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Song Parodies -> "Three Burning Crosses"

Original Song Title:

"Three Wooden Crosses"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Randy Travis

Parody Song Title:

"Three Burning Crosses"

Parody Written by:

Michael McVey

The Lyrics

Number 100 is one of my serious spoofs. If you haven't understood why I moved from a small Illinois town to San Antonio, you will now!
A policeman and the mayor, a lawyer and a preacher,
Were on a farm at midnight wearing their white robes.
One's running for election, one wants a big promotion,
An' two of them have a contract on my soul.
The bigots never even saw me drive right by,
I wasn't exactly going 55.

There were three burning crosses on the right side of the highway,
There were prob'ly more of them, I don't wanna know.
In this town it isn't hard work that makes a man successful,
It who his parents are and who he knows.

That farmer sold his homestead, a farm of eighty acres,
Guess the city badly needs his fertile land.
An' that preacher left his garbage in the minds of lots of children:
Did his best to make them judge their fellow man.
And that preacher whispered: "Can't you see the Promised Land?"
As he laid his dusty bible in the mayor's hand

There were three burning crosses on the right side of the highway,
There were prob'ly more of them, I don't wanna know.
In this town it isn't hard work that makes a man successful,
It who his parents are and who he knows.

I heard the lies that preacher told last Sunday.
As he held his unopened bible up,
I didn't stay very long.
He said: "Bless the lawyer, the policeman, and the mayor;
And free us from that obnoxious man
Who always says they're wrong."

There were three burning crosses on the right side of the highway,
There were prob'ly more of them, I don't wanna know.
In this town it isn't hard work that makes a man successful,
It who his parents are and who he knows.

There were three burning crosses on the right side of the highway.
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Pacing: 2.0
How Funny: 2.3
Overall Rating: 2.7

Total Votes: 3

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Grace Hampton - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Since this was meant to be a serious song I rated you 5 on irony or sarcasim rather than humor.
Guy - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Michael - I really liked this one. It follows the original well. Now if they made a movie with these characters this would be the perfect title song.
Adagio - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
I like this one, too. It's thought-provoking. 5's
Rick D - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
I've been to San Antonio. I like the center of your basketball team. DKOS, but I like this on it's own merits. Write a new melody for it? Congrats on 100. I think George Burns said the first 100 is the hardest.
martha - March 21, 2004 - Report this comment
This is very good as Grace said not funny but v goog in other ways
neminem - March 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey, I gave it all fives when it came out, but I didn't have anything to say. Now I do: I just submitted a parody called "Lack of Brains in the Head" that I'd been trying to come up with the last stanza of for months - it is about an *entirely* different situation that also involves a cross burning. Be sure to check it out!

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