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Song Parodies -> "Marley the Ghostman"

Original Song Title:

"Frosty the Snowman"

Original Performer:

The Ronettes

Parody Song Title:

"Marley the Ghostman"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

Part 3 of my "Christmas Carol"/Christmas Special series. The song "Frosty the Snowman" preceded the 1969 CBS special by many years. Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley were partners in what we would today call a savings-and-loan -- ironically, the same business as George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) in "It's a Wonderful Life." But Marley died seven years before Dickens' story begins. And Scrooge never regretted having the business all to himself. Then one foggy Christmas Eve...
Marley the Ghostman
was a very sorry soul
with a bunch of chains all over him
this was not his post-life goal.

Marley the Ghostman
had a scary tale, they say.
Ebenezer saw and he dropped his jaw
at midnight that Christmas day.

There must have been some tragic in
the life that he unwound
for when he looked Scrooge in the eye
he let out a howling sound!

Marley the Ghostman
not alive a bit, you see.
And he warned his friend of a sorry end
if he'd not heed spirits three.

Marley the Ghostman
he knew Scrooge once had some good.
But so insecure, he became impure
and his heart became like wood.

Down through the village
Scrooge, he had to make a buck.
And the girl he loved, such a pretty dove
well, she's just plain out of luck.

The Ghosts did frown, they led Scrooge down
through present and the past
and when he saw his future home
Ebenezer was aghast!

Marley the Ghostman
had redeemed his friend that day.
And he'll have some fun, blessing everyone
and his heart is back to stay.

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Pacing: 4.3
How Funny: 4.1
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 7

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alvin rhodes - December 24, 2004 - Report this comment
too funny...i love it...5s
Arwen - December 24, 2004 - Report this comment
FABulous!!! 5s...
John Jenkins - December 24, 2004 - Report this comment
That's a dickens of a parody. Very well done, Michael, particularly "post-life goal" and "scary tale" for "fairy tale."
Kristof Robertson - December 28, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice bit of literary parodying...545
Cat Defender - May 08, 2024 - Report this comment
A Christmas Carol is currently my very favorite story, so I just had to sing along with this when I saw it. It's fantastic. (And I especially like singing it with the Ray Conniff instrumental of the song- the vocalizations work well as ghostly wails and shouts!)

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