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Song Parodies -> "Jamaica Inn"

Original Song Title:

"The Shape I'm In"

Original Performer:

The Band

Parody Song Title:

"Jamaica Inn"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“Jamaica Inn” (1939); Sidney Gilliat, dialoge; additional dialogue, J.B. Priestly
In that country, “green” are the valleys,
But this song is about brigands and galleys.
Yo-ho-ho-ho, Jamaica Inn.

The Inn’s run by Joss[1] and his lady,[2]
And these two have shown, they’re kind of shady.
Up Mary[3] shows. . .Jamaica Inn.

Joss’s pals go down by the water—
That’s where ships they have sunken, yo-ho!
They lure the ships on to the breakers.
Is this group of guys beneficent? No!

Mary saves life of Mate Trehearne,
Hung high by the churls; now he’s got a nape burn.
So, they both blow Jamaica Inn.

They escape to Sir Humphrey’s swell house;
He seems nice, but it just isn’t so.
Before long it’s they truth they meet
Humphrey is running the shipwrecking show!

“Save our necks; we’re in trouble!”
To Humphrey pleaded the couple
Woe! Now they know what shape they’re in.

Later, Sir Humphrey has got bupkes
In a ship’s rigging, he won’t give up; pest
Throws self below—bad shape he’s in.
Boat’s deck is oak. Jam’s made of him.

[1]Leslie Banks (“The Man Who Knew Too Much,” 1934)
[2]Patience, as played by Marie Ney
[3]Maureen O’Hara

“Jamaica Inn” (1939); Sidney Gilliat, dialoge; additional dialogue, J.B. Priestly

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Old Man Ribber - March 22, 2011 - Report this comment
JAB - Hitchcock, Maureen O'Hara AND Charles Laughton? I've got to check this one out. ;D
John Barry - March 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Not one of his better efforts, IMO. First attempt at a costume drama, before "Under Capricorn." Better than "UC," though, I think.
LadyMustScat - March 29, 2011 - Report this comment
your best costume is Pirate's muscat & a sweaty chest, Sir !

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