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Song Parodies -> "I Only Wanna Be A Yew"

Original Song Title:

"I Only Wanna Be With You"

Original Performer:

Bay City Rollers

Parody Song Title:

"I Only Wanna Be A Yew"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

I don't know what it is that I just love the trees
I hug them and I sing them pretty melodies
And if they have needles or leaves, the same
but there's one species I would really like to name -
It's crazy but it's true -
I only wanna be a yew!

I like the pines, and oaks they sure won't let me down
And birches, they are lovely and I beech won't frown
And maples are nice as is juniper
But I don't wanna be common conifer -
That tree won't let me blue -
I only wanna be a yew

I'd grow a trunk that's mighty
I'd live for thousand years
I would grow the needles green
and berries like red tears -

I would like to provide a branch for birds to nest
perhaps a deer would find in my shade place to rest
Though my wood is toxic, too bad for bugs -
If I had my needles eaten - now that really sucks
I'd be tenacious too -
I only wanna be a yew!

And to get pollinated -
that's the life for me:
I could whisper to the wind -
"Honey, now we're tree!"

I'd be an evergreen and thirty meters tall
I'd like to bloom in winter, needles just won't fall
And storms may be blowing, it's just the same
as my wood has the mighty English longbow fame!
Not spruce or elm for sure -
I only wanna be a yew!
No matter where I grew -
I only wanna be a yew!

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Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 5

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Old Man Ribber - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
TREE - mendous, Susanna! ;D
Ann Hammond - July 23, 2010 - Report this comment
he he
Tommy Turtle - July 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Ah, so now you too have become hooked on this song, Susanna? So nice to have a fellow fan -- and I'm working on a parody about that very topic -- Dusty-ism, though probably won't post for another week or two.

Very imaginative twist, but I have to ask one question on pacing: I know you use BCR version vs. the original Springfield hit from the 60s - BCR are Scottish, right? -- don't think they made it too big in the States, so I listened to a YouTube version. Very nice.

Anyway, in DS's version, third line of the bridge is "I fell into your open arms" = 8 syllables. You have seven in both bridges there. BCR do seem either to elide the "in" in "into", or just omit it. Is "fell to your arms" more a British usage, vs. the more common (and original) en-US "fell into your arms"?

Since it wasn't clear from the YT video, no points docked. However, they too *definitely* do the introjections: 'Now, listen, honey" after the first bridge, and "Now, hear me, honey" after the second. These should be in your song.

They do skip a couple of syllables in the echo refrain at the end. Dusty:
"I said, no matter, no matter what you do"
"No matter, no matter what you do" ... so you followed them, that's fine. (Actually, they repeat that couplet, which Dusty didn't.)

Second line of bridge is either "And asked me if I cared to dance", or "Asked me if I cared to dance", so either 7 or 8 syllables. You have 6 syl in the "thousand years" line, and only 5 in "that's the life for me". Definitely a little glitch there. The "listen honeys" aren't worth another deduction, so 455, but can you put them in your next take on this? Great idea, and keep them coming!

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