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Song Parodies -> "Constantinopolis"

Original Song Title:

"Moscow Nights"

Original Performer:

Chad Mitchell Trio

Parody Song Title:

"Constantinopolis"

Parody Written by:

Chad Mitchell Trio

The Lyrics

Byzántion (Greek), later known as Byzantium (Latin) was at that time a moderate-sized Greek colony-city on the Bosporus. It was chosen by the Roman Emperor Constantine to become the eastern capital of his empire. As capital of the Roman Empire (also called Romania), the grand city was known as Constantinopolis, or Konstantinoupolis, for most of its history, i.e. until 1453 A.D. (later as Istanbul by the Turks). The term 'Byzantine Empire' has only been in use by Western historians since that time.
Said Byzántion’s seer,* “Constantine will found,
Nova Roma, his new cosmopolis.
They’ll construct right here;
Then we Greeks will cheer
Rome’s second home: Constanti-no-po-lis.”

“In Rome’s legions march with a martial sound,
They’ll build Fourth Century’s eastern cosmopolis --
Grand Sophia’s dome,
And a huge Hippodrome
Rome’s second home: Constanti-no-po-lis.”

“Who’ll unite this Empire too vast to rule?
Few the Caesars who exert such might.
Year Three-Ninety-Five (395 A.D.),
Things take a permanent dive --
East/West will split; West drops out of sight.

“In clean-shaven West, ‘barbarians’ storm the gates,
Middle Ages will settle there to stay.
Vandals, Lombards, Goths –
Old stomping grounds get lost,
Down East here, ‘Roman’ power’ll hold sway.”

“Who will dogma craft for new Christian creed?
Peter’s primacy; Roman popes’ll.
We’ll counter Holy See
With Eastern Orthodoxy,
Here in Byzantine Constan-ti-nople.”

“Vicious wars with neighbours” quoth our sooth-saying seer,
Peering in his Prophet-Kit prism,
“Charlemagne and Popes
Will undermine our hopes,
And result in an East-West Schism.”

“Things take a bad turn with the Fourth Crusade,
Frankish knights, their mission quite hopeless --
Retake Holy Lands?
But no! They’ll change their plans,
Seize and ‘Latinize’ Constantinopolis.”

“Fifty years to rid the place of Latin louts
Then two centuries, invasions we’ll stop. All this
Has an end, it’s clear.”
States our seer, with tear,
"When Turks topple Constantinopolis.”

Then we took our seer out for lunch that day
To a small café by the Bosporus.
Name of the café
Where we ate that day,
Was ‘Istanbul' (Not Constantinopolis).

* the prediction was made by the Seer early in the fourth century A.D.
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Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec - February 23, 2019 - Report this comment
I love this parody, but must admit that that's because i wrote it (and made a grievous oversight in filling the parody artist's box on the submission form).. I have tried to contact Chucky with 2 prior emails, but have not succeeded in getting his attention on this matter. Sorry!
CML - February 24, 2019 - Report this comment
I've misspelled my screen name a few times myself, Dead Doc. The only way you can rectify it, apparently, is to re-submit the whole thing again under your proper name, and just tell everyone that you're doing this just so the song gets into your index ...... I also have about 18 submissions that I've intentionally misspelled or used alternate names for one reason or another

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