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Song Parodies -> "I Am An Alien Thing"

Original Song Title:

"I Am A Pirate King"

Original Performer:

Gilbert and Sullivan

Parody Song Title:

"I Am An Alien Thing"

Parody Written by:

Stan Hall

The Lyrics

A parody of the pirate king's song ("I am a pirate king") from the G&S operetta (The Pirates of Penzance) - “I Am an Alien Thing.” Readers whom these lyrics allusions elude may wish to consult the notes at bottom.
"I am an alien thing" (AT)

Oh, far better were I left icebound
In my UFO and never found
By scientists in a Quonset hut
And thawed out by some careless nut
Who left the 'lectric blanket on
Then seemed surprised to see me gone
For thus my fate is surely sealed --
I'll be cooked in the final reel
They'll fry me up like a chicken wing
A fitting end for an Alien Thing

For I am an Alien Thing
And it is, it is so frightening
To every Earthling
To see an Alien Thing

It is!
We fear the Alien Thing

Yes it is, it is so frightening
To see an Alien Thing

It is!
We fear the Alien Thing!
We fear the Alien Thing!

A walking veggie demon, I
Am feared and loathed 'til by and by,
Like the first-act gun that reappears,
That 'lectric blanket spawns i-dears:
They rig a trap with the blanket cord
To roast me coming thru' the door.
But just imagine their distress
When they find they've just fried James Arness --
And Dodge now lacks a man to bring
her felons to the noose to swing.

For I'm not an Alien Thing
And there, is there is no threat I bring
To any Earthling!
I'm not an Alien thing!

You're not!
You are no Alien Thing

And there is, there is no threat I bring
To any Earthling

No, none!
You are no Alien thing.
You are no Alien thing.

“Alien Thing” alludes to the 1951 horror classic "The Thing from Another World” (whose entire plot these lyrics succinctly synopsize) wherein actor James Arness stars as the titular creature. “Dodge no longer has …” alludes to Arness’s subsequent stint as Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City on the on the long-running television series, "Gunsmoke." And “… first act gun that reappears” of course alludes to Anton Chekov’s famous dictum re well-crafted plays. © Stan Hall

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Pacing: 4.2
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Overall Rating: 4.4

Total Votes: 5

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alvin - January 09, 2008 - Report this comment
hats off to anyone who tackles gilbert and sullivan...and you've done a masterful job of it...especially liked " a walking veggie demon, i "
Stan - January 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin ... Few targets are as fun as G&S. Alas, the "Major General" entry I submitted together with "AT" above hasn't appeared ... must've been deemed too naugty. :-(

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