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Song Parodies -> "Rebecca"

Original Song Title:

"The Letter"

Original Performer:

Box Tops

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“Rebecca” (1940); de Winter seems to be pining for his dead wife, Rebecca, but he marries the Fontaine character, who can’t seem to live up to the memory of Rebecca, particularly in the eyes of housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. Turns out that de Winter killed her because she was pregnant by someone else. He escapes punishment because Rebecca had a terminal illness and was about to commit suicide. Mrs. Danvers can’t bear the thought of de Winter and his new wife being happy, so she torches the house and goes up with it. Once again, Leo G. Carroll makes an appearance, this time as Dr. Baker.
Maxim de Winter[1] seems to be in pain:
His wife drowned in the bounding main.
He’s lonely—she’s gone,
Empty is his home,
And his lady’s name, it was Rebecca.

Then one day it seems his troubles will banned. ..
Meets a new lady[2]. . .bandied news: they’re banns’d.
Though his first wife’s gone,
Not empty his home,
’cause this lady is replacing Rebecca.

But the ghost of Rebecca
Seem near ’cause it lives for Mrs. Danvers,[3]
Who’s a twitchy bitch who gives new chick loads of crap
As well as lots of slander.
Then one day:

Maxim de Winter unloads and explains
To new wife, it was he’d slain
His loathsome wife gone. . .
Had a john, but who?
No, no lady was the vaunted Rebecca.

So, a ho’ was Rebecca,
Going to have a kid and he’s not the dad.
So he hit ’er then he hid ’er in a boat, wrapped.
Turns out that she had

She was quite sick and planning to take
Her life, so Maxim gets a break.
But the Danvers crone:
Toasted like a scone;
She won’t give away the home of Rebecca,
Up in flames go she and home of Rebecca.

[1]Laurence Olivier
[2]Mrs. de Winter II, as played by Joan Fontaine
[3]Judith Anderson

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