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Song Parodies -> "Be Mighty Swell: Change Things In November"

Original Song Title:

"It Might As Well Rain Until September"

Original Performer:

Carole King

Parody Song Title:

"Be Mighty Swell: Change Things In November"

Parody Written by:

Fiddlegirl and Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Vacation time's over, people, and .. Sheeeee's BACK!

Almost exactly a year ago to the day, TT wrote of the differences between the shining promises of the 2008 campaign versus the disappointing reality of a Democratic POTUS with a Democratic super-majority in Congress. There was one dissenting vote, apparently referring to the short time that said party had been in power, which said, "You ain't seen nothin' yet!". .. and for once, that voice was correct: we hadn't seen anywhere near the worst of it. :-(

Economists universally agree that after the artificial shot of adrenalin of the bailouts, cash-for-clunkers, home-buyer tax credits, etc. , the economy is headed right back into the same recession that it was in before. Now nineteen months in power instead of seven, poll numbers dropping, pardon us for pointing out the continued failure that TT sensed a year ago.. ... OS lyrics here.

Appalled: The Right
The Left: Dismay
Now the whole nation, "in dutch", has dissed you

"A better year", the spin. No dice: Economy
Sue Arizona; Sanction mosque in NYC
Exploding deficits we never can repay
Be mighty swell: Change things in November

Though there were sunny skies, "vacation" made us blue
We just stayed home; could not afford the week or two
While hard at work, concerned with bills we had to pay
What a sight: Michelle, Spain. But we’ll remember

Your fans looked forward to "Utopia, D. C."
Guess everybody thought you'd make things fine
No longer "darling"; lost your sup'-majority
What bummer: Senate: only fifty-nine!

It doesn't matter whether states are "Red" or "Blue"
The nation's torn apart; elect a brand new crew
We're unforgiving for the promise gone astray
What delight! Dispel bane, and swill, dismember

Remember: New members, oh,
Vote right; expel stain come this November

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Pacing: 4.3
How Funny: 4.2
Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 12

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   1
 2   1
 3   0
 4   1
 5   9

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Patrick - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Don't know the original, but I sure understand the sentiments. I noticed they left out my two offerings: "The Shortest Song in the World" by Kenny Price & "The Ballad of Spiro Agnew" by John Denver. I must have put in 30 to 60 seconds each writing those parodies, only to have them so callously rejected. Missed your commentary on my recent entries. Please feel free to go back to last week and look them over. November is going to be interesting.
Michael Pacholek - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
We did. Four years ago, and two years ago, and we ain't goin' back. This country has grown beyond the Rushheads, Beckheads, Freepers, Teabaggers and all the other flakes and nuts. You might as well start working for 2016.
AFW - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
A good Right punch..tryin' to block it with my Left...Ouch!
Larcass Ohreallyhus - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
A shell of a fiddlin' while Rome burns! Love the contrasting bouncy n' bubbly tune and the clearly catastrophic cognitive content. The rhynamic duo returns with a Venn diaphragm--no, that's not right--a Venti lotto--no, not it either--oh yeah, a *vengence*!
Duarte - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Good job you two
Barry J. Mitchel - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
I'll guess the votes were MP - 111, AFW - 412, others 555 including me. I rate the "how funny" category by satirical content, even if it's somber as in this case, where a great deal of info is packed into every stanza.
AFW - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Barry: Wrong on my was 555..I try not to let my political leanings tilt my parody appreciation
Old Man Ribber - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
OK! Enough! Stop! I confess! I admit it! I voted 1-1-1 AND 4-1-2 both! I'm the one bomber! I kidnapped the Lindbergh baby! I sank the Titanic! Please...for the love of Heaven...stop waterboarding me!! (Just kidding. And 4-1-2 shows respect if not agreement.) ;D
2Eagle - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Well done, but lighten up. What did you do on your summer vacation?
Christie Marie M - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Well, if it isn't my favorite AIR duo! Welcome back from vacation, Fiddlegirl...and welcome back, TT, from your hiatus. Nice sequel to your previous economic situation from what I saw and read from the link up above! Great job explaining those trying times. 555 parody writer bailouts for this one!
Fiddlegirl - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, everyone, for views, votes, and comments!

@ Patrick: What? No songs? I'll keep checking! It's a shame to have 60 seconds of work wasted. ;)

@ MP: I'm certain that no one is more moved by your dogged loyalty than I; unfortunately, reality and facts are not presently on your side

@ AFW: LOL! :)

@ LO: You do us great honor, Sir! :)

Duarte: Thank you! :)

@ BJM: I agree-- parodies should be judged on their own merits (as exemplified by many on here-- you, AFW, John Barry, OMR, etc.) :)

@OMR: Hahaha! :)

2Eagle: We're working on it.... Our bank accounts are lighter already! ;) Summer vacation was spent largely getting ready for the next school year, but I did manage to work in a trip to visit my family out of state. :D

CMM: Thanks! We've been wondering when we were going to get *our* bailout! :) @
Mark Scotti - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
That was some bashing, UFC style for the GOP'S..and it generated LOL's!!!
Tommy Turtle - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Being a gentleman, of course I let FG come first (to reply to comments - should that be rephrased?)

