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Song Parodies -> "The Record Called 'Stairway to Heaven'"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Record Called 'Stairway to Heaven'"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

The trick: To take two legendary story-songs of the Seventies and combine them. Who is up to the challenge? I am.
The legend lives on from Led Zeppelin on down
of a song that gets metal hearts revvin'.
An epic that's long that their fans love so strong
it's the record called "Stairway to Heaven!"

There's a lady who's sure that what glitters is pure.
It is gold and the stairway she's buying.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
with a word, she's successful in trying.

There's a sign on the wall, but she's not sure of all
because sometimes words do not have meaning.
In a tree by the brook, singing bird, take a look.
And sometimes all our thoughts are misgiven!

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
and my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts, what I see, rings of smoke through the trees
and the voices of those who stand looking.

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for the folks who stay long
and forest laughter will reach it's season!

I wonder, 'tis clean, in the spring for May Queen
is that what's making my hedgerow bustle?
Two paths that I spy, each road I could go by
but there's still time to take one and hustle!

My head hums, won't go, and you say I don't know
is it summons that comes from the piper?
The devil, you say, do you think I should play
this song backwards, or play song by Stryper?

Can you hear the wind blow? Lady dear, don't you know
wind that whispers is holding your stairway.
In a film called "Wayne's World," Myers hasn't unfurled
'cause a sign says to play it's not fair way!

Does anyone know as we wind down the road
why compared to souls, shadows are taller?
The lady we know shines white light and she'll show
things turned gold, but Plant still wants to ball her!

If you listen real hard to the British rock bard
at last to you, this tune will be coming.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of a millions longhaired teens a-humming!

Guitar strings bruised, we're dazed and confused
and how many more times are we hearing
those bands who will say they love Zep all the way
but they're about hair and spandex and sneering?

And farther below Plant's I.Q., you know
taking in what chords Jimmy Page sends 'em
are too many bands that don't follow commands.
The legacy of Led Zep suspends 'em!

In a musty old hall in Detroit they cheer
like they did back in '77.
The song, it remains, now and ever the same:
Their beloved tune, "Stairway to Heaven"!

The legend lives on from Led Zeppelin on down
of the song by Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham.
Imitation, it's said, is just flattery so dead.
But still many bands try to get on 'em!
Yes, I know the song came out in 1971, not 1977. It's amazing how well these two songs -- one based in reality, the other totally in fantasy, but two very different acts -- are actually so similar in rhythm. I didn't have to change too many words at all.

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Cat - May 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Wow. Brilliant. Lots of excellent lines, including "The devil, you say, do you think I should play this song backwards, or play song by Stryper?" and the Wayne's World left. You must have put a lot of hard work into this!
AFW - May 29, 2006 - Report this comment
What Cat said, and more...fantastic job, here
Olvan The Terrible - May 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Great, great parody! You must've worked really hard on it in your little toolshed.
Johnny D - May 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Olvan, if you've
ever heard
Michael boast,

You'd know
he thinks his
tool-shed's bigger
than most!

Oh yeah, 555 for another MASTERPIECE, Cap'n Pacholek!
Red Ant - May 30, 2006 - Report this comment
I thought the pacing was way off until I realized I was still listening to STH, heh heh. Shouldn't the second line in the 3rd verse read "two meanings"? Who cares, great idea here Michael.
The Pomfret - May 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice, nice! But try to get more verses.
Michael Pacholek - May 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Thank you, everyone. Ant: Yes, I goofed, it's "two meanings," not "no meaning." Although the song would still have worked if it said what I thought it said. After all, this whole thing started as misheard lyrics, not as parodies. Pomfret: More verses? "The Wreck" has 14, and even that proved to be too long for to adapt "Stariway" without adding the parts about "Wayne's World" and the backward-masking/devil controversy.
Meriadoc - May 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Another excellent one, altho', like Red Ant, I was having trouble getting the original Stairway out of my head for the earlier verses... :-)
Ravyn Rant - June 06, 2006 - Report this comment
I can't believe I missed this one! 555

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