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Song Parodies -> "Earthquake"

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"With Arms Wide Open"

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The Lyrics

For Decathlon: Mark 2 (Event 10) I actually like doing educational parodies, they're pretty fun, so I might do a few more of these in the future.
Well, I just felt
The whole room shake
I grabbed my wife
“It’s an Earthquake!”
It’s due to Earth’s
Tectonic Plates
Things get destroyed
From Seismic waves

The ground’s split open
Within the Earth’s crust
Makes volcanoes wake
And causes tsunamis
The land is broken

Looks like a canyon

It’s like a boat
Floor’s not steady
Could bust a dam
Or tip buildings
It causes death
I hope it’s sure not mine
Drop to the floor
Under tables hide

The ground’s split open
Within the fault lines
Patchwork of Earth’s plates
Lithosphere it is named
And when there’s motion
That’s when the world shakes

The folks above
They feel the whole Earth swing
Skiers are hopin’…
Snow won’t start growin’…
Avalanches they bring
Oh yeah!
When Earth is open, Wide open

(Guitar Solo)

But now it is finished
So we can both now stand
Till I fall on knees
The aftershock expands
Earthquakes are daily life
In places like Japan
And we must face the world
With it torn open…

Due to Poseidon
The Greeks would all cite
Or in the Norse case
Loki has caused this thing
It’s a bad omen

Richter Scale tells it’s strength
Low or Above
The worst it’s been is eight
Never eleven…

My house is slopin’…
Wreckage each one can bring
Oh damn…
Backyard is broken…
Cracked open

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Voting Results

Pacing: 3.6
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 24

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   5
 2   3
 3   2
 4   1
 5   13

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Kristof Robertson - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Clever and well-written rather than LOL funny...still, a classy bit of parodage, Matty. 555
Invisible Boy - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I learned a few things. Good luck in the Decathlon.
Andrew D. Lacroix - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
A first ever 5.55 on the Richter scale! Somebody must have watched 10.5...
Kristof Robertson - February 22, 2008 - Report this comment
(DEC 2.10) See above. Nice work, but sadly didn't tickle my funny bone
Agrimorfee - February 25, 2008 - Report this comment
(Dec) best thing was the rhymes on the title...oddly, a very B.A.D.-like parody (which is not a slam on you or Dave...)
littleQuakeCake - February 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Sir Matthias, In NorCAL the day before Halloween, we had the best shaker at 4.2 since the '89 quake at 6.0; that was an evening to remember!!!
bobpiecheese - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
(Dec 2.0) Heh, I remember doing a project on earthquakes way back in Year 6. Ah good times, good times. Good job, Matty, 555.
Phil Alexander - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Perfect timing, Matthias: I was actually woken by an earthquake at 1am this morning (went straight back to sleep, and wondered whether I'd dreamt it when I awoke later)
Arwen - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Decathlon...Geology was my favorite Science when I was in school, Matty...this reminded me of some good times in Mr. Richard's class. =) Nice work!
stuart mcarthur - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
(decath) this round is turning into a very educational experience - I might force my kids to read all the entries - nice well-researched work, Matthias - 555
Jeff Reuben - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
What's shakin? This worked really well with the OS, great job here!
Below Average Dave - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
(Dec2) Well, the rhyming was very Me-Like (thanks Agri) This one was very educational without losing a lot of humor, there were a couple of lines that kinda made me cringe as far as how they sound to the ear ("Till I fall on knees" was the one that kinda stuck out) and the greek stuff came on as random, but as a whole this was a very good parody of a very tough (probably under-rated) OS, and props for that. One thing about your parodies that I think could knock them to the next level is more of a free flow to the writing--sometimes you put so much emphasis on pacing that your words don't sound like the way a person would speak. . .that's not specific about this song, just a general recommendation, and when you are down here in about a week, we'll work on that as friends--and show you first hand what I mean by singing your lyrics. You will likely make my top 5 with this as I feel it was a great job for a tough OS and funny, but I think if you had a little more time on it, you could have improved this one.
khadija - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
great song

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