Saturday, February 20, 2010

Don McLean vs. Weird Al Yankovic

Link: [Don McLean]


Link: [On YouTube]

American Pie
Don McLean
A long long time ago
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day
The music
Died

So bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Did you write the Book of Love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so
Do you believe in rock ‘n’ roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow
Well I know that you’re in love with him
‘Cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
And I digged those rhythmy blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day
The music
Died

I started singin’
Bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me
Oh and while the King was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
And while Lenin read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day
The music
Died

We were singin’
Bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Helter Skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and fallin’ fast
It landed foul out on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the Sergeants played a marchin’ tune
We all got up to dance
Oh but we never got the chance
‘Cause the player tried to take the field
The marchin’ band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day
The music
Died

We started singin’
Bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Oh and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on
Jack by nimble
Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend
Oh and as I watch him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughin’ with delight
The day
The music
Died

He was singin’
Bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried
And the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father
Son
And Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day
The music
Died

And they were singin’
Bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

They were singin’
Bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die





Link: [Weird Al Yankovic]


Link: [On YouTube]

The Saga Begins
Weird Al Yankovic

A long long time ago
In a galaxy far away
Naboo was under an attack
And I thought me and Qui-Gon Jinn
Could talk the federation
Into maybe cutting them a little slack
But their response
It didn’t thrill us
They locked the doors
And tried to kill us
We escaped from that gas
Then met Jar Jar and Boss Nass
We took a bongo from the scene
And we went to Theed to see the Queen
We all wound up on Tatooine
That’s where
We found
This boy

Oh my my
This here Anakin guy
Maybe Vader
Someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home
And kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi

Did you know this junkyard slave
Isn’t even old enough to shave
But he can use the Force they say
Ahh
Do you see him hitting on the Queen
Though he’s just nine and she’s fourteen
Yeah
He’s probably gonna marry her someday
Well
I know he built C-3PO
And I’ve heard how fast his pod can go
And we were broke it’s true
So we made a wager or two
He was a prepubescent flyin’ ace
And the minute Jabba started off that race
Well I knew who would win first place
Oh yes,
I was our boy

We started singin’
My my
This here Anakin guy
Maybe Vader
Someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home
And kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi

Now we finally got to Coruscant
The Jedi Council we knew would want
To see how good the boy could be
So we took him there and we told the tale
How his midi-chlorians were off the scale
And he might fulfill that prophecy
Oh
The Council was impressed of course
Could he bring balance to the Force
They interviewed the kid
Oh training they forbid
Because Yoda sensed in him much fear
And Qui-Gon said Now listen here
Just stick it in your pointy ear
I still
Will teach
This boy

He was singin’
My my
This here Anakin guy
Maybe Vader
Someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home
And kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi

We caught a ride back to Naboo
‘Cause Queen Amidala wanted to
I frankly would’ve liked to stay
We all fought in that epic war
And it wasn’t long at all before
Little hotshot flew his plane
And saved the day
And in the end
Some Gunguns died
Some ships blew up
And some pilots fried
A lot of folks were croakin’
The battle droids were broken
And the Jedi I admire most
Met up with Darth Maul
And now he’s toast
Well I’m still here
And he’s a ghost
I guess
I’ll train
This boy

And I was singin’
My my
This here Anakin guy
Maybe Vader
Someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home
And kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi

We were singin’
My my
This here Anakin guy
Maybe Vader
Someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home
And kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’
Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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14 comments:

  1. American Pie is an amazing song. I couldn't listen to Weird Al Yankovic though, the video is apparently blocked in the U.K. by the copyright holder :-(

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  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear John!!! I am really sorry about you not being able to listen to Weird Al's version. If you are not familiar with it, I hope you can find a source where you can hear it. Aside from being very funny, Weird Al and his group are amazing musicians, and this song is a good example of that.

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  3. I love, love, love Weird Al's version - he's such a nut! It take a tremendous amount of creativity to change things around and make it fit into someone else's vision.

    Are you trying to tell us something by posting so much about Weird Al lately? I'm just ITCHING to know.

    This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds, as it was sent by a ghost and not an actual person. I can't be bothered with such things. xx

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  4. Did you trying buying a message destruct timer off of the Internet again or did you really hurt yourself when you smacked yourself in the head a little bit ago? (Um, it didn't go off.) Thanks for stopping by again, my dear, dear Queen Katherine!!!

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  5. Love American Pie, brings back good memories.

    Sandy

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  6. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandy!!! American Pie is one of my all-time favorite songs, as well, and Weird Al's parody did it no disservice.

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  8. Weird Al -- he's my man! Love that version of the song.

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  9. Okay, I had never heard the Weird Al version, but NO ONE should mess with Don McLean! At my wedding, when we sat down to dinner, the dj played American Pie and all 100 people sang! that was a great memory!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Sakthi. A better way of getting people to visit your blog is to leave sincere comments, and then let them find out about you by clicking on the link attached to your name.

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  11. He really did do a good job with it--didn't he? Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Chuck!!!

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  12. MAYBE THIS TIME I CAN GET THIS REPLY RIGHT!!!

    Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Stacey!!! I suppose it all depends upon what you call "mess with," but as far as I am concerned, Weird Al did not do Don McLean, nor American Pie itself, any disservice with his version. By the way, I imagine that would be a great memory.

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  13. American Pie has to be one of my all time favorite songs. Watching the video I must say that was some out of control concert crowd there....lol
    Gotta love Weird Al's version too. His lyrics fit with the music perfectly and I found it just as entertaining as the original song

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  14. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! I'm glad you liked both versions, and in regards to the Don McLean concert footage, I imagine they had lots of extra security on duty to keep the groupies out of the camera shots. Hey, those girls gone wild have nothing on a bunch of grannies tanked up on martinis!

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