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Song Parodies -> "Blame Ray Nagin, Naturally"

Original Song Title:

"Alone Again, Naturally"

Original Performer:

Gilbert O'Sullivan

Parody Song Title:

"Blame Ray Nagin, Naturally"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

I know this is the fifth time I've parodied this song (still solidly trailing "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"), and the second time I've hit Bush with it ("Saddam Again, Naturally"), but once Malcolm Higgins started writing parodies shifting the blame from the "President" to the Mayor of New Orleans, it practically wrote itself. When that happens to you, my advice is, "Let it write and get out of the way."
In a little while from now
after I've taken my bow
trying to raise funds from my big rich chums
way out in San Diego
I'll head back to Crawford
and that's where I get the word
that old New Orleans has some flooded scenes
'cause of Hurricane Katrina.
Left standing in the drink
and I think, gee, that's too bad, now.
And Governor gives me what-fer:
"Some help we should have had, now!"
Of course, since she's a chick
on her, I just can't pick.
Blame Ray Nagin, naturally.

To think that only yesterday
the press let me have my way
looking forward to a hullaballoo
of 9/11, that's my day.
But as if to strike me down
the FEMA head, Mike Brown
wasn't cut no slack.
"Messed up like Iraq!"
My reputation is in pieces.
Leaving me to doubt
talk about God and his wishes.
He did appoint me to this joint.
Who cares who sleeps with fishes?
And in this hour of need
at whom will I launch screed?
Blame Ray Nagin, naturally.

It seems to me the Mayor could have
gotten people out
on Interstate 10.
I'm not too late then.
What could I do?
What could I do?

(instrumental break)

Blame Ray Nagin, naturally.

And looking back over the years
and wishing that I still drank beers
I remember how I sat in Florida so flat
when Saddam launched 9/11 fears.
And at age 80 years old
my mother, God bless her soul
said the refugees
better off, you sees
in the Astrodome in Houston.
Leaving them to start
with their hearts so badly broken.
But when the Saints won their first game
just happy words were spoken.
With this I'll get away.
So just follow what I say:
Blame Ray Nagin, naturally.

Blame Ray Nagin
Note on the third verse: I know Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11, but Bush, the narrator, still thinks he did.

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stuart mcarthur - September 14, 2005 - Report this comment
wow, brilliant stuff - it wrote itself, you say? - I believe you - that is quite touched, MP

when I find myself at times quite troubled
my subconscious I invite...
to speak words of wisdom
let it write

