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Song Parodies -> "The Ballad of Wesley Clark"

Original Song Title:

"The Ballad of Davey Crockett"

Original Performer:

The Kentucky Headhunters

Parody Song Title:

"The Ballad of Wesley Clark"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

The Ballad of Wesley Clark (to the tune of The Ballad of Davey Crockett)

Born down in Arky, neighbor to Bill C.
Greenest pol in the land of the free
Raised in the Pentagon bureaucracy
Bombed him some Serbs when he was 53
Wesleyyy, Wesley Clark, general, no lieutenant
Wesleyyy, Wesley Clark, runnin' for president

Through the New Hamshire woods he's a marchin' along
Even Madonna is a singin' his song
Somethin' odd about 'im but he'll give it a try
Five generation son of rabbis
Wesleyyy, Wesley Clark, outrankin' Kerry, that's clear
Wesleyyy, Wesley Clark, man Edwards needs to fear
Wesleyyy, Wesley Clark, general... pain in... the... rear!

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Pacing: 3.3
How Funny: 3.7
Overall Rating: 3.7

Total Votes: 3

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Michael Pacholek - January 23, 2004 - Report this comment
Ten-hut! Private, you call this a parody? Drop and give me 20!
John Jenkins - January 23, 2004 - Report this comment
I think your parody has some pacing flaws, but I commend you for doing your homework and finding humor in someone that many of us thought was too boring to be parodied.

I also noticed your other parodies and you appear to be focusing on the Democratic candidates. I was attempting to parody all of the Democratic candidates, but two of the ones I parodied dropped out and the others don't seem funny enough. Mac195, I will give you bonus votes if you can parody all 7 of the remaining candidates - so you just have 4 to go.
mac195 - January 23, 2004 - Report this comment
John, thankds, I'll definately do something for Edwards soon. Gephardt is gone, Kucinich... well, I'm very interested in the race, but not THAT interested. As for Al Sharpton, I don't know if it is really possible to parody the man. Michael, are you a big Wes Clark fan or something?
Guy - January 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Yeah - I've been looking at Clark too and polls indicate that he and Kerry seem to be in a tie for the most boring. I did get one on Kerry today but it we're easy. I'll have to think some on Clark.

Mac - Did I see you reference in a comment somewhere that you are located in Japan? Not a bad parody but work on your pace some and welcome to the site.
mac195 - January 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Guy, but can you tell me specifically what you think is wrong with the pacing of this song?
Guy - January 25, 2004 - Report this comment
What I found awkward was the chorus part of the song. Although the end words rhyme somewhat and it paces to 12 beats the natural breaks in the words do not lend themselves to the same flow as the original. It makes the reader pause and re-read the line trying to maybe get the accent postiioned correctly but even this was not the case. Your parody is good and Clark is a hard guy to parody. Just work on your pacing and timing a bit and you will do well I'm sure.
Adagio - January 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Good song.
mac195 - January 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Guy, I appreciate the advice, and you are right. In this format at least, where people are only reading lyrics, a parody works best if it matches the pacing of the original recorded version almost exactly.
Paul Robinson - January 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Mac - I missed this one earlier. Nice job. Guy, very nice explanation on pacing. You did it better in about 25 WORDS than I've done recently in 25 LINES (Of course some of my lines were a side trip to the "zoo". Sometimes there's a certain amount of entertainment value in that.). Jeez, one of my earliest remaining memories is my 5th birthhday - in the backyard of 15 Carlin Street in Norwalk, Connecticut. There's a picture SOMEWHERE of me standing there with my coonskin cap, my pop-gun (the little wood-handled thing with a narrow metal barrel and the little cork on a short string tied to the barrel). I was grinning and beaming like the happiest little idiot on earth, having a great 'ole time with toys most kids today would probably look at and throw straight in the garbage.
Michael Pacholek - January 26, 2004 - Report this comment
No, mac, I'm not particularly a Clark fan, but you had only two verses. There are six. They ripped me for leaving out half of "Blinded By the Light" when all I did was do the 45 version instead of the album cut. If you'd only done five of the six verses, I could've let it go. But two? Even the Rutgers football team does a better job of finishing than that. Sadly, I know.
Paul Robinson - January 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Michael Pacholek - The song was done so long ago (at least the version I'm thinking of) that I didn't remember how many verses, only how it sounded. Just wondering if anyone knows if perhaps the theme song to the "Davey Crockett" TV show of that era perhaps only had two verses? That might be what "mac" was going by. Of course, I might be the only one on the site old enough to remember the show at all. It was a REAL long time ago (Fess Parker starred)
Jonathan Spurlock - June 02, 2021 - Report this comment
I stumbled across this parody by accident today. The "Davy Crockett" TV show was before my time--at least that's what I was told--but don't forget, Walt Disney had an entire miniseries about Mr. Crockett on his "Wonderful World of Disney" TV show. Fess Parker was the star, too, and Buddy Ebsen played his friend (I don't recall the name). Some of the acting was spectacular, such as Davy's address or speech to the Creek warriors, and some of it was downright funny, such as the final scenes when Davy bested Mike Fink in some contest or other (it's been a while since I saw these episodes). A parody like this would have been great in 2020 considering the Democrats' "all-stars" lining up to battle DJT!

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