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Song Parodies -> "Lennie And His Pets"

Original Song Title:

"Bennie And The Jets"

Original Performer:

Elton John

Parody Song Title:

"Lennie And His Pets"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

One of the reasons my screen name is Callmelennie is that kids in high school did in fact call me that, in reference to the character Lennie from Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"; no doubt because I was pretty big as a teenager. Thing is, I embraced the name; didn't take it as an insult at all. Now, as for this song -- there's something of a mournful tone to the OS, especially at the end, which I will utilize here to craft a lament for the tragic fate of Lennie Small, who was going to be a tender of rabbits, but instead died on the bank of the Salinas River -- just for stroking a woman's hair
Hey Len, what's that in your pocket
Hand that mouse right over
Or I'll be forced to have to sock ya
You killed it when you pinched its head
So toss it out
I'm gonna find a fresher one for you
So don't start to pout

Candy and George, tell how it's gonna be
Oooh, with a place of our own
T-T-T-Tending the rabbits
Oh, but it's small but it's bountiful
Oh Lennie, it'll be so grand
You feed 'em carrot roots; alfalfa shoots
And we'll be living of the fat of the land, Oh
L-L-L-Lennie and his pets

Hey Pup, don't be laying so still
You ain't so small as mice
So why you got to get killed
You couldn't survive, George tol' me so all along
And now I won't find no rabbits to feed
Cause George will say I done wrong

Oh, Candy and George, look I din't forget
Oh .. hide until you come
T-T-T-Tending the rabbits
Oh, she was sof' and so beautiful
Oh Georgie she was gonna scream
She let me pet her hair, and then got scared
Looks like I done 'nother really bad thing, oh
L-L-L-Lennie and his pets

(Cue staccato piano solo while George summons the will to do what he has to do)

Say there, Lennie now look acrost that stream
Oooh ... while I talk about
T-T-T-Tending the rabbits
Oh it's so weird and so horrible
Oh Lennie, such a dreadful thing
To take this stolen Luge; your life conclude
And put an ending to the best laid schemes ... Oh
O' Lennie and his pets

Lennie ... Lennie ... Lennie .... Lennie .. and his pets
Lennie ... Lennie ....Lennie .... Lennie .. and his pets

Lennie ... Lennie .... Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Oh
Lennie ... Lennie .... Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Lennie, Oh

Of course, the other reason I use "Callmelennie" is to underscore the striking similarities between my two favorite works of literature, Melville's "Moby Dick" and Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." Both works involve main characters on an obsessive quest -- one for a whale to kill; the other for a rabbit to feed

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Callmelennie - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
There was a character named Candy in the novel, who had amassed enough savings to turn George and Lennie pipe dream of a farm into a real possibility, if only for a instant. And hey, didja catch the reference to Robert Burns' line "The best laid schemes o' mice and men gang' aft agley" at the end. Of course you did. I'm told Burns had George and Lennie in mind when he penned that line
Porfle Popnecker - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
Good one. I was a Steinbeck fanatic in the eighth grade and read the rather short novel in one day.
Rob Arndt - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
Callmelennie - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
We read the novel inSophomore English, Porfle, and of course, everybody immediatetly started calling me Lennie. Thing is, it was completedly expected, so I was ready for it
Lifeliver - October 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks for leading me here. Well-crafted work. I read the story many years ago and didn't quite get it - still don't. Maybe I should try again. Thanks for the insight in to your nickname - people have been called worse. I won't compare our parodies as Lennie might do something bad again, lol.

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