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Song Parodies -> "I am the Very Model of A Galilean Fisherman "

Original Song Title:

"The Major-General Song"

Original Performer:

Gilbert & Sullivan

Parody Song Title:

"I am the Very Model of A Galilean Fisherman "

Parody Written by:

Glenn Walker

The Lyrics

I am the very model of a Galilean fisherman,
One day a man named Jesus told us we should go and fish for men.
An alphabetic roster here I now avail to all of you
I'm Andrew. If you list us, you'll find I beat out Bartholomew

I'm very well acquainted, too, with Simon's personality
Sometimes I think it odd that we both share a nationality
About the miracles I see I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
Like Jesus does this miracle: a sinner changes all his views.

I'm very good at introducing passers-by to Jesus Christ
I brought a boy to Jesus 'cause the food supply it insufficed
In short, five thousand men received His all-sufficient nourishment
(5-second pause to think of a rhyme. Spoken: Rhymes with "nourishment"… Got it!)
Two loaves five fish times Jesus makes a meal of satisfourishment

One day the Pharisees they went to Phillip for a prayer request
Well not a prayer. They only hoped to put the Master to the test
I quote in elegiacs "Sir, a sign we now demand of you."
Phil came to me. I went to Him. He said "Signs are for Greeks, not Jews."

Ascending, he commissioned us to spread the Gospel far and wide
Jerusalem, Samaria and even nations classified
It came as quite a shock when God sent me to North Byzantium.
(Spoken: Hmmm, Byzantium… Got it!)
Because I recognized neither the language nor the anthium

Then Auld Lang Syne! God called me to a home adjacent Scotland Yard
I preached the Gospel. Many saved, but some are heartened hard
They crucified me on a cross shaped like an X, it made me gag
Today that cross remains emblazed on Scotland's nat'nal flag

(Spoken: Time to return home.)

I'm Andrew. If you list us, you'll find I beat out Bartholomew
An alphabetic roster here I now avail to all of you
One day a man named Jesus told us we should go and fish for men.
I am the very model of a Galilean fisherman.

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CML - January 26, 2024 - Report this comment
You may or may not know, but this song is one of what we call the Big 7 .. If you parody it well, its a sign that you have a talent for parody. And you definitely did a good job.
Glenn Walker - January 29, 2024 - Report this comment
Why thank you for saying that. No, didn’t know that. Of course now I’m going to stay up nights wondering what the other six are. Actually that one was easy - as long as I counted the syllables correctly and kept proper record of where the accented syllables were. You don’t have to answer this, but if s We Don’t Talk About Bruno one of the other six? Should it be? It took me six months of solid attention to get it in a shape I could live with. … I’m trying to decide if I should critique someone else’s song. The author changed 12 of the first 162 words before I gave up counting. 93% of the original words were unchanged. He didn’t even change the singular verb to plural when he so changed the noun. I suspect he can do better. But I really don’t feel like starting a war.
Phil Alexander - January 30, 2024 - Report this comment
Hi Glenn - if you've got to the stage of thinking this one's easy.. challenge yourself by having internal rhymes on each line (e.g. this sort of thing: )... The rest of the "big seven": :-)
Max Power - January 30, 2024 - Report this comment
If you do this with ease I can see more great works from you in the future. Kudos and keep up the good work!

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