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Song Parodies -> "If Day of World War II"

Original Song Title:

"I Put a Spell on You"

Original Performer:

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Parody Song Title:

"If Day of World War II"

Parody Written by:

Dylan Baranski

The Lyrics

Given the massive number of parodies that have been written of this classic, I was naturally inclined to do one myself. Unfortunately, I struggled with the initial idea. Add to the fact that I had a life to contend with, and wyou can see why I've taken so long to get here.

These vagaries aside, here's the buzz: While searching around, I came across an unusual event that occurred in Canada during World War II: If Day (FR: Si un jour...). If Day was a staged invasion of Winnipeg that occurred on February 19, 1942. In short, here's what happened: The "invasion" began with mock bombings and faked destruction of bridges. A few mock casualties later, the Canadian forces there surrendered at 9:30 AM, after which a guy named Erich von Neurenberg took over. In addition to the usual Nazi policies of censorship, suppression of assembly, book burnings and such, the town was renamed "Himmlerstadt" and the local newspaper, The Winnipeg Tribune, was renamed "Das Winnipeger Lügenblatt" (EN: "The Winnipeg Liesheet").

When the currency was replaced by German Reichsmarks, the truth became apparent to the townsfolk: On the back of these phony Reichsmarks, there was an advertisement for Victory Bonds. At 5:30 PM, at the end of it all, groups of people paraded with signs saying "It Must Not Happen Here!" or "Buy Victory Bonds!" Actually, the media had informed the public of this event well in advance. Nevertheless, it still took many by surprise. Could you imagine something like this happening nowadays? Whatever you think, enjoy the parody, and have a Happy Halloween!
If Day of World War II,
Strange day in time!

Few people really knew,
Whohohoah, what’s up!
Troops faked dyin’,
Yeaaaaaaaaah, made a stand, whoo!
Troops runnin’ around,
Made a stand,
Wehrmacht’s in town,
Made a stand!
If Day of World War II,
Strange day in time!!!
Whohohoah, yeaaahhhhh!

[sax solo]

Few people really knew,
Whohohoah, what’s up!
Troops faked dyin’,
Aaaahhhh!! Aahh!! Folks found out-
Folks found out-
Folks found out soon enough!
A campaign for Victory Bonds!
Such a weird bluff!
If Day of World War II,
Strange day in time!!!

[random gibberish]
Copyright 2011 by Dylan Baranski GmbH S.p.A. Inc. Misuse is punishable by a zombie invasion of your hometown.

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Patrick - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I love these odd stories from history. Years ago I saw an early 1940's Kansas National Guard yearbook in which there were photos of a training exercise involving the Guard "invading" Topeka. There was a shot of soldiers with Thompson guns "capturing" the governor on the steps of the Capitol building. The incident you report must have come as quite a shock to the people who hadn't heard about it in advance. Sort of like the Martians landing in Grovers Mill, New Jersey.
Rob Arndt - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Not bad... for military history- 555!!! I'll get to Canada later...
Dylan Baranski - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Actually, Patrick, I do believe there were other events similar to If Day, now that you mention it.
Rob Arndt - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Even more than the armed military contribution and producing Valentine tanks and Mosquito and Lanc bombers, Canada was the metal supplier with half the aluminium and 90% of Allied nickel. They also supplied uranium for the Manhatten Project until German captured stocks surpassed them...

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