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Song Parodies -> "Fiddlegirl"

Original Song Title:

"Elenore"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

The Turtles

Parody Song Title:

"Fiddlegirl"

Parody Written by:

Riddlegirl

The Lyrics

True lotta zing, no doubt, you
It's just no fun without you
You haven't been 'round, Fiddlegirl...lately
Your style is so creative
But it's familiar...maybe?
Really real, are you, Fiddlegirl...really?

Fiddlegirl, gee I think you're swell
And you really spoof so well
Took for ride and buoyed, except then...
Fiddlegirl, not to be unkind
But hatched, you, from Tommy's mind
JusT a FiGmenT, fooled the vet'rans

I truly thought you groovy
Your words could sometimes move me
What can I say now, Fiddlegir---Tommy?
That's impolite, played us low
But you put on quite the show
I must commend you, Turtle-girl...really

Tommy boy, gee you fooled us well
Oh so silly in that shell
You took pride and joy in FG
Fiddlegirl, oh your work was prime
But those were not your own lines
JusT a FiGmenT, fooled us all, T.

Fiddlegirl, still I think you're swell, uh huh
T. Turtle, he I think not well, nuh uh uuuuh

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.0
Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 10

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Carlota Sagan & Stephanie Hawking - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Ooooooh! We absolutely adore Riddles 'rapped' in enigmas ensconsed in chitinous carapaces!
Old Man Ribber - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
There really isn't a Fiddlegirl? Yeah, right. The next thing you'll tell me is that there is no Easter Bunny! ;D
Enquiring Mimes... - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
...want to know!  Hmmmm.... The Turtle--facilely and deeeeeply accessing his feminine side--to pull off AIR's greatest 'parody-within-a-parody' since Mr. Ones unleashed his alter Igor 'Spaff.com' years ago!  Posssssible.... just posssssible... Well, damn!  It seems Stephen King foretold of this occurrence years ago...  I finally understand the hidden message in his novel 'The TommyKnockers'!
Old Man Ribber - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Tommy has knockers??? ;D
Andria - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
What... there really isn't a Fiddlegirl? And I didn't know that Spaff.com and Mr 1s were connected in any way, either. You must be joking about Fiddlegirl not existing. Anyhow, a 5 for pacing, a 3 for how funny (because I liked Fiddlegirl's parodies and I can't believe she's not real), and a 5 overall.
Say it ain't so! - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
No Easter Bunny?
AFW - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Hmmm..interesting scenario...quite possibly true..so, then who is the Riddlegirl..blowing the proverbial whistile?
blackjack21 - November 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Verrrry interesting indeed. A genuine Am I Right mystery.
ITT Ain'TT So - November 21, 2009 - Report this comment
FWIW, when noob TT arrived, the same suspicions were voiced, e. g.:

http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/shelleyfabares2.shtml

Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - March 16, 2006
Must have missed this earlier, probably cos I DKTOS etc, but thanx, and I have to say that you are learning the tricks of the trader faster than most, maybe you're Spaff's alter ego for alternative material!.

Hmm... you're not, are you?
*************************** And another comment (can't immediately locate it) where it was chanced that TT was a gag name for a group of writers, somewhat like "A Room Full Of Monkeys":
http://www.amiright.com/parody/authors/roomfullofmonkeys.shtml

************************* Another (also can't find now) that TT was the illegitimate love child of John A Barry and Johnny D., probably the highest compliment one could ever receive.

TT's unreal, certainly, but only metaphorically. FG is equally unreal in her wit and brilliance at times, but I have strong evidence that she's not I. (Or I'm very good at carrying on e-mail and chat conversations with myself. Call me the Carrie Prejean of parody, heh heh ;)

For final proof, compare replies to comments, both on FG's own songs and on our joint efforts (not the songs about pot; the ones we did together). FG is much more gracious and well-mannered than TT (flirts more with men, too. I like gurls.) Can't fake that.

As mentioned previously, both of us were a bit burnt out from spending hours every day for a month cooking up the entire "My Fair Lady" parody. I believe also that FG's work situation has been a bit rough of late, but that's for her to say. We do have one work in progress, and about a bazillion ideas, but they're not gettting done very rapidly.

Maybe an audience with more appreciation for classics and of higher-level wit would be a greater motivator to some degree, although in response to an anonymous flame at MFL asking that question, it's still true that we write for ourselves, and the few who grok are a lagniappe. Still, Real Life gets in your way. ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" = Life Prevents Reprise"?)

