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Local band creates an anthem for Market Basket

If Market Basket protesters have been hungering for an anthem, the Merrimack Valley-based band Monkey Knife Fight has served up a pretty catchy tune.

Called “Food (The Market Basket Protest Anthem)”, the lyrics parody -- Weird Al Yankovic-style -- the popular song “Rude” by the Canadian band Magic!

Monkey Knife Fight front man Felipe Collazo wrote the words, which lament the situation at area Market Baskets. The grocery chain’s stores have been left with bare shelves and few customers this week as Market Basket workers lead a boycott in protest of the ouster of the company’s president, Arthur T. Demoulas.


“This one goes out to all our fellow Market Basketeers with no place to call home right now,” Collazo says at the start of the 4 minute and 9 second video posted to Youtube. Bandmate Jon Powell accompanies Collazo’s crooning on the guitar.

Excerpted below, the lyrics get right to heart of the problem many Market Basket customers are now facing -- where they’re going to shop:

Saturday morning go to the Basket, my fridge has no food,

Need to buy yogurt and baby carrots, I need my orange juice

Walked in the store came out empty handed, now can I ask you a question?

What do I do, got no backup plan yeah

Will I just go hungry for the rest of my life

Say no say no, where do I need to go

If you say Stop and Shop I much rather die

And if you say Shaw’s the answer’s still no

Where am I gonna buy my food ...

Collazo, who lives in Lawrence, said the song sprung from his “frustration of not having a place to shop.” He’s always bought groceries at Market Basket, he said, and he and his three siblings have all worked at the store.


It took about 30 minutes to write the lyrics, Collazo said, then he called Powell and a cameraman friend to put together a video.

The song quickly gained some traction among Market Basket fans. A link shared on the “Save Market Basket” Facebook page on Thursday morning had 578 likes by 3 pm.

Collazo, however, was coy about whether or not he supported the Market Basket protest.

“I’m supporting my life being convenient,” he said. “I’m supporting humor in a time of disorder.”

He also figured the song might give his band, which is playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on Aug 2, a little boost.

“I kind of had a good feeling about the timing of it all,” he said.

Erin Ailworth can be reached at erin.ailworth@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ailworth.