On Monday night Governor Don Sundquist, an erstwhile Memphian, held his final Christmas party at the executive mansion in Nashville in honor of the Tennessee press corps. The reporters at one point serenaded Sundquist in song. This -- to the tune of "I'll Be HOme for Christmas" -- was one of the selections. (The premise of the song is that the outgoing gov, who is retiring with wife Martha to a mountaintop home near the East Tennessee hamlet of Townsend, is giving advice to his successor, Gov-elect Phil Bredesen.):
VERSE I'll be home in Townsend You can call on me Rub-a-dub In our hot tub With Martha on my knee; VERSE Budget time is coming TennCare's in a spin Pols don't heed re-al-ity And what a mess you're in. CHORUS You can have John Wilder And the right-wing freaks I'll be homein Townsend Don't you wish you were me? VERSE Have your fun with T_DOT And the small schools plan Federal Courts And last resorts And Gordon Bonnyman VERSE There can be no telling What the years will bring But you'll see Van Hilleary Is waiting in the wings CHORUS I'll be home in Townsend You can call on me I'll be home in Townsend Don't you wish you were me?

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