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Song Parodies -> "Punning a-Plenty"

Original Song Title:

"Running on Empty"

Original Performer:

Jackson Browne

Parody Song Title:

"Punning a-Plenty"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

Book man stout* had this paronomasia feel;
book man cracked wise about this form of humour [sic] when he made his spiel:
he didn’t like it as we have seen; said punning just wasn’t fun.
I do not care; I’m punning now, I’m just punning on.

Punning on, punning a-plenty,
punning on—punning’s fine,
punning on—punning “sun” into “son.”
In work, getting behind:

I’m a butcher; backed into the machine that does meat-grind;
got more than a contusion, and after that I repined.
In fixing my den, when I was done, I’d repined part of my home:
naughty pine’s what you’d find—walls with skin pix in my dom’.

Punning on, punning a-plenty,
punning on—punning time,
punning on—punning “tun” into “ton”;
hill’s hot. . .can’t stand the clime.

The doctor said, “Oh, that humour’s so low!”
If he found such wordplay, he would grieve—
wasn’t only gout that made him grumpy.
It’s a form that’s light—that is true alright.
I’ve heard he hung around docks to adore Steve.

Book man stout had this paronomasia feel,
though I don’t know just how strong was his pun punishment zeal.
Until now I have focused on homonymic puns. . .other kinds, too,
like if your refrigerator is running, you
must be gone: gotta go catch it.
Punning on—punning tried,
punning on—punning “done” into “dun,”
finished running the ride.

Punning frequently tempts me—
OK, so it ain’t too refined
I love to shtik around, ’cause I’m punning-inclined.
You know, Doc pegged it as low, but he was too unkind.
Punning “putts” into “putz” is how Doc I’ve defined.

*Dr. Samuel Johnson

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Pacing: 5.0
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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 7

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Callmelennie - March 07, 2014 - Report this comment
So what happened after you backed into the meat-grinder, JAB -- you get a little behind in your work? Is that the reason for your long sabbatical? ....... You know, I've heard a new theory about Amelia's disappearance. Apparently, she backed up into the propeller of her own plane when trying to take off from an atoll in the South Pacific -- DIS-ASSED-HER!
Leough - March 07, 2014 - Report this comment
555- Punderful! Now if I could only convince the court to define my traffic violation and get the IRS to refund my investment account...
Rob Arndt - March 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Nice word selection JAB and I love the elegant way that you string them together line-by-line. 555!
John Barry - March 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Lenny, Leough, Rob--thanks!
2Eagle - March 07, 2014 - Report this comment
And we'll have pun, pun, pun 'till her teddy takes her t bear away. Barry punny.
Jonathan - March 07, 2014 - Report this comment
"insert pun here" 5's
Dave W. - March 09, 2014 - Report this comment
No pun left here, they're all gone

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