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Song Parodies -> "‘Way Back When"

Original Song Title:

"‘Way Back Home"

Parody Song Title:

"‘Way Back When"

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The Lyrics

In 1951, CBS decided to invite 300 Boy Scouts to the Sylvania Electric Company sponsored game show, “Beat the Clock”, which, despite being hosted by Bud Collyer, was gaining popularity due to the show’s blonde assistant, “Roxanne”, known for taking pictures of contestants. There was a stunt involving an elephant, and all 300 Boy Scouts swarmed the stage to tell her “Let’s take YOUR picture, Roxanne!” In fact, one 11 year old even told her “Boy, you’re terrific cheesecake!” (Can you imagine what his parents’ reaction to that must have been?) This very unusual show, unfortunately, has been lost to history, and there are no known surviving copies. I know this unique show has been referenced on the site before, but it hasn’t got much attention. With FedEx using a similar idea in their recent “Camper Scouts” commercial, and with the recent rediscovery of a “lost” Sesame Street episode, I feel that knowing about this broadcast is as necessary for the average person as knowing your ABCs. There is a song for that. Now, this special broadcast gets a song all about it that describes everything about this broadcast, and is so simple that it can be taught to a classroom of students. So, in honor of this very unusual broadcast that is part of television history, here is the song parody that I am going to officially call “the song that will soon be as necessary to the brain development of the average 1st grader as the ABCs, which, like this Irving Aaronson parody, was based on an already existing song, but you knew that.”
This show had an assistant,
Weekly, her dress consistent,
The show was a major hit,
And CBS sure saw it,
The show was “Beat the Clock”,
And it sparked quite some talk
‘Way back when...

Bud Collyer was the show's host,
But “Roxanne” was known the most,
300 Boy Scouts, one night
Gave her an exciting sight,
The Scouts cheered the loudest,
Was heard by George Briant,
‘Way back when!

Don’t know why Sylvania did this,
I really must confess,
I’m just a normal person
Asking these perplexing questions,

One Boy Scout told her — not fake! —
“Boy, you’re terrific cheesecake!”
Those watching knew what that meant,
And there was an elephant,
“Roxanne”, those Scouts enjoyed,
The kinescope destroyed,
‘Way back when!
This parody is dedicated to George & Germaine Briant, the greatest people in human history.

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Pacing: 4.6
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Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 9

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George Leon Briant - July 14, 2022 - Report this comment
The greatest moment in television history.
George&GermaineBriantFan - August 16, 2022 - Report this comment
It sure was...
little old lady who? - August 22, 2022 - Report this comment
yum I mean yeah
UserA38HF4 - August 23, 2022 - Report this comment
This was the final track to be recorded at the last commercial recording session credited to Irving Aaronson and his Commanders, on April 18, 1935. Originally sung by the playfully-named Skippy Carlstrom.
1930sfan - August 23, 2022 - Report this comment
This is your best parody on this show by far. You managed to rhyme the choruses on this one well, as the original mostly just featured one suffix in the choruses. And it fits everything you need to know about the show all at once. It should be sung in every first grade classroom in America. And that introduction...
Skippy Carlstrom - August 30, 2022 - Report this comment
The greatest moment in the entirety of human history.
It’s all true - October 05, 2022 - Report this comment
That’s for sure... #TheGreatestMomentInTelevisionHistory

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