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Is "Purple People Eater" a political allegory?

Asked by Jeruba (41856 points ) November 14th, 2012

The pop song “Purple People Eater” (lyrics here) was released in 1958 and went to the top of the charts. Here’s Wikipedia’s account of its history. (Ok, it’s on YouTube—here you go.)

In the novel I’m currently reading, part of which takes place in the mid-fifties, the narrative refers to this composition as “thinly disguised political allegory.” Is it? Do you see it, and can you explain it? I thought it was just a silly novelty song that was popular mostly for its absurdity.

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