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Song Parodies -> "Jose, You Are Free"

Original Song Title:

"The Star Spangled Banner"

Original Performer:

Francis Scott Key

Parody Song Title:

"Jose, You Are Free"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

Jose Canseco, who has earned almost $40 million over the past two decades, has become a victim of the California real estate market downturn.
Jose, you are free of your Encino house,
Though, for three million bucks, you once called it your castle.
Now the loan you forsake just to pay your ex-spouse,
And, with book sales depressed, you just couldn’t take the hassle.
But syringes upstairs and a wine rack that’s bare
Gave proof to the bank that Jose had lived there.
Jose, does that foreclosure banner still wave
O’er this landmark that once was the home of a knave?
* The “original song” was not exactly an original song, but was itself a parody of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” an English drinking song. And, yes, Mr. Key’s version did have 4 verses, but most people are only familiar with the first verse and the topic of this parody only deserves one.

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Pacing: 5.0
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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 6

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Patrick - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I always wanted to hear some singer stand up at a ballgame and sing "To Anacreon in Heaven" and see if anyone noticed. Or failing that, the verse to "The Star Spangled Banner" with the line "Their blood hath washed out their foul footsteps pollution", which sort of echoes a line from the "Marsaillaise", another bloodthirsty war song the French are occasionally embarrassed by, though not so much from an inability to follow the melody.
alvin - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
good one...hard to feel sorry for jose
CannedSECOcakes - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
John, Sir, this is very nice!! Good idea on how to draw attention to a situation that is quite compeling, here Calif. No one wants to come to the aid of a fellow American !! When they are a Kalifornian . . .
AFW - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Good baseball star spangled banner
MrMacphisto - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
A grand slam... 5 hits, 5 runs, and 5 syringes for you...
John Jenkins - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks for the votes and comments.

Patrick, that would be interesting – just as long as the singer is someone other than Roseanne Barr.

CannedSECOcakes, as Alvin said, it is hard to sympathize with someone who gets compensated like Mr. Canseco, buys a mansion, and then chooses to walk away from the financial commitment. Few, if any of the other people whose homes are being foreclosed have the options that Mr. Canseco has.
Michael Pacholek - May 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Now batting for the parodies, Number 5, John Jenkins, Number 5.

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