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Song Parodies -> "Voice"

Original Song Title:

"Turn on the Lights"

Original Performer:

Kerry Livgren

Parody Song Title:

"Voice"

Parody Written by:

Joseph Rhodes

The Lyrics

I should begin by saying I'm aware of NOAA weather radios, and I could probably head to the store with $50 to buy one and have enough left over for batteries. There was a time when one could turn on the radio after hearing a tornado siren, and the NOAA voice would already be telling the listeners of the National Weather Service’s updates. One of the local stations is more likely still to be playing the Eagles or the Bee Gees, though, at least during the ridiculous hours of the morning. The reference to Barry Gibb is an acknowledgement that Maurice and Robin are no longer with us. The term, insouciant, means showing a casual lack of concern, careless, and so on. I use it because we would be in good company if we were insouciant because the stations seem not at all concerned when they play the same things we would hear apart from an emergency. The phrase, be in good company, actually means to have the same problem as many other people, so I'm stretching things a bit since there are so many more people in an area than there are radio stations. Perhaps the FCC's rules have changed over the years so that no laws are being broken, and if so, perhaps they were changed so owners and operators wouldn't have to pay to have at least one living person at the studio whenever the station is broadcasting, but it's still discouraging to hear live, local programming during the day and still hear whatever was recorded or whatever is being pumped in during an early tornado. The music is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySdwsQlTgc4 but while KL writes songs and plays instruments, he nearly always relies on others as vocalists.
"Voice"

Sometimes I sit in darkness with a boom box in the room
And hear music of remorse or of great joy.
I should be hearing voices to take shelter from the storm;
There was a time when listeners they would warn.

At three-thirty in the morning,
The danger is all too real. There’s no safety
In pretending that we sleep. ‘Cause when the siren’s sounding,
Should insouciant we be, or take shelter immediately?
If former, we’re all in good company.

NOAA...the voice that I want to hear
When any size of tornado is near.
Lifeless voice preserving life in the end.
Normal programming is almost a sin.
NOAA’s voice...ooh, ooh, ooh.

“Lyin’ eyes,” Eagles warn us. Brothers Gibb, stayin’ alive,
But Barry understands the loss of life.
So shouldn’t locals break in with a warning of the storm,
And tell us where it is and what to do?
If not then the voice of NOAA would work, too.

NOAA’s voice (voice)...the voice that I want to hear (voice)
When any size of tornado is near!
Lifeless voice...preserving life in the end.
Normal programming is almost a sin!

“Francis Bacon tells us that knowledge is power.”

(Instrumental)

...voice (voice)...the voice that I want to hear (voice)
When any size of tornado is near.
Lifeless voice...preserving life in the end.
Normal programming is almost a sin.

Let me hear the voice (voice)...the voice that I want to hear
When any size of tornado is near.
Lifeless voice...preserving life in the end.
Normal programming is almost a sin!

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