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Song Parodies -> "Anthropomorphic Death"

Original Song Title:

"Locomotive Breath"

Original Performer:

Jethro Tull

Parody Song Title:

"Anthropomorphic Death"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

I know "Anthropomorphic" has one too many syllables, but if you pronounce it "Anthrop'morphic", it'll do. DEATH, in the Discworld, describes himself at one point as an "anthropopmorhic personfication".. but that would scan even worse.
In the magical Discworld
Anthropomorphic Death
The archetypal Grim Reaper
With no real need for breath
He rides a horse called Binky
And when sand runs out in your hourglass
You know Death is gonna be there
And he'll scythe you down

Witches, wizards can see him
As he came and went
Summoned to their bidding
In the Rite of Ashk-ente
Which is oh, so inconvenient
When there's THE DUTY to do
Checking on each hourglass
And people keep on dying
And he'll scythe 'em down
And he'll scythe 'em down

He sees souls departing
To Heaven, or to Hell
Has a liking for kittens
And a daughter? Ysabell
Now, Ysabell is sixteen
Has been for thirty years
For the Gods and Fate are watching
And the people keep on dying
And he'll scythe 'em down
And he'll scythe 'em down
And he'll scythe 'em down

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Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 4.1
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 7

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Paul Robinson - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Well, I chugged through this one and didn't crash at the end...Actually "Anthropomorphic Death" can be sung on that line with the music...because there is space before the next the "th" part of "Death" gets drawn a little past the same part of "breath"...if you were recording you might need to practice it a couple times first, but it works...OH...5's ~ ~ ~. Say, we are starting to get the beginnings of an "Aqualung" album compiled on the site...I have been thinking of working on some of the other songs...of course, a couple (like "Wind Up") might be hard to parody...a certainly wouldn't want to make light use of that one, but for an appropriate subject...
Dee Range - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Love the song, and the parody is right on, though I don't know Discworld. 5's
Rick C - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
I love the OS too. Don't know Discworld either but I like this! 5s
Phil Alexander - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Dee and Rick - go and find some Discworld books: you'll love 'em. If you like this parody, then I guess the ones to start with would be Mort and Reaper Man. But they're all good, and most are simply brilliant.
Paul - Wind Up is probably my favourite Tull song, lyrically speaking anyway - I've not had any great ideas for it, though. Yet. ;-)
Paul Robinson - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Phil, mine too...I heard that when the album came out (of course, being a huge 'Tull' fan at the time) and that song really connected with my impressions and thoughts on Organized Religion...they really do "Have the whole damn thing all wrong"...I've thought about looking at the songs on "Benefit" (an earlier Tull album) for parody songs, but I sense that even fewer, if any, folks would be acquainted with them...(except maybe "Teacher", with has been released on many Tull collection/anthology albums over the years)...But the "Aqualung" album has a lot of parody potential, I think.
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Did You Know Jethro Tull Said The Word Balls In The Song?
Phil Alexander - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Strangely enough, yes, I did realize that the word "balls" was in the original. This is important exactly, how?
karen - June 08, 2005 - Report this comment
DKTOS but do know Discworld (just to be the odd one out). Therefore I took everyone elses view on the pacing. Minor point but I thought his daughter (or grand daughter maybe) was a teacher?
Phil Alexander - June 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Karen - that's his granddaughter, Susan - the daughter of Mort and Ysabell - she's introduced in Hogfather, IIRC.
Paul Robinson - June 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Phil, "Balls"?? Well, I guess I should be addressing this to GBHD, but I'd rather just sit here dazed and ask you if you've ever had a stranger innocuous comment made to you here...
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
A few months back I came across some 20-25 JT mp3s and gave them a full listen on my way to work and home, couldn't really understand why they're a famous band but I guess that a somewhat unique sound goes a long way, or at least did back then. One song struck me as above the rest though; "Man of Principle", might be another take on the life and views of Anthropomorphic Death in that one but don't hold your breath for it, that's HIS job. ;-)
Georg Redder - October 20, 2005 - Report this comment
One of my favorite songs, one of my favorite books, and surely my most favorite parodist. (I'm just trying to get sensible data out of a customers f####d up database - so DEATH is just what I have in mind :-)

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