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Song Parodies -> "The Night the Lights Went Out On Foreman"

Original Song Title:

"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Vicki Lawrence

Parody Song Title:

"The Night the Lights Went Out On Foreman"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

October 30, 1974. Kinshasa, Zaire (Republic of Congo). Heavyweight Championship of the World. The Rumble In the Jungle. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: Watch the tape sometime, and you'll see Ali was winning the fight all the way.
A young man came out of Louisville
and gave boxing fans many a thrill
but some of those guys, they treated him just like dirt.

Sonny Liston said hello
but did he hold the heavyweight title long? No
Knocked down, he wouldn't be the last man Ali would hurt.

"Now, I'm The Greatest, and you know that's right
but the right man don't hold the title tonight.
They took it away and they put it up on the shelf.

They gave it away to Smokin' Joe
he beat me, I beat him, but now I know
it's Foreman who's got it, I gotta beat him myself."

That's the night that the lights went out on Foreman!
That's the night we saw who "The Greatest" is, man!
So don't trust your belt to the guy's in George's corner!
'Cause Muhammad Ali's got magic in his hands!

Well, Ali's grinning from ear to ear.
He got the fight set up for Zaire.
He said, "You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned?

Last night, I hospitalized a brick.
I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.
Don't y'all be shocked when I kick George Foreman's behind!"

A hundred thousand were in the crowd.
"Ali, boom-bye-yay," they said real loud.
("Ali, kill him," the point they were trying to make.)

Foreman knocked him to the rope.
But Ali showed that he ain't no dope.
He was drawing some blood, Foreman started to shake.

Well, poor George, he was rolled, and he was pushed around.
Couldn't see why Ali would not go down.
And he's shaking his head, wondering, "Ali, man, how d'you it?"

And Ali knocked him out at the end of Round Eight.
Louis, Marciano, we still can debate, but
he said, "I am the Greatest of All Time, now all you knew it!"

That's the night that the lights went out on Foreman!
That's the night we saw who "The Greatest" is, man!
So don't trust your belt to the guy's in George's corner!
'Cause Muhammad Ali's got magic in his hands!

Well, a third fight with Frazier went his way
but he shouldn't have fought another day.
He should've walked out of the ring then and said, "Folks, I'm done."

And Foreman thought Ali was gonna get killed.
Now he's sold a hundred million grills.
Won the title back briefly when old, but when he was young...

That's the night that the lights went out on Foreman!
That's the night we saw who "The Greatest" is, man!
So don't trust your belt to the guy's in George's corner!
'Cause Muhammad Ali's got magic in his hands!

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TJC - September 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice spin on the controversy... a knock out!
Meriadoc - September 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice one Pach, altho' I was hoping you might sneak the Foreman Grill in there at the end for a little extra humor... ;-)
Michael Pacholek - September 03, 2006 - Report this comment
I did. Next-to-last stanza. You're slipping, Merry. Hobbitsses iss sslippingg.
Meriadoc - September 03, 2006 - Report this comment
Ooops! You caught me! I had an incredibly busy weekend; it was late, I was tired, and I skimmed.... :-{
Jordan (Mike Armstrong) - September 04, 2006 - Report this comment
There are SEVERAL clever lines in this only a true sports/boxing fan would get. My favorite parts have to be the reference to the crazy Zaire crowd screaming throughout the match and your hilarious Ali quip. Flows very well. This is SOTM material in my eyes. Great work.

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