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Song Parodies -> "He's the Man"

Original Song Title:

"I'm a Man"

Original Performer:

The Spencer Davis Group

Parody Song Title:

"He's the Man"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956); Hitchcock’s’ remake of his 1934 film of the same title, with Leslie Banks (Joss Merlyn in “Jamaica Inn”) and Edna Best in the Stewart/Day roles (this time as Bob and Jill Lawrence, in Switzerland); Pierre Fresnay as Louis Bernard; and Nova Philbeam as the kid (a girl in the original version; Erica Burgoyne in “Young and Innocent”)
Well, the situation’s messy—
It is quite a fix he’s[1] in.
His wife croons saccharine music
That sounds like a Doris din.
There is something he discovered
From a guy[2] who wasn’t Dutch.
The guy dies after their meeting;
Ben’s the man who knows too much.

He’s the man who says, “Damn!
I sure wish that I didn’t know
What that man told me. Damn!
But to London I gotta go.”

If he had his choice in the matter,
He would not have gone to Af-
frica to have heard that chatter.
This is no matter for laughs.
There’s a kid,[3] and Jo’s[4] his mother;
He’s the killers’ kidnapee.
For Ben, no choice but involvement
In all the chicanery.

He’s the man who says, “Damn!
I sure wish that I didn’t know
What that man told me.” And
He lands in London for a show.

Gotta find his son, who’s kidnapped. . .
First I should say what Ben’s known:
There’s a ruler of a kingdom;
Off his head’s planned to be blown
At a concert when the boomin’
Cymbals will drown the gun’s tone.
But then there is a problem:
The gun misses. . .thank Jo’s drone.

Then the man with the gat
In the balcony hits the floor
And the plan of the rats
Is unraveled; the kid’s restored.

And a man in “Steps,” damned
In a theater, gets bumped before
He can blab; the slugs slam
Him and Hannay settles the score.

And a man jumps and yam-
mers, “Fire!” in theater. . .panic’s born.
Then the man escapes and
There’s a damn pun: the curtain’s torn.

[1]Dr. Benjamin McKenna, as played by James Stewart
[2]Louis Bernard, as played by Daniel Gélin. In Morocco, a dying Bernard tells McKenna about a plot to assassinate the leader of a country. The perpetrators discover this and kidnap his son to keep him from spilling the beans.
[3]Hank McKenna, as played by Christopher Olsen
[4]Josephine McKenna, as played by Doris Day, who thwarts the assassination by screaming just as the assassin attempts to shoot the leader during a cymbal crash at a concert. In “Torn Curtain,” Paul Newman yells “fire” as the East German Stasi are about to apprehend him in a theater. In “39 Steps,” “Mr. Memory” is shot in a theater, but the killer is apprehended. In “Stage Fright,” the murderer is killed as the safety curtain falls onto him. In “Sabotage,” the terrorist bomber is a theater owner who accidentally blows up his theater after a chase scene inside the building. The bird motif is present in "The Man" in the form of three taxidermists, Mayne L., Frank A., and John B.

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Mark Scotti - March 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Going for the "Box set" today, eh John? It's all golden!
Old Man Ribber - March 17, 2011 - Report this comment
JAB - Sorry I took a long time to comment...there was a glitch in the system. Fine parody here! TMWKTM (1956) is one of my favorites, and I can't forget the composition "Storm Clouds." The conductor was Bernard Herrmann, the composer who wrote the unforgettable music for Hitchcock's Psycho, Citizen Kane, and MANY Ray Harryhausen epics. Livingston and Evans (Silver Bells, Buttons And Bows, Mona Lisa, Theme from Mr. Ed, etc.) wrote Que Sera Sear for the film as well. ;D

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