The Pain in Spain Falls Plainly from Merle’s Brain

BY Paul Solman  January 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT

The first of this week’s series of posts from the ever-melodic, ever-economic Merle Hazard debuts today: a ditty on the plight of Spain.

(Watch a full-size version of Merle here).

And stay tuned- we’ll be posting songs from Merle all week. Meanwhile, he and I invite you and your inner balladeer to join in and enter a Making Sen$e contest. Got a lyric or two about European debt woes? Portugal’s? Belgium’s? Lichtenstein’s? Post them (or a link to a video of you singing them) in the comments below. And here’s the best part: Merle will record the winning lyrics, and we’ll post his rendition of your work here. You can even copy it for your home answering machine!

Here’s an example, also about Spain, to get your creative song-writing started:

When we…kill a bull

We cut off the ears and the tail

Killing bulls…is a sport

For a bull is not too big to fail