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Song Parodies -> "Tambourine"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Salsoul Orchestra

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

Familiarity with the pre-disco 1941/42 song would help; the lyrics in paretheses are lyric lines done in the 1976 disco version by an instrument (violin, trumpet) rather than by the singers. OS (Salsoul Orchestra):

(Tambourine! It’s so fun to shake.
As they strum some rock,
Percussive knocks you make.)

(Tiny cymbals clash
On a wooden band.
You slap your hand, and—crash!)

Tambourine! Tracy Partridge played,
Betty Cooper owned,
And Davy Jones displayed.
(So, when you lack good musical skill,
With your grasp of do-re-mi nil,
Well, you can bang the tambourine!)


(Tambourine! Your piano sits
In a silent state:
Can’t play the latest hits.)

(Where’s your old guitar?
In a leather case
Behind the basement bar.)

Tambourine! Trumpet on the shelf,
And your brand new flute
Is sitting mute itself.
(Well, you don’t train; you can’t play a tune.
So your voice you’ll just have to croon)
Unless you bang the tambourine!

(instrumental break)

Bling-a, bling-a! Tambourine!
Klink-a, klink-a!
Ding-a, ding-a! Tambourine!
Plink-a, plink-a!

(instrumental break)

Tambourine, ping-ping! Ping-ping!
Tambourine, ping-ping! Ping-ping!
Tambourine, ping-ping! Ping-ping!
Tambourine, ping-ping! Ping-ping!
Shake that thing!

(instrumental break)

Bling-a, bling-a! Tambourine!

Ding-a, ding-a!

(instrumental to fade)
OS (Frank Sinatra, 1962): OS (Killingly High School Jazz Vocal Ensemble):

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Pacing: 4.3
How Funny: 4.3
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 11

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YourQueenTambourine - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I keep hearing " My Green Tambourine " . . . .
AFW - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Excellent job on this difficult tune, expecially admire your work with the inner rhyming..I've done this old tune a time or two, myself, so I know how tricky it can be.
Agrimorfee - September 09, 2008 - Report this comment
(Amiright Idol) You brought something quite unusual to the table, Melanie. This is quite a bit of fun...not necessarily funny all around, but clever just the same. I worry though about the recording aspects of this, because of the Disco cover you have worked with. Dave's music sources are more likely to have a traditional performance, not the Salsoul Orch. arrangement. All told though, you put this together really nicely. 555
Agrimorfee - September 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I screwed up (again). Look for the proper AI commentary elsewhere.
Agrimorfee - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Melanie, I still like this for its originality.
Fiddlegirl - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey, It's the Tambourine Band! Play a song for me... (oops-- forgot myself in the moment...) :)
Guy - October 20, 2009 - Report this comment

This is not tamboring, no sir not tamboring at all. But why did CCR say in their song 'lookin' out my back door":

Tambourines and elephants all playin' in the band?

Clever bit of word smithing, Melanie
Stuart McArthur - October 29, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) fun to follow as it moves in and out of lyrics and instrumental - gotta say I've never even heard that song before let alone try to parody it. I love the sentiments though Melanie - "So, when you lack good musical skill, With your grasp of do-re-mi nil" sums it up, and the best thing about the tambourine is the word itself - beautiful - 555
Leo Keough - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC5(T) Interesting concept, writing words to the instrumental parts...555!!!
Matthias - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Intresting topic choice. Points for that alone if the rest wasn't so points-worthy
DJ Blaze - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Very unusual choice of topic. Good show. 555
bobpiecheese - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) I do declare that this is the most original parody I have read, unless my memory has pushed an even more original out to make way for more useless Transformers trivia...ahem. 555!
Below Average Dave - November 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Still a pretty fun parody Mel, good job on this one. . .I know I've commented before as I was an Idol judge--but it must have been in the message board, so props again on the actual parody.
Red Ant - November 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I think the only other writer here to put words to instrumental parts of a song with lyrics was Paul Robinson. Never heard this OS until now... it was admittedly a bit hard to follow the lyrics, but I definitely dug the idea and execution.
AFW - September 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I see I commented on this back in 09.....I like yours better than mine...Had I remembered, or checked Search, I would have given you first use credit...
Melanie Lee - September 26, 2013 - Report this comment
AFW: no big whoop. After all, it was five years ago, and yours give a fresh point-of-view!
Melanie Lee - April 28, 2015 - Report this comment
RIP Suzanne Crough, aka Tracy Partridge, player of the tambourine, mentioned in this parody. RIP also to Davy Jones.

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