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Song Parodies -> "Egyptians: Daring Model For A Mid-East Change, In General"

Original Song Title:

"I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General"

Original Performer:

Gilbert & Sullivan

Parody Song Title:

"Egyptians: Daring Model For A Mid-East Change, In General"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Egyptians: daring model for a Mid-East change, in general
The hope is vast that change will last, and isn't just ephemeral
It's spreading 'round the Arab ground; entire Med'terranean
Would love to see the next one be new leadership, Iranian

'Twas great to see on our TV events unfold, historical
A brand new deal! This thing's for real, and not just metaphorical
They made it plain: Let go of rein! Command was categorical
No one could tell: would end so well, not even Delphi oracle

We saw them cheer; hold freedom dear; flags, banners, posters: motto, views
So many there, in Tahrir Square, where dare: folks make a lot o' news
(This is one "square" that doesn't care about the da*n hypotenuse!)

They said it all, there in the Mall, they ventilated bitter rage
Word got around from town to town on Internet or Twitter™ page
For reign of pain, they showed disdain, demanded end of President
They lived their fears for thirty years, 'most each and ev'ry resident

In short, 'twas revolutional, and might be retributional
The power: devolutional; wish: new State, constitutional

It goes to show what we all know: that peaceful protest's practical
The military was so very self-restrained and tactical
The World could see the future: free; events unfold, climactical
Mubarak fled; Egyptians led change global, 'haps galactical

Could see the dread that it might spread, on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
He tried to get Iran off 'Net; to clever hackers; thin facade
They use skill, great, to penetrate this ineffective barrier
The Internet might prove just yet: of freedom's message, carrier

Let all dictators fear their fate, or suffer for their vanity
United Nations' Declaration: rights of all humanity
Can't turn the tide; if ever tried, an act of sheer insanity

Mid-East, the place of birth of race and writing: Sumer's cuneiform
Let make, each nation, proclamation: citizens' rights, uniform
And all agree to set Man free from arbitrary autocrat
It's clear to me: that's how should be. How come they never thought o' that?

In short, dump your hypocrisy; an end to all autocracy
Replace your aristocracy with genuine democracy

It's fun to watch as ev'ry blotch on planet starts unravelin'
Why, someday soon, if not the Moon, whole globe, be safely travelin'
As old way dies, regimes arise that recognize the worth of peace
What happens then? Goodwill to men, and finally, an Earth of peace

Could come the day we'll put away our gunnery and missile tools
Make power, clean, not war machine, from fabricating fissile fuels
Why, Egypt may have led the way for all to drop the ball and chain
To all of those who still oppose: soon fall; can't stop or stall the train

'Twould be so sweet: a global treat-y: peace, that all would ratify
"Created equal": Great words! Sequel: no more, classes, stratify
And once begun, can't be undone: Man's thirst for freedom, gratify

Egyptian scene was seen as keen; they're plucky and adventury
Just ten years in, but might have been the big event of century
They fought for right all day and night, yet none showed signs of tiring
These plain ol' folk: revolt, provoke; uplifting and inspiring

In short, and not a platitude: admiring their attitude
For gaining greater latitude, Egyptians earn World's gratitude

Trying to keep these four footnote-free, but before anyone says anything about "ten years in": There was no Year 0. Ergo, the first century A. D. ran from 1-100; the 20th, from 1901-2000, and the 21st, from 2001-2100.

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Total Votes: 13

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Patrick - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I saw the interview on 60 Minutes with the head of Google in Egypt. He is not calling for revenge against Mubarak, despite the ill treatment he has experienced at the hands of the regime. If Mubarak is allowed to leave, or remain unharmed in Egypt, we'll know this revolution is for real. Try to picture that happening in Iran.
Wendy Christopher - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Tommy, I bow down to you in awe. The pacing is spot-on, the language sophisticated and the humour sharp. And all done with the ultimate bear of an OS! 555 just doesn't seem like enough. :^)
Old Man Ribber - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
TT - Your tour-de-force continues! I guess you could call this "Gilbran and Suileman"! ;D
Hosin Mubarak @ Wendy Christopher - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Well, just do what I do: Stuff the ballot box!
Ty Gris-Rivers - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
The Egyptian people have a marvelous opportunity now... What they'll do with it remains to be seen. 555, and LOL @ "This is one "square" that doesn't care about the da*n hypotenuse!" and throwing in the Delphi oracle. :)
Andy Primus - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Excellent all the way through. Very timely first verse - I've just seen on the news that it's all kicking off in Iran. Faves = "Delphi oracle" line, "bitter rage/Twitter page" & autocrat/thought o' that". Peace on Earth? Not until *all* religions are banned!
Mark Scotti - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
LITERALLY SHELL SHOCKED! 4 of the big 7's on the same day? And all masterpieces at that. Wonderful and AMIRIGHTOUTRAGEOUS!
Tommy Turtle - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Patrick: Yes, taking the moral high ground would be admirable -- as soon as Mubarak returns the $80 billion or so stolen from his people, right? ... Thanks for v/c.

Wendy Christopher: It's nice to know that after 14 tries at this OS, I'm finally getting the hang of it! ;-D
          (seriously, thank you very much for the kind words and vote, of which *one* is one more than *required*, and much appreciated.)

Old Man Ribber: ROFL! Leave it to Ribber (new TV sitcom! © Tommy Turtle) to come up with the "revolutionary" pun! ;-D

Hosni Mubarak: Thank you, Sir, but, uh, this writer prefers that voting be done in the, uh, "ethical" way. Look up that word some time ... Here, I'll even translate it for you:
ص. أخلاقي, متعلق بالاخل

Ty-Gris Rivers: Thank you very much, esp, for appreciating homage to the OS -- and, hmm, the ref to Delphi -- I wonder what highly-literate, cultured mind lies behind that nom de bloom??? 8=))

Andy Primus: Whew! As per outro @ another of these four, was afraid things might go in reverse, and these would all be obsolete when posted! .... Thanks for v/c, and as for closing remark: Or until they all actually start practicing what they preach. You know, "Love thy neighbor', "Do unto others....", "Do no harm", etc... (As Buddy Holly would say, "That'll Be The Day" -- but hey, it could happen! -- this did!)

Mark Scotti THANK YOU!!! .. It *could* be a first for the site, but pales in comparison to the actual events that inspired them. Thanks for V/C!!!
Mastaba Myrrhkenstein - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Yo, 'Sirus! Your Nubian noggin is nubile indeed to concoct so potent a quartet in but one (lost?) weekend! I must repeat Andy's favs as well as the hypotenuse and the dread/spread/Ahmadinejad lines. Thou art truly Pharaoh of the AIR'd Kingdom, mighty of mind and bawdy--seemingly able to control the very sands of rhyme!
Tommy Turtle - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Mastaba Myrrhkenstein: (verrrry nice, sneaking in Cyrus ref -- Persian, but a King who said he would not rule if the people did not wish him to... what progress since then, hu? - *not*. ;) .... Uh, yeah, kind of a lost weekend in ratio to response, but fun to write anyway. Thanks for v/c, and LOL @ "bawdy" and "sands of rhyme"!
Christie Marie M - February 21, 2011 - Report this comment
You're still the Major Modern Parodist...and I do hope that the protest would pass soon and peace would reign in Egypt...or every nation for that matter.
Tommy Turtle - February 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Christie Marie M: We all hope so, but it looks like Khadafi might not cave -- he's said he'll fight to "his last drop of blood'. I think his people might just oblige him there.... Might have something to say on that situation if time permits. Thanks for the vote, comment, and another cool title!!!

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