the tune the old cow died of

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the tune the old cow died of

Advice or complaints instead of actual help. The phrase refers to an old song about a farmer who serenaded his cow about the lack of grass, instead of feeding her. I know you have a lot of suggestions for how to help the homeless, but honestly, they are the tune the old cow died of. The people who have come here tonight need food, so get in there and serve them.
See also: cow, die, of, old, tune