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Song Parodies -> "Henry Louis Gates"

Original Song Title:

"Henry the Eighth"

Original Performer:

Herman's Hermits

Parody Song Title:

"Henry Louis Gates"

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The Lyrics

Probably old news by now, but I finally finished the song and, by golly, I'm going to post it! :)
I’m Henry Louis Gates, I am
Henry Louis Gates, I am, I am
Found an officer at my front door
What he wanted, I can’t say for sure
He should have known I was Henry (Henry)
But didn’t seem to give a tinker’s d*** (oh, d***)
As they handcuffed me—Me! Henry!!!-
Henry Louis Gates, I am

2nd Verse: Lame as the 1st

I’m Henry Louis Gates, I am
(Es)teemed Professor Gates, I am, I am
I’ve won prizes for black literature
Even met the Royal Queen before
And everyone worships Henry
Unless they are a racist white lawman
Wait until my documentary!
Henry Louis Gates, I am

3rd Verse: No better than 1st...

I’m Henry Louis Gates, I am
Salty as a big New England ham
All my BFFs are awfully sore
Giving conf’rences to press galore*
Last week, Obama invited me
For drinks with Sgt. Crowley- what a sham.
Then I booked myself (on) MSNBC,**
Headline News and CNN—Yes, Ma’am!-
Henry Louis Gates, I am!

* The ubiquitous Rev. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, et al.
** Different from the original’s meter, I know. But it works if you double-time the last 1/2 of the line.

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Old Man Ribber - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Let me be Ribber The First - to compliment you on this well-written and funny parody.
AFW - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
You and TT..gone head to head on this...both excellent spoofs
Mark Scotti - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
HOLY MACKREL, you've mind melded with a turtle! LOL!!!!! Great one, Fiddlegirl. You & TT are right on the mark today!
2Eagle - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Mothers, don't name your kid Henry (or Adolf).
John Barry - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Another fine parody with this title.
Guy - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Gate the hell out - you and TT on the same theme with the same OS on the same day. I can't decide which is the better parody. Let's have some beers and decide. Fine work Fiddlegirl.
Christie Marie M - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
What Mark said! Great take on HL Gates! This is classic! 5's!
Andy Primus - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow! I've often seen the same song on the same day but never with the same story - especially liked the handcuffed line
Guy - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Andy - Merry and Pippin did "Cecilia" and called it "Sicilians" on June 23, 2008. I did the same thing on the same day to the same song with the same theme. One catch, we planned it that way. Pippin and I wanted to make it look like a coincidence, but Merry did a thumbs down to that idea.
TJC - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
The Great Gatesby saga continues... great stuff!
BTW, Ewe and TT appear to share a mystical connection... scary!
The Other Pea-Brain In The Pod - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
OK, you wanna run with the big dogs, it's time to start separating yourself from the wanna-bes. 'Stead of going with an off-line and making excuses for it, try *thinking* for five or ten seconds, as this writer just did, and change the line to:

"Booked myself on MS-NBC"

Scans beautifully, no fiddling (hehe) with the meter or parenthesizing. Likewise, since the English maven appears to be familiar with elisions, as in "conf'rences", why not do that at the start of lines, PRN -- e. g., "'Steemed Professor Gates...." rather than the parent-hectic-all sillybull? (btw, English teacher or not, not every parody line or lines must be a complete sentence, and the subject "I" is understood anyway. File that for future ref.)

First, we both post on the same day songs with the word "pelagic" in them, and now this? It must be ESPN! ...btw, when Gene Pitney passed away, AFW and I both posted tributes the next day, entitled, "World Without Pitney" (from his hit, "Town Without Pity". I just DK why it took me a week for this to hit me -- I feel quite sheepish about it (that was probably the distracting issewe). Having said that, it's a brilliant title switch (hehe), and otherwise well-executed, which is more than can be said for the actions of 2/3 of this trio. The genre deserves multiple panning (for parodic gold), and you've genre-ated a (Bill) Gates' worth of addition to it. Wanna have a beer some day? 555

@AFW - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Now that you mention it, going "head to head" with FG sounds like a fine idea! (You can write a parody about it when I send you the video.)
Fiddlegirl - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, all, for the nice comments!
@2Eagle: or Judas
@Guy: Hahaha for the pun!
@TJC: I'm actually TT's "Gates-sha" girl ;)
Andy Primus - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Guy - I just missed them - I started posting regularly from 17th July 2008
John Jenkins - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm not sure that anything positive came out of President Obama's "teachable moment" - other than a gold mine for parodists. Very good job of spoofing the sham.
Timmy1000 - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Also a good take on the Gates/Crowley comedy hour.
alvin - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
TT set henry up and you knocked him down...good one
Fiddlegirl - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Thx to Andy, Timmy, Alvin and John. I'm not sure anything specific was actually "taught" from that moment, either. Unless it was the night-and-day difference between the self-important hand wringing of the media and the collective laughter of most "ordinary" citizens (and a few extraordinary ones, like those on AIR!)
@Pod-Cast - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Running with the big dogs, eh? I'm reminded of the old adage that, unless you're the lead dog, the scenery never changes. Still, a girl could do worse.

You're right, the change you proposed would have been better-- although the point about "making nice" for the cameras then continuing to pursue his own self-aggrandizing agenda might have been lost.

Wouldn't have thought about 'Steemed Prof Gates, but I love it. He *was* pretty "steamed"...aren't you the clever turtle? ;)
I Am.... I Said - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
"aren't you the clever turtle?"
As opposed to which other one? ... seriously, far be it from me to be so rude as to dispute such a profound observation from a friend. ;-)
Tommy Turtle - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Got an account on inthe00s for a PM? ... or one disposable email address in which to cloak yourself in anonymity (guess that's all JoElla was cloaked in), in which case, click the link in any of my copyright notices, capture the captcha, and drop me a line -- one comment I'd like to pass, but not publicly. Guarantees: no personal attacks, no obsessive love-stalking, just private. You'll understand afterward. tnx.
Melanie Lee - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Very good--and welcome to Amiright!
blackjack21 - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Excellent as usual. You nailed the crux of the problem with the line "And everyone worships Henry" Nice work!

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