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Song Parodies -> "A Boy Named V"

Original Song Title:

"A Boy Named Sue"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"A Boy Named V"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

OK, so the character's real name is never revealed, and this doesn't completely match either the graphic novel or the movie... but I had to do it. Those of you who are regulars, you know how it is.
Well, my daddy left home when I was four
and then I didn't see him anymore.
They took him, they took me mum, and then took me.
Now, I don't blame 'em for being right-wing
but they hadda go torture me with everything
and before I broke out, those guys named me "V."

Well, they must've thought that it was quite a joke
when they'd take that old cattle prod and poke.
Seems Larkhill was not the place for me.
Some gal would burn me and I'd get red.
Some guy would laugh and he'd shock my head.
I'll tell ya -- life ain't easy for a boy named "V."

Well, explosion came and the prisoners died.
All except one, who was kinda fried.
The virus from my blood, it caused such shame.
But I made me a vow to the moon and stars
I'd search the pubs, that's what Brits call bars
and kill each person who's left who could be blamed.

Well, it was near midnight on November 4
and "fingermen" are now real sore.
I saved poor Evey and she looked at me.
I took her up to a London roof
and we watched Old Bailey as it went poof
and I told her through mask, "You can call me 'V.'"

Well, I knew that kid, she was one sweet girl
and she just might help me save the world
and I knew to torture her would make her cry.
But she had to know what I went through
and the lies were dropped, we'll now be true.
And I said
"My name is V!
We will be free!
And the Chancellor's gonna die!"

Yeah, that's what I told 'em!

And I killed that future Brit Limbaugh
as he stood in his shower in the raw.
And I gave some poison slow to the lady doc.
And I got in and out of scrapes in a pinch
as closing in was Inspector Finch
who didn't want me to blow the building with the big clock.

I tell ya, I've fought evil men
but Finch turned out to not be one of them.
He creeped like a cat and he crawled like a crocodile.
And Creedy brought me Adam Sutler
as if I was Batman and he's Alfred the butler
and shot him right in front of me, and he saw me smile.

And I said, Sir...

This world's not yours
and I'm gonna set things back on the right course
and I know you will not be there to stand in that road.
You say you've got guns, but just bullets command
and when you run out, you'd better hope I don't stand
'cause then you'll be dead before you can reload.
Yeah!

Now we just fought one hell of a fight
and I know he hates me, but I had the right
to kill him there, but it looks like he killed me too.
So I go see Evey before I die
with a train that'll blow Parliament sky-high.
But this last deed, she'll have to (BEEP)ing do.

(Evey)
Well, what could I do?
(Finch)
What could you do?
(Evey)
I got all choked up, but I started the train
and freedom will be begun again.
This 5th of November, forgotten, it won't be.
And I think about him, now and then
how he set Great Britain free again.

And if I ever have a son...
I think I'm gonna name him...
Victor, or Vance.
Something beginning with "V!"
Trust me on this one: Had Johnny Cash lived to see "V for Vendetta," he would have loved it, and not just because V, too, was a Man In Black. ViVe la reVolution! Freedom! ForeVer!

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Lurker - March 24, 2006 - Report this comment
As I said at the other songs, I apologize to Michael Pacholek, John Barry, and everyone else here. I realize that free speech is what separates us from Communists, Nazis, etc. I enjoy using my right of free speech here. I will start showing the same respect for others too. I hope I can be forgiven.
AFW - March 24, 2006 - Report this comment
Very well written.. I vote fives
Larry Hensley - March 26, 2006 - Report this comment
Very clever
Grimley Fieendish - March 26, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice adaptation, but V named himself after the cell/room he was imprisioned in, at Larkhill "Internment" Camp, as he regarded his old "self" as having died at Larkhill.... (The Room was Number 5, but it was labelled with the Roman Numeral for 5, V...).
Michael Pacholek - March 26, 2006 - Report this comment
I know that, ya dope! Like I said in the opening comments, it doesn't completely match either the graphic novel or the movie. I'm doing what's known as "taking artistic license." As Evey claimed her father said (in the movie, at least), and V agreed, "Artists tell lies to reveal a greater truth." And I think this parody is well within the spirit in which V operated. Only I'm skewering the right wing figuratively, while he did it both figuratively and literally. Now, if I see the movie again, when Creedy says to V, "All you have are knives!" I half-expect Paul Hogan to jump out and say, "That's not a knife," pull out his "Crocodile Dundee" hunting blade, and say, "THAT'S a knife!" But it's a great line: Creedy says, "All you have are knives, and your fancy karate moves. We have guns!" And V says, "No, what you have are bullets, and the hope that, when your guns are all empty, I will no longer be standing, for, if I am, you will all be dead before you can reload." It's like having Batman's attitude, even if he doesn't have Superman's invulnerability -- or Batman's refusal to cross the line of killing.

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