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Song Parodies -> "R.I.P. Pluto"

Original Song Title:

"Vincent (Starry Starry Night)"

Original Performer:

Don MacLean

Parody Song Title:

"R.I.P. Pluto"

Parody Written by:

Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

They've gone and plutoed Pluto!.........those bastards!...........(mp3 of the original song temporarily available here)

Starry starry night
Faintly up there on display
(just before the Milky Way)
lies Pluto, stripped of planetary worth
by some nerds on earth
Proud ex-planet number nine
always such a love of mine
was cruelly from the solar system turfed

mate I understand
how demeaning that must be
to be told so categorically
you were too unplanet-y
They would not reason
they just shot you down
I hope they're happy now

Starry starry sky
dark with fury from the gods
at how this proud cosmic bod
received the rough end of the Earthly stick
sure, he's eccentr-ic
orbiting abnormally
(a bit like Tom does to Katie)
which just makes him more loveable to me

I don't understand
why those guys got so annoyed
(are they suffering from asteroids?)
you just did your Pluto thing

you did what every other planet does
just plutonicly

and although they dissed you
Pluto you stayed so true
coz though redemption's not in sight
in that starry starry sky
you orbit on
the way you always do
but I gotta tell you Pluto
there'll never be a dwarf planet as beautiful as you

Starry starry night
Nix and Hydra and Charon
stick by you as you move on
three loyal moons who cannot quite believe
the mistreatment you received
from daggy nerds who cannot cope
without their Hubble telescope
they cut you from the solar envelope

as I watch Pluto...
you look dark as you
pass by
or is that Uranus in the sky
eclipsing you (that big tough guy!)

They show no respect
for astral roadkill

perhaps they never will

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 32

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Kristof Robertson - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
This actually made me well up a bit. Poor Pluto- it's the solar systemic version of getting dumped by your girlfriend. This was (as usual) magnificent, Stu...for some reason 'you were too unplanet-y' tickled my funny bone the most. A big supernova 555
Michael Pacholek - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
Pluto, the 98-pound weakling of the solar system. If this were a comic book, it would now get bathed in gamma rays, and life would grow there, and it would quickly become sentient and develop space flight, and head for Earth to teach us some manners. Which would require a parody the length of Don McLean's other song to tell. Anybody who treats Pluto this way is goofy. A five-stage rocket for doing otherwise, and well.
alvin - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
surprisingly poignant
Dee Range - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm glad you finally re-posted this. The asteroids line was priceless. Orbital 5's
Dylan Baranski - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
They're lying. Pluto's still a planet. The thing about Pluto not being a planet is a communist lie.
John Barry - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
You might say that Pluto is a dog star now that it's no longer a planet.
Rex - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
The Plutonians thank you and have adopted this as their planetary anthem.
AFW - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
Like John said, by the title I was thinking Disney's dog...but this better...great farewell to the big ball..
Meriadoc - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
Yep - 'un-planety' - a word after my own heart... :-) And to think for a century it was so well rooted in the solar system.... ;-)
stuart mcarthur - June 14, 2007 - Report this comment
thanks Kristof - yes I was very pleased with unplanet-y!

wow, that must be the cleverest comment I've ever gotten MP, goofy, Ampie, just cleverness everywhere - the irony of course is that I had to repost this parody because, true to Pluto's recent form, this parody itself was plutoed from amiright last week, having been posted on the infamous Crashday. Seemingly again Pluto was destined to be forever lost in space, and I couldn't let it happen to the poor bastard twice ;-)

thanks alvin and Dee :-)

I'm with you Dylan - Chairman Mao had something to do with this outrage - thanks

thanks JAB and Rex

thanks AFW - if only he had been a bigger ball maybe, everybody would have been satisfied

if he wasn't rooted then Merry, he sure is now - thanks :-)
Adagio - June 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Beautiful song...then you threw in "(are they suffering from asteroids?)" . Heehee I still wonder what Pluto did wrong. ; )
Lucy Branston's Great-Granddaughter - June 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Like Kristof, this one got me as well. Beautifully written but so sad at the same. Particularly grateful that you provided the link to the song - our supply teacher used to let us listen to this when we were about eight and doing something about Vincent Van Gogh at school.
Johnny D - June 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Well, it'll always be a planet to the Western astrologers! Very clever and well-crafted parody, Stu - 5.55 light-hours of fun from the Sun!
Agrimorfee - July 13, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Lots of reasons for praise--it kept the melancholy spirit of the OS, didn't go for obvious Disney dog (or Uranus)jokes, well-researched.
Matthias - July 14, 2007 - Report this comment
That dog finally kicked the bucket. Ohhhh the planet, okay this makes more sense now. Great tribute to a planet we all loved.
Phil Alexander - July 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Ahhhh... poor Pluto. :-)
bobpiecheese - July 27, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Quite the emotional rollercoaster. It's funny and sad at the same time. 555 waves goodbye to Pluto :'(
Peter Andersson - July 27, 2007 - Report this comment
SOTM - In our solar system there are planetary moons bigger than Pluto, but it's just not fair to moon Pluto like this because of that! (But at least it's still outside Uranus).
Max Power - July 27, 2007 - Report this comment
555 pounds
Jason - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) 555 little twinklies in the sky
McKludge - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) The OS puts me to sleep, but the parody is excellent. Sometimes, we should just tell science to bite me and stick with tradition. Just sometimes, though. 555
Cat - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Brought a lump to my throat. This was actually quite gorgeous.
Jeff Reuben - July 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Awesome. But Pluto knows it's a dog eat dog world! Great song on something I followed...and great comment by K1 =)
The Charnstar - July 31, 2007 - Report this comment
SOTM - A beautiful tribute to a beautiful ex-planet. Let us share a minute of silence for Pluto... Alright I'm over it, but GREAT parody, 5-5-5
wannabemustangjockey - July 31, 2007 - Report this comment
SOTM - Slightly odd but interesting topic for a slightly odd OS that I'd genuinely never heard before.
Kristof Robertson - July 31, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) This still makes me a bit teary; I guess I'm just a big cosmological softie!