Patrick: Don't assume that they were rejected; email ChuckyG. With the missing updates last Friday and this past Monday, surely a couple of submissions could have slipped through the cracks. Or just re-submit.
          Please don't feel singled out regarding your parodies last week. I don't think I read *any* for tbe past week or two. Some people here may be retired, or be able to use their employer's time to participate here (shame!), but neither is true in my case.
          What hours *are* av-AIR-able obviously have to be divided among writing my own songs and reading others'. I *try* to plan to post on days when I *think* I'll have enough time to do both: reply to comments, and read others' songs. Alas, work and life get in the way of that also, both being unpredictable.
          I will try to look at yours some time. I haven't even looked at any others *today* yet (which is actually five days' worth, due to missed updates). My computer fried when I started it up today; I'm on a backup, but trying to figure out what's wrong (in case the backup fries too.) ... Of course, I *could* just go to your songs, vote 555, and say, "Good one." Others have told me that they suspect that that's what some commenters do. I've never done that. If I read at all, I try to leave a thoughtful (and maybe witty and clever) comment, as do you. So I don't think you want me to do that. Thanks very much for v/c.

Michael Pacholek: Do you even *read* (or *watch*) the financial news? (Rhetorical question; the answer is obvious. No reply necessary.)

AFW: Echoing FG's LOL! Things must be pretty discouraging for the left these days - gotta be careful what you wish for; you might get it. They got their wish - control of White House and both houses of Congress -- and, uh... As always, thanks for voting on merit vs. political opinions. (Could you explain that to the commenter above, please? ;)

Larcass Ohreallyhus: You were right the first time, with the diaphragm. (Don't tell FG I said that, 'k?) Though I think on the *present* course, an IUD is more appropriate: Internal Ultimate Destruction. .. Thanks for your pro-jester-one!

Duarte: Don't believe we've met, but yes, that's what FG and TT strive for: duo-arty. Thanks!

Barry J. Mitchel: I knew AFW didn't Una - he's many times Fived my/our efforts despite political differences. Unfortunately, those who vote low rarely have the courage to sign their names, or if they do, to state what they voted. Still, in the absence of a denial, MP seems most likely for the 111. I just wish the 412 voter, whoever, would cite the particular lines that don't pace properly. Quality is subjective, but pacing is easy to check -- if they'd say what they think is wrong and where.
          Agree that many parodies are somber, sometimes even sad, or perhaps philosophical. This discussion has occurred before -- there aren't any buttons for those, so I agree that "funny" should be replaced by "quality" for such cases. Not every parody is a ha-ha -- satire has been a recognized form of social critique at least since Roman times. Thanks for v/c.

Old Man Ribber: Where have you hidden the body of Jimmy Hoffa, and were you the second gunman on the grassy knoll? :-D ... Respectfully disagree: 412 doesn't show any respect; they didn't even think it was paced right. 2 overall isn't respect in my book. What's needed are *reasons* -- *facts*, evidence, something to refute what was written instead of "You're wrong, and I'm right, so there!" -- which is pretty much what the majority of political disagreement comments here amount to. (Except for TT's, of course, but the recipients never seem to appreciate the "facts".) Thanks for v/c (vote and confession).

2Eagle: It's hard to be cheerful in the current economic conditions (I'm struggling), and do you not think that sociopolitical satire is appropriate? Thanks for the v/c, but lighten up a bit too -- lots of genres, lots of time. And don't worry, TT has a slew of parodies coming this week and next, and some are haha. Unfortunately, probably not to your taste. :-(

Christie Marie M: What FG said - where *are* our bailouts? Guess we should join ACORN to get them.. Thanks for v/c, and I know that FG has missed you as much as you missed her!

Mark Scotti: UFC = Ultimate Fiasco Congress. ("fiasco" was better than the first choice that began with "f" ;) If only the ones in power would tap out and submit -- but it looks like they're gonna keep flailing away until the final KO in November. Thanks for v/c!
TT PS @ Larcass O. - September 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Truly meant to mention the admirably astute alliteration of "clearly catastrophic cognitive content"!
Duarte - September 01, 2010 - Report this comment
My, oh my--can't slip *anything* past ewe...
Tommy Turtle - September 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Duarte: LOL! Thanks for the follow-up!

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