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Song Parodies -> "Say Good-Bye, Holly? Ow! (Buddy Holly 'Music Died' 2010 Tribute)"

Original Song Title:

"Betcha' By Golly, Wow"

Original Performer:

The Stylistics

Parody Song Title:

"Say Good-Bye, Holly? Ow! (Buddy Holly 'Music Died' 2010 Tribute)"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

For the full story behind Don McLean's "American Pie" and "The day the music died", see the 2007 tribute. For interesting, fateful details of who got on the fatal flight and who didn't, see the 2009 tribute. For the first noob version (it shows it, and not posted in time for the event), see the 2006 tribute. Didn't make it for 2008 - um, that was a leap year, right?

FiTTing to use another of the author's fave groups for OS. (Coupla' extra refrains at the end, here, to get all the songs in.)

You've departed: *no* "Fool's Paradise"         [1]
Rock 'n roll, you brought a brand new style
It's so easy, loving Peggy Sue                             [2] [3]
Ways of love: true; Words of love, too         [4] [5]
You're a genius, lost to skies
Rave on, 'spite of your demise                     [6]

To say "Good-bye, Holly": Ow!
I could listen to you "everyday", forever         [7] [8]
We're gonna love you too, it's true: mod-ern Don Juan?         [9] [10]
Bo Diddley song         [11]

Feb the Third: It's raining in my heart                   [12]
You're gone? It does--n't matter anymore         [13]
See that rainbow? Fame: away, not fade         [14]
We listen to you, but *what* to do?           [15] [16]
Flight: The plane fell from the sky
That -- 'll be the day we die         [17]

Early in mourning: Wow!         [18]
Crying, waiting, hoping you would live forever         [19]
No, love has made no fool of you; your "heart-beat" strong         [20] [21]
Wish-ing: for long         [22]

[interlude -- 50 years go by; others cover Buddy's hits; rock goes on; oldies still being redone today]

You're no "square", Buddy, now                 [23]
Reminiscing: blue days, black nights, now, forever         [24] [25]
So, married, is dear Peggy Sue? It's too late now;           [26] [27]
So, tell me how: --                     [28]

-- Lookin' for one to love         [29]
And I think it over: midnight shift; and oh, boy ;-(         [30] [31] [32]
Some "Baby", maybe: Love me, too         [33] [34]
As we love you
And think of you

Say "Good-bye", Holly? Ow!
Rock around with Ollie-vus, "Vee vill", forever         [35]
The Turtle learned the game from you         [36]
Tries: keep it strong
Each year: my song

We're gonna love you, too         [37]
For TT, your fame: "not fade away", forever         [14]
And ev'ry year he tributes you
Keep mem'ry strong
Good-bye; soooo long....

Filling my Holly vow....
[fade? Not so long as TT draws breath.]

Buddy Holly songs referenced (some obviously released posthumously):

[1] "Fool's Paradise" (1958)                        
[2] "It's So Easy" (1958)                                  
[3] "Peggy Sue" (1957)                                      
[4] "True Love Ways" (1960)                      
[5] "Words Of Love" (1957)                          
[6] "Rave On" (1958)                                            
[7] "Listen To Me" (1957)                              
[8] "Everyday" (1957)                                          
[9] "You've Got Love" (1964)                        
[10] "Modern Don Juan" (1956)                      
[11] "Bo Diddley" (1963)                                          
[12] "Raining In My Heart"(1959)                  
[13] "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (1959)
                                                                            [14] "Not Fade Away" (1957) [Most famous cover: Rolling Stones]
[15] "Listen To Me" (1957)                                    
[16] "What To Do" (1961)                                        
[17] "That'll Be The Day" (mixed with Don McLean's trib in this parody line)
[18] "Early In The Morning" (1958)              
[19] "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (1959)      
[20] "Love's Made A Fool Of You" (1964)
[21] "Heartbeat" (1958), and a pun on his new "beat" (R 'n R) still going strong
[22] "Wishing" (1963)                                                    
                              [23] "You're So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)" (1961)
[24] "Reminiscing" (1962)                                        
                    [25] "Blue Days, Black Nights" (1956)                        
[26] "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1956)        
[27] ""It's Too Late" (1957)                                      
[28] "Tell Me How" (1957)                                        
[29] "I’m Looking For Someone To Love"
[30] "Think It Over" (1958)                                        
[31] "Midnight Shift" (1959)                                    
[32] "Oh Boy!" (1957)                                                    
[33] "Maybe Baby" (1958)                                        
[34] "Love Me" (1958)                                                    
[35] "Rock Around With Ollie Vee" was the B-side of the hit, "That'll Be The Day".
(Horrible pun for a solemn tribute? A joyous tribute to what he gave us all: "Rock around with all of us".
TT somehow thinks Buddy would approve of the pun.)
[36] "Learnin' The Game" (1960)                        
[37] "I’m Gonna Love You Too" (1958)        

All of those in a three-year career. Imagine if he'd lived as long as, say, Keith Richards....

