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Song Parodies -> "Long Island 2005(Seen the lights go out in Downtown)"

Original Song Title:

"Miami 2017(Seen the lights go out on Broadway)"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Long Island 2005(Seen the lights go out in Downtown)"

Parody Written by:

Mikey F

The Lyrics

Seen the lights go out in Downtown,
I saw the empire state laid low,
And life went on beyond the middle east,
They all bought Cadillac's,
and cheered in the streets,

They held a concert somewhere unknown,
to pay for damage done so slow,
they were sad and mad about,
they hate Bin Laden's crowd,
but they went right on with the show,

I've seen the lights go out in Downtown,
I've seen the pres give his speech,
they sent the medics up,
but then the towers fell,
and they all came crashing to their feet,

I've seen the lights go out in Downtown,
I saw the ruins at my feet,
Y'know we almost didn't notice it,
we'd heard it all by 10:30,

They closed the airports up in Boston,
like if anyone would fly,
the flames were everywhere,
everyone was in despair,
and there was white stuff on the street,

I've seen the lights go out in downtown,
I saw the mighty skyline fall,
the ships were waiting down at Battery,
those people who died up there,
they never got to live at all,

They sent fighter jets out to stop them,
they got all the planes down safely,
they said building 3 could stay,
they blew the rest away,
and dug the towers out for free,

Y'know those lights were bright in downtown,
That was just a few years ago,
before everyone was presumed dead,
before Bin Laden got killed by his assemble,
You can not not remember,
in fact a handful did survive,
to tell the world about,
the way the lights went out,
and still the memory survives,

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Ryan Swain - February 04, 2003 - Report this comment
First verse rhyme scheme is off, that got the parody off to a bad start. The Billy Joel song goes : Seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the Empire State laid low, And life went on beyond the Pallisades, They all bought Cadillac's, And left there long AGO. (rhymes with low, 2nd line) Your version: Seen the lights go out in Downtown, I saw the empire state laid low, And life went on beyond the middle east, They all bought Cadillac's, and cheered in the STREETS. (sort of rhymes with streets, 3rd line) Thus, the rhyme scheme is incorrect, and if you can't get that part of a parody correct, then you really shouldn't be bragging about it. Another problem - In your version, 4th stanza, you use : I've seen the lights go out in Downtown, I saw the ruins at my feet, Y'know we almost didn't notice it, we'd heard it all by 10:30, ...while the original reads like this : They burned the churches down in Harlem Like in that Spanish civil war The flames were everywhere But no one really cared It always burned up there before ...Your version of the 4th stanza reads a lot like the original song's 3rd stanza, which reads like this : I've seen the lights go out on Broadway I saw the ruins at my feet You know we almost didn't notice it We'd seen it all the time on Forty second street ...So I don't really know what was going through your mind when writing this, you could have just confused these 2 verses, but this is another aspect I can't overlook. Basically you have a complete extra verse in there, that doesn't belong there... not good. Another thought, I don't know how Bin Laden could get by his "assemble." This makes no sense - please look up the correct definition of the word "assemble." Perhaps you meant "ensemble", but it's important to know these things BEFORE you write the parody. I also think many of the rhymes are weak, overused, and basically, I don't know how this song has gotten the ratings it has received. Please don't embarass Billy Joel anymore by doing anymore of his songs.
Mike Florio - February 05, 2003 - Report this comment
One things certain! Billy Joel is my favorite Artist of all time! I know more about him than anyone I know(I consider my brother to know the same ammount)! I refuse to stop writing parodies to Billy Joel's songs... next up...this was an earley parody of mine...and if youd like to viset every song at the site pointing out where they changed the word or the ryme, be my guest...but this will take you a very very long time! I admit to the extra verse in there...again this was an earley parody and I didnt think anyone would really read it that closley! And, something you really are sapost to try not to do in parody writing...change rymes...but sometimes it has to be done...and again, this was an earley one of mine, so it was done a little more often, and it is done often in a lot of parodies at this site! Please dont single me out as someone who changed rymes in his earley songs...and dont tell me to never parody my favorite artist again! I am assuming that you read my artist page and this was one of the only songs you knew, so you read it and found what you said in your comment... Read my newer stuff...its beter...pretty much anything after "Seize the day"(even though this song did infact chart as a number 5 hit)... ps: I did mean assemble...

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