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Song Parodies -> "Spirits In The Sky"

Original Song Title:

"Spirit In The Sky"

Original Performer:

Norman Greenbaum

Parody Song Title:

"Spirits In The Sky"

Parody Written by:

Merry & Pippin

The Lyrics

Lennon died; foul play: Chapman arrest
Kurt blowed with a gun, ‘cus depressed
Presley slayed by pills and fries
Jammin’ now with the spirits in the sky

Gonna jam with the spirits in the sky
I swear Mike Hutchence sex went awry
Harry’s drive, and Marc Bolan’s, tears shed
And Mama Cass don’t embrace ham on bread

Bud-dy Hol-ly’s last flight was a bust
Sister Carp’nter’s heart, it seized up
Lynott; Ochs, them two Phil guys
Attendin’ Bon Scott’s party with the spirits in the sky

Joplin and Sid Vicious
Will be crappy harmonise
That’s Denver over there (‘cus he flied)
Johnny Cash, Harri-son and Hendrix
Thank your stars - No-one as yet that’s from St...

Brian Jones a swimmer? Think chances slim
Moon? Could he blend with Alex?
Jackson says “meds mis-applied”
And Marley says to Tupac
“This shiz, it gets me high”

No! Jimmy Morr’sons re-op’ning fly...
At Freddie Mercury’s satined thighs
Valens died, Ronson’s guitar’s at rest
And Skynyrd shouldn’t have flown I suggest...
Gig they now play is the best
Yep! We know that a ham sandwich wasn’t the cause of Mama Cass' death...never spoil a good story with the facts!

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 13

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AFW - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Very creative piece; updates "American Pie" in a clearer, and more understandable style..
Porfle Popnecker - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Good job with this! It's fun parodying that OS.
Dave W. - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I wish this song would continue on - but still, it's way cool, the way you fooled with old school....It jives
John Barry - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
As the old jape goes: If Mama Cass hadn't had that last sandwich, she and Karen Carpenter would be alive today.
Meriadoc - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks all!

AFW: American Pie really didn't have too many dead people in it. So many musicians are gone now that it would take every verse of all of the big seven to get them in... :(

POP: Yes indeed - I think we've done it three times now.

Dave: Thanks, as I said above, we could (sadly) have filled many more verses.

JB: LOL - never heard that one before!

Extra credit to anyone who can name the three that Merry insisted on including... ;)
Rob Arndt - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
555! This is a very sad OS for me b/c my long-term friend Steve used to sing it a lot before he died. He was close to 500 lbs and was on dialysis for a very long time. He lost all that weight and got down to maybe 220 lbs. Everyone thought he would get better, but he suddenly got deathly ill and went back home to Grants Pass, Or. to die at his parents house. It was very tragic- he had waited for a kidney transplant for a very long time and it never came. I never got to say goodbye :(
Brock O'Brahma - August 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I am going to channel the spirit of Sid Vicious and take a stab at the extra credit. Brian Jones, Marc Bolan, and Mick Ronson. Am I close?
Meriadoc - August 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Rob - thanks for stopping by and voting. I am sorry about your friend. I know a lot of people on dialysis (I work at a pharmacy) and was shocked to learn that 5 years is about the usual life expectancy. I always assumed that as long as you got your dialysis regularly that you would be fine, but apparently it is very very hard on the body. :(

BoB: Wow! That was really close! Actually it would have been correct, except I didn't have to mention Brian to Pip - he just knew to put him in. No, the third one was Phil Ochs. Sorry, you missed the extra credit, but thanks for playing... ;)
wandlimb - August 16, 2012 - Report this comment
If there's a rock and roll heaven, well you know they've got a hell of a band,
Peregrin - August 20, 2012 - Report this comment
wandlimb: Brother, that's a Righteous comment if ever I saw one ;)
Norman Zavlandid - August 20, 2012 - Report this comment
What a great idea for a parody, but now I've got identical themed alternative lines in my head to fit this OS - as you know!
Meriadoc - August 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Norman - I am sure you will make a conquest with it... ;)
lifeliver - August 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Good stuff. You guys know your dead rock stars. Missing in action - Eddie Cochran, Clyde McPhatter, Big Bopper, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Del Shannon, Syd Barrett. Personally I'd leave out the natural-causes ones (Harrison, Cash). Just quibbles - well done.
Meriadoc - August 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks lifeliver! Yeah, we needed a longer song. The irony is, we wrote this over a year ago, by the time we posted it, quite a few more had bit the dust, including Jim Carroll, whom I would have liked to fit in.

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