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Song Parodies -> "Memorial Day"

Original Song Title:

"Beautiful Day"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

U2

Parody Song Title:

"Memorial Day"

Parody Written by:

Mark Scotti

The Lyrics

Posting this early for the AMIRIGHTers going away this weekend. Oh, those wonderful family barbecues....

The flowers in bloom, grill's on and family round
Affections loom, food smells good and jokes abound
Grill's out of gas, but the keg is full, more drinks to spare,
You want to run out, but wife says don't go anywhere,
She thinks one of your friends, is right in her brother's face
Someone, meaning me, should put him back in his place

But it's Memorial Day, jokes that's all
That's the deal when it's on Memorial Day
That's your Memorial Day
Tempers will get away

Drinks go on, and there is signs of degradation
You get accused, of past wrongs in his imagination
You argue long, even though what he said's not true
You call him drunk, and he just jumps all over you

On this Memorial Day
Memories to be made
What a Memorial Day
The fists just fly away

Punched me, knocked me into outer space
Reached in, and to his face my fists embraced

See our yard turn black and blue
See teeth fly right in front of you
See my neighbors yell "Getting loud!"
See the duals with shrimp skewers coming out
See our UFC fight tonight
See my parents yell "Not right!"
See my "friend", grill tools shoved down his mouth
All the blood and true colors came out

Another Memorial Day

On Memorial Day
Things went quite astray

Debris, yard looks like another place
Beer me, right now I'm gonna drink a case

What can you say, wife's gonna have a cow
What do you tell the cops, explain somehow
What your friend yelled, he wants seconds now,
He wants seconds now, he wants seconds now?!?!....

Memorial day
Copyright 2009

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alvin - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
sounds like a party...lol
Mark Scotti - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Holiday's thanks to you, Alvin!
Andy Primus - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Been to loads like that - U2? I hope this was a one off for you.
Mark Scotti - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Andy!!!
AFW - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Sounds like a memorable Memorial day..
TJC - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow... great job on this Maim-me-more-ial Day warm-up, Mark! 'Specially liked your 'grill tools down the mouth' imagery!
Mark Scotti - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks and beers to you AFW & TJC!!
malcolm higgins - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
absolute wonderful effort mark.. this should have a hoiliday named after it by itself 5-5-5 days with family for you
Mark Scotti - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Malcolm!!!
Leo Keough - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Sounds like a neighborhood where I once lived...Excellent work here...555!!!
Mark Scotti - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Leo!!
Drunkin' Basher - May 23, 2009 - Report this comment
My kind of holiday! Five fingers into a fist at you!
Mark Scotti - May 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, DB! I'll take 'fives' all day long!
Silver Power - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I only like Memorial Day because I get off from school. But I thought your parody was good, 555.
Mark Scotti - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, SP!!!
Abbott Skelding - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
SOTM: Great idea, the pacing was a little off, but still very funny!
Agrimorfee - June 12, 2009 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I second Abbott above. I like how it started almost pastoral then ridiculous.
Mark Scotti - June 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Agri! I tried to parody the classic "Family Barbecue" gone awry...
Mark Scotti - June 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Abbott...
Peter Andersson - June 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Sounds memorable, but given the day that's good, right?
Mark Scotti - June 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Peter! Yes, those Memorial Day barbecues can be quite dangerous...
Chris Bodily TM - June 25, 2009 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Family Barbecue gone awry... great concept, and I love the execution! It has this sort of Griswold feel to it... National Lampoon's Memorial Day Vacation. 555
Mark Scotti - June 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Chris
Matthias - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I love how this started off as a nice gentle parody of Memorial Day and turned into a huge fist fight, sounds like a lot of my own family get togethers... That's why we don't have many of them anymore.
Mark Scotti - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Matthias!
bobpiecheese - June 29, 2009 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Thank god my family reunions aren't so violent. I have no idea what Memorial Day is given my Australian-ness, but I can easily personally sub in 'Australia Day' (same amount of syllables). 555 for you sir!
Mark Scotti - June 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Bob. Yes, It's a national holiday here in the statesin late May, and it signals the start of the summer season. It's almost become a cliche to have a Memorial Day barbecue, hence the parody...
Arwen - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
SOTM...wow...your Memorial Days and my Memorial Days are TOTALLY different, Mark. ; ) Nice work on this one...=)
EmiLoca - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Uhhhh. Aren't you supposed to, like. Go to the cemetary. And NOT dig up fresh plots for family members? I liked this. :-)
Mark Scotti - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Recovering thanks to you, Arwen & EmiLoca!
Phil Alexander - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
The closest thing we have to "memorial day" is "Remembrance Sunday", which doesn't have any real tradition of drink-fuelled barbies (hell, it's November - who'd be having a barbecue in the UK in November?)... there seem to have been a few story-telling parodies this month, and I'm only half-way through
Mark Scotti - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Phil. It's a "given' usually on our Memorial Day holiday to cook on the barbecue. It's treated as a welcome to the summer season.
Jeff Reuben - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
SOTM: Nice take on this. I was wondering where you were going to go with a whole song about Memorial Day. Funny stuff, good luck surviving the holiday next year :)
Invisible Boy - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Ahhh...there's nothing like getting together with family and friends. I, as well, liked how you started out witth a friendly gathering and ended up with mayhem. Great job.
Mark Scotti - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Burgers, Brew, and thanks to Jeff & IB!!!
Below Average Dave - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
(SOTM) It was a good write Mark. . .for SOTM I tend to shy away from holiday parodies unless they are way over the top, but this one is to a holiday that rarely (if ever) gets tributed, so I wont harp (besides that is something 90% of the other voters would disagree with me on--I just always get tired of holidays by the time I read their dedications--but that really doesn't apply to Memorial Day---hardly even notice that one on the day it's on, much less later)
Mark Scotti - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Dave. The holiday itself was just an excuse to create the barbecue gone crazy theme. I wrote it right around Memorial Day, so it was a natural fit...
Christie Marie M - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC M/N) Now that's one Memorial Day that's unforgettable! Very interesting violent scene there. It kind of reminds me of one of those "King of the Hill" episodes where Luanne's biological drunken mother fights with Peggy Hill. Hmmm...as I've said before, interesting take on Memorial Day, and loved that family barbecue, or rather beer-becue would turn into WWF. 555.
Abbott Skelding - June 19, 2011 - Report this comment
When I saw my comment above, I forgot that I've read this before because I think I would remember a story as rediculous as this one haha. Nice work!
Blaydeman - June 20, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC) I don't think I'll ever forget this parody! Nice job!
Mark Scotti - June 20, 2011 - Report this comment
A 'burger" and thanks to Christie, Abbott & Blaydemann!
D-mon - June 22, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC) My memorial days are never as awesome as this! Good job!
bobpiecheese - June 22, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC5) Woah, I read this one before? See above, I guess, though now I can see that the pacing in the choruses is kinda sketchy.
Mark Scotti - June 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks to D-Mon & bobpie
Below Average Dave - June 24, 2011 - Report this comment
See above
Mark Scotti - June 25, 2011 - Report this comment
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