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Shelley MacArthur performed at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Maine. 0

Singer brings down the house with lyrics poking at Trump

September 4th, 2016

Chicago singer Shelley MacArthur is just back from Kennebunkport, Maine, where she performed a song she wrote in honor of her friends–former president George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.

The former first couple wasn’t able to attend the performance at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, an old-school musical playhouse that’s been refurbished. So MacArthur sent the Bushes the lyrics she penned to the melody of “I’ve Got Alot of Living to Do,” from the “Bye Bye Birdie” musical.

“When I was asked to perform, I thought I just have to write a song for them,” MacArthur says of the Bushes. “They’re an inspiration to me and so many people who live here.” MacArthur and her husband, Chicago businessman Bill Farley, and the Bushes both have vacation homes in Kennebunkport.

MacArthur brought the house down with her lyrics–especially one referring to a certain presidential candidate:

“So what’s next, super jet pilot? Time to jump, again from the blue?

We all know–you’re no shrinking violet. You sure got lots of livin’ to do.

Colored socks, and not eating broccoli–make you more, far more than a chump,

Though we know your preference of party, you still can’t…stomach voting for Trump.”

MacArthur is a former model and active on Chicago’s civic scene, often performing at fundraising events for nonprofits. A favorite is the Joffrey Ballet.

Her husband is the former CEO of Fruit of the Loom and now runs his own private equity firm. Her sons (from her first marriage) are performers, too. Hayes MacArthur stars in “Angie Tribeca” on TBS, and Scott MacArthur writes and stars in Fox’s “The Mick.” Youngest son Liam Farley plays basketball for Bowdoin College in Maine. Her sister is Shauna Montgomery, wife of Chicago litigator C. Barry Montgomery.

Along with MacArthur’s mom, husband and sister at last week’s performance, was her mentor Jane Morgan, a chanteuse singer who performed on Broadway back in the day and was married to the late talent agent, Jerry Weintraub.


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