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Song Parodies -> "Sleep Odditty (Are you sleeping, Brother John?)"

Original Song Title:

"Are You Sleeping, Brother John?"

Original Performer:

Children's Song

Parody Song Title:

"Sleep Odditty (Are you sleeping, Brother John?)"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Picture a tiny monastery in the hills of France. It's almost time for breakfast, and the other Brothers are trying to wake up Brother John. He ain't too happy, either. But think about it...if you heard that same song every morning, wouldn't you be grouchy too? So, the monks hire David Bowie to try and get him out of bed...
(The other brothers)
Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Rooster's crowing now, and soon it will be dawn

(in the background)
Ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, dong, ding...

Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Are you awake now? Time to yawn
Put your robes on and may God's love be with you

Listen, are you sleeping, Brother John?
You're really very late
And the people want to know who cuts your hair
Now it's time to leave your chambers if you dare

(Brother John, trying to go back to sleep)
"This is Brother John. I am awake!
Stop banging on my door!
Bells are ringing in a most peculiar way
But I think I will be sleeping in today!"

But here
In our tiny monastery
Cut off from the world
Time for sleep is gone
Bells are ringing- Ding ding dong

(Brother John)
"Now I've slept one hundred thousand times
The bells are ringing still
And I think my brothers know which way to go
All my life these bells are ringing on, you know!"

Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Why aren't you up yet? Something wrong?
Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Are you sleeping, Brother John?
Are you...

Hearing the morning bells a-ringing?
Breakfast will be here soon
But if you don't come to
Then there'll be no food for you...

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Pacing: 3.2
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 12

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Phil Alexander - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
D'Oh... it took me till the "slept one hundred thousand times" to realize it actually *IS* Space Oddity. I suppose the sequel is when he nips off to the loo and nods off there... "Are you sleeping in the john" ;-)
Olvan The Terrible - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Now THIS is a parody. Bowie would be proud. Only problem is, you entered the incorrect original song, but I'll give ya three fives anyway.
Jonathan C. - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Can you imagine Bowie singing the original song (Frere Jacquas)?
Meriadoc - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Clever idea - loved it!
Alpha Skua - December 26, 2017 - Report this comment
Translated from french
Night Heron - January 13, 2018 - Report this comment

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