New personal best for "most Holly songs in one tribute".

"American Pie" and "The day the music died" © 1971 Don McLean. All else © 2010 Tommy Turtle. All rights reserved. E-mail:

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Mark Scotti - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Really nice job, TT. Just listening to the dedication of American Pie, on the radio on the way into work!!
Christie Marie M - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Great tribute to Buddy Holly. My fave songs of his are his Peggy Sue songs, Fool's Paradise, Maybe, Baby, etc. His music will never be forgotten! I remembered watching The Buddy Holly story awhile back when I was younger with a very young Gary Busey! He's very good looking, Buddy is. It's all good! 555.
John Barry - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Amazing job of cramming all the titles in and making it work.
Fiddlegirl - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh, Boy-- What a marvelous tribute! Rave on, Write on, Rock on :D
2Eagle - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember all those songs and remember that day well.
Phil Nelson - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
well written
Tommy Turtle - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Mark Scotti: How appropriate! Thanks for v/c!

Christie Marie M: Thanks .... but the Busey movie is wildly inaccurate. Check out Paul McCartney's documentary, "The Real Buddy Holly Story" (1985). Should be easy to find on DVD. Features interviews with those who worked with him and knew him -- nothing at all like the fake "Hollywood" version. Click the link to the 2009 version (in the intro) and see the discussion between Mark Scotti and myself about the two versions. Thanks for v/c!

John Barry: If this weren't a eulogy, I'd make some off-color remark about being able to cram it in, but under the circumstances, how about just, "thanks"?

Fiddlegirl : Gee, that's not what you said at the other song today -- should change your name to "Ficklegirl". (LOL! I *kill* me!) ;) .... Seriously, thanks. muah!

2Eagle: Thanks. A sad day indeed, but the songs live on.

Phil Nelson: well thanked.
On Ye Olde Jolly Holly Trolly - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Reads like base 7 to a geek n' flows like (ahem), a tribute'ary! What a wonderfully creative, er, creation you've concocted, TT! Very original and uber-researched to boot!

BTW, would you mind publishing your 2012 tribute a bit early--you know, *before* The Apocalypse!
Warren Baker - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
The sound you just heard was my brain exploding!!! Odd, with my brain gone, all I hear are crickets...
Nice job. Well done. At a loss for words.
TT - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
On Ye Olde Jolly Holly Trolly: Well, at least you're not texting while driving a *car*, thank goodness! :) .... Is there a specific *date* in 2012 for these dire predictions? (I think it's on Election Day for the Dems). IOW, do I have at least until Feb. 3? ... tbanks for v/c!

Warren Baker: Whew! Glad that was a *positive* explosion! ... LOL @ Crickets, and thanks for v/c!
Old Man Ribber - February 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Good Golly it's Holly! ;D
Tommy Turtle - February 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Old Man Ribber: LOL @ apropos gag, referring to one of Holly's contemporaries in spawning Rock. Thanks for v/c! (Ad LIbber: It's Ribber! ;-)
Susanna Viljanen - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes, it does matter anymore. Fives!
Tommy Turtle - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Susanna Viljanen: Indeed, it does. Thanks for stoppin by and for v/c!
Lifeliver - November 30, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks for sending me here, Tommy. Most impressive feat. Turning around Ollie Vee was particularly ingenious. Don't recall hearing his version of 'You're so square' - must investigate. It's obvious you're a dedicated fan. I'm glad you gave the McCartney doc. a meritworthy plug. I have my own copy. I enjoyed the movie on a Hollywood level, like La Bamba.

Don't care much for the OS, but that's just me. Looking forward to getting around to your other tributes. Have some more 555s.
Tommy Turtle - December 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Lifeliver: Glad you thought it was worth the trip and the read. Appreciate all that was said (and voted, of course ;).

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