So bye-bye, dear 'ole S-M-I

oraclesun Thanks to my colleague Patie McCracken for sharing this nostalgic song ... to the tune of the old favorite “American Pie” by Don McLean.  Patie isn't the author, but she received it from colleagues in Europe.

  A long, long time ago....
  I can still remember when
  Unix used to make them smile.
  And we knew that if we had a chance
  Sun could make those networks dance
  And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.

  But DEC and Apollo make us shiver
  With every workstation they'd deliver.
  Competition camped out on doorsteps
  We had to fight for each step.

  I remember how hard we tried
  To win each system that they buy
  Yes, something touched me deep inside
  The day Sun Microsystems died.

  So bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  We drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly!!
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye,
  Singing, "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try!!"

  Have you heard of Solaris OS?
  And do you believe in Open Source?
  If the European Union tells you so.....
  Do you have faith in MySQL?
  Can Java save your mortal soul?
  And, can you keep data from moving slow....

  Well, I know that Larry's in the groove
  `cause I saw his keynote on You-Tube.
  Oracle and Sun have hit the news!!
  Man, I dig them targeting Big Blue.

  I was a great Sun Sales Rep kicking butt
  With a SPARC based server and tons of spunk
  But I knew I was out of luck
  The day the Sun Microsystems died.

  So bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  We drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly!!
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye,
  Singing,  "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try!!"

  For nearly 27 years we've been on our own
  Now our revenue's gone down and confidence is blown.
  But, that's not how it used to be.
  When Scott ruled with Ed and Joe,
  And installed systems around the globe
  With a OS that came from BSD....

  Oh, and while Scott was flying around,
  The jester grabbed his SMI crown.
  The stock-holders were concerned;
  The SUNW brand was over turned.

  While Johnathan played his agenda in the dark,
  IBIS ran in stops and starts,
  We just kept selling Solaris and Sparc
  The day Sun Microystems died.

  We were singing,
  Bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  We drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye.
  Singing, "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try!!"

  Re-orgs and RIFs in a March disaster.
  The IBM bid fell upon us in a news flash after
  Analysts screamed high and then fell fast......
  IBM's bid landed foul on the grass.
  The players tried for an Oracle pass,
  With the European Union looking on aghast.

  This acquisition news was sweet perfume.
  The industry spun up many tunes.
  The Stock holders all lined up to dance,
  But...they never got the chance!
  `cause when Oracle tried to take the field;
  The European Union refused to yield.
  Do you recall what was revealed
  The day the day Sun Microsystems died?

  They started singing,
  Bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  You drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly!!
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye.
  Singing,  "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try!!"

  So, now we are all here in one place,
  An acquisition stuck in space
  With no time left to start again.
  So, Larry be nimble, Larry be quick!
  Use your brains and might and wit,
  'Cause profit is the market's only friend.

  As this plays out on the world stage
  My hands are clenched in fists of rage.
  Can this angel born in hell
  Break those devils' spell?
  Our company falls deeper every night
  And crumbles under this burdensome rite,
  I saw the competition laughing with delight
  The day Sun Microsystems died.

  They were singing,
  Bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  You drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly!!
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye,
  Singing, "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try."

  I met a guy who wrote some code
  And I asked him what the future bodes,
  But he just smiled and typed away.
  So, I went on to the Inter Net
  Where I'd played with Sun years before,
  But the sites there said that Sun had gone away.

  And in the streets: the customers screamed,
  The partners cried, and the programmers dreamed.
  But not a word was spoken;
  The systems all were broken.
  And those groups I admire most:
  The Engineers, Sales Reps and Service folks,
  They caught the last train for the coast
  The day Sun Microsytems died.

  They were singing,
  Bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  We drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly!!
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye,
  Singing, "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try."

  So.......
  Bye-bye, dear 'ole S--M--I
  We drove those networks to the limit
  And made applications fly!!
  Them corporate boys have kissed Sun good-bye,
  Singing, "Time to give Oracle a try.
  Time to give Oracle a try."

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