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Song Parodies -> "Pithy Ocarina"

Original Song Title:

"Pretty Ballerina"

Original Performer:

Left Banke

Parody Song Title:

"Pithy Ocarina"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

Can't wait to play on my pithy ocarina.
With air I trill it--sounds like hurt-mice cries.
By chance it isn't grand
To play obbligato.
You say "goodbyes," fast,
You say "goodbyes" when downbeat falls.

My squalling's wretched play,
First time I played you borrowed
Plugs for your ears;
You jammed 'em far inside.
You begged then later of me
That I would a monk be:
"Take a vow of silence!" you plead.
"You call that music, help you need."

Afraid to play my unpitied ocarina.
You said you'd kill me if I made more tries,
Or at least smash my hand
Playing ostinato
With a tire iron, bash!
You say, "Be mime when downbeat falls."

So now I play not and life's dreary, glum, and boring.
I refrain, but I'll play a new refrain:
I'm gonna take up something new--
Be a bagpiper,
Blow fourscore times, yeah,
Blow fourscore times as much air.

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Stan Hall - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I got a 555 grin from this one, John. I've never seen a musical instrument I didn't want to play, and I've taken a whack at many .. with varied results. As it happens, some hearers might say I play the several ocarinas I own as earachingly as your parody's narrator. The same lot is probably glad I haven't (yet) coughed up $2-3K for a bag and good set of drones to attach my chanter to. Personally, I _like_ both tootling ocarinas and skirling bagpipes.
alvin - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
funny take on a sad little instrument....loved "hurt mice cries"
Meriadoc - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
For some reason I thought it was going to be about a shark. I guess have a lot of fuzzy dyslexic Latin running about my brain... :-P
Meriadoc - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
NOW I remember my clever line... :-P I don't think you kept it pithy - I think you blow-viated...
John Barry - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, Stan, Alvin, Merry (heh, heh).

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