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Song Parodies -> "I Am Sixty - Going On Seventeen"

Original Song Title:

"Sixteen Going On Seventeen"

Original Performer:

Sound of Music Soundtrack

Parody Song Title:

"I Am Sixty - Going On Seventeen"

Parody Written by:

Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

I remember my grandmother getting alzheimer's at quite a young age and it was both weird and sad – Bondi is the name of a Sydney end-of-the-line beach suburb – midi available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/lyrics/sixteen.htm
You wait, granny dear, by the bathroom door
and I will turn the light on
The switch, granny dear's where it was before
not where it was in Brighton
(in Brigh - ton)

You are sixty, going on seventeen
Granny it's like you're drunk
Better beware, remember the stairway
No, Granny!!!! (thump, thump, thunk)

You are sixty, going on seventeen
Memor-ies come and go
All that you've done, the hard times, the fun
DID happen to you, you know

Totally taken by surprise
were we at your decline
One day you're giving wise advice
the next day you were nine

Now you need us more than you thought you'd
ever need anyone
just a reminder, bedtime's at night-time
daytime's the one with sun



I am sixty going on seventeen
Sometimes it all comes back
Glimpses of life I somehow survived but
then it all fades to black

I am sixty, going on seventeen
Sadly, my life has passed
All that I tru-ly wanted to do, I
can't now (gee that went fast)

Totally unprepared am I
to travel to the shops
Last time I wound up at Bondi
coz that's where that train stops

I need family - still with their senses
watching my every step
just like a baby, I am amazed-the
way it
up on me
crept

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Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.4
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 36

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alvin rhodes - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
great title...5s
Kristof Robertson - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Congrats, Stu..you managed to make this both poignant AND funny, which is a hard trick to pull off. 555
Stuart McArthur - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks alvin

thanks Kristof - I was hoping people would see the funny side too :)
AFW - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Heart touching humor.....great stuff!
Phil Alexander - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Damn you, Kristof - that's twice in two you've made exactly the comment I was going to write. Excellent work, Stu.
Johnny D - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Stu-pendous job!
Kim West - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
This song reminded me of the times I used to spend with my Grandmother. She had a full and rich life up until her last days. I still remember her smile for me and her eyes that twinkled so. At one point your song did bring tears to my eyes, but I will not say where it was in the song or why. You have my fives.
Rick C - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
This is excellent, Stu! Well said....555
Stuart McArthur - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks AFW.......thanks Phil.......thanks Johnny

knowing you ( a little ) Kim, I can guess which line it was

thanks Rick C
Rod Worden - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Superb work, Stuart, just beautiful! 5s for sure. My father-in-law had it, it's not fun. It's a terrible disease tHat ca n creep up on us oldE r folks out of the blue sky, smiling at me, notHin g but blue sKy do I see.
Stuart McArthur - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks Rod - LOL!
Michael Pacholek - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
This isn't about Woody Allen?
Catch 23 - April 15, 2005 - Report this comment
Truly amazing how you made such a tragedy funny. 555
Stuart McArthur - April 15, 2005 - Report this comment
no greater compliment could I receive, Catch - thankyou!
Guy - April 15, 2005 - Report this comment
I thought I voted and commented on this yesterday or was it 40 years ago. Huh? Well balanced humor with a scary disease. Now if I could just remember where I put those fives.
Stuart McArthur - April 25, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks Guy, but I've got 'em here - you sit down and let me get you a cuppa
Red Ant - May 03, 2005 - Report this comment
( SOTM ) DKTOS but read it.
Dumb Ass Kid - May 07, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS, and unfortunately your Midi didn't help me either
Stuart McArthur - May 07, 2005 - Report this comment
* gobsmacked *
Agrimorfee - May 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Not my favorite here...surprised so many people with prior experience enjoyed it. My fatherinlaw died of cancer 4 years ago. In his final months he couldn't get around and started getting dementia. We ended up taking care of him, and lemme tell ya, it was not fun at all. I'm not offended, but, this just wasn't my cup of tea.
Stuart McArthur - May 09, 2005 - Report this comment
I totally understand and agree with your thoughts, Agri. My recollections of the experience are of sadness, but with some ridiculous moments that enabled us to put an amusing, but repectful, spin onto - for our own coping purposes.

I tried to recreate that balance of sadness, philosophicalness (just made up that word) and whimsy with this parody - and hence my warning that it wasn't trying to be a funny piece. In fact Kim West's reaction was the one I was aiming for
Charlie Decker - May 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Most of my elderly relatives have had Alzheimers, so this song speaks to me. Naturally, I'm scared to death of the disease, as it seems to run in the family, but hell, I'm 18. I'd be willing to bet that by the time I'm of age, either a cure will have been found, or the world will have ended. Nice parody, by the way. 5s!
Scathe - May 10, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Very touching, Stu. I almost shed a tear.
Rick C - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) already voted, commented
Dee Range - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM....555....tremendous job on a touchy subject. Runs in my family, and every time I forget something, I get.....well, I forgot what I get.
Jeff Reuben - May 12, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM: Well done Stu. Can't chalk it up to experience or anything, but enjoyed reading it.
Guy - May 14, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Did I comnment on this before? As soon as I remember my name I'll read through and see. As I was saying...
Arwen - May 15, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--No, Granny!!!! (thump, thump, thunk) (LOL!) Excellent!
Stuart McArthur - May 15, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks Arwen - that's definitely the line I'm proudest of :-)

