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Song Parodies -> "Passels"

Original Song Title:

"El Paso"

Original Performer:

Marty Robbins

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Stan Hall

The Lyrics

A multifarious passel it turns out ...
"A Passel"

Here in this song one finds nestled in passels
back-to-back dactyls, an odd metric form
from which a song spoof is wrestled with hassles
‘cause it departs from the iambic norm.

Note, tho’, with trochees each odd line is ended
that for each quatrain its A-rhymes define,
and how to even lines odd beats are pended
which in like manner its B-rhymes design.

Ev’ry third stanza’s like this one, syncoped,
trailed by verse-glia unrhymed –
poetic thrashing
that sets my teeth gnashing;
for I prefer assonant verse smoothly timed.

So, continuing …

“Why,” one might ask, “would one even attempt it?
Why tackle such a pasticher’s mare’s nest?”
My answer’s “Why would a gamer exempt it?
Toughies I think show a reacher’s wares best.”

Plus, Marty Robbins’s song nimbly narrates
quite a nice story (long-windedly, true,
but the up-shot of that is space to spare waits
clever tale-tellers who’d tersely tell two.)

Now, my own gantlet I dare to pick up.
Tho’ half the song I’ve now spent
waxing pedantic
I hardly feel frantic --
both’ll fit in under fifty percent.

Now the first story goes:

West from the south Arizona town, Tucson,
Jojo, a loner, sought Golden State tea.

Poor Jojo never imagined he’d get a
bombshell surprise like one he received
when he met up in L. A. with “Loretta” –
he’d been by drug-dealing he/she deceived!

So Jojo purchased his ganga and fled,
answ’ring more offers, “I’ll pass …
Don’t get me wrong
But to where I belong
I must get back right away, my faux lass.”

And the next narrative’s …

Marty’s original, which tells this story:
Romeo gringo meets Juliet Mex;
Tybalt Latino feels wronged; things get gory;
R. lams before he and J. do it; next …

Here the Shakespearean parallel falters--
Mexican Juliet never fakes death,
and when our hero returns it’s assaulters’
lead, not self-murder that brings his last breath.

Both tales, I say, are birds of a quill
with diff’rences readily glossed --
If Marty’s ending
the Bard’s own be bending,
Each tells a story of love to hate lost.

And now I have but to …

Tack on a suitable two-quatrain coda
to bring a close to this lengthy up-send.
That’s irrefutable; who’s sayin’ Whoa!” to
incomplete spoof’s sayin’ “Rules I’ll upend!”

Now, in conclusion, it seems in their class, so
I gotta ask can someone tell me this:
How come this unending ditty, “El Paso”
doesn’t appear on the “Big 7” list?

© Stan Hall This nonsense actually found life only after several short-lived false labors tried to bear it as riffs on, among others, peripatetic NHL goalie Tom Barasso, Swedish film star "Signe Hasso," and actor/comedian Will Rogers, who was also quite handy with a lasso. The mishmash that ultimately emerged began with my notion that "passel" --half-rhyme tho' it be for "... Paso" (as the town's name's usually misspoken by us gringos, and which, incidentally, Robbins's OS never employs in rhyme)--is just a funny word. I think boredom with the theme and having lyricked myeself into a bit of a dead end combined to produce the sharp thematic turn midway thru'. From this back-looking vantage, the whole thing kind of reminds me of David Lynch's film "Mulholland Drive" (which I didn't particulalry like). Oh well

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alvin - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
my fave of the day...a mind blowing romp through the construction of verse, beatles and shakespeare...bravo
Invisible Boy - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Passel is a funny word. It was even funnier after I looked it up and found out what it meant.
Sometimes I just skim over words in parodies that I dont't know and rely on context.
With you I've come to realize that's it's worth the effort to look-up words unknown to me because there will be a payoff. This write is very clever.
AFW - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Interesting way you've done this old favorite..done it a couple times, myself
John Jenkins - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
"pedantic/frantic" and a lot of other good wordplay. In response to your concluding question ... I don't know. I've parodied this one, so I might have liked to see it on the list; but the big 7 has stood the test of time, and the list is not going to change now.
Stan - February 16, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, all. JJ ... the concluding query wasn't really serious, but a contextually convenient and "close enough" rhyme. :-)

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