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Song Parodies -> "Sweat: Sistine Ceiling"

Original Song Title:

"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"

Original Performer:

Crosby, Still & Nash

Parody Song Title:

"Sweat: Sistine Ceiling"

Parody Written by:

Rick Duncan

The Lyrics

I wanted to parody this song since I joined this site. It's one my favorites, one of the first I ever learned to play, and everyone seems to know the words. To do it justice, I wanted something noble. I couldn't get a handle on it until I gazed at the 8000 piece puzzle of the Sistine over our bed. Most of these take me minutes. This one took 2 weeks. I hope it's 1/8000th as impressive as the famous fresco.
It's getting to the paint
Where I've spilled lots on the floor
I am sorry
Sometimes it spurts
While I'm up there painting a cloud
It's so lonely
Ow, it hurts, my poor spine
On this scaffolding
But it's just my art

Remember when they said "Hey Mike.
You need a break from sculpting"
Oh, guys, have mercy
"Don't let the size dissuade you
From this little job"
They were all dreaming
Ow, it hurts, my poor spine
On this scaffolding
But it's just my art

Starting one end-- I drew our good Lord
And Creation, and I am trying
To do his face, it's not easy
It's taking forever, with no good picture
Ow, it hurts, my poor spine
On this scaffolding
But it's just my art

Move to the side, I got him now
Making the planets
There's a few missing
Next is the earth and water that
Rains from the sky
Just one-third through
Ow, it hurts, my poor spine
On this scaffolding
But it's just my art
But it's just my art
And it's just my art

Making Adam
Give him that spark of life
Yank a rib for a wife

In the garden
Don't be chatting with that snake
He's got a lawyer's view

Now they're getting the big boot
Bit the big apple now, listened to the serpent
Help them they're leaving
But at least they had no clothes to pack
They're leaving,
But now they both get to choose

Move onto Noah
Left the tap on all day
Had to go on a cruise

Kids came to see him
Not on his better days
He was laid out from booze

Had to fill in angels
Sibyls and the prophets
Bible stories, all the glories
Chunk of chalk, I still cough it

Painted lots of nudists
That's what God created
Pope inspected, he objected
Church is still debating

What is my reward now?
Why then did I do it?
It should be enough for me
If several thousand view it

Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
Agony is done, where is the ecstasy

(Si prega di non toccari I dipinti.
Potra trovare un tabaccaio vicino la chiesa.
Mi puo dire dov'e la toilette per favore?)

Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
Agony is done, where is the ecstasy
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Johnny D - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
This had better go to number one. Rick, you have established yourself as The Michaelangelo of Sistine Parodies. I am awed but not shocked, since I've seen what your talent can do. This one's over the top and on the celestial ceiling. In your Italian scat at the end, I get the part where Mikey asks people not to touch the paintings and then asks for directions to the bathroom, but what's the middle part? Is he asking where he buy some tobacco in the vicinity of the church, or is he saying you can find him having a smoke outside the chapel? Very, very well done. I'm seeing a major progression in YOUR work, and it's a good one.
Agrimorfee - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
WOW! I can easily picture an earnest songwriter in a coffeehouse, somewhere in Jersey City (or in Milan, hehe) perhaps, strumming this mother on his guitar. Smart and witty tune. 555
Phil Alexander - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
er, Rick - make that "nearly everyone".. .but I'll have a look for the original...
Diva - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Very Good.
Rick D - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Yeah, Johnnie, you pretty much have it. I don't speak Italian, so I got those phrases off the internet. It always bugged me that I didn't understand what Stills sang at the end of the song, so this is how I get him back. When we sing this with people, we generally make up silly things about them.
David Chrenko - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick, bad news...TWO coats of paint! I loved it , O' Master Painter.
Rick D - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Dave. You had me worried there for a minute.
Meriadoc - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Another winner! Magnifico!
Jay W - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Remarkable.
Claude Prez - November 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Whoa
Paul Robinson - November 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Beautiful job, Rick. I was just thinking last night of doing a parody on "Suite" and got a little ways into it and had to set it aside for now. Tough choice now, though, because your's is so damn good. It's not an easy song to do well. But you did. Pacing superb, great imagery. Clever subject choice too, I really like. 5-5-5, of course.
Rick D - November 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks guys. I actually put extra effort in because I love the original so much.
Paul Robinson - November 22, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick D - Well, that was another of the ones I screwed up the vote on. (Like on Johnny D's "See Cretaceous"). So the 5-5-5 I gave you the other day just got there now.
John Jenkins - March 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent parody, Rick. The original doesn't have a lot of rhyming, but the parody rhymes with the original very well. Good line about no clothes to pack.
Adagio - March 07, 2004 - Report this comment
What can I add, except 5's and a heck of a job!
Johnny D - March 07, 2004 - Report this comment
I was the first person here after Rick posted this, and I'll say it again - this deserves to be a hit.
Chris Bodily TM - March 08, 2004 - Report this comment
DKTOS, sorry. But I gave you all fours, it was pretty funny. Keep writing and maybe I'll give you fives!
Mari D - March 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick, you know how I feel about this one!
Agrimorfee - March 09, 2004 - Report this comment
555, again for Tournament purposes.
Diva - March 09, 2004 - Report this comment
An original topic, with lots of great lines. The Italian really topped it off! =D
Paul Robinson - March 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick D - Well, you know I'm partial to CSN parodies and this one's is absolutely a work of art. Painting by the Tournament numbers gives you yet another 5-5-5.
Spaff.com - March 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Thrilled me to the marrow. Some of my favorite details: the prophets/cough it rhyme; filling in the doo-doo-doo's with agony/ecstasy; asking (in Italian, no less) for directions to the bathroom. Possibly your best, and that's saying a lot.
Rick D - March 10, 2004 - Report this comment
So, get in here and vote, and don't let your proxy do it!
Jack Wilson - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment
5-5-5 , great job, Rick , this is RAD ( yes, I know, I just made a pun )
Agrimorfee - March 16, 2004 - Report this comment
one more for the tournee.
Mari D - March 17, 2004 - Report this comment
One thing that Rick did not mention was that at some point while we were putting the 8000-piece puzzle together, we watched "The Agony and The Ecstacy." [Note to Rick: Congrats on being first place in Bracket 2!]
Paul Robinson - March 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari D - A rather fitting viewing choice for doing an 8000-piece puzzle, especially with so many pieces that look more or less alike. If you needed more inspiration after watching the movie I guess you could go to the Greek Mythology section and read about Sisyphus and his plight over and over (and over...)
Ethan Mawyer - March 17, 2004 - Report this comment
for anyone whose curious: at the end of the original he is saying, loosely translated off the top of my head: Cuba brings me a lot of happiness - The queen of the carribean sea What a sunny sky they have there And how sad that i can't go
Rick D - March 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Ethan. I always wondered. When we sing it, we just make up words like "Stephan Stills, how come you don't write like this anymore?" And "Graham Nash, don't jump up and down in boats, now"
Paul Robinson - March 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Ethan - REALLY ? Wow, about 30 years ago I finally gave up and figured he was just spouting Cuban-flavored gibberish. Although I do recall he had another song where he did a Cuban-Spanish sounding verse and I eventually figured out that at least SOME of the words meant something. Appreciate the FYI! OH, Rick - you would be welcome to borrow what I used in my "Suite: JBE" parody, it matches to his pace and intonation pretty well. The only problem is that mine is about being broke and out of work.
neminem - March 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Very nice! Almost perfect, even. As much as I really didn't like the original that much, this does justice to the awesome song *you* apparently see in it ;-). Congratulations on the contest results, and have some more fives.
Jeff Reuben - March 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent song, very tough choice in the contest.
Old Comedywriter - March 21, 2004 - Report this comment
I really did think it was better than mine. But what do I know anyway... I eat lunch with a spork!
Mari D - May 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Check out the Comedy Songs section for the new recording of this one!

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