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Song Parodies -> "If Pete Seeger Wrote "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald""

Original Song Title:

"Waist Deep In the Big Muddy"

Original Performer:

Pete Seeger

Parody Song Title:

"If Pete Seeger Wrote "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald""

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

Disclaimer: This is not meant to malign Captain Edward McSorley, or anyone else who went down with the real-life ship. They deserve our sincere songs of sorrow. In this version, the ship makes it to Whitefish Bay.
It was back in nineteen seventy-five.
I was a member of a seasoned crew.
We were taking iron ore from Wisconsin
one night under indigo blue.
The Captain told us, "We're on to Detroit."
That's how it all begun.
We were... steaming through Gitche Gumee.
The big fool said to push on.

The first mate said, "Sir, are you sure
this is the best way back to the port?"
"Lieutenant," he said, "I've made this trip
many times, as if for sport.
It'll be a little windy, but just keep steaming.
We'll soon be in Michigan."
We were... steaming through Gitche Gumee.
The big fool said to push on.

The first mate said, "Sir, with all this wind
the waves are breaking over the rail!"
The Captain said, "Shut up, Lieutenant!
Or else, we're bound to fail!"
The wind in the wires was tattletaling
suggesting we'd soon be gone.
We were... steaming through Gitche Gumee.
The big fool said to push on.

Well, all at once, the Moon clouded over
and we heard a gurgling cry.
The next thing we knew, the Captain's strawberries
were all that floated by!
The first mate said, "Turn the ship, men!
To Whitefish Bay, let's move on!"
And we just made it out of Gitche Gumee
with the Captain dead and gone.

The gales of November can come rather early
as all of the mariners know.
The Captain didn't pay much attention
to which way the winds could blow.
They're called the Great Lakes for good reason.
They get rough as ocean.
And we just made it out of Gitche Gumee
with the Captain dead and gone.

Well, I'm not going to point any moral.
I'll leave that for yourself.
Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
and you'd like to keep your health.
But every time I... read the papers
about Tea Party Republi-con...
They're... steaming into a Gitche Gumee
and the big fools say to push on!

Steaming into a Gitche Gumee.
The big fools say to push on!
Steaming into a Gitche Gumee.
The big fools say to push on!
Steam in! Sinking! Soon even
the cook will say it's too rough to feed!
They're... steaming into a Gitche Gumee
and the big fools say to push on!
Like I said, it's if Pete Seeger wrote it. That I agree is only part of the point. Did you catch the "Caine Mutiny" reference?

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Patrick - August 29, 2011 - Report this comment
What happened to my strawberries? I'll find 'em if I have to strip-search the whole crew. And we've been at sea for a long time. Hey, who stole my ball bearings? I'll go nuts if I don't find them.
SamuraiMaster - August 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Is this whole "If So-and-so wrote the Wreck of the Edmund Fitsgerald" a new trend or contest or something?
Patrick - August 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Is it now? If it's a contest I'd like to know the prize. Probably a cruise on Lake Superior in November.
Old Man Ribber - August 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Michael - Interesting choice. I remember the flap about Seeger (despite my politics, he is a special favorite of mine) singing this on The Smothers Brothers Show. I thought "Why the uproar? He has a right to sing about what he wants." It's a view I still hold to this day. ;D

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