See him thumping down the streets
kicking vagrants, punching Beats
Call him Phillip Lopate
Pontificating from cushy Academy's nest
P for Professor on his chest
Stifling rebellion is what he does best!
Well-trained Phillip Lopate
Sour features, turned down thumb
"Jack Kerouac was a bum!"
Watchdog Phillip Lopate
Face of conformity, institutionalized school
"Everybody has to follow the rules!"
Guardian Phillip Lopate
Wears the grimace of a cop
New ideas make him blow his top
Officer Phillip Lopate
"Single File! Get in line!
Or I'll have you do hard time!"
Authority's Voice Phillip Lopate
Others control him, behind the scenes
pushing his buttons, pulling his strings
Obedient Phillip Lopate
Watch him speak now on the stage
Establishment Protector full of rage
"Dare not tamper with Literature's page!"
The man they call Phillip Lopate.
Oh, yeah, Phillip Lopate
Yeah, yeah, Phillip Lopate
Oh, my, Phillip Lopate
Say goodbye please Phillip Lopate!