It Isn’t Nice by Malvina Reynolds on Throwback Thursday

Today’s edition comes from member Marsha Goodman-Wood, who works with Regina Holiday’s Walking Gallery.

For a Walking Gallery event, I wrote a parody for Regina of Malvina Reynolds “It Isn’t Nice” that more directly addressed the idea of telling doctors to wash their hands, but administrators nixed my playing it after becoming nervous that the doctors would be insulted! I have to also give credit to one of the health activists, Dave Debronkart, who came up with the idea of using Malvina Reynolds “It Isn’t Nice” and who also came up with some parts of the parody.

It Isn’t Nice (Healthy Version) – original song by Malvina Reynolds

It isn’t nice to question doctors
To ask them if their hands are clean And even if they feel insulted,
It isn’t rude, it isn’t mean

It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice
You’ve told us once, you’ve told us twice But if that is safety’s price,
We don’t mind

With over 15,000 dying
When those who help them transmit germs It’s time for more patients to ask them
Until everybody learns

‘Cause if we keep standing by More of our loved ones will die, So if that is safety’s price,
We don’t mind

It isn’t nice to question nurses,
To ask them if they’ve washed their hands, Now we’ve gotta all be watchdogs,
‘Til everybody understands.

It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice
You’ve told us once, you’ve told us twice But if that is safety’s price,
We don’t mind

With over 15,000 dying
When those who help them transmit germs It’s time for more patients to ask them
Until everybody learns

‘Cause if we keep standing by More of our loved ones will die, So if that is safety’s price,
We don’t mind.

If we improve handwashing safety It’s a win-win for us all.
Hospitals will want to do this,
Let’s help them not to drop the ball

With over 15,000 dying
When those who help them transmit germs What hospital would want this problem? Let’s hope that everybody learns.

‘Cause if we keep standing by More of our loved ones will die, So if that is safety’s price,
We don’t mind

(Repeat chorus with audience)

1 comment

  1. cool! I like using these classic songs to address today’s issues.

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