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Song Parodies -> "Ben the Sixteen"

Original Song Title:

"Only Sixteen"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Sam Cooke

Parody Song Title:

"Ben the Sixteen"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

Yes, the world's major Jewish groups have accepted his apology for having served in the German army in World War II, since he didn't have much choice. Still... I can't believe they chose Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, a man so conservative he makes John Paul II look like the Berrigan Brothers. I got 10 bucks for the first guy to call Pope Benedict XVI "Joey the Rat" in public. Anybody got the guts?
He is Ben the Sixteen.
Ben the Sixteen.
That's how they go?
But they were too old to choose so well
and we were too young to know.

Not John Twenty-Three
or Paul Six, you see
saw John Paul Two go.
But they were too old to choose so well
and we were too young to know.

Why did they pick a Pope so fast
those other late-seventies men?
And this man, Benedict the Sixteen
he's aged a year since then.

He is Ben the Sixteen.
Ben the Sixteen.
That's how they go?
But they were too old to choose so well
and we were too young to know.

(Why did they pick a Pope so fast?)
Those other late-seventies men.
(And this man, Benedict the Sixteen?)
He's aged a year since then.

He is Ben the Sixteen.
Ben the Sixteen.
That's how they go?
But they were too old to choose so well
and we were too young to know.
But they were too old to choose so well
and we were too young to know.

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Royce Miller - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
good job, Michael
Rick C - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
I second that. 555
Red Ant - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
" Pope Benedict XVI is Joey the Rat ". Now I'll have that 10 bucks Walked outside my house and screamed it at the top of my lungs. Just kidding, 10 bucks will not offset the cost of my funeral when I get mowed down by a " loyal follower ".
AFW - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
This is smokin' fives
2nz - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Mike, good parody from a technical standpoint.

I was talking to someone else about this and he pointed out to me the reasoning behind it. John Paul II was elected when he was in his late 50's and remained the Pope for a very long time. Part of the reasoning for an older Pope could be that he won't be Pope for as long. Granted John Paul was a good Pope, but the church in general doesn't usually want to have the same Pope for as long as they had John Paul.
Johnny D - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
This most-recent conclave shall be known in the history books as "The Turbo-Conclave".
alvin rhodes - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
16...uh...i mean 15
John Barry - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
XV for this XVI. Now how about Bennie and the Sect for Benny and the Jets?
Bob Gomez - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
B-B-B-Benedictus est.....Well-said, that is, Michael.
Johnny D - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Michael, I've already submitted another Papal-parody for the next posting, titled "Benedict He Said", which is a parody of "Bennie And The Jets" by Elton John ... but I'd love to see what you would do with the same OS on a similar theme!
Rod Worden - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Or, after he's been on the job awhile, "Benedictus Frets.." Great job, Michael!
Michael Pacholek - April 20, 2005 - Report this comment
"B-B-B-Benny, I Confess"? I may have to work on that one, especially since the Church frowns on Sir Elton's lifestyle. Not the conspicuous consumption part, 'cause the Vatican shares that part. Not to mention the fancy hats, and the big-stadium events.
Rod - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
LOL!
Kristof Robertson - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Nicely done, Cardinal Pacholek. 555
Michael Pacholek - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Cardinal? Me? Reminds me of the joke, since Paul VI (10/4/1965) and John Paul II (10/2/1979) both delivered Masses at Yankee Stadium, and the Knights of Columbus donated a plaque to Monument Park each time: "Who are the only two Cardinals honored in the Yankees' Monument Park?" Of course, there was already Miller Huggins (St. Louis second baseman 1910-16, manager 1913-17), and has since been Roger Maris (St. Louis right fielder 1967-68). Joe Torre (St. Louis first baseman 1969-74, manager 1990-95) will one day join them.

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