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Song Parodies -> "Almost Heaven, South Australia"

Original Song Title:

"Take Me Home, Country Roads"

Original Performer:

John Denver

Parody Song Title:

"Almost Heaven, South Australia"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Just a little salute to Down Under. Sounds like a wonderful place with wonderful people.

Almost heaven, South Australia
New South Wales, yeah!
Queensland and Victor'ia

Beer is cold there
Cure for all your ills
Flows, as from a fountain
Pickled to the gills

Mother lodes, gold, not chrome!
I embrace in this song
Territories and Tasman'ia
Let me roam their abodes

Lovely memories all abound there
Nat'ral wonders: coral reef, blue water
Tall and busty, long of limb and thigh:
Playboy's™ Miss Macpherson
Candy for the eye

An-ti-PODES***, sounds like home
Friendly face, funny song
West. Australia, Sheila Momma,
Southern Dome, Anti-PODES

I think they're choice, all the parodies they sing me
And Matey? Oh, I kindly toast although... far away
It's halfway 'round the world; I wish that I could --
--Somehow "beam" myself to there some day
Yes, some day!

Anti-PODES, someday, come
I salute, loud and long
Melbourne's riches: natural gas, there
Massive dome, oft explodes
Hope this dome no more explodes
And to all, best wish bestowed :)

*** Poetic licence was taken with the usual pronunciation of "Antipodes", so that it rhymes with "Country Roads", although this dictionary includes the pronunciation used here as being among the correct ones for the singular, "antipode". Hope this still qualifies as high-koala-ty writing; if not, eucalyptus know in your comment.

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Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 11

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stuart mcarthur - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
Very very nice, TT - makes me all nostalgic for the place...wait, I live here - and yes it's just like heaven down here - New Zealand, but with more sand - and knowing your sly side TT, I was positive that your "natural gas in Melbourne" link was going to lead to this

full of surprises you are ;-) 555
Kristof Robertson - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
Wel, ya knew you'd have at least two rave reviews for this one (although we should also hear from Pippin, conqueror and a coupla other Aussie writers who occasionally pop in)....makes me nostalgic for the place, and I CAN say that coz I don't live there anymore. Still, I'm goung home for Christmas, so this will do nicely til then. YOU BEWDY, MATE! 555+
alvin - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
Rex - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
The only thing I know about Australia is that I love the Shiraz and Tracy Lundgren. It's on my list of places to visit when I win the lotto, but until then I'll read your parody to give me the impression of being down under.
Guy - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm a kangerootin' for this parody. Pure Tas-Mania devilishly clever. I'm puttin' ya dun unda for 5.
TT - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
Kristof Robertson: thanks. Have a great trip and a Happy Holiday, Mate!
alvin, thanks ... Rex: thanks, and good luck with that Lotto... Guy: (lol!) good ones.... thanks, Guy.

stuart mcarthur, TT is soooo wounded... he can't even do a simple tribute to your lovely land without being suspected of sneaking in some sort of slap at his tightest bud and best mate... snif' ... now he is a hurt emo Turtle... snif' ... he is going to crawl back into his shell, take a deep breath, and swim way under the sea... maybe crawl under a reef to put a Great Barrier between himself and these ungrateful Aussies.

maybe he won't even post the follow-up that was planned for tomorrow... (or maybe he will)
PMS - October 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Oz gonna give ya' fives
TT - October 30, 2007 - Report this comment
PMS, thanks.
Peregrin - August 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I am really sorry I missed this at the time! A lovely tribute.

"Almost heaven, South Australia"? No-one mention Snowtown :(
Tommy Turtle - August 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Peregrin: Given that "Snowtown is most famously known for the Snowtown murders" (WP), wouldn't the omission be an act of mercy in a *tribute*? ;-D .... not as if the US and UK don't have their share of horrors (another mass murder today). Focusing on the positive here. Thanks for taking the time to find, read, and comment.
Peregrin - August 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Sssshhhh! I said DON'T mention it!

You are quite correct, a tribute its omission would be, indeed! State and territory boundaries in Aus (there being so few of them) have led to some friendly (and some not so) parochial rivalries.

When I saw the great title sub, I laughed. Other States tend to think of SA less as Heaven and more as where wierd things happen (we think it's because of the searing hot winds that blow in from the Nullarbor Plain, it sends the Crow Eaters* crazy).

* I have no idea why South Australians are Crow Eaters, the etymology eludes me. But thery are!
Tommy Turtle - August 06, 2012 - Report this comment
:oops: My bad, P. I read it as being sad that no one mentioned it -- another CW-US language gap. (Speaking of Gaps, isn't SA just a short hop to Victoria and her Tasmania? ... can't get that out of my head now. ;)

I'm guessing that as the British are Beefeaters, they disparagingly named the boatloads of convicts "crow-eaters". (US only? "to eat crow" = to admit one's embarrassing mistake).
    Who got the last laugh? Aussies are kewel, Mate, unlike those stuffy Brits. (Excluding those who write here, of course!)
Hans Bruitzman - March 01, 2020 - Report this comment
Back around 1982, I wrote the Country Roads parody for Western Australia. I heard it on the radio just the other day. I wonder who used it and would I not be required to give permission first or is there no copyright on parodies anyway?? :)

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