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Song Parodies -> "(I Wore Out) A Pair Of Soles"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Tori Amos

Parody Song Title:

"(I Wore Out) A Pair Of Soles"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

Last week I got the opportunity to meet Tori Amos, my favorite current performer, in a Record Company/Record Store promotional event at Tower Records here in Hollywood. I knew it would be very brief and my intent was really just to get her to sign a copy of a Birthday Tribute I had posted here back on her last birthday and give her a copy as well...and say 'Hi, I really like your work and admire your perseverance and determination and am glad things seem to be working out well for you." But after 5 hours of standing in line my body & brain apparently ran out of steam and the connection between brain and mouth shut down suddenly once we got inside the nice, if slightly too warm, store. Hadn't eaten since before noon and it was after 10pm, so my blood-sugar was probably a factor, too. But I did have fun prior to that with a few folks I met in line...Nick, a sharp and engaging college student at nearby UCLA and also Karen and her daughter, Elizabeth, who at 15 seemed to be the youngest person there. They were both very nice and fun to talk to. I was just ahead of them in line and since Security hustled you out of there pronto as soon as you were done I don't know if their meetings went any better. I hope so...I think maybe they seemed Tori was able to muster some "reflective enthusiasm" for people who had some to shine her way...I was just too almost 55-year-old constitution was begging for hydration, food, rest and uh...a criticism of Tori here, but the Security considerations (and I know they must take them) felt a bit too regimented, at least for my taste.
As I stand in line
in line out here
As I stand in line
out here
To meet Tori Amos
so she will sign
A parody piece
from me

The line ain't moved since
I got here
It hasn't moved since
I got here
I lean on the wall
'cause my back is getting tired
And sore are both my feet

As I stand with the people
up against this wall
I see that this may be
a lengthy stay
I'm standing here and still
it doesn't move at all
I'm composing this
in my brain

I've no CD's
to listen to
I did not bring
any CD's
When I tried to use
my cellular phone
the darn thing needed batteries

While standing on my feet there
for what seemed so long
The folks around me helped
me to create
We talked about some rules
there that weren't fair at all
And of some things
that we would change

(not fair)
Yes, I made some friends
while I stood there
While standing there
I made some friends
Some real nice folks
were Nick and Karen
Elizabeth was really sweet

While standing in the line
for Tori's signature
The arches on my feet
began to ache
A real long wait in line
that was one thing for sure
I got hungry and
food I did crave

From waiting in the line
for Tori's Signature
The energy within me
seemed to drain
When finally I reached the
front and did meet her
I did not
have much to say
Mumbled "Thanks"
then went away
lesson learned
on that day

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Overall Rating: 4.6

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Adagio - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
This is a good one, Paul. I like the way it flows with the music and goes with the feeling of it. 5's
Paul Robinson - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, really did come to me while I was leaning against the back wall of the Tower Records Parking Lot - I had about 1/2 of it just in my head and had to find a scrap of paper to jot the lines down on so I wouldn't forget them.
MrMacphisto - March 25, 2005 - Report this comment
Good parody Paul... I'm sorry to hear this wasn't as enjoyable of an experience as you thought it would be. Hopefully, you'll get a chance to meet her again someday.... Anyway, what do you think of the new album? I've been listening to it nonstop, and strangely, I'm beginning to like it more than anything else she's done. "The Beekeeper" seems like it's better paced as an album than most of her releases.
Paul Robinson - March 29, 2005 - Report this comment
Macphisto - Thanks! Actually, although I did wear down and run out of steam once I got inside the store I did find the experience extremely interesting and very edifying as well. I got to meet some very nice and interesting people I never would have run into in "real" life - I've been in touch via e-mail with a couple of the people - I sent them a recorded version of my parody (I sometimes make voice-overlay recordings of my works) and they enjoyed & got a kick out of it. I've got some plans to do something positive with the autographed copy of my "Precious Things; Golden Years" piece that I will look into more after Tax Season is over...I'm not a collector and it really would be pointless to stick it in a folder or drawer now. I'm thinking of donating it in some manner to RAINN as an auction item and making a donation myself as well...probably set my donation as the "minimum bid" - so that it might possibly raise more than a pittance. As to "The Beekeeper", I totally has had the same effect on me. Even a couple songs that didn't do too much for me initially are working their way into my appreciation zone. And some of the works are really exceptional. I know some people miss the out-an-out anger and angst, but hey, she's 41 now and has changed quite a bit and has a broader outlook on life...and this album clearly reflects that. If you are still as angry at 41 as you were at 27 or 28 you haven't done much in the way of improving your life...but she has and it shows. As a soon-to-be 55 year old I can appreciate that quite a bit.

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