A mugger approaches a busker on the street. Upon finding the busker hasn’t made enough money to warrant the crime, he proceeds to make an unlikely song request.

A bit of deliberation went into this one as to what song the mugger might be requesting. The two earlier contenders were “the one with the bridge and the water” and “the one with the devil at Georgia”. I was leaning more toward the former.

Bridge Over Troubled Water evokes much emotion and I thought it would be more ridiculous that I mugger should be requesting such a song. I imagined him perhaps shedding a tear as he listened to it, while pointing a gun at the performer. I also found it amusing that a mugger would wait around for the duration of a song to listen to it in full. This song lasts around five minutes.

While The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a good song and very popular (there are quite a few covers), I conceded that it might actually be plausible for a mugger to request it, especially of a busker playing the violin / fiddle. Because it was more plausible, I found it the less absurd of the two.

Once I had made that choice, I realised that there would be copyright issues in referring to such a relatively modern song, that I hadn’t previously considered. Further brainstorming was required.

Eventually I had the idea that John Newton’s hymn, Amazing Grace would be ideal. It would be ok to use because of its age, and fortuitously enough, it worked even better (for me) than Bridge Over Troubled Water. It’s a powerful hymn, evoking a lot of emotion and very unlikely that a would-be mugger should request it because it might tend to make him feel convicted of the very thing he’s doing, assuming he pays attention to the lyrics.

Then there is the ridiculousness of the mugger seemingly identifying with John Newton’s lyrics by way of inadvertently referring to “the wretch like me” in his request.

I think the drawing of this cartoon took less time than finding an appropriate caption for it.

Anyway, analysis aside, I hope you like it.