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Song Parodies -> "Song By Al"

Original Song Title:

"You Can Call Me Al"

Original Performer:

Paul Simon

Parody Song Title:

"Song By Al"

Parody Written by:

Warren Baker

The Lyrics

Last week saw an avalanche of new Weird Al videos from his new album, and I rejoiced at every one of them. All of them were fun. All of them pure Al.
Kudos to Tokusou Sentai Blessranger for his original take on using this song back in 2005.
You Can Be Weird Al
A man stares down the beat
He sings and puts a song on the griddle now
Puts puns and song on the griddle
And shines a new light on old guard

He sees a golden opportunity
He takes a shot at invention
He wants to make it a cartoon
Like a cartoon pop yarn
They snicker
We snicker

Howls at the moonlight
Slice his way through pure pop lore

Get your grin ready
Grin ready
Yes, he’s nuts, a weird marquis
I’m glad he still writes pop songs amusing, never bores

If you hear some hallowed song
It could be some big chart wow
He has lance at ready
Get ready when he’s spawning
For a song by Al

A note wafts down the street
It drifts by and we’re gripped with attention
Grabs the world’s little span of attention
And through our brains it plays on

With that hook filled melody
What if a new ear
Will write a tune novel
And takes that tune novel and

He spins a song exacting
With some tarnished Amish pranking gangsta world

Or a song
A song
‘Bout some grungy gents as malcontents
Or fat guy with dance gyrations

You could be a singing bard
You could sing of long lost gal
You just be at ready
Be ready for the bombing
With a song by Al
Song by Al.

A thought comes now to me
It’s a cold and a weird world
Maybe spin this old world
Maybe it needs jest kind of sound

Who really speaks the language?
We have no normalcy
We need a silly man
Who has no fondness for the proud
The proud

Meddle with the music place
Poking things like all the cool kids

Yeah, he’s a clown
A clown
He sees humor in our nomenclature
Using his insanity
We say Amen! And Hallelujah!

You could like the avant-garde
You could like the old high brow
You could like the edgy
But tell me you feel fondly
For the songs by Al

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Gonna Have to Face It, You're Addicted to Spuds - July 21, 2014 - Report this comment
This parody is really really GOOD. Weird Al is trying new novel ideas here, and it's highlighting his creative genius even more. Paul Simon's "Graceland" album is a milestone too. It's a "World Beat" classic that scaled up the album charts along with another "World Beat" classic - "So" by Peter Gabriel. In fact, at the 1987 Grammy Awards TV show, those 2 "world music" classics were the Top Two contenders for Album Of The Year. Surf the Net to see who the winner is ; ) Weird Al Yankovic is doing something that at least is making popular music interesting by fusing several videos (not just one at a time) into a "video album". However, this ain't the first time it's been done. It DOES take a lot of work to make a video album, especially if the videos are linked to make a "story". That's what the Eurythmics did with their 1987 album "Savage". Talking Heads made a video album in 1983, when "Speaking in Tongues" came out. Queen if I recall may have done one too, in 1984. I may be wrong on that. The Electric Light Orchestra (AKA "ELO") possibly may have made the very first video album to accommodate the 1979 "Discovery" LP. However, it wasn't several videos strung together, it was all one long video and it was aired as a "special" on late night TV. I was much too young to be seeing it when it was first broadcast in America : (> BTW, Weird Al's new album has debuted on the album charts at NUMERO UNO! Alriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! : )
WarrenB - July 21, 2014 - Report this comment
You really have to hand it to Weird Al. He has longevity not only in the music business, but also longevity and credibility in the weirdness business.
BTW, I do remember the Talking Heads album and the subsequent videos, and it's interesting that you brought up the So album. Pete has always been a favorite, and he's always been an innovator.
Thanks for the comment, GHTFIYATS.
Peregrin - July 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Top stuff, Warren, and agreed. The man is genius. TWO fives to you! "Whaaaa?", I hear you say? And an extra 5 for the use of nomenclature in a parody :)
WarrenB - July 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Many thanks, Peregrin. It always helps when you've got a cool topic. And thanks for schooling me with your recently posted 'explosive' parody!

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