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Song Parodies -> "The Organist"

Original Song Title:

"Piano Man"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"The Organist"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

Dedicated to Jeff Reuben, Baltimore Orioles fan. This was written in 1999, when there was a statue of Cal Ripken at third base, Albert Belle was the right fielder, Ray Miller was the manager, and it was already a long time since Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street hosted the 1983 World Series, and even longer since Brooks and Frank Robinson were doing Hall-of-Fame worthy things... Eutaw is the street between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the former railroad warehouse, where former Oriole first baseman John "Boog" Powell sponsors a barbecue stand. If only he were running the team instead of Peter Angelos...
It's seven o'clock on a Saturday.
The regular crowd shuffles in.
There's an old man sitting next to me
who remembers when the home team would win.

He says, "Son, can you play me a memory?
I'm not really sure how it goes
but it's sad and it's sweet, and on 33rd Street
it meant victory for the O's:
La, da-da, da-de-da, la-da, la-de-da, da-dum..."

Win us a game, you're the Orioles.
Win us a game tonight.
Well, we're all in the mood for a victory
and you've got us feeling uptight.

Now John on Eutaw Street's a friend of mine.
He gets me Boog's meats for free.
And he's quick with a joke as the pit starts to smoke
but there's someplace that he'd rather be.
He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me,"
with some barbecue sauce on his face.
"Well, I'm sure that I could be a Yankee fan
if I could get out of this place."
La, da-da, da-de-da, la-da, la-de-da, da-dum...

Now, Cal is a legendary shortstop
who's trying to replace Brooks at third.
And Albert's in right, and his burden ain't light.
He just ain't no Frank, that's the word.
And the infielders practice their double plays,
as the pitchers, they slowly get rocked.
Yes, they're sharing a drink they call "losing streak,"
but it's better than punching a clock.

Win us a game, you're the Orioles.
Win us a game tonight.
Well, we're all in the mood for a victory
and you've got us feeling uptight.

It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
and Angelos gives me a smile.
'Cause he knows that he's rich, but it would be a switch
if the home team would win for a while.

And the organ, it sounds like a carnival
and the microphone smells like a beer.
And they sit in their seats, and watch the Orioles get beat
and say, "Ray, what are you doin' here?"
La, da-da, da-de-da, la-da, la-de-da, da-dum...

Win us a game, you're the Orioles.
Win us a game tonight.
Well, we're all in the mood for a victory
and you've got us feeling uptight.
I don't have an axe to grind with the Orioles, I just wrote this for a baseball message board, during a Yankee-Oriole series, to stir up some smack talk. If it's any consolation, Cal Ripken is the all-time home run games I've seen live. He hit five. Pretty good, considering I'm 160 miles from Baltimore. Don Mattingly is second with four, and Derek Jeter is the active leader with three.

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craig scott - August 03, 2003 - Report this comment
to even put this parody in the same sentence as mine is a discgrace, you should think about getting a new hobby buddy!
Jeff Reuben - August 03, 2003 - Report this comment
Who is Craig Scott, and what is he talking about?
Jeff Reuben - August 03, 2003 - Report this comment
Mike, as an Orioles fan, I thought this was an excellent song. I would have written much worse about Angelos (don't get me started) =) I was lucky enough to see the O's play when they were good in the 70s and 80s (went to a World Series game in 79, and ALCS game in 83). Maybe Kurt Ainsworth is the answer.
Robin Westgate - January 05, 2005 - Report this comment
Kurt Ainsworth isn't the answer, but this is still a decent parody. I am a Camden Yards employee so it hits home for me quite well.

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