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Song Parodies -> "Four Chord Song"

Original Song Title:

"Four Chord Song"

Original Performer:

Axis of Awesome

Parody Song Title:

"Four Chord Song"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Australian group named "Axis of Awesome" made some time ago a hit named "Four Chord Song". It is a medley of various songs which use the same chord progression, namely I-V-vi-IV (e.g. C-G-Am-F). This progression is known as Pop-Punk Progression. But there is another four chord progression, namely Fifties' Progression, which follow I-vi-IV-V progression. So here is my try - all these songs can be played with those four songs. This song is to be sung as a girl-boy duet. Can anyone recognize all the songs?
(Boy) I got a girl, Donna is her name
(Girl) Heart and soul, I fell in love with you
(Boy) I am only a five-year old and my baby's three
(Girl) I'm so young and you're so old, that's my darling I've been told
(Mother) Every breath you take, every move you make,
every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

(Girl) Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling - Do you feel my heart beating?
(Boy) Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
(Boy) When I was going over the Cork and Kerry mountains...
(Girl) I'd like to be, under the sea, in the Octopus's garden in the shade
(Diving teacher) Every breath you take, every move you make,
every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

(Girl) A very old friend, came by today
(Boy) Here's my story, it is sad but it's true
(Boy) I got a girl of name Rama-lama-lama-lama-lama Ding-Dong
(Girl) Enola Gay, you should have stayed home yesterday
(Both) Every breath you take, every move you make,
every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

(Boy) I remember when rock'n'roll was young, me and Susy had so much fun
(Girl) Let's twist again, like we did last summer
(Boy) Everybody's doing a brand new dance now
(Girl) Do do, do the jukebox do, do
(Janitor) Every breath you take, every move you make,
every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

(Boy) Little surfer, little one...
(Boy) I bought a '30 Ford wagon and we call it a Woodie, Surf City, here we come
(Girl) In Hawaii there's a place called Waiamea Bay, where the best surfers in the world come to stay
(Girl) Dead Man's Curve it is no place to play, Dead Man's Curve, you must keep away
(Paramedic) Every breath you take, every move you make,
every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

(Girl) When the night has come and the land is dark
(Girl) Blue Moon, I saw you shining alone
(Boy) I walk through this world, nothing can stop Duke of Earl
(Boy) Love hurts, Love scars, Love wounds and mars
(Moon) Every breath you take, every move you make,
every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

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Lifeliver - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Nostalgic trip down memory lane. I know most of these, and of course the 'Police' refrain. There are are a few errors in the lyrics which I thought might be helpful to point out (sorry, it's the ESL teacher in me):
'This my darling I've been told' (Paul Anka)
'In an Octopus's garden' (Beatles/Ringo Starr
I've got a girl named Rama-lama-ding-dong (Barry Mann?)

I'm not musically literate (drummer-percussionist) but I did a jazz-impro hobby course a few years ago. I think I recall the teacher saying a lot of 50s oldies have a II-V-III-I progression, e.g. the opening bars to the Four Seasons' 'Sherry'. Is that right? Anyway, point off pacing for above reasons, but for the fun and effort 455
Susanna Viljanen - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
*smile* I attempted to make a meaningful story of using just the opening lines of songs which follow the I-vi-IV-V progression. I didn't attempt to match the pacing, but just to use the opening lines.

If you google "four chord song axis of awesome" you will find the original which was the original - the boys used 36 different songs following the I-V-vi-IV progression to make theirs. "Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong" was originally played by The Edsels. I personally remember it as played by a Swedish rockabilly group The Boppers.
John Lomain - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Good compilation
Lifeliver - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I took your advice and went to the OS. It was awesome, but I knew hardly any of the songs, except for 'Time to say goodbye' and 'Auld lang syne'. I like your exmples better, and it helped me to see how much creativity went in to this.
Susanna Viljanen - March 28, 2013 - Report this comment
Okay, here are the songs:

1 - Donna (Richie Valens)
2 - Heart and Soul (various)
3 - Baby Talk (Jan & Dean)
4 - Diana (Paul Anka)
Chorus: Every Breath You Take (The Police)
5 - Eternal Flame (The Bangles)
6 - Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver)
7 - Whiskey in the Jar (various)
8 - Octopus's Garden (The Beatles)
9 - His Latest Flame (Elvis)
10 - Runaround Sue (Johnny Tillotsson)
11 - Rama Lama Ding Dong (The Edsels)
12 - Enola Gay (OMD)
13 - Crocodile Rock (Elton John)
14 - Let's Twist Again (Chubby Checker)
15 - Locomotion (Little Eva)
16 - Jukebox Jive (The Rubettes)
17 - Surfer Girl (Beach Boys)
18 - Surf City (Jan & Dean)
19 - Ride the Wild Surf (Jan & Dean)
20 - Dead Man's Curve (Jan & Dean)
21 - Stand by Me (various)
22 - Blue Moon (various)
23 - Duke of Earl (Gene Chandler)
24 - Love Hurts (Nazareth)

All these songs can be played with just those four chords: tonic - submediant - subdominant - dominant.

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