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Watch Democratic Debates Get Motown Treatment on ‘Colbert’

Motown quartet covers “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl” with Democratic debate talking points

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert riffed on the Democratic primary debates in Detroit on Thursday night with a sketch called “Motown Sings the Debates.” In the spoof, a  Motown-style soul quartet performed sing-along renditions of the most common Democratic talking points.

“Papa’s got a kidney stone/Got no insurance, so he’s on his own/But Bernie’s got a plan so Papa won’t lose his home,” goes one song, to the tune of “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

Other songs include an ode to Marianne Williamson to the tune of “My Girl” (“She’s got crystals/And magic sprays”), and a play on “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” that pokes fun at all the interchangeable straight-white-male candidates who’ve seemed to have just entered the race on the debate stage: “I bet you’re wondering if we knew/Michael Bennet was running too/With some other guy named Jay Inslee/Also who’s John Delaney?/It was a surprise to our eyes/Just who the hell are all these guys?/Today I saw them for the first time.”


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