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Song Parodies -> "Parody Writer's Lament: I Cannot Pace This"

Original Song Title:

"Wide Open Spaces"

Original Performer:

the Dixie Chicks

Parody Song Title:

"Parody Writer's Lament: I Cannot Pace This"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

(Brief Instrumental Intro)

You Writer's know what
I'm talking about
You're doing a piece
What did you leave out?

I think I'm missing
a part of this song
It doesn't sound right
But I don't know what's wrong

You hope those reading
this can follow
and what you're writing
won't seem borrowed
It's shaping up like
a work in progress
Hope what you'll finally have
won't read like a mess

It seems I
just cannot pace this (Yeah)
I just don't see my mistakes
Maybe my
is just in the wrong place

Been working on this
quite a while
I'm stiff from sitting
and now I'm tired
But I will not be
getting up for a rest
Because I don't submit
what's less than my best

Guess I must
address this pacing (Yes)
Find out where I made mistakes
I see a
few places
that do not look that great
they might be second-rate

{Instrumental break}
[during instrumental break - sing "no, no-no, no", etc. to instrumental notes]

After changes are made
I must re-check those lines
Because I'm aware that
they may no longer rhyme
Oh, oh, the rhythm to
this piece now seems slow
So it cannot be sung
as the 'O.S.' goes

It seems I've
screwed up the pacing (Yeah)
now I have to find some way
to do some
To make this sound OK
It's getting kind of late
I may just have to wait
(Must fix this pacing)
and then I'll celebrate
'til then I have to wait
(more lines - replacing...)

(brief Instrumental part to end)

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Voting Results

Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 7

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   0
 2   0
 3   0
 4   0
 5   7

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alvin rhodes - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
ah yes...the universal quagmire...5s
carol - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
nice job keep it up 555
Adagio - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Ha! Did you mean on this parody? lol THIS one paces good, and sounds good. 5's
Paul Robinson - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
alvin, carol, Adagio - Thanks! Looks like things fell into place after all ~ ~ ~
AFW - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Tricky techny idea....DKOS, but reads good..
Red Ant - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
DKTOS here are well. Some songs are virtually impossible to pace or parody well. I've tried on and off for 6 months to parody "Uneasy Rider" by Charlie Daniels Band. The first 4 verses I have are great; then I hit a brick wall. 29 stanzas (no choruses at all) with all different rhyme schemes, very few multi-syllable words where one can substitute something "long" and to top it off it is 360 degree story telling; it makes "American Pie" looks like "Yesterday" in terms of difficulty.

Then there are some songs (seems to be mostly R&B), where many syllables are carried forever and/or inflected to death. For example; "Girl, I love you" when "paced" right would resemble this in extreme cases:

Girl....., I-i-I loo-oo-O-oo-ve you-oh-woah-oh-oh-OH-(then the artist hits a note in the middle of all of that that is impossible to put into written words).
crazyfrog02 - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Ironic that everyone gave you a 5 for pacing...........
Paul Robinson - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks for the read(s) and comments, folks...Red - Ouch! Yeah, I've looked at some like that and...taken a pass in the past...but if I have a solid idea to work with I would probably take a shot at something that tricky now. It's a real rush when you can pull one of those off...'crazyfrog02"...actually, the pace works quite well on this piece...NOW...the piece is written from the point of view of an earlier draft when the writer has not yet cleaned up pace/emphasis/rhymes that work but don't fit the story-line flow, etc. COULD also be written about working on ANOTHER piece altogether...hmmm....thanks for bringing that possibility to mind ~ ~ ~
Red Ant - September 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Paul, this is the ONLY parody of "Uneasy Rider" on the site, and it is excellent, take a look:­

I just found it via the new search feature.~
iisryan - September 07, 2005 - Report this comment
lol, great parody. I think we all can relate to this.
stuart mcarthur - September 07, 2005 - Report this comment
yes, you've summed up the process alright, Paul - I have trouble with words that have one and a half syllables, like "fire" or "beer" (do you go with 1 or 2 for the parody?) - but it's the pacing problems, and the solving of them, that makes the exercise so rewarding - 555
Kristof Robertson - September 07, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm with you Paul...sometimes it's just one word that throws the whole parody out of kilter. I try to use every rhyming resource I can lay my hands on, but sometimes things 555
Cat - September 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Excellent, excellent, excellent. Unfortunately I do know this song due to my mom blasting Dixie Chicks songs much to my dismay, but I definitely know what you're talking about. It's especially bad for relative amateurs like me, I've only done 3 so far.
Paul Robinson - September 22, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks again, Red...I missed your comment when you made it...just came over a to check on a few things before my next class starts here. iisryan...if you write, you certainly would. Stuart, and I find I love writing pieces ABOUT the process...stepping back from the page and looking at the writer and their process...and the determination it takes sometimes to finish a piece and get it right...and then just how satisfying that actually can feel...Yeah, Kristof...absolutely...every resource. What's kind of funny is that I don't use much in the way of outside materials to help me with rhymes...yes, that does make me spend more time on occasion. But I just enjoy running possible rhyme combinations thru my head...and then coming up with "sound-alike" phrases on top of that...THAT'S where I really get a lot of my most creative and imaginative stuff...taking it an extra step beyond just rhyming to see what else might be out that will work in the story...Cat - thank you, thank you, thank you...Yes, when you are starting out it sure seems hard sometimes...I remember after I hit about 10 parodies...mostly Crosby, Stills, Nash stuff I knew really well so I could work from my memory quite a bit. Keep writing, I know I read and liked at least one of your pieces so far...

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