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Rock 'n Rove: Johnny Rivers Hit Inspires 'Secret Agent Plame'

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By E&P Staff
Published: October 12, 2005 9:25 PM ET

NEW YORK Finally the Valerie Plame/CIA leak scandal has a song some (perhaps only the left) can dance to: a takeoff on the old Johnny Rivers hit, "Secret Agent Plame."

It's featured on the soundtrack of a DVD film about Karl Rove that's available at, titled "Rove's War." The song is written and sung (also with lead guitar) by someone whose name appears to be Symbolman. He also produced and directed the film.

The Rivers song itself was the theme to the TV series "Secret Agent Man."

The Web site has a link to an mp3 of the song and a 12-minute preview of the film.

Other possible parodies based on old songs come to mind, such as "Spy in the House of Rove" or a play on a Springsteen/Zevon number that could be called "Judy Needs a Scooter." Other suggestions can be sent to:

Here are the "Secret Agent Plame" lyrics:


There's a gal who led a life of danger
Everyone she met she stayed a stranger
With every move she makes, another story breaks
Odds are her old pals won't see her tomorrow

Secret agent Plame, secret agent Plame,
Rove took away your number and gave away your name

Beware of yellow cake that you can't find, gal
The news'll drag your name right through a minefield
Not caring what they'd say
The White House gave you away
Odds are Bush's pals will get a medal,

Secret agent Plame, secret agent Plame
Rove took away your number and gave away your name

[lead guitar break]

Spying on the Saudi Arabs one day
Being in the paper's headlines next day
Oh Karl let the wrong word slip
And Bob Novak had loose lips
Traitors in the White House can't be fired,

Secret agent Plame, secret agent Plame
Rove took away your number and gave away your name

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