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Song Parodies -> "Joke, 'Gets', Win Your Fives"

Original Song Title:

"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"

Original Performer:

The Platters

Parody Song Title:

"Joke, 'Gets', Win Your Fives"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Inspired by TJC's comment here. ... See footnote for dull discussion of "get" as comedic slang.

Writer asked, "How do --
"-- I get Fives from you?"
(Noob, new-ew-ew-ew)

We, of course, replied,
"Take us for fun ride
"Laughter: Fives, betide"

Said, "Must rack your mind:
"Far-fetched puns, to find"

"When you're brain's on fire
"Clever craft, contrives
"Votes will be all Fives"

So she sketched --
-- A pun, so badly stretched
She thought we would not, par, vote

But, "Hurray!"
"We want wit-writ wordplay"
Surprise shot got .. our .. vote!

Wretched puns, well plied:
Writer, bona fide
(Thrive on five-five-five)

"Thanks for your advice
"It's so awesomely nice:
"Seeing votes: Five, thrice!"

Joke - "Gets" - win - your - Fives!

[1] "Get" -- Hard to trace exact comedic etymology; closest dictionary clue:
"Informal (in tennis, squash, etc): a successful return of a shot that was difficult to reach"
IOW, to find something -- a sub, match, pun, title switch, etc. -- that succeeds, but required great skill to find or create.

One hates to use oneself as an example (yeah, right! ;), but then again. one knows more of one's own songs and comments than of anyone else's, so will cite Stuart McArthur, an English teacher, in comment here, about the title switch being a "classic get", i. e., a difficult-to-find, but ingenious, (blush) switch on TOS.

Anyone else have any other info on where the comedic term "get" originated?

Methinks it's break-time for a couple of weeks. You know how to text the turtle in the meantime...

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Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.3
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 9

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 5   8

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Old Man Ribber - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
TT - Sometimes I resemble these remarks! While not everybody finds their place in the pun, I have been fortunate. Don't stay away too long...the second of my seven hits the site on Monday. ;D
Mark Scotti - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Puns are fun, and certainly fives worthy..
Barry J. Mitchel - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Your parody "gets me where I live," like Chris Matthews "get(s) a thrill up (his) leg" when BHO speaks. Was it coincidental that you & I picked the same OS for today? I "get" your advice for future 5's; here R34U.
Christie Marie M - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow, now this is one parody that deserves 5's! Great as always, Turtle!
Tommy Turtle - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Old Man Ribber: If you ever looked at the replies to your comments ... n/m, go look! Why should I do your work for you when you want *me* to read *your* parody? LOL! :-D
  (also, turtle often tries to return your witty comments in kind. Not always great, but sometimes worth the return trip.) Thanks for v/c.

Mark Scotti: Once, a pun, a time.... I say, "Thanks"!

Barry J. Mitchel: It must be ESPN! TUVM. ... and you've missed yourself being plugged one other time (as did many others), at

Christie Marie M: Thanks as always, Christie!
Fiddlegirl - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
When you get it, you've got it! Or is that "if you've got it, you'll get it"? Either way, you'll always get what you've always gotten from me... which is 555. :)
Tommy Turtle - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Fiddlegirl: I get it! :) Nice to have security in an uncertain world. Thanks!

(and here you thought I was gonna go "somewhere else" with all those doors open - c'mon, admit it! xoxoxo ;)
AFW - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Another good tricky quickie to the old classic...without the smoke...I was sure I left a comment earlier, but it I guess it didn't take
TJC - September 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Nice one, TT--lots o' treweisms and quirky rhymes (betide, heh?!)! Well--I know you're exceedingly tired after your mega-run of the last few weeks so I'll do my damndest to be udderly uninspiring--get some rest!
Tommy Turtle - September 18, 2010 - Report this comment
AFW: No problem - thanks for re-v-c-ing! (Or re-c-v-ing my thanks! ;)

TJC: Thanks -- mostly more like catching up on undone chores, but once the AIR-head lobe of the pea-brain is rested (exactly which lobe is that, anyway?), I should be refreshed and ready to cook again.

In other words: "I'll be baaackkk!" Thanks for v/c and all inspirations, incleweding this one!

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