Bizarre: Watch Trump Reading Famous Soul Song Lyrics to His Crowds

Donald Trump likes guns, steaks, large buildings with his name on them...and poetry. After protesters got Trump’s Chicago rally canceled, the Republican frontrunner decided to take an alternative approach: He read aloud the lyrics of “The Snake,” a song and single performed by American singer Al Wilson in 1968 and written by Oscar Brown in 1963. The lyrics tell a story inspired by Aesop’s fable, "The Farmer and the Viper," the story of a trusting woman who is tricked by a snake she invites into her home.


Trump compared the snake with refugees from Syria. “Think of this poem in terms of terrorists,” Trump announced to a Kansas City crowd earlier this week.

Trump first read the poem to a Cedar Falls crowd of 1,300 back in January.
"It was like storytime with Trump," said Tyler Rowe, a University of Iowa student who says he's voting for the billionaire businessman. Trump hasn’t revealed how he discovered the R&B song; he simply admitted, “A friend of mine who’s really successful said ‘you gotta read that again.’”
Here's a clip of Trump reading "The Snake" in Iowa (full lyrics at the bottom of the article):

... and Ohio:

...and Missouri (dubbed with a beautiful Quranic recitation):

"The Snake"
On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman, ” sighed the snake
She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taking in had been revived
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman, ” sighed the snake
Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman, ” sighed the snake
“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.”

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