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Song Parodies -> "Carolina Winter Morning"

Original Song Title:

"Carolina in the Morning"

Original Performer:

Al Jolson

Parody Song Title:

"Carolina Winter Morning"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio

The Lyrics

Yankees call us whiners - snow in coastal Carolina; ice-storm warning
Heat pumps, 'lectric stripping, so the breakers flip, they're tripping in the morning.
Where is global warming when we need it most?
Weathering this month's storming, our palmetto trees are toast.

Bridges closed confine ya', snow in coastal Carolina, cancel meetings.
Sleet looks so much neater when you're cozied near the heater, if you've heating.
Towns don't have no snow ploughs, so just stay home, folks;
View through frosty windows icy Spanish-mossy oaks.

Blame the Great Designer, don't malign the oil refiners - no El Ni - no.
Random variation, polar air mass brings us Fahrenheit nineteen - oh!
If I had some winter treads and I wouldn't skid,
I'd skulk off further south, then boast what I did.
Something could refine the clime of coastal Carolina winter morn-ings!
Enjoy some pictures of this weather-emergency at

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Pacing: 3.5
How Funny: 3.2
Overall Rating: 3.2

Total Votes: 4

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AFW - February 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I'm in Ohio, but this is certainly a Winter with a big "W"...and I guess that arctic air line is dipping lower and lower all the time..nice subs and switches
However - February 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I enjoyed this jaunty and fresh parody, and the subject matter provides a nice counterpoint to the delights of Carolina enumerated in the OS. HOWEVER, there are technical problems which stood out on the first reading and singing of the parody by one who knows the OS by heart. I confirmed the problems by comparing the parody side-by-side with the Dean Martin lyrics. I hope you accept the following comments in the spirit of the constructive criticism which was intended. Without being overly specific:
1. Some lines have extra syllables, and so the pacing suffers;
2. The rhyming opportunities presented by the OS are, in some places, missed;
3. There are a couple of sentence fragments, which I call "blurts." You are not nearly the blurter as some of AiR's best parodists, who overuse colons and semicolons.
In my opinion, all lyrics, in order to be singable and understandable, should consist of whole, non-convoluted sentences which are SIMPLE. Since we're talking about old songs, think of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" as possibly the best illustration of the power of simplicity -- diabolical simplicity. Fiddler Girl used it as the OS for a near-perfect parody.
Your fine work could be even more satisfying if you care to revisit it. I'll even excuse "Blame the Great Designer," since my comments are about the parody qua parody. In any case, I don't give scores.
Giorgio Coniglio - February 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Thanks AFW and "However" for kind, helpful comments. As a relative neophyte in the parody-business, compared to you, I find it great to have constructive criticism. Will try to incorporate these concepts into future submissions. The "Great Designer" concept was, I admit, lifted from an admirable piece by Al Silver, but it seemed at home in "Carolina". Re singability, I am interested in posting a few selected AIR "guest artist" gems, set to uke chords, duly attributed and illustrated with pics on my blog. Would you be interested in having me re-post a few of your classic pieces there?? Please respond at correct blog address . PS Weather here much better this week. GioLio
However - February 07, 2014 - Report this comment
With my apologies: it's too easy to second-guess an original idea, but I'm at war with punctuation marks.

"Yankees call us whiners -- snow in coastal Carolina without warning
Noses wheeze and toeses freeze while wind chill dips to ten degrees by morning..."
Whatever - February 07, 2014 - Report this comment
By his own admission, Al Silver is a Luddite. Therefore, he probably doesn't have the software to reply on your site. I bet the conceited bastard would be pleased to let you set any of his crappy parodies to uke chords.
However - February 07, 2014 - Report this comment
The rhyme scheme in the second line of my contribution actually occurs later in the OS. I think this is unimportant; slavish adherence is unnecessary, in my opinion. What is important is to capture the voice of the OS, using subject matter which is incongruous to the original. This you have done well. JAB recently pointed out that parody is wicked mimicry of the victim's style. I think this is more applicable to prose, and I have parodied The Scarlet Letter, complete with an imagined correspondence between Hawthorne and his contemporary Melville. By the way, I am a neophyte myself, having written my small oeuvre in my dotage.

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