Rita Jenrette

by Fred Gardner

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The movie "American Hustle" is about the ABSCAM scandal that brought down her husband. If Phil Donahue's interview with John Jenrette is accessible on the internet, check it out.

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Queen of the prom type, snub-nosed and delicious
gets married to a lawyer who is hard-assed and ambitious
and y'all send em off to Congress and what do you get?
Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

He starts seein other women right away in the hallways of power
and takin them 3-maritini-long lunch hours
don't seem to care how bad he might upset
Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

Then they catch him in the ABSCAM, right on television
pocketing the bribe without too much indecision
like some compulsive gambler gettin down on a bet
against Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

And she tries to stand by him says blame it all on alcohol
says get this man to a doctor maybe save him from some final fall
and y'all down in Carolina can just forget
Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

Will he take her assistance? Nope, he takes her things and her money
says he's got all the expenses she's a w---- she's a Playboy bunny
don't cry all over Donahue he's already all wet
over Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

And at last she attacks him, violating their intimacy
breaks the number one rule of thumb from under male supremacy
and as far as I know she's still out there breakin em yet
Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

and alongside everybody who ever had to cover
up for some lying two-faced lover
I see the snub-nosed revolver silhouette
of Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette, Rita Jenrette!

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released October 23, 2016
Words and music by Fred Gardner

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