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Song Parodies -> "Say A Prayer For Buddy Holly"

Original Song Title:

"Deck The Halls"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Say A Prayer For Buddy Holly"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Inspired by Airfarcewon's "The Highwaymen", but, unfortunately, too late for the anniversary of this event on February 3rd.
Say a prayer for Buddy Holly
(This is Buddy's song, so sing along)
Style new, an an-o-MA-ly
(Buddy now is gone, and so, we mourn)
Music brought us all together
(R & B, hill-bill-y, rock 'n roll)
Wish they'd flown in better weather...
(Blessings on his soul; such tragic toll)

Crashed on flight, Clear Lake to Fargo
(I-o-wa bound to... North DA-ko-ta )
Left a widow, Santiago*
("Widowed bride" Ma-ri...-a E-le-na)
Took poor Buddy, Ritchie, Bopper
(Holly, Va-.. Lenz-uel-a, Rich-ard-son)**
Sadly, single sure show-stopper
(Since his plane is down, show can't go on)

Known to Nassau, Nome, and Needles***
(Never been to Spain? To Needles, go)
"Crickets" 'spired name for "Beatles"
(John and Paul were fans, at UK show)****
Also, for Graham Nash's "Hollies"
(Envy: none; trib-ute done, 'eighty-one)*****
Passing gave us melancholies
(See his image in... the setting sun)

Beatles' "Words of Love": they pick up
(Quite de-lib-er-ate...-LY make mim-ic)
Holly's sound - the "vocal hiccup"******
(Term that critics gave... to his gim-mick)
Fade away, not! Stones saw to that
(Rolling Stones cover "Not.... Fade A-way)
Other covers: Linda Ronstadt
("It's So Easy"; "That... 'LL Be The Day")

Fame forever through space hurtles
(Rave On, Peggy Sue, in True Love Ways)
Influenced The Byrds, The Turtles
(Raining In My Heart, 'most Everyday)
And, among those Turtles, I ---
(Paradise (not for Fools): Buddy's rest)
That'll be the day we di-ie!
(Matters evermore - we're all so bless'd!)

That'll be the day that we all die!

Don McLean, eat your heart out! *Holly's wife, nee Maria Elena Santiago**Ritchie Valens' full last name was Valenzuela. ***Needles, California, in the desert east of Los Angeles, immortalized by Elvis Presley/Three Dog Night in "Never Been to Spain". ****Lennon and McCartney, as teens, were in the audience for Holly's 1958 UK tour. *****"Buddy Holly", The Hollies, 1981 ******The "vocal hiccup", as in: "Rave On": "Weh-UH-eh-UH-ell, the little things you say and do" © Wikipedia, source of much of the information for this parody/tribute. Buddy Holly songs referenced: "Words of Love" "Not Fade Away" "It's So Easy" "That'll Be the Day" "Rave On" "Peggy Sue" "True Love Ways" "Raining in My Heart" "Everyday" "Fool's Paradise" "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". All else © 2006 Tommy Turtle

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Pacing: 4.4
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Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 13

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alvin rhodes - March 17, 2006 - Report this comment
very clever piece of work
Dirty Hairy - March 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Great tribute, and very informative. I love parodies where I learn a lot, and I learned a great deal here. All 5's
Stephen Harrington - March 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Don't know much about Buddy Holly, but 555s anyway. It's very good.
John Barry - March 17, 2006 - Report this comment
What Alvin said. Don't forget Blind Faith's cover of "Well Alright."
AFW - March 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Excellent tribute to one of my favorite classic r&r performers...and thanks for the related mention above...
Tommy Turtle - March 17, 2006 - Report this comment
alvin, Dirty Hairy, Stephen Harrington, John Barry, AFW, thanks...
John B, there have been so many other covers of Holly's material that that could be another parody in itself... don't think I'll do it; so feel free.... looking forward to it.
Larry Hensley - March 18, 2006 - Report this comment
Great tribute, 5s.
TT - March 18, 2006 - Report this comment
Larry Hensley, thanks.
Rick C - March 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Great tribute parody, Tommy. 555
TT - March 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks, Rick C.
Stuart McArthur - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
wow, compared to mine that's a lot of verses! and a lot of work! (esp. varying all the falalalas) - great stuff, and very informative too - 555
TT - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Stuart, thanks for reading and for comments/votes.
Tim Hall - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Touching tribute to a true rock pioneer.
Tommy Turtle - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Tim Hall, thanks, and pleased ta meetya.

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