the top of Germany's music charts. But the chancellor, who has placed in the Top 10 before, is not toasting the hit. "It is a fair assumption that Schroeder is not pleased with this song," a government spokesman said when asked to comment on a song that debuted at No. 1 this week.

"Der Steuersong" ("The Tax Song") mocks the chancellor as a relentless, amoral, conniving taxer. "I am as beloved as athlete's foot, and I want the best from you, your money!" sings Elmar Brandt, Germany's leading impersonator of Schroeder's sometimes folksy speech. "Dog tax, tobacco tax, car and environmental tax," goes the song, which rhymes in German. "Did you really believe there wouldn't be more?"

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