FG has been done severe discredit here. I would never have tackled MFL by myself. She's very real, very wonderful, clever, creative, and companionalble. (TT, on the other hand...)
P. S. - November 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Is someone jealous that *they* weren't picked to be TT's collaborator? ... Actually, writing together was FG's suggestion, not TT's, (Believe it or not,. ... " It's twue! It's twue!" -- Lily Von Shtup), though he accepted readily, and found it such a delight that he eagerly came back for very neat, not sloppy, seconds and thirty-fourths..

Plenty of good writers here, but collab with TT involves tolerating his idiosyncrasies: perfectionism, pedanticism, pacingism, being rather domineering (which was why 'Snappy In Leather" was so deliciously ironic, at least privately) ... not something many could handle.

Come to think of it, the syllable-matching and certain other characteristics of this song narrow down the suspects for "Riddlegirl", IMHO, to TJC himself (rare to be first commenter), blackjack21.... -- or FG herself. (Nice surprise, Girl!) :-)
Fiddlegirl - November 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I join Mark Twain in observing that reports of my [nonexistence] have been greatly exaggerated... ;) Professional obligations, and a short bout with the flu, have kept me from my daily parodic "fixes"... but will be back this week. I miss y'all! :D
TJC - November 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I assure you all, I wrote it *not*--though had I, I'd have chosen 'Enigmatrix' or perhaps 'Misstery' rather than 'Riddlegirl'... Hmmm... TT's suggestion that FG herself has concocted this Sybilesque scenario has more than a little merit... BJ21 is Right; a genuine AIR mystery!
TT, Or Not TT: That Is The Question - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Well, that leaves BJ21, who was the prime suspect all along, for multiple reasons.
"A genuine Am I Right mystery", indeed. Nice hoax! :-D

also, apologies for not including TJC in the extremely short list of "those who can tolerate working with TT", as that pairing sold two pairingodies to a radio producer who syndicates to hundreds of stations across the US. That exhausts that rather exclusive club. Saints, both of them. :-)
blackjack21 - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Whoa, hold on there, Sherlock! How did I get to be the prime suspect? I think you're doing a great disservice to all the other talented parodists who are perfectly capable of syllable matching and any of the "other characteristics" you didn't mention. It's a pretty good parody and an intriguing angle, but I'm afraid I can't take credit for it. And I can't imagine anyone tolerating all of your "isms" for long either, so it does give creedence to Riddlegirl's theory, which I took as all being in good fun. :-D
Old Man Ribber - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Will my face be red tomorrow! I wrote a parody about this whole affair as well as the possibility that Spaff is the Unobomber! ;D
TT @ blackjack21 - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment
blackjack21 wrote: "And I can't imagine anyone tolerating all of your "isms" for long either"...

I beg you pardon, Sir. There are a select few individuals of such high caliber as to regard said traits as positive -- modestly prohibits saying any more.

And the ascription of the song to yourself was intended as a compliment, as it's not only a clever, original, and amusing concept, but well paced and matched as well. ("Ascription" - wow, is *that* ever a cool word! See why *some* people enjoy chatting with TT?)

Unfortunately, you blew it by confusing the band Creedence Clearwater Revival with the noun "credence", the belief in the truth of something. :-D :) :) :)
blackjack21 - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment

TT: I didn't say your "isms" weren't good, just difficult to tolerate. And I concur, modesty is something one should be proud of. ;-D

Thank you for the compliment. I was somewhat suspect because I was named the prime suspect.

Blew it? Just because I double-clutched on the 'e' key? (Either that or I was thinking about John Fogerty for some odd reason.) ;-)

These comments brought to you by the word: *Ascription*
GuilTTy Turtle - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
All right, all right, I confess... *BUSTED* by whoever the clever Riddlegirl is.

I did indeed write all of the 23 songs under the "Fiddlegirl" name, including the (self)-tribute, "Terrapin",
http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/themusicmanoriginalscore0.shtml,
and, in the other direction, the Major, General tribute to my alter ego, "I Am A Merry Maiden And An English-Major Fiddlegirl",
http://www.amiright.com/parody/misc/gilbertsullivan97.shtml
as well as the 34 (make that 35) songs under the "joint" name.

