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Song Parodies -> "Sally, Ungowned; Nude, Poses"

Original Song Title:

"Sally Go 'Round The Roses"

Original Performer:

The Jaynetts

Parody Song Title:

"Sally, Ungowned; Nude, Poses"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

The Jaynetts were a Bronx-based girl group who became one-hit wonders with TOS, which hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. So, the first, only, and probably last, parody of it here. ;)

TOS's meaning was so obscure that one DJ actually asked any listener who understood it to call in and explain. (Lotta weird theories around.) Guess who did? ;) ... tough to match in parody, too.

OS video here. The 45-rpm lyrics are hard to understand, and most web transcriptions were way off, so TT transcribed TOS and posted it at his own site, here.


Sally's bank: house, forecloses (Sally's life decomposes)
Sally's man, plan, composes (Sally's vote: Guess he presupposes)

Else he may desert you (choice is to pervert you)
S'poses it can't hurt you (He imposes to convert you)

Sally needs the dough, so down goes her gown
Wowie! View, bestow: From her face on down....
Greatest thing in this old guy's world
Is to ... see some pictures of a naked girl

("Gal-l'ry" is found) Oh, Sally, what a show!
('Bove and below) Wanna go a round?
(Sally, Hel-lo!) Shall I go "downtown"?
(Let's have a go) Because the --
"Baddest" thing in the whole wide world
Is to ... see a lady with her stuff unfurled

Sally, renowned: nude poses (Sally offends "blue noses")
Sally, ungowned, exposes (Sally, astound; no man opposes)

They all love to see it (all agree that she's "it")
Pics to sell; no free set (As she shows, it's so swell to see t*t!)
Sally, my, oh, my! ... lovely hair, hang down
Sally, leg and thigh, as we stare and pound

Sit or lie; let the ... rosebud glow
Split, awry; so ... apropos

(Bustier unbound) Hey, Sally has my eye!
(Ta-tas, abound) Pretty poontang downed
(Valley, be drowned!) She should wear wang crown!

(Some beaver, show) But fuzzy;
Thinnest thong: Can it hold wide curl?
Les', too: See her, maybe, with another girl?

Sally's gown opens; closes (Sally's low mound, dis-"clotheses")
Payday amount: it growses (Sally's account: it unforecloses!)

[Fade, as Sally's bank account growses -- uh, grows, and "mounts" up]

Doncha' love a happy ending? .... What today's two posts have in common: Women "posing". ;)

If you'd like TOS explained, TT posted that in the "comments" at the linked OS YouTube video

© 2010 Tommy Turtle. All rights reserved. E-mail: tomm...@yahoo.com

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Old Man Ribber - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
It's true - the recesson is taking the clothes right off our backs! (Well done, Shelly!). ;D
Patrick - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I actually remember the original song, but not sure exactly what it was about. Some girl seeing her boyfriend with another girl, I think. Scratchy 45's with AM radio left me with some bizarre impressions of lyrics in the old days, even though I still had my hearing then. Now we have the internet, but it seems every site repeats the same errors that the first transcriber made.
Mark Scotti - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Really "exposed" of LOT of "naked" truths!
2Eagle - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Life before the Beatles - ugh! That brought back memories from the stone age.
SubPrime Pete - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Moly Hos'es, Tommy and, hey, Sally Mae--now that's what I call 'servicing' a loan! [Leave it to the fiscally responsible Turtle to reverse cowgirl such a golden (shower?) oldie!]
Fiddlegirl - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
As soon as I saw "downtown" in the OS lyrics, I knew what I'd be in for... ;) 555.
AFW - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
My kind of woman and my kind of parody..
adagio - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
No wonder the TOS was obscure if it means what I think. That' the easiest thing to do if you want to hide what's really being said in lyrics.

I wrote obscure ones too...now I can't get out of the habit. Your parody? Oh My!!! (shocked look)
Phil Nelson - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
There it is, parody America, 5's
Meriadoc - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
But did she make the cover of "Naughty Terrapin"?
Tommy Turtle - February 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Old Man Ribber: LOL! .. and there are a couple of Shelley Fabarescations in the catalog ;) thanks!

Patrick: Ditto on the scratchy AM, and yeah, that's all there is to TOS, despite wild speculation. And amen to all the Web sites just copying whatever is the first transcription up there, errors and all. If you want something done right ... do it yourself and put it on your own web site, as per the link in the intro. (OS lyrics are there, as is the explanation at the linked video or the link that says "comments".) Thanks for v/c.!

Mark Scotti: LOL as usual! Thanks, Mark!

2Eagle: Considering that the Beatles openly attributed much of their style to Buddy Holly, and took their name directly from his band ("Crickets" = "Beatles")... Thanks for v/c, and I'll pass it on to Holly, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, all of Motown.....
Info on the Holly/Beatles connection is here:
http://www.amiright.com/parody/misc/traditional1347.shtml
in the intro, song, and footnotes. Thanks again for bearing with the ancient reptile.

SubPrime Pete: Didn't even think of that! Now, *that* would be a way for Sally and Fanny (the "Mae" sisters) to get out of their financial jams! ... uh, "golden showers" are AFW's thing.:)
His take: http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/thebeatles1417.shtml
TT's response/tribute: http://www.amiright.com/parody/misc/thecarterfamily3.shtml
Thanks for v/c!

Fiddlegirl: So, the parody title alone wasn't enough of a clue? ;) ;) ;) j/k, thanks!

AFW: You 'n me both, Brother! I'll drink to that (or anything else)! Thanks for v/c.

adagio: I DK what you think, but whatever it is, it can't possibly mean that. People have put all kinds of connotations on it, but it's a plain ol' torch song. Check the links where it says there is an explanation. (That's why they were put there ;) Thanks for v/c -- I'm shocked you read it! ;)

Phil Nelson: Not exactly sure what that means, but thanks for the votes!

Meriadoc: Well, she *was* quite turtleating!
Phil Nelson - February 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Just a Miss America reference. I know they wear swimsuits but it made me think of it with all the modeling and stuff
2Eagle - February 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I know The Beatles were inspired by rock singers of the fifties (and maybe the Andrews Sisters), but they took rock to a higher level and made it sound like something adults wanted to listen to.
Tommy Turtle - February 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Phil Nelson: Gotcha, thanks for clarifying.

2Eagle: No question that they took it to a higher level and added their own unique touches, which further inspired those who came after them.... (etc.). We're in full agreement (except maybe about the Andrews Sisters -- good one, ROFL! :-D )

FWIW, I remember "adults" screaming about how the Beatles would destroy Western Civilization .... (grin) Thanks for follow-up.
adagio - February 21, 2010 - Report this comment
TT, why were you shocked that I read it? ;) ; )
Tommy Turtle - February 21, 2010 - Report this comment
adagio: You wrote:
"Your parody? Oh My!!! (shocked look)"

I was just playing along with that -- on the word "shocked" -- and on the fact that I know that your tastes in general are for uh, "more lady-like" fare. It was just an offhand comment tossed back at your "shocked look". No need to read anything else into it, 'k? ;-)

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