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Song Parodies -> "Guy's 'Bound'"

Original Song Title:

"I'm Down"

Original Performer:

Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Guy's 'Bound'"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“Spellbound” (1945); notable for being one of the first films to employ a theremin in the soundtrack.
He’s[1] telling lies, thinking they can’t see—
Ain’t the guy he is supposed to be.
Guy’s bound, guy is spellbound,
Fell down while going down
The slopes, then hit the ground.
Soon he can’t laugh, ’cause he’s feeling down,
Has an attack, and gets out of town.

Man’s gone; this woman[2] finds him one day. ..
“Let’s find out why you’re acting this way!”
She’s bound (she’s really bound)
And determined, a hound
Of the psyche; she found
That she’s attracted to this poor clown,
Yet she can’t analyze why he’s down.

To the home of her mentor[3] for help;
Man’s amnesiac. . .don’t know himself—
Guy’s down, he’s really down;
Law found a guy that’s down,
As in “dead”—REALLY down.
Law says, “You whacked him; you’re goin’ down!”
This is no laughing matter. . .jail-bound.

Meanwhile, the woman’s found: her boss[4] shot down
The man who was laid down, down on the ground.
So she lays down law to this clown.
He knows he’s going down—he puts a round
Into his loathsome crown.
Her lover rebounds
And is no more spellbound.


[1]John Ballantyne (JB), as played by Gregory Peck, an amnesia victim who has assumed the role of Dr. Anthony Edwards, who is replacing Dr. Murchison at an asylum. But Edwards has been murdered, and Ballantyne is fingered for the crime. Dr. Petersen helps prove his innocence and regain his memory. Murchison, the real murderer, kills himself when he is unmasked.
[2]Ingrid Bergman as Dr. Constance Petersen (Alicia Huberman in “Notorious,” Lady Henrietta Flusky in “Under Capricorn”)
[3]Dr. Alexander Brulov, as played by Michael Checkov
[4]Dr. Murchison, as played by Leo G. Carroll (Captain Melbeck in “Suspicion”—Hitchcock had fear and loathing of authority figures, brought on, allegedly by his father having him locked up briefly in a jail cell to instill a sense of discipline. Cops in his films are often bumbling. “Melbeck” is a variant on Malbec, literally “evil beak”; Dr. Baker in “Rebecca”; Sir Joseph in “The Paradine Case”; The Professor in “North by Northwest”)



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Old Man Ribber - March 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Finally, here's something I can add. The theremin was invented by Professor Leon Theremin. The eerie soundtrack of Spellbound was composed by Miklos Rozsa (more famous for Biblical epics like Ben Hur and Quo Vadis). The theremin was also used in the music for The Day The Earth Stood Still by Bernard Herrmann, another frequent Hitchcock collaborator (Psycho). Let the festival continue! ;D
John Barry - March 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Bernard was a prolific composer. Trivia note: his only acting gig was in the remake of "Man Who Knew Too Much," conducting the orchestra in the climactic conclusion. Theremin used in "Good Vibrations." Also figures prominently in Billy Wilder's "Lost Weekend," music by Rozsa. I was watching "Have Gun Will Travel" a while ago on Encore's Western channel. Heard a little 2-note figure that sounded Herrmannesque. . .sure enough, he wrote the theme for the show.

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