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Song Parodies -> "Lady’s a Goner"

Original Song Title:

"Lady Madonna"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Lady’s a Goner"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“The Lady Vanishes” (1938); dialogue by Sidney Gilliat, unassisted this time by J.B. Priestly, as he was on “Jamaica Inn.” This one has way too many twists and turns to elaborate. Miss Froy is an intelligence agent carrying a coded message in a song. She, Iris, and Gilbert are all on a train heading out of Bandrika, a mythical East European country. Nearly everyone else on the train is a bad guy, bent on eliminating Miss Froy before she can reach the Foreign Office in London with a McGuffin message. She vanishes, and Iris can’t get anyone to believe she was on the train—except Gilbert. They find her, she entrusts the tune to Gilbert, and she escapes, suddenly running vigorously through the woods while the train is under siege—after having been portrayed to this point as frail—although she may have been shot during her escape. Iris and Gilbert make it to the FO, but Gilbert has forgotten the tune. They enter the building and hear the tune being played on the piano—by Miss Froy. In addition to the train motif, that of birds is present as Iris is “attacked” by a magician’s pigeons, a magician among whose repertoire of tricks is the “vanishing lady”; and brandy figures prominently, as in some other Hitchcock films.
Lady’s[1] a goner, vanishes from seat.
On the train; passengers say they did not meet
Her; there’s one funny gal[2] who says they met. . .
Said they had a sunny little tête-à-tête.

Taken flight has the lady and suitcase?
But she’s kind of feeble. . .couldn’t run.
Other passengers say it’s a moot case. . .
She’s just the one.

Lady’s a goner, and all of the rest
Of the passengers think Iris is a pest. . .
But, but, but. . .
She’s joined by one.[3]

Maybe a goner,
“Possible,” he said.
If she is not doomed, it couldn’t be she fled.

So their search starts and is never-ending;
Many passengers are playing dumb—
Some conspire;[4] Froy’s found, then she’s tight-ending:
See how she runs.

Lady’s a goner; and she won’t be beat.
In the end, Iris, Gilbert and Miss Froy meet.

[1]Miss Froy, the “vanished” lady, as played by Dame May Whitty (Mrs. McLaidlaw in “Suspicion”)
[2]Iris Henderson, as played by Margaret Lockwood
[3]Gilbert, as played by Michael Redgrave
[4]Led by Dr. Hartz (Paul Lukas), a charming sociopath

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Michael Pacholek - March 23, 2011 - Report this comment
At first, I thought this was about Sarah Palin. But then, I remembered, she's no lady. Still, memo to Bill Maher: Sometimes, it's best to keep the truth to yourself. She may BE what Maher called her, but you don't SAY that in public.
John Barry - March 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Bill was too kind.
LadyA-gog - March 25, 2011 - Report this comment
yes, CaptainJack, I was a'gone for quite awhile . . but now Im a'gog at your recent writings, SirSweaty !

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