alvin rhodes - September 14, 2005 - Report this comment
masterfully written...5s
AFW - September 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Shows excellent rhyme and reason...fives
LInda - September 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Bah bah black sheep, have you any brain?.......... No sir, no ma'am, brain's gone lame......... ... ...... One sheep thinks the song is "brilliant" oh my gad!......... Masterfully? Excellent? They are rhythm robbed and mad!........ ................... Bah bah black sheep, have you any brain?.......... No sir, no ma'am, brain's gone insane!..........
Linda - September 18, 2005 - Report this comment
It wrote itself? Did "it" know the song for more than 3 minutes before writing itself into a parody? Again, got to have the quantity in here, to hell with quality! There were many errors in count, lots! "It" even wrote "itself" a few non-rhymes too! ...If I were you, I would blame another writer too! The lines, many of them, do not even make sense! "Bow" does not rhyme with "San Diego" UNLESS you are using a rhyme search engine and did not think to think that bow, as in ribbon and bow as in bend at the waste are only spelled the same and in the same results, but they do not rhyme! Wow, what a "rushed" mishap, and you are such the Mr. Parody Man and all! ""And at age 80 years old"" the '80' is only two syllables and the line does not fit because the age calls for any one of the many 'three syllable' words! "Leaving me to doubt - talk about God and his wishes" (and the line before and after, don't go together at all). That is just the start because that song sucks. The major, who had enjoyed his fifteen of fame and evacuated his arse, "lickities quick" (LOL, what a maroon), and then came back with his tail between his legs and thinking, "&*$* I better work on PR and damage control first and foremost by cussing, blaming, putting on the most entertaining and pathetic show of male breakdown, utter stupidity and lack of class and education the nation has ever witnessed in an official. The man spent all his planning money from the gov. on. --We just do not know, but certainly, the 'big plan' that would save his city was a farce and his evacuations less than a full 24 hours ahead of the hurricane, were token at best. He is quoted as saying "complete evacuation of New Orleans, would cause businesses to suffer". You may also recall these words, “A few will die, I am sure of that, but our city is well prepared and will come right though this" ... Maybe the fine mayor watched some of the Sat and Sun "hurricane parties" that took place in the city streets while on his comfy hotel bed on the TV set and even tapped his feet to the beat of the blues, but soon after, he was running scared, after all, he had a second term to think about right? Under the best of conditions, it would take in the upwards of 60 hours to transport all the people out of the city before the hurricane, but only if a plan had been made as the good mayor claimed and only if he issued a mandatory evacuation a bit earlier, even the press could not believe the non-compliance of the city in light of the storm. I am certain, as most with any thinking skills are, that had the fine mayor used the fleets of busses, (now under water), to bus out folk who could not just “walk” out a few hours before landfall, lives could have been saved. I am equally as sure that had he said “yes” to the two long Amtrak trains in New Orleans offered to him for the purpose of FREE transportation for citizens out of the area, lives could have been saved. Had he cared more about the people in his city and not the possibility of lost income via businesses closing and his own ass, the death toll would be scarce. However, Mr. TV man, the news program’s darling, had shows to appear on and publicity to grab right up to the storm itself, priorities is what matters after all. Now he cries “our city is broke, we have no money coming in (businesses closed, what a surprise), and we need to get our city alive again” are sounding a bit weak. Always the campaign trails first, the win, the “at all costs” second term that is the mayor of New Orleans! And what of all the money sent to his desk for disaster planning " planning for this very thing, who knows, maybe in his PR work. Then to say a gov. of a state who did not allow the Red Cross or National Guard in and refused to allow the federal gov. to take over “her city” is being hushed! Why you may ask? Politics, just as the mayor’s reasons. Pride if above the welfare of the people and her control was essential, very essential! Coupled with the inhumane fact that she did not want the people of her state from southern NO to migrate and settle or get help and live, in the northern half of her state. That notion was out and thank God for Texas, who cares for people, not politics and “good areas”.
Linda - September 18, 2005 - Report this comment
So is the saga of the state that (one would hope) has gotten the clue. From its start, it has known only liberal leaders and they keep that as a trophy, all the demoncrat party members do! Why is there and has there always been such poverty and why is the crime rate growing each year in NO? How did the perfect liberal state that has had liberal policy since it is conception fail so miserably year after year and have their own, abandon their own in the worst possibly way and at the worst possible time? How could an entire set of facts effect the party and their ever-so-successful liberal dominated gov. and the liberal party as a whole? Well, that’s where the Howard Deans and the Jessie Jacksons come in, that’s where the racist notions come into play --- see, it has to be totally Bush, hate and racism and the right wing who failed the good people of NO, because to let the truth come out "especially in the liberal media --- to chance that the people discover that their own liberal leaders failed them for years and more so currently, would get the people thinking that maybe all their failures and poverty, crime rate and abandoning means they are pawns in politics, not important. Hopefully they will see that and realize that they have voted in people as stupid as this mayor and all the mayors and govs before them because they were blind and kept that way, kept in the racist thing, the poverty thing and thinking it was not their history of all liberals who hurt them, it was the very party that ended slavery 100 plus years ago, the Republicans. See, Republicans don’t need the consistent propaganda hate trippers to win, we win on policy that works, care that is real and morals that would not poison a who section of a state and the state for that matter, merely to keep the vote and the black votes. They now need to prove how evil this hate for the blacks really is, how it killed over 500 people… if the truth be known, NO would be the wiser and vote wiser, think on their very own and maybe end it’s long history of poverty and violence and electing total morons into office just to keep it left. NOTE: Two years ago, or so, when a liberal senator from NO was slipping In the polls, the liberals of the state took busses into the cities in the south, had parades and parties, free food and the like, and then bussed hundreds out into areas in which they could vote. They went door to door and had an army to find and transport the people to vote… think about that for a moment, you Michael, think about that, (or ask someone a bit older, like mom, to help you figure it out, it’s important)
Michael Pacholek - February 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Linda, you did as good a job in your critique as Michael Brown did in helping New Orleans. Or, if you prefer, as good a job as Brown now says, and I always said, Bush did. If you hate liberals that much, why don't you ask Dick Cheney to go and shoot some?
Michael Steele - May 27, 2006 - Report this comment
I salute you, Mike for even trying to parody this song, much less four times. I tried once and Jeez, it is a nightmare (although it richly deserves parody!). As for New Orleans, it is a weird, improbable, beautiful and impractical place, inexorably sinking below sea level in a time of global warming. Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin is kind of a goof, but people like him are what give Louisiana it's charm, if Katrina hasn't washed it all away by now. :(

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