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Song Parodies -> "Yes, He Bought That Banana"

Original Song Title:

"Yes, We Have No Bananas"

Original Performer:

Louis Prima

Parody Song Title:

"Yes, He Bought That Banana"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

There’s this: recording
and this version on the Web
I opted to use the latter.
Motivated by this:
McLuhan rose to speak,
and what he said piqued
those folks whose noses he tweaked…
caused some of them to freak.
To annals of the art world, his statement did go;
just recently someone proved that what he said is so.
Sad but true:

Yes, he bought that banana;
he bought it for one-twenty K.
You might say he’s so dumb…
he has a brain so numb…
to throw so much dough away.
Could as well have bought a tomato
when he blew oh so great dough.
He spent lots on that banana;
he spent, in fact, $120K.

I’m sure you are wondering: What did McLuhan say?
His pithy witticism, even more true today.
One would have to be nuts—
there’s no ifs, ands, or buts—
that much for a fruit to pay.
But I’ll pause before I am sharing
what he was bewareing
to stress: guy bought that banana,
and for a mere $120K.

Let's get back to Mr. Marshall McLuhan,
whose admonition was more than just a suggestion.
The man’s wisdom was veritable:
The art world was going bananas;
what was happening could be viewed as regrettable.
The anomaly he could see caused the aphorism to come to be.
And so, ready or not, here’s how it goes:
“Art is anything you can get away with.” True, surely,
when a rich DB pulls out his wallet
and drops all that dough without a mere wink, much less a lurch
for fruit that rots in a day and a half.
Seems doubtless, it’s safe to affirm: the man has a brain affliction.
Banana-taping man laughs all the way to the bank as he counts his riches.
Banana gets $120K.

For that, he bought a banana…
lotta manna
for a rotten banana to pay.
He bought a single banana.
Insanity to pay that for a banana.
McLuhan was right—big bucks being thrown away.
“Artists” get away with it.
I guess the art world must be twisted
Bananas buyers being cozened…
conned and then afraid to admit it.

Right was McLuhan:
The art world’s mad loomin’.
A banana goes
for a whopping $120K.
The fate of that banana
that’s bought and paid? Rotten the next day.

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2Eagle - December 10, 2019 - Report this comment
That appears to be the pet peeve of a certain newspaper columnist who is aware that artists such as Renoir and Andrew Wyeth are sneered at as mere illustrators while a pile of junk in an art museum is considered "inspired".

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