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Song Parodies -> "The Wrecker of Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Wrecker of Edmund Fitzgerald"

Parody Written by:

Dylan Baranski

The Lyrics

TA-DAH! My 75th song parody! As usual, I did something special for this one. A while back, I saw that Michael Pacholek had written a bunch of parodies about this song, so I decided to check out the original song myself. I like this song. It reminds me of "American Pie" in a way. In true Dylan Baranski fashion, I had some weird ideas for this one: "What if this Edmund Fitzgerald guy was a tow truck driver?" "What if he enjoyed his job too much & started towing away cars just for fun?" "And what if the police found out & went after him, but he disappeared & was never seen again?" And thus, this parody was born. Enjoy the parody, and keep on truckin', everybody!
The legend lives on in the city of Detroit
Of a crazy man driving a tow truck.
This guy, they have said, might now long be stone dead,
Or maybe he just plain ran out of luck.

Driving around in his Ford, perhaps this sucker got bored,
Perhaps Edmund Fitzgerald was crazy.
Perhaps he was sick, or had a bone to pick,
But today the answer’s still hazy.

He had lots of pride for the American side,
But he was getting bored with Wisconsin.
As tow truck drivers go, he was better than most,
But he hadn’t had much work this season.

He soon came to terms with his problem & affirmed,
“I will go find some work in the city!”
So he got some cash & left for Detroit,
Because he thought that place was so pretty.

In the Motor City, the first thing he did
Was checking in to his hotel room.
When he settled down, he then looked around
For a towing job for him to assume.

He read the ads during breakfast, and was glad
When he found the job he was looking for.
He put on a suit, and took the best route
After that, his name would be in folklore.

When his first day came, Eddie’s boss came to him sayin’:
“There’s lots of traffic infractions.
We’re low on people, and it’s so pitiful, we need
More people who will take action.”

So he was sent out to search violators out,
And he was sure that he’d get some herald.
And all day & night, violators lived in fright
Of the wrecker of Edmund Fitzgerald.

Did anyone know when he started to tow
Random cars away for the sake of fun?
The police chief soon said “I want alive or dead
The guy who’s towing random cars one by one!”

They started a search for the guy doing this,
At first, it amounted to nothing.
They looked around town, and found a note on the ground
In Edmund Fitzgerald’s own handwriting.

Back at the hotel, Eddie was sitting
In his room, & was watching some TV.
He heard sirens, and said “In the name of Queen!
They found me! Looks like I gotta flee!”

He packed up his stuff, and he left in a huff,
But he had this one predicament.
If he went out the door, he’d be arrested for sure,
So instead, he went into the basement.

Through the musty basement, he looked all around
For an exit that wasn’t imperiled.
He soon found one, found his tow truck, and was gone,
And the cops, they lost Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on in the city of Detroit
Of a crazy man driving a tow truck.
Fitzgerald, they have said, might now long be stone dead,
Or maybe he just plain ran out of luck.

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Pacing: 4.0
How Funny: 3.3
Overall Rating: 3.7

Total Votes: 3

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AFW - September 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Welcome to the EFGPC...with a most unique, humerous and well written entry
Dylan Baranski - September 19, 2007 - Report this comment
EFGPC...Edmund Fitzgerald G????? Parody Club.
Ed Fitz - September 19, 2007 - Report this comment
This needed much more work on pacing and rhyme scheme than was put into it. A great concept, but not singable without glitches, and rhymes need work. Good try, keep on trucking.
Andria - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
This one was better than most of the other parodies of "Ed Fitz" because it was not insulting in various ways to the men who died on the ship, but Ed Fitz was right about the pacing and rhymes. Dylan, here are 333 junk cars.
Michael Pacholek - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
It wouldn't be an official "Edmund Fitzgerald" parody if I didn't at least comment. Maybe I should have left this one "unofficial." I realize Gordon's original had some questionable rhymes, but there were too many not-even-close rhymes here. Good title, but a weak performance.

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