According to a report by Sharon Terlep of The Wall Street Journal, a few members of "The Best Damn Band In The Land" have made some of the worst decisions possible when it comes to songwriting. The publication is reporting that members of the Ohio State University marching band circulated a book of "parody songs" that included references to the Holocaust, with jokes about transporting "Jews to their deaths." There are also songs poking fun at Nebraska and Michigan, with anti-gay lyrics. Seriously.
You can read more over at WSJ, but here are a few quotes. The songbook was supposedly updated in 2012 when Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The lyrics are beyond disturbing.
The Holocaust song, called “Goodbye Kramer,” whose lyrics haven't been previously disclosed, includes lines about Nazi soldiers “searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic,” and a “small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where.” It was written to be sung to the tune of the 1981 Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
...Among the lines in the Cominski’s Nebraska song: “Nebraska got f----- in their cornholes” and “It’ll soften our d---- if there’s chicks in the mix.”
Another Nebraska song added for 2012 opens with this verse: “There’s no place as gay as Nebraska, except maybe Michigan U. Where the girls are all hairy, and the boys are all fairies, on your chest we will poo.”
Ohio State issued a statement, claiming it is committed to "eradicating" this kind of behavior within its marching band. Let's hope this is the last we hear of it.