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Song Parodies -> "What Word Through Yonder Comment Makes?"

Original Song Title:

"Romeo and Juliet: The Balcony Scene"

Original Performer:

William Shakespeare

Parody Song Title:

"What Word Through Yonder Comment Makes?"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Occasionally. a TT comment evolves into a parody itself, as in the comment to TJC's "Hung *There*, 'Rover', Duh, Reigns Bro!", which became TT's "TT To TJC: What Fine Skull Session!"

This time, a reader's comment to TT's Hamlet parody, "TV, Or Not TV" inspired the following response. However, having done "Hamlet" five times already, it was time to debut a new play on the AIR stage.

But hark! What word through yonder comment makes?
It is a Feast, and Fiddlegirl likes my pun
Arise, fair Fid, and spill the envi'ble tune
As AIR's already thick with disbelief
That thou, new maid, should write so artfully
Be not afraid, that they be envious;
Thy best delivery is so rarely seen
And none but fools do "One" it; flip them off.
My tribute's lady, O, to write thereof!
O-bama, blasts from her!
She writes, and 'tis a fun thing: oh, how phat!
So AIR endorses; I vote/comment it
As Fives unfold; in sets of three from geeks
One of the fairest stars in Chucky's heaven,
Seeing her whiz this, such complete surprise
It sprinkles me with tears, her puns, discern
What wit arises there, in pretty head!
The brilliance of technique would shame our "stars"
Wordplay, quite, does she vamp; and lightly leaven --
-- Us through the AIR-y region; gleam so bright
With words (her "thing"), the rest of us, delight
See, how she gleans so chic a pun, so grand!
Know that I, songs thereof, am such a fan
Of talent, One, unique!


OS (Act II, Scene 2)
Romeo outside Juliet's window (peeper!); she appears at the window


But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

And to think that some authors don't even reply to comments. What a missed opportunity! As Calvin said to Hobbes, "There's treasure everywhere!" (© Bill Watterson)

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Pacing: 5.0
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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 11

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Timmy1000 - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
What light through yonder shell shines? It is the Turtle ... with another Shakespeare parody. Very classy and well done.
Mark Scotti - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Me thinks as ye fiddelith, what wonderous parodies(and sometimes wind...) breaketh!!
DJ Blaze - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I always try to respond to comments, although I had a late reply to Timmy1000 on my Over 9000 parody. 555, and keep up the good work. You've hit a major milestone at 300 parodies.
Christie Marie M - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
"What soft, what mind through yonder breaks? It rings so sweet, and T. Turtle's a real brain!" Great soliloquizing since "TV or not TV!" Three 5's for thee!
Fiddlegirl - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
One AIR-er than T.T? The all-seething pun Ne'er saw his match since first the world begun." xoxoxo
John Barry - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
So two bard walk into a bar. . . .
AFW - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Keep on shaking your speare there, Willie..
Tommy Turtle - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Timmy1000: Thanks. I like to think the occasional touch of class helps to offset the ones about boffing sheep :)

Mark: How true! You know me well, Sir Scotti! ... thanks for v/c.

DJ Blaze:Thanks much. Work and life get in the way for all of us, but I usually try to thank people the next day or two, if I can. Thanks to you, *today*. :)

Christie Marie M: Fair maiden, to my eyes are thy words so sweet! Thank you!

Lou Peckinpaugh: "Do you mean to tell me that a pretty girl like yourself has never ... "
Secretary: "I know it's hard to believe, but... I've never been thanked by a man before".
Lou: "Why, you sweet, innocent young thing, one of these days I'm going to take you home and thank you properly, all night long!"

Couldn't find the exact dialogue -- surprised it wasn't in the IMDb quotes -- and it's been a while since last I watched the movie. So that was SWAG from memory, but... I'm going to give thank the s**t out of you one of these days, and thank you properly all night long! For now, just, uh, "appreciate" v/c.

John Barry: I had a promising career as a serious writer, but I was disbard.... Thanks for v/c, and awaiting the rest of the joke?

AFW: Always mit der dirty mind, eh? (unlike moi, of course, pure of literary taste) ... thanks AFW.
alvin - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
hardy har hark...this was fun
TT - August 29, 2009 - Report this comment
alvin: (lol!) thanks!
Gari J - August 30, 2009 - Report this comment
21st century Shakespeare here in TT. I liked it.
metaphorsbwithu - August 30, 2009 - Report this comment
A hit! Not nearly foul and most fairly done. But you know TT, in the second line, Shakespeare uses a metaphor to describe Juliet (one of the first instances I can remember understanding what a metaphor is), and I was thinking that the second line could have been written, "It is a Feast, and Fiddlegirl is a bun."

But maybe not. Of course, in doing so, that might have sent your parody into an entirely different direction.
Tommy Turtle - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Gari J: Thanks very much for the kind words. I enjoy doing Shakespeare as a change of pace from most parodies, and have done Hamlet's famous soliloquy in five different versions. Appreciate the v/c.

metaphorsbwithu : Or "is a hon", which would keep it "slightly" cleaner :) ... As you yourself noted, 'twould be a different direction indeed, and while I'm not trying to impose on you to read the parody which inspired this one (hyperlinked in the second line of the intro), were you to do so, you'd see the direct inspiration: it's a response to FG's comment on that Hamlet parody.

I sayeth more, that as per comment to Timmy1000 above, I do enough risqué stuff as is. A touch of class once in a while -- but not *too* often, of course :) ... thanks for thoughts and votes.
adagio - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I do envy you being able to write in a bard manner...I can't...I just appreciate. Maybe I'd rather have roadkill...eww... than turtle ..they're slower. 5's
TJC - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
A fiTTing and masterfully crafted tribute to a deserving rising 'star' in AIR's firmament... a joy to read and doubly so when compared with the incomparable original... 'twas also nice to be reminded that ewe can do 'straight' with the best of the 'Flatland'ers!
TT - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
adagio: I bet you could if you tried ... read his works; the meter is always the same (iambic pentameter), which makes your pacing easier. Thanks for v/c, and for letting TT know that he's better than roadkill - wow! Thanks! :D

TJC: "compared with the incomparable"? Isn't that a contradiction or an oxymoron or a sheepydumbon? hehehe .... I did have a career as a serious writer at one time, but I was disbard.

Seriously, thanks for the very kind v/c. :)

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