Funny and Beautiful.
Below Average Dave - July 31, 2007 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I was more impressed by the sentiment than the comedious end, I think this one is likely to be a top 5 for me, just the topic and it being put to your typically fantastic writing, and Pluto will always be respected as a planet to me. . .it seperated as a moon--didn't we seperate from a country, All hail Pluto!
Jack Wilson - July 31, 2007 - Report this comment
Weir,d thought I commented musta not gone through,anyways, this is better than the OS.5s
Matthias - February 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I also shed a tear for this, although the impact was strong when this was large in the news last year. Still a great sentiment using great parody about a great planet. By the way I loved the line "Astral Roadkill".
Kristof Robertson - February 22, 2008 - Report this comment
(DEC 2.10) Nothing more I can add here, Stu...except that it was a pleasure to revisit
Agrimorfee - February 25, 2008 - Report this comment
(Dec) Nice to see you again.
bobpiecheese - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
(Dec 2.0) Nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. Bloody astronomers. 555 (again :P)
Phil Alexander - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Pluto, the Mickey Mouse planet... Couldn't you have set this to another OS, though, Stu? I'd forgotten how much I can't stand this one ;-)
Stan Hall - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Great job, Stuart ... and I'm with Kristof -- Pluto did nothing to deserve this cruel demotion. At least re those responsible, we all now know what's operative syllable in "astronomer"! :-)
Arwen - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Decathlon...this is phenomenal, Stuart...I can't believe I've never seen it before! Excellent job.
Jeff Reuben - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Good to see this again, still love it!
Below Average Dave - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
(Dec2) As I said originally in the SOTM that contained it, Pluto will always be a planet to me. I loved this first time around Stu, and believe it or not, I just get more of a sentimental feeling from it than laughter, which is an accomplishment all it's own. . .I was a bit surprised that you choose a song that was from a prior contest to enter into this, but none the less it was well written and qualified. . .not hilarious, but an expert parody by an expert parodist.
Matthias - March 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Great work Stuart, listening to this original song gives me a feeling of lonliness, and sorrow... Which is strange, because it's just a stinkin' planet! But it was such a sad, sad story at the time, and this really touched me back when I first read it, and it still touches me a bit to this day.
Red Ant - March 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved "plutonicly" and "(are they suffering from asteroids?)". Good to see you could work in something about Uranus as well, he heh. "Astral roadkill" was very inspired as well. 555
Mikey Squirrel - March 31, 2008 - Report this comment
SOTY- OK I thought that Mickey Mouse's dog had died! Whew, however the planet's R.I.P. is just as sad. Very funny and well done, Stu.
Mark Scotti - September 25, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Kudos for a requiem of a ONCE planet!!
DJ Blaze - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
If it makes you feel any better, there was a DanceDanceRevolution song called "Pluto" that had the hardest dance steps of all the planet songs in SuperNOVA2. Great OS choice. 555
Matthias - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
See Above (Into the night sky)
Below Average Dave - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
In the style of Billy Joel "It's always a planet to me". . .still like it, see above. . .DJ Blaze, Sometimes I forget you are a DDR fanatic, I would have never linked this to the song "Pluto". . .now I have THAT song in my head too:)
bobpiecheese - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) See above (again...*sniffle*)
Guy - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
BR> It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Pluto is realy a planet - on 2nd thought maybe it does. But those twits that say it is not a planet. I say that you can all stick that notion up Uranus and go poopiter out some air lock in space. Scientists must always come up with more and more absurd ideas in order to keep the philanthropistic and government grants given up to them coming in existing on someone elses dime. And they pull the wool so easily over everyone's eyes because only other scientists argue with their way out theories who are above most of our pay grades . I've done my share on the theme of scientists being full of it just for the grant money - IE "The Clowns of Science" and the entire montage of "Pi" parodies I did that satire all the money they spend trying to make sense of the remainder of PI - the only known division problem that neither runs a repetaive remainder or simply goes on forever with the last number of that remainder.

Stu - I completely see the humor in this but I was actually upset that they dare declare an object in our astronomical neighborhood that has only been known to exist since about 1930 and has yet to complete even one revolution around the sun and will not have completed such withn our life times so how are they so sure about something they only really first got an eyeball on using the Hubble just a few short years now in the making.

OK - soap box taken down - Stu you never cease to amaze with your originality and ever so finely written parodies. This is going to be a tough round to cast votes upon - every parody I've read so far in this round are all contenders. Write on Stu - write on - we love it.
Leo Keough - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC5(QR) Great job on this!!!...Many cleverly funny lines!!!...555!!!
Red Ant - October 03, 2009 - Report this comment
See above! I still like this, and "sure, he's eccentr-ic" stuck out for me as well as the previously mentioned lines.
Melanie Lee - October 04, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Sweet and tender and funny. Good use of neologs (new words). 555 million miles away from home!
The Unheard Genious - February 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Is it bad that I can imagine Josh Groban singing this? Well I can. I heard his voice in my head as I read the words. Which by the way were hilarious. I love your plays on words. Yay for the loyal moons! :D

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