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Song Parodies -> "My Aviary"

Original Song Title:

"My Way"

Original Performer:

Frank Sinatra

Parody Song Title:

"My Aviary"

Parody Written by:

Patrick McWilliams

The Lyrics

I was watching a Nature show on PBS and heard the narrator mention an "egret", a large bird. Suddenly, the phrase "Egrets, I have a few" came into my mind. I just had to write the rest of the song to go with it. A line is a terrible thing to waste.
Another season nears
And I remove a vinyl curtain
The viewing window's clear
I spot a pair of love birds flirtin'
For every wing-ed beast
I have provided sanctuary
So please, stop in and see, my aviary

Egrets, I have a few
In the lagoon, stand at attention
And the rare, flightless emu, it flaps its wings without ascension
Wild geese, their southward course, will find no Fudds with shotguns scary
A refuge, fair for fowl, my aviary

When I was young, I heard the words
"Old Paddy Boy, he is for the birds!"
Despite it all, like Robert Stroud
I joined the flock, and shunned the crowd
Then I embarked, just for a lark, my aviary

I've doves, macaws and wrens
Bright colored finches of my choosing
A bluebird, now and then, owl upon a rafter snoozing
A pink flamingo posed
For tourist cameras, stationary
They marvel at the sight, my aviary

For what is a man, why is he here?
If not to share what he holds dear
Appreciate canary's trill, a whooping crane, elusive thrill
In winter's snows, I feed the crows
My aviary

It's my aviary
Robert Stroud. Convicted murder. Famed as the "Bird Man of Alcatraz", Stroud did most of his actual experimentation and study of birds in the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 7

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Walter Pigeon - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
For the birds, and that's a compliment.
Formerbeatle - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Listen (do wah do) ... Do you want to view an egret ... (do wah do) ... How about a herring gull (do wah do) .... Whoah ah whoa -oh, closer
Callmelennie - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Hey, Patrick, the Chairman of the Board himself asked me to pass along this rating ...... That's fives! (That's fives) ... Three fives and you can't deny it ... Some cranks may say onesies, but the rest of us ain't gonna buy it
Phil Alexander - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
:D Lovely.. Tell me, did this one come into being from thinking up the "Egrets, I've had a few" line?
..because that one is perfection
Patrick - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
"Egrets, I have a few" was the inspiration for this parody. Just too good a line to let go. Sort of like my "shot from behind, but it wasn't with lead" based on Lorne Greene's "Ringo", which became my "If Fred Phelps Sang 'Streets of Laredo'". I've got one more line like that stored away, just haven't been able to assimilate the original song well enough to proceed. It's also avian related. Some great comments, in the old school way, using song lyrics. Formerbeatle, you have the start of a parody right there. Hope you can follow up on it.
John Barry - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Ave Patrica.
Rob Arndt - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
No (r)egrets about giving you 555 for this parody! Btw, bomber dorsal guns sometimes used to be called aviaries by the "fishbowl" ball gunners :)
Leough - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
555 - The mental process that results in a parody is a fascinating and often unpredictable thing.
Dave W. - March 03, 2014 - Report this comment
This classic... just waiting in the wings 'til it's time.....Bravo !

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