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Song Parodies -> "One-Seven-Six"

Original Song Title:

"Route 66"

Original Performer:

Manhattan Transfer

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The Lyrics

Route 176 is not a major artery by any means but it passes just south of my home in northern Osaka near the domestic airport and is easily bikeable, apart from a few flyovers. It crosses three wide rivers and their expansive flats, the levees adorned with numerous ornamental cherry trees, set to explode into spectacular drifts of ice-pink in the weeks ahead, at this time of writing. But much of the rest is urban blight. I often use this route to visit a dear old friend in eastern Kobe, a stone's toss from Ashiya harbor. Its a 40 km round trip, and regenerates my steadily deteriorating aerobic system, three broken bones in five years notwithstanding.

The 50s original was written and cut by Bobby Troup with a cool jazz feel. Chuck Berry rocknrolled it, and the Rolling Stones covered the cover. That superb vocal quartet, the Manhattan Transfer, brought it back to its jazz origins with a hit version in the early 80s. More recently, Diana Krall has revived it. I've used the Transfers' recording, which may be heard here.

Some weekends, I like to pedal west
To fair Ko-be, do it my way, healthcare quest
Get-fit fix on One Seven Six
It winds down from Kyoto to the bay
Less than one hundred miles all the way
Scenic mix on One-Seven-Six

Now I start in Itami, verge to minami
'Look, no hands, Ma!' Fold origami
You see Mukogawa. Gear up, not far to go
Soon I'm in Ashiya, can't stop for a beer
Cycle harder, through Higashi-nada

Don't you buy sake, never take a sip
You'll end up flying arsehole over tip
Save your kicks on One-Seven-Six

(instr. break)

Now my friend Takahashi: 'No Mister Flashy!
Take care you crashy, cho-bad smashy-smashy'
You'll see tarmac pillow; gallop through: medico!
Hate that red-light stopper, gonna come a cropper
'Brake man! Bastard … san! Oops, a copper!'

Don't you give lip to that angry Nip
Cussing out in Japanese - bad trip
No big sticks on One-Seven-Six
Rear-end licks on One-Seven-Six
Tonguelash-nix on One-Seven-Six
No cute chicks on One-Seven-Six
* minami - south; higashi - east; kita - north; nishi - west
* Mukogawa - Muko river. Sometimes English speakers say 'Mukogawa river' ('Muko river river') but it's accepted in English, like Mt Fujiyama ('Mt Fuji-mountain'). Japanese simply call it 'Fuji-san'
* cho or chou - super, bulk, mega, very etc. In old 90s Tokyo high-school slang, it's cho-beriGU' (cool, sick) or cho-beriBA' (gross, gagging), now virtually obsolete. Another favorite of mine from that era is 'Essu-Ei' (SA = 'Super-Alien' = 'extremely ugly', 'total dog'

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Susanna Viljanen - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Kore wa kawaii desu. Go-go-go!
Susanna Viljanen - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Lifelifer, anata wa nihon-jin desu ka?
Lifeliver - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Susanna-san arigato. 'Anguro-Osturaria-jin' desu-n-ga, nagai jikan Nihon ni sunde-imash'ta.
Old Man Ribber - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Life - Susanna also speaks High Elvish. Nice take on a great standard. May I also recommend a fine version by Nat King Cole? ;D
Wendy Christopher - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Never heard the jazz version of this one before - being a closet rock chick I thought I'd hate it, but it's actually pretty darn good! And there are some killer subs in this parody, along with a ton of funny lines. A massive 555 :^)
Susanna Viljanen - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Sorekara. Watashi ga daigaku-de nihongo-o maneshta. [Sukoshii.]
Lifeliver - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks for comments, people.
Susanna - Sore hodo - anata wa nihongo de asobi-kotoba ga tsukurimash'ta ('go go go'). Jozu dayo. Demo, watashi wa 'erufu-go' ga zen zen wakarimasen.
OMR - thanks for the compliment and NKC tip - I'll check it out. I can hear him singing it already.
Wendy - yes, darn good and that Alex Blake walking bass is killer. The 80s Manhattan Transfer recordings were brilliant, but mostly too jazzy for me. I prefer their 70s period, when they would rev up doo-wop oldies tempered with some fine romantic ballads, esp. by original soprano Laurel Masse, who had to quit the band after a bad car accident left her with her jaws wired shut for six months. She later forged a modest career based in upstate New York and is still singing.

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