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Song Parodies -> "End Of The Road (for Osama)"

Original Song Title:

"King Of The Road"

Original Performer:

Roger Miller

Parody Song Title:

"End Of The Road (for Osama)"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

The following variant of TOS appears in the Real Estate sections of the Abbottabad, Pakistan newspapers (my translation and footnotes).
Hideout for sale or rent;
Better than Bedouin tent.
No phone, no Internets;
Some trained pigeons [1] were his pets.
Ah, but, on May Day, heard a boom,
Tried escape by his secret room.
'Twas a man who's seen in ghost scenes, [2]
Soon to explode.

'Bird 'copters, midnight raid,
Quest and mission: "Bang, yo're daid."
Bold warning he'd refuse,
So he paid holdover dues.
They broke left temple by one round;
Mortal was the big rebound.
Then this man, serene and so clean,
Sinks to abode. [3]

He knew ev'ry terrorist in every cave,
All of their children (they'd better behave),
And ev'ry target in every town,
And ev'ry walk that ain't blocked
Where goes a big crowd. [4]

I sing,
Hideout for sale or rent;
Better than Bedouin tent.
No phone, no Internets;
Some trained pigeons [1] were his pets.
Ah, but, on May Day, heard a boom,
Tried escape by his secret room.
For this man now seen at no scenes,
End of the road.
[1] Carrier pigeons to communicate; "couriers" has too many syllables.
[2] Early videos; only audio recordings since.
[3] Washed before burial at sea.
[4] Preferred by suicide bombers and IED planters.

The submission page's security code was GWB!

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Realty Editor (from BJM) - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Please make these changes to tomorrow's ad:
Lines 2 and 24 -- Roomy, not thrifty tent.
Line 14 -- Mortal, not so big, it found.
Patrick - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Nice reprise of an old song. Fits the theory that he would be found in a city, not a cave.
GWB - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
How appropriate the security code, as GWB's enhanced interogation techniques (waterboarding) of terrorists got us the names or courier(s) that led directly to Osamas whereabouts. And how appropriate that Obummer gives no tip of the hat to the previous administrations role in this.
BJM - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Patrick: Thanks. His mistake was not planting trees to thwart 'copters.
GWB: Very true. (Your "Obummer" gives away your true ID.)
Michael Pacholek - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Guess bin Laden's do-whack-a-do didn't do him no more good.
BJM - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
MP: You must be a Roger Miller fan. We have something in common! ;=)
I belatedly suggest for line 8 "Walked, never rode."
The site may be bulldozed, so no buyers will respond to this ad.
Mark Scotti - May 06, 2011 - Report this comment
It was a very great day! i have mine coming out Friday...
Dana Mathewson - May 11, 2011 - Report this comment
FAN-tastic, Barry! This one will be hard to top, even for a master such as yourself! By a lucky quirk of fate, I was alone in the room when I read this and was therefore able to sing it out loud to enjoy the full impact of the poetry!
BJM - May 13, 2011 - Report this comment
Mark: Thanks, I liked your song among the many here on this topic.
Dana: I would love to hear your rendition ... with accompaniment by spouse.

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