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Song Parodies -> "The Demise of S.S. Morro Castle"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Demise of S.S. Morro Castle"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

We've all heard of the Titanic, the Lusitania, the Hindenberg and the Andrea Doria. Some of us have heard of the General Slocum and the Eastland. This one hit a little close to home for me. Literally. Not that I was around at the time.
The legend lives on from old Sandy Hook down
though this boat doesn't have quite the history.
The Captain, it's said, didn't rise from his bed.
And that's only the start of the mystery!

With a load full of folks, and some Cuban rum, no joke
did the Morro Castle leave Havana.
For Manhattan it steamed, but nobody did dream
that the ship would burn just like Atlanta.

The ship was the pride of the cruising Ward Line
which commissioned it in 1930.
In harbor so snug, it received loads of drugs
which give it a repuation dirty.

Concluding some deals with guys who said, "Don't squeal
or you'll be sleeping with all the fishes"
the ship disembarked in Caribbean dark
and to reach New York safe was their wishes.

Good Robert Wilmott, his charge was quite a lot
'cause the ship was under his commanding.
Not just rum-run stunts, illegal immigrants
the men who hired him were demanding.

According to lore, in nineteen thirty-four
on the 9th of September, past midnight
the Captain, poor shlub, found dead in his bathtub
and a fire belowdecks soon did light.

William Warms, first mate, had a lot on his plate
as the fire raged, he had a big mess.
But the company creeps, those guys were really cheap.
Warms knew they wouldn't pay for SOS.

The lifeboats were sent, but eternal lament
for just six passengers were a-boarding
'cause the cowardly crew out for "me" and not "you"
were of vessels for rescue just hoarding.

Does anyone know where survivors did go?
Two hundred twenty-four were still living.
But a hundred, a score, and then seventeen more
were all gone, and should we be forgiving?

The blaze in the night was a terrible light.
People on the boardwalk thought it scary.
It seems Bruce Springsteen did not write of this scene
though it took place off Park of Asbury!

"Savannah" saved some, the "Lukenbach" a few
and the "Monarch of Bermuda" many.
The "Paramount" retrieved some who couldn't believe.
But for crimes, the courts didn't charge any.

And farther downland, where casinos now stand
watch the wiseguys so greedy and rotten.
And the slot machines go as the blue-hairs all know
with the old shipwreck nearly forgotten.

In a musty old hall, on computer I typed
to get details of this tragic vessel.
And be it so uncouth, we may never know the truth
of the fire aboard Morro Castle!

The legend lives on, though some would keep it down
of the ship off the boardwalk, a-burning.
And why, it is said, did those people get dead?
The full story, we'll never be learning!

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AFW - April 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Expertly executed...and Great poetry...This would have been too heavy for Gordon Lightfoot....Away all Fiveboats!
Rick Cormier - April 02, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm at a loss for words but, not for 5's!
Red Ant - April 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Ooh, I have been so waiting for you Mr. Pacholek. DRTOS on this to vote it, sorry about that ( I will get this so I won't need that remedial music course). To clear up a few questions: 1. No I didn't know the ENTIRE lyrics to " Yesterday" ( hell, I can't remember all the lyrics to Alice in Chains ( AIC ) all the time ). 2. Houndog, Elvis Presley: pretty good. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones: Very good ( though my fave RS song is " Shelter "). Johnny B Goode: Chuck Berry, DRTOS well enough. Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan, again DRTOS. Surfin' USA: The Beach Boys, excellent. 3.FNM is Faith No More ( you mentioned you didn't know what AIC and FNM meant, now you do ). 4. Catherine Zeta-Jones is beautiful,etc., atleast we agree on that point ( and if she were your wife and wanted you to drive NASCAR, well, lets say I think you might change your mind on that 'sport'. 5. The worst death toll ( shipwreck wise ) was onboard the Truscania, a ferry designed to hold 200 passengers that had 2000 aboard when it capsized, in which over 1500 ( mostly UNION soldiers/POWs ) died at the end of the Civil War ( sometime I believe in April, 1865. You can Google it if I got the name wrong ).
Bill Murray - April 02, 2005 - Report this comment
This must be Groundhog Year. Every day I wake up, and here is another Ed Fitz parody by Michael. Are you trying to exceed for the best Fitz parody? Hope you got a few hundred thousand years to spare :-)
Michael Pacholek - April 04, 2005 - Report this comment
Ant: If I didn't know what AIC and FNM stand for, that should tell you something: That those bands are as forgotten as the DC5 and the QMS, lost among the better bands with whom they once trolled the top of the charts. "Bill": You'll have to make about five more films as good as "Groundhog Day" before I'll forgive that abomination known as "Caddyshack." Be glad I "honored" you with "Punxsatawnian Rhapsody." BTW, how 'bout them Cubbies, huh?

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