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Song Parodies -> "I Left My Harp In Sam Clam's Disco"

Original Song Title:

"I Left My Heart In San Francisco"

Original Performer:

Tony Bennett

Parody Song Title:

"I Left My Harp In Sam Clam's Disco"

Parody Written by:

Warren Baker

The Lyrics

This is a modified edition of the old, old joke of the same name. And it's still a joke I love to tell with all types of embellishment and drama. Instead of going with the 'Heaven' motif, I changed the scenario to where our clam protagonist is a regular harpist at a local underwater club.
BTW, I've always wanted to do a lyric of the original joke, so I'll count this as a dream fulfilled. I guess I should dream bigger...
Our swimphony the sweetist
The coral swished and sang
A soiree under foam
I plucked and gladly played

Played the Tommy Dorsal tome
Where the Mussel Shoals were snappin’.
Arriving home
“It is missing!” I exclaimed.

I left my harp
In Sam Clam’s Disco
Next to a gull
Who cawed to me.
I saw her waving at the bar
With fishies who were stars
Near siren’s song
I left her there

My porpoise there
At Sam Clam’s disco
To whale the tunes
In urchin sea.

And now I’m floating to
Sam Clam’s disco
If harp is gone
Tis beach for me
Copyright 2010 Warren Baker. For more unbridled mirth, enjoy the oft mentioned, rarely visited, Blogging Baker.

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Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 10

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Old Man Ribber - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Good job, Warren,. Do I also catch several references from Kip Addotta's Wet Dream as well?
TJC - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
This was *really* clever, Warren--awash in enough puns to tide me over! *And*, it sounds great in the key of sea!
Tommy Turtle - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I'd always heard that ooold joke as " in Sam 'n Fran's Disco", but the underwater version suits this writer much better, for obvious reasons! :)

The advantage of not dreaming *too* big is that you're less likely to be disappointed... "There are two ways to become richer: You can acquire more, or you can want less" (Thank you, Grasshopper.;)
AFW - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Good adaption...good puns...In this instance, SF means..Sure Fine
Christie Marie M - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Great job, Warren! I echo all comments above and I really missed your great parodies. Nautically hilarious and gotta love harps and clams! I can also imagine a clam playing a harp. Sounds like heaven under the sea. Strumming ya 5's!
WarrenB - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
OMR- Up until you mentioned him, I'd never heard of the song. Very clever and 'pun'ishing. And we both did the Tommy Dorsal line! Thanks for introducing me to him.
TJC- Glad you enjoyed the wave of puns. I really didn't want to do an inNeptune, just a tune people wouldn't feel crabby about after reading it.
Funny that you bring up grasshoppers. According to sea traditions, many sailors would carry grasshoppers on their trips for good luck. The more grasshoppers you brought, the more the luck you got. Well, apparently, some would go 'overboard' and bring barrels of grasshoppers. Eventually, the insects would get loose on the ship and invade every nook and cranny and piece of food. One day, a sailor by the name of Minty Freshe' decided that carrying grasshoppers in liquid form would be easier to handle. Soon after liquid grasshoppers took flight, local PETI (People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects) chapters protested, and a compromise was made involving alcohol and green food coloring. Since green food coloring had not been invented yet, sailors substituted the current'y 'in vogue' Creme de Menthe. Sadly, this Menthe did not go well with Rum, and a substitute was found with a chocolate liqueur.
...but I digress.
AFW- Thanks for KW, meaning 'Kind Words.'
Christie- Good to hear from you and your nice comments. Sometimes I like clams with a nice Harp!
On a side note, my 'sweetist' should be spelled 'sweetest.' Thanks again for the nice comments everyone.
WarrenB - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
@TT- the grasshopper story is in reply to your verbal kung fu. (Chucky please give us a preview window!)
Ann Hammond - September 07, 2010 - Report this comment
he he
UnKnownInSFO - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
oops . . . . I dragged my Tarp thru all that CRISCO !
Saul - August 13, 2019 - Report this comment
I love this joke, and can't find the original version I heard, which combined it with a parody of the movie Casablanca.

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