Of late, it seems about half my Facebook friends are playing Farmville, and the other half are playing Mafia Wars. Both these games post updates every time a player adopts a cow or whacks someone. This doesn’t annoy me, but it does seem rather counter to the ethos, does it not? I mean, New England farmers are renowned for their laconic nature, and the Mafia has that whole omerta thing going on. Certainly, the only farmer I know doesn’t post every time she helps a neighbor bring in their crops, and my friends who are — oh, wait, I promised I wouldn’t talk about that. I like clunky shoes, but not actual cement ones.
Anyway, I mentioned the ubiquity of Farmville and Mafia Wars on an update of my own this weekend, and Molly — she of the Jewish-pirate jokes — responded with this parody of “The Farmer and the Cowman” from Oklahoma!:
OH, the farmer and the mobster should be friends
Yes, the farmer and the mobster should be friends
One man likes the rising sun
The other man likes to kill for fun
But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends…
I, of course, had to write the chorus:
Facebook folks should stick together,
Facebook folks should all be peeps.
Farmers dance with mobsters’ goomars,
Mobsters dance with the farmers’ sheeps.