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Song Parodies -> "Alvin Rhodes"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Alvin Rhodes"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

inspired by alvin's fine "fish tales".
alvin rhodes
pregnant-ly, pursues piscine inroads*
but he catcheth naught but frogs and toads:
no fish, retrieve --
does alvin rhodes

a gigantic grouper hooketh he
there's a tugging on the line, fin'lly
so, alvin rhodes
prays fervently: --

"please.... God..."; reels in rod:
cop'ious cod -- big bucket-loads
mis-... haps:... fish line snaps;
"scrod"! -- it's "craps" for alvin rhodes!

what a crook!
on bum, bum baits be-side babbling brook
it's employer's sick time that he took
boss: disbelieve --
him: alvin rhodes

he'll... hatch... worms, no less!
bait: success? no, an-ti-podes;
creel... catch:.... emp-ti-ness;
toss out mess, does alvin rhodes!**

alvin rhodes
brimming bass-hole: bungling badly bodes;
proud: post parodies of episodes!
laughs: lots, us leave --
does alvin rhodes

mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm - mmm - mmm....

*refers to meaning of "pregnant" as "having a profusion of ideas; creative or inventive", in case alvin was worried. **""Toss Bait Away" © alvin rhodes. all else © 2006 Tommy Turtle.

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Voting Results

Pacing: 3.7
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 3.7

Total Votes: 14

Voting Breakdown

The following represent how many people voted for each category.

    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   3
 2   2
 3   0
 4   0
 5   9

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alvin rhodes - March 29, 2006 - Report this comment
thank you for the honor...i'm proud to be associated with such an eloquent piece about one of my favorite subjects
Tokusou Sentai Blessranger - March 29, 2006 - Report this comment
David Seville will tell you to EAT DIRT! Ones and for all!!
John Barry - March 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Here's some 5s to help offset those inexplicable (charitably, I'll leave it at that) 1s.
AFW - March 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Clever spoofing
Stephen Harrington - March 29, 2006 - Report this comment
What's eating Blessranger? Well, this is very good, 555.
Paree Dee - March 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Marvelous ! The "bum, bum" had me laughing my bum off ! Nobody does it better.....
Stuart McArthur - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
well done, TT - nice honouring of one of amiright's rocks - as an inhabitant of the Antipodes, I've never heard that pronunciation of it before, but I'm open to variety!! - 555
Larry Hensley - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Good tasting parody
TT - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
alvin, my pleasure... Thanks for the many laughs, and the many to come.
John Barry, AFW, Stephen Harrington, Paree Dee, Larry Hensley, thanks.

Tokusou Sentai Blessranger, I don't quite get the "chipmunk connection" to this parody, but thanks for stopping by...

Stuart, thanks... but, confused... You praised ""ferlinghitti, confitti," and even (yikes!!) " a la crity" in TT "Supercal" parody, and now ding "an-ti-podes/Rhodes"? TT's poetic license must have expired :) :)
Stuart McArthur - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
no, no, I had no problems with your (always excellent) pacing at all - it's just that in Australia, we pronounce "Antipodes" as "an-TIP-o-deez" (emphasis on the second syllable, and it rhymes, sort of, with liberties) - I've never heard it pronounced to rhyme with "Rhodes" before - but I was assuming that was an Australia/US point of difference :-)
Paul Robinson - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Well, TT - you baited the hook with the name of one of my favorite writers here...which, of course, makes you a master baiter...(sorry, couldn't help myself)...guess I'd better stroke some 'fives' out atcha...Oooh....Uuuhhhhh.....Aaaaahhh.....Whew! That feels better now ~ ~ ~
Red Ant - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice tribute to Alvin. 5s. Tommy Tribute, I am working on a parody that I hope you will enjoy once it is posted. As for not understanding TSB, welcome to the club.
Stuart McArthur - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
ah, now I get your were taking artisitic licence WITH the pronunciation

I think the reason I enjoyed it before and didn't pick it up this time, is that usually a "nudge-wink" use of an alternative pronunciation is associated with the sense of being forced into it and surrendering, eg. if you'd used "Rhodes" in the first line of the couplet, which then forced you to use Antipodes with the incorrect pronunciation, that definitely would have been a chuckle, but because you used Antipodes first (ie. before the correct "Rhodes") it didn't have the same impact. In fact it became ambiguous to me, which led me to my earlier Aust/US conclusion
TT - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Paul Robinson, thanks, but couldya face the other way? ;) Red Ant, thanks; I enjoy most of yours, so odds are very good... am I to infer it is a tribuTTe, in which case, can't wait?!

Stuart McArthur, thanks for coming back and clearing that up... "Rhodes" is in the last line of that verse to go with the rest of the parody and with the scheme of OS, hence came after "antipodes" - I use unnatural hyphens inside a word to alert to "nudge-wink" (good expression) in emphasis, pronunciation, or both - sorry it didn't do the job....If anyone in US ever used that word, which they don't, it would be pronounced as you have said. We just say you live "Down Under"... our schools are worse than yours.
Oh dear - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
dont you go on... an on...
TT - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
OD, tnx
Andy Primus - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Thought I'd have a look at this while I'm checking what's been done with the OS. Just about to type when I caught the last 2 comments. Cracked me up when I saw the one left by Oh Dear & then again with your retort. Funny parody by the way.
Andy Primus - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
PS re all the 1's & 2's for pacing. I can't believe how many people can't make the distinction beween how funny/overall (subjective - your choice) & pacing (not your choice - it's either right or wrong)
Tommy Turtle - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Andy Primus: Thanks for having a look! .. Glad you found the parody almost as funny as the commentary :-D

Re: 1s and 2s: You'll note the total of those equal the total of negative votes altogether. Aside from exactly what you said -- people dinging for pacing just because they don't like the song, which is indeed a totally different matter - there are also some cowards so pusillanimous, that if they disagree with some other song you wrote, *especially* a political disagreement, they'll go back and put 1s and 2s on your other songs. Or if you say something that they don't like. Or if they just don't like you, period. It's childish, petty, and cowardly, but it's a fact of life here. I learned to ignore it a loooong time ago. Thanks again for stopping by and v/c.

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