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Song Parodies -> "Mangling Up This Tune"

Original Song Title:

"Tangled Up In Blue"

Original Performer:

Bob Dylan

Parody Song Title:

"Mangling Up This Tune"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

[instrumental intro]

Early one morning I heard some whining
Bob Dylan on some cassette
Singing something strange; he squalled
Couldn't make out a-what he said
Took notes as I lie in bed there
Sure I could use this stuff
I always did like using Dylan's vignettes
Although pacing them was sometimes rough

Then I was wondering what to do with this song
Thinking how could I use
I looked back at those old notes and
soon enough I knew just what to do
Mangle up this tune

[instrumental break]

It was scary, I must admit
Difficult; of course
Then finally I went, "Damn", and said
"Excuses are a losing horse"
I wrote that night as much as I could
Resisted writing crap
Stayed up 'round the clock till I
had finished up a-my first draft
What I churned out looked good to me
Was gonna call it a day
But still I kept looking it over
Re-read it once again, yes, I did peruse
Liked what I was doin'

[instrumental break]

I thought the job I'd done was quite good
It worked like it should, I could tell
There was nothing in it that I thought sucked
Yeah, in fact, it was quite swell
All I'd written had just come to me
As I wrote it I could hear my voice
Read it through with pride; while I hate gloat
I think it will be enjoyed

And then I smiled and thought I'd post
this masterpiece of mine
My face; it sure was grinnin'
Thought it clever; was paced real fine
and so I knew
You would like it, too

[instrumental break]

I was certain it was perfectly paced
It sounded good to my ear
I kept on lookin' for the slightest mistake
It was concise; was clear
Then later on did record out loud
And it came out real good, I must say
And I do declare, it was better than fair
"That's really good", I did exclaim
I'd written something that I must confess
might not be to everyone's taste
When I submit I hope that everyone reading
has the song on to see the pacing here is true
Sure hope that they do

[instrumental break]

When folks are reading what I wrote
When posted on the site
Hope they will tell me, "This is swell", and then
"The pacing is really tight"
And I'll be hoping that when they vote
They had enjoyed the read
Possibly the OS; they won't know
Well, now, that's OK with me
I had fun writing these words, it's true
quite easily they flowed
From my mind onto the page
When it was finished I did know
it was good, dude
Hope you think so, too

[instrumental break]

Hope this is not a monotonous read
Think it's interesting, I swear
Seems amusing and the pacing is right
Would your conclusions you please share?
'Fore I started this the OS I played
Was thinkin' of what I could try
In my head a bell did ring, so
I wrote out these lines
When I read this; was laughin' out loud
I think this piece is strong
And so now I'll sing it out just to prove
that to me it's a real neat song
and when I was through
I thought that was true

I don't always show tact, my friend
I don't always please, I know now
If my feelings do get bruised, well, bro'
I'll try not to have a cow
If I hear some derision
If my temper does rise
Please remind me that when I first started
I was told lots of things that were wise
You see, when at first I wrote
I did not know that I'd enjoy
Posting parodies on this place
That might tease and tickle folks who would peruse
Me mangling some tune

[instrumentals out to end fade]

[lyrics in {brackets} sung to instrumentals out to end fade, same pacing and emphasis as the opening lyrics of the OS]

{Hope to you this song does please}
{Hope it's more than just noise}
{Doing it was fun for me}
{I sure hope that you enjoyed}
{Trying to put these lines together}
{Sometimes it was quite tough}
{It's clever and I hope it impressed}
{I think it's funny enough}
{When I was working on this piece that I wrote}
{wonderin' what I would do}
{ended up with these neat post}
{I know the pace is clean}
{and when you view}
{You will know that, too}

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 7

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   0
 2   0
 3   0
 4   1
 5   6

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Oh Well - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Nothing here to laugh at. Just a long piece about how much you like it.
Michael Pacholek - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
I would've posted this comment under Bob's name, but then I would've had to translate. "Tangled Up in Blue" is yet another one of Bob's many great song titles -- some of which are even mentioned in the lyrics -- and I've thought about trying this one for a while, but I haven't gotten it right. You have, ironically by writing about how you can't. The metaphors, you mixed them, and the words poured out of your mind. Your lyrics just get funnier, and you have good sense of time.
alvin rhodes - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
perfectly mangled, i'd say
Paul Robinson - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh Well - well, 'OK' I said in the piece somewhere, "I'd written something that I must confess might not be to everyone's taste", and it appears you have validated that observation. I appreciate your reading it and, as I also asked in the piece, "Would your conclusions you please share?", and you I say, "Thank you". Geez...guess it was just a lot about 'nothin', huh? MP - I'm glad you appreciated it...I think it might take another parody writer to get it and enjoy it...I was sort of prepared for that - without that "insider view" it might look a bit more self-congratulatory than it really was meant to that I have anything against self-congratulations, mind you...I believe it has it's place in the overall mix of things...Thanks, alvin...
John Barry - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
How you wrangled up this tune is beyond me. I'd never tackle it. Prodigious effort.
Adagio - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
What a long song to tackle and all of it good!! Long about halfway, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop on your last line...something like ..."and they gave me all ones" . Thank goodness, no. Lot's of 5' least
Paul Robinson - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment really did just kind of flow out once I got rolling...of course it needed a lot of "fine-tooth comb" editing and several line modifications to match up the pace...and be singable...but it is. Pat, I considered the someone said earlier, "Oh Well" Thanks JB & Pat! OH...a Dylan "Gates of Eden" parody coming up in the near future...
Meriadoc - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Ah - you finally did an OS that i know. Nice job! :-)
Paul Robinson - March 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks, Mer...

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