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Song Parodies -> "Can of Condensed Sparrow"

Original Song Title:

"Man of Constant Sorrow"

Original Performer:

Soggy Bottom Boys

Parody Song Title:

"Can of Condensed Sparrow"

Parody Written by:

Jan Unwin

The Lyrics

Got a can - of condensed sparrow,
Now I eat - it all the time.
Chunky style - with bones and marrow,
Birds nest soup - is so sublime
(The birds nest soup - is so sublime)

For all my life - I've eaten chicken,
Must have ate - a flock or two.
I've given up - my finger lickin',
I ate my first - wild cockatoo
(Now plain old chick - en will not do.)

Once you've tried - a bowl of Blue Jay
Cream of Crow - or Barn Owl Stew.
And you've swal -lowed your first Swallow,
You'll know it's - the thing to do.
(Perhaps you'll learn - a thing or two.)

Best of all - is Seagull Chowder,
Just watch out - for bits of beak.
Eagle Noodle - with Love Dove Dumplings,
Yes it's real-ly quite a treat.
(Good soup like this - just can't be beat.)

Maybe your friends - think I'm a strange one
A real nuthatch - they're calling me.
Maybe it's true - I might be quackers
But you can't beat - variety.
(Yes I've got meat - variety.)

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Pacing: 4.7
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Overall Rating: 4.7

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Guy - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Jan - Great song to parody. I believe Adagio did this song first on the site. She has a midi to the original in her comments for a memory refresher:

Although in the movie the band's name was the " Soggy Bottom Boys" I believe that the original artist is Norman Blake. Loved the movie and love your parody. This one just begs to to be cannon fodder for any assortment of parody to be played on it. The original is just one that doesn't come to people's memory easily.
Adagio - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
It's really a shame that no one remembers this one. It's great for parodying and you did a great job, Jan

Guy, I was fortunate enough to have the soundtrack. I would love to parody other songs from it, but I don't think people remember.
Johnny D - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
I remember this tune! I saw and loved the movie, too. My favorite line from the movie is George Clooney's "Consider the lilies o'the goddam field". The original tune is great, and so is your parody, Jan. An easy 5-5-5 from me. My wife and one of my brothers and I went last summer to the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts, and we saw Alison Krause and Union Station! They did the soundtrack for "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou": (free samples here):­3-4762394-3323813?v=glance

They did a number of songs from the movie, including I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys featuring Dan Tyminski. It was a great show!
Birgitta - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
This is really cute Jan.I'm addicted to my roasted chickens,(seriously),so naturally,this excited me. ;-) Wonderful wording.
Meriadoc - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
The great thing about country songs is that you can listen to 3 seconds of the music and then you've got it down perfectly... thanks to Adagio for the midi.

Jan, this was fantastic! I laughed all thru it!
Adagio - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Mer...puhleeze...that's bluegrass! :D
ParodyKeet - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm a vegetarian and a bird lover, but even if I don't share the speaker's sympathies, I think this is clever. Thanks again, Jan, for your talent.
Meriadoc - February 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Sorry Adagio, couldn't tell from just the midi... I like bluegrass though! :-)
Jan Unwin - February 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks all, I'm glad you liked it. I knew the audience might be more limited, but as you know, some songs just beg for it.
Johnny D - May 31, 2004 - Report this comment
Hi Jan! How've you been? I just got back from an afternoon at the Fleet Boston Pavilion (an "under-tent" concert venue) next to Boston Harbor with my wife, my brother, and a friend . . . we attended an afternoon concert of bluegrass/mountain music, with featured acts Alison Krause & Union Station, and Ralph Stanley. It was great! I kept thinking of your parody "Can of Condensed Sparrow", especially since at the concert today Alison Krause and Union Station performed "Man of Constant Sorrow" . . . I was humming and singing your parody off and on all afternoon! ;-)

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