This also explains the "coincidence" of two songs about Henry Louis Gates (Who? ... my, how news figures come and go!), both to the same OS, on the same day.
http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/hermanshermits165.shtml
http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/hermanshermits164.shtml

You have to admit that given TT's "slight" knack for math, science, and a tad of English grammar here and there, that making the character an English major and teacher fit perfectly -- and adding the "professional musician" bit was , IMHO, a nice, arts-y set-off, as well as justifying the pacing "arguments". :-)

The ultimate goal (and consummation), of course, was not just the "My Fair Lady" parody, but the advance build-up, with running dialogue amidst song comments, at times "bickering", to set up the nitpickering Prof. Turtle and Eliza Dofiddle characters and interaction. A long time in planning, and a long time in execution -- but well worth it. :-)

Wondered when someone would finally tumble.
OK, so, Riddlegirl ("If that really IS your name" -- Peter Falk as "Lou Peckinpaugh" in "The Cheap Detective"), I've 'fessed up ... to (cough) one of the grandest hoaxes ever put on here, there, or anywhere (cough). (admiration and adulation graciously received). Your turn to 'fess up. Who are you, and what tipped you off?
Riddlegirl - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm *you*, silly! Remember? No one ever did figure it out, and you couldn't sit on it any longer, so you made me up to write the above ditty (rather clever, if you say so yourself), and ... some peeps *still* don't believe it. :-)
TT @ RG (& @ FG) - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Sorry .... I've been carrying so many characters around in my head for so long... But what a marvelous threesome it's been -- at least in my own mind!
The Real Riddlegirl - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. What a tangled web you weave. I suppose then all you would have to do is post another parody under the name Riddlegirl by the end of this week to prove that you are her. I'll be watching.
The Real Riddlegirl - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
By the way, Fiddlegirl was brilliant and I commend you for the effort. It was most entertaining and fun while it lasted, but appeared to have run its course some time ago. A few minor slips were her undoing, but all will be revealed in good time. Riddlegirl is in no hurry.
Riddled With Fear and Guilt - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Um... then who the heck was groping me behind the bandstand at last month's AIR Masquer's Ball?
Hopelessly Con'fused... - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
So let me get this straight--is 'The Real Fiddlegirl' the same parodist as 'The Feal Riddlegirl'?
Fiddlegirl - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
@TT: I've composed a few short letters to my student loan agency, the IRS, etc., notifying them of my nonexistence. Would you care to sign as the responsible party? I'd really appreciate it. ;)

@ Real Riddlegirl: What's this about someone undoing my slips?

@ Fear and Guilt: Oh, good. That *was* you, then. *Whew*! ;)
Toni Collette - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey, this is MY gig! Go get your own gig!
Alice - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I do believe you should be a little more civil about it Miss Collette. Hell's bells, it's a big corner. Surely to goodness we can all stand on it.
T - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Leave her alone, you ****face. Toni can do what-EVER!!!
Buck - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
...durned right
Sybil - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
YOUR gig! You all stole MY gig. Get out, all of you. (no, no, not you fifteen - I need youse guys)
Sigmund Freud - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Waiter! Another slice of cake please
George Costanza - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey, that's MY line! Go get your own line!
Larry David - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
YOUR line! You just read out MY line
The Soup Nazi - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
No soup for any of you!! You neither, TT
The Real Soup Nazi - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
That wasn't me!! Get OUT, ALL of you. You too, TT
The Real All Of Us - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
You mean ALL of us? Or just me?
Lloyd Braun - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Serenity now, insanity later.
FG @ TT - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Why can't you be more like Lloyd?
McKludge - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
WTF?
The Real Riddlegirl - November 25, 2009 - Report this comment

WTF, indeed. Dear Tommy, what on earth are you doing? You should be working on that parody to prove that you're me.

You wish for me to 'fess up? Then I must confess that I am quite surprised that you 'fessed up so soon. There was no concrete evidence of your brilliant hoax, only amusing speculation. Reminds me of a riddle: You had it then shared it, you shared it then lost it. What was it?

Nonetheless, if you *are* Riddlegirl, the author of this parody as you said, then we'll know by the end of the week when you post a parody under her name. Cheers.
TT @ TRR - November 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Your virginity.
Riddleanswergirl - November 26, 2009 - Report this comment
A secret
Riddlegirl/The Real Riddlegirl - November 26, 2009 - Report this comment
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Riddleanswergirl - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment
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Riddlegirl - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment

Gasp! Riddleanswergirl, that credit card number has been reported stolen! Tsk, tsk.

Well, Tommy Turtle was unable to post a parody today using the author name of Riddlegirl, so now we know for sure he is not me. Although he certainly has the talent to be any number of characters, he is not Riddlegirl. But who is? You will just have to keep reading, see you next week.

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