thanks Guy, Jeff, Dee, Rick C, Scathe and Charlie
Melhi - May 16, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Very touching, Stu. :`)
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - May 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Awww. My nonno only remembers me as a tot, so I can relate.
Nonno: Who is dat? (pointing at photo of my brother aged two)
Me: Erm, him. (motioning to sixteen-year-old brother lounging on couch without a shirt on.)
Stuart McArthur - May 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Hey Luke? For ur information, we Alzheimer patients do not, i repeat, not say 'dat'. You hear me?!?!??!?! How come every........hey! is dat my cup'a'soup??
Peter Andersson - May 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Possibly the best title in this round.
Rex - May 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Great job of setting a tone.
Johnny D - May 22, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above!
Spaff.com - May 27, 2005 - Report this comment
This brings tears to my eyes, making me wonder if I'm not such a heartless bastard after all. This has the perfect balance, s2art, of heartache and humor, pathos and parody. You can achieve that tone like no other author I've read here.

Nothing makes me doubt the existence of deity like the cruel way good, strong people are reduced to senile wrecks who have to be mopped up. I dread the day when I end up as a helpless burden to others. When it happens, though, hopefully I'll be blissfully ignorant of it all, lost in a joyous haze of memories. I'm sure that Julie Andrews will show up periodically to sing "Something Good"; feel free to come along.
Stuart McArthur - May 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, Spaff - the value I place on your compliments is proportional to the respect I have for your skills/parodies - and when I eventually lose MYself in the joyous haze, I'll be marching up to Julie Andrews and asking where the hell Angelina is

btw, if you like the heartache/pathos balance here, you'll love my "I Just Want To **** Marsha Brady" ;-)
Kristof Robertson - May 30, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM)Have I read this before?...*checks comments*...this is very fine, young fella......Have I read this before?...*checks comments*...this is very fine, young fella......Have I read this before?...*checks comments*...this is very fine, young fella......Have I read this before?...*checks comments*...this is very fine, young fella......I have to go to the toilet now...oops, too late....Have I read this before?...*checks comments*...
Claude Prez - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Hmmm...bashing the elderly WAS one of my favorite things. I don't know if I'll ever be able to again. Outstanding.
2nz - June 01, 2005 - Report this comment
I agree with most everyone else on the clever combination of heartfelt emotion and humor. However, some relatively recent events in my life are preventing me from fully sharing in the humor here. It's hard when they live with you... I'm sorry, Stu. I want to support you on a heartfelt and touching work like this, but I'm not ready to find humor in that aspect of life yet.
MysteryGoat - June 01, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS
Tim Mayfield - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Late comment due to Firefox and lack of sleep (I guess).. No Granny! (thump, thump, thunk) was brilliant!
Agrimorfee - October 12, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3) Another one from recent memory. My goodness, forgot all about that one. On a second (or third?) reading, it seems to have grown on me compared to previous (see old comments...)
Red Ant - October 17, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3I) Ah, Stu. I see I left a rather brief comment before, which may have been construed as a lame cop-out. Well, it was, and for good reason: I had lost my grandmother to Altzheimer's about 7 months before this parody was posted, and didn't have much good to say about that (or this). I wrote a parody about that too (look for "Estranged" if you're so inclined), and it's something I had to do, as I suspect you had to do as well. I wish, with parodies like this, there were a 546 voting option.

I agree with much of what Spaff said, though I hope that if I'm in the situation my grandmother was in that I'd have a nice, quick, relatively painless heart attack to end me.
Matthias - October 18, 2006 - Report this comment
This one of those parodies that you feel terrible laughing at....
tomario - October 18, 2006 - Report this comment
abc an unforgetable 555s
Jack Wilson - October 18, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC3) Great job,555
Michael McVey - October 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Hee, hee, another "Granny California". --MM
Rick C - October 23, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC06-I) See my other lame comments above. This is truly a wonderful piece, Stu and, for all the reasons already stated by others before and after me.
Johnny D - October 24, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC) See above!
Cat - October 24, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC) Only sixty? That's a bit young, isn't it? Great job.
Jeff Reuben - October 24, 2006 - Report this comment
Drunk granny! Now that's a funny picture =)
Arwen - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
ABC...I still really like this one, Stuart...same favorite line and everything!
tjack - July 04, 2009 - Report this comment
LOL
Samantha Cole - June 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Its a great parody Stu! Gotta great sense humor clubbed with some emotion. My grandpaa's situation is a lot like this. I'm trying to write one for my friend's birthday. Thats how I stumbled here, this one's got me going. Keep writing! Real good stuff :)

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