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Song Parodies -> "Tern Tern Tern"

Original Song Title:

"Turn Turn Turn"

Original Performer:

The Byrds

Parody Song Title:

"Tern Tern Tern"

Parody Written by:

Merry & Pippin

The Lyrics

On every wing tern, tern, tern
There on the seas a tern, tern, tern
And a line of lively porpoise (about seven)

Divine pel-i-cans, so fine they fly
Shy com-orants, they dive so deep
And grimy gulls, so high they squeal
In sky on draft, up flies a grebe

On every wing tern, tern, tern
There with some seas'ning tern, tern, tern
And a line of lively porpoise (now eleven)

I've pans to fill up, with prime blue her-on
Let's fry egrets, they're fine with corn
I've lime to baste osprey bones, and thyme to slather pones with feathers

On every wing tern, tern, tern
Pour on the seas'ning tern, tern, tern
And a slimy heavy porpoise, (and his brethren)

With chives in sauce, are nine gannet
Supine petrel, in flight (or grease)
In wine stew albatross, and fried with new grain - oh so tasty

On every wing tern, tern, tern
There in tureen a tern, tern, tern
In cook-steins are sev'ral porpoise (mixed with leaven)

Suis faim again - let's dine on skuas
Assign pen-guins, to brine-y dough
Saline-y puff-ins (fine souffle)
These rhymes are forced, I fear it's auk ward, eh?

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Pacing: 4.7
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 25

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 2   1
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 4   2
 5   21

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Dee Range - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Hope I'm invited to dinner. Petrel in grease is right up my alley. I'm still lol typing this, guy and /or gal(s). Fantastic stuff.Super high 5's
alvin rhodes - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
a song, by the byrds....about the birds....most fowl ! .....which is to say brilliant...5s
Agrimorfee - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Keeee-lever. Your parody have taken a tern for the better! :) 555
Rick C - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Did you hear about the butcher who traded some liverwurst for a seagull? He took a tern for the wurst......555
Johnny D - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
"auk ward" .... GRRROOOAAANNNN .... what have YOU two hobbits been Puffin', eh ?

Did you hear about why Doctor Frankenstein turned his car around 180 degrees and drove back to his lab? He suddenly thought a ewe-tern would be a great idea.
Kristof Robertson - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Nice to see you hobbits back on the job! 555
Meriadoc - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
We'd been wanting to take a tern with this one for a long time - but in the end we couldn't figure out anything better to do with the bryds than eat 'em! :-P Thanks everyone.
Stuart McArthur - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
loved the last line M and P - and at the rate those porpoises are multiplying, how much longer does the human race have? - 555
Bob "Frigate" Gomez - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
LOL! Forced rhymes are funny when the parodist points it out, I think. Great exercise in bird-trivia. Porpoiseful writing. Although the cuisine might lead to gullstones. You've erned fives on this.
Jonathan C. - June 03, 2005 - Report this comment
Tern it on!!! 5 x 3
Mark - June 04, 2005 - Report this comment
Never has the bible been so much fun!!
mandamoo - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Finger lickin' good and very easy to swallow. ;) Excellent M&P !!!
Daniel B. - July 22, 2005 - Report this comment
Turn Turn Turn is my fav. song ever and your Tern Tern Tern is even better. Muhahahahaha
Sheila - August 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Laugh it up
marilyn elias - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought your parody took a very cruel path and I didn't enjoy it at all. I'm into wildlife conservation and behavior.
Funny Face - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
You need to take a chill pill marilyn elias! It is *just* a parody....sigh... Beautiful job guys. Well done!
Peregrin - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi Marilyn. Parody: "A humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing". Sure, it may not have tickled your funny bone, but I would no more eat a skewered Tern than you would. But then again, sea-food makes me come out in hives ;-p
Alpha Skua - December 09, 2017 - Report this comment
Arctic,Common,Least,Rosieate,Black,Fairy,Caspian,Royal,Elegant,tForsters, take your pick but Arctic Tern will fly pole to pole
Jonathan Spurlock - December 10, 2017 - Report this comment
A song about fowl and seafood. . . .yum, yum yum, but I would have hated to write a tern paper about the fowl-osophy behind this song. Okay, better put a tern-iquet on this and stop the flow (pun plasma, anybody?:) Well deserved 5's for you!
Storm the Albatross - January 22, 2018 - Report this comment
I suspect Fowl Play is involved
Storm the Albatross - January 22, 2018 - Report this comment
I suspect Fowl Play is involved
CML - January 22, 2018 - Report this comment
^^^^^^I'm so glad you instantly repeated your pun, STA, cause I just didn't catch it the first time I read it
CML - January 22, 2018 - Report this comment
This is really funny stuff ..... Which is why .. All the gulls in town (Gulls in town) .. gave it fives (gave it fives) .. all around
whipoorwill - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Arctic.Common,Roseiett,sandwich,black,least,elegant and royal as well as the Tern of the Century
Alpha Skua - June 21, 2018 - Report this comment
Q. Why do little seabirds get along well A. Because one good tern deserves another
TAMAA BIRD 1000 VOICES - November 03, 2018 - Report this comment
Alpha Skua - February 28, 2019 - Report this comment
Oh Frigate that's enough to gull you just tern right and just say Skuas Me while petrel this out '
J.J. Audobahn - February 28, 2019 - Report this comment
what a buncha loons!
Tamaa the Drongo Bird - April 29, 2019 - Report this comment
Lets just send our Grebe-Bencesand send them our Egrets and there is but Swan way to get there's don't forget to Duck and beware because the Pheasents are revolting and leave you to Quail
Storm the Albatross - January 24, 2020 - Report this comment
Cormorant and be my party Gull
Alpha Skua - January 25, 2020 - Report this comment
Birds in Baseball Ron Curlew,Deon Sanderling and Tom McCaw
oozlefinch - February 08, 2020 - Report this comment
Companies run by Birds Myril Finch,Partridge Farms Duck-Tor Pepper,
Alpha Skua - April 05, 2020 - Report this comment
Please just leave me a Loon
Nutty Bird - January 09, 2021 - Report this comment
Q.What did the Seabird say when he dropped his fish? A.Frigate
Alpha Skua - January 11, 2021 - Report this comment
Two well know movie critics SEAGULL and EGRET
Alpha Skua - March 22, 2022 - Report this comment
Plover Come Back to me
Alpha Skua - May 10, 2022 - Report this comment
I feel so Bittern about the whole thing so i am sending my Egrets
Peregrin - August 15, 2022 - Report this comment
Brought back here due to recent comments - sorting through chaff - thanks CML! :)

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