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Song Parodies -> "24 Hours Of Bushwah (Pitney Tribute Part VIII)"

Original Song Title:

"24 Hours From Tulsa"

Original Performer:

Gene Pitney

Parody Song Title:

"24 Hours Of Bushwah (Pitney Tribute Part VIII)"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Continuing the tribute to Gene Pitney, who passed away 05 April 06. Gene "crossed over" from rock into country readily. DKTOS? Doesn't matter. Couldn't find a Midi, but OS is as much a spoken poem as a song. OS lyrics here.
Hear this snarlin'
When I was small the TV
Ran from 6 to midnight
They'd sign off for the evening
And not come on 'til it was light

But now there's always
24 hours of bushwah
Ah, always,
A-round the clock, air to fill

Ed Murrow: "Good luck; good night" [1]
"Good night, Chet!" - "David, good night!" [2]

They'd play "Star Span-gled Banner"
Then came peace and quiet 'til "dawn's early light" [3]
In Fifties, there used to be only three --
Count em' -- three networks: CBS, N --
--BC, ABC

There are now over
200 channels of bushwah
Over
200 channels of swill

Act as if story is hot
No matter if news or not
They're all that way

Yes, de-spite all this
Technological breakthrough --
Got Space-Age --
--Satellite, but garbage, still

Oh, the pukebox: anything, play
'Til nighttime turn into day
And if you listen closely
Only recourse is re-mote control
For idiot swarms
As jesters fester, pester;
I'm a protester, detester; sets
Off my alarms

Now we have always
24 hours of bushwah
Not free:
Satellite or cable bill

I hate to break this to you
But they all say nothing new
What can we do?
And we are always hearing
Clone after clone again


[1] "Real" newscaster Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965), whose trademark signoff, "Good night, and good luck" was also the title of a 2005 Oscar-nominated film.
[2] Paraphrased trademark signoff of co-anchors Chet Huntley (December 10, 1911 - March 20, 1974) and David Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003).

[3] For those outside the US (only, I hope), "dawn's early light" is a phrase in the first line of said National Anthem, which was played at TV stations' sign-on and sign-off.

Apologies to any who might have been disappointed that this was not about the POTUS. "Bushwah" as another word for "bull**it" has been around since long before either George I or II. © 2006 Tommy Turtle.

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Pacing: 3.7
How Funny: 3.4
Overall Rating: 3.4

Total Votes: 7

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Paree Dee - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
'Tis true, 'tis true....A sadly accurate tribute to America's pastime..... Was hoping to read a reference to the test patterns we'd watch for hours on end... remember the Indian chieftain?
Stephen Harrington - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
DKTOS, but you've got 5s from me, because I agree with you. I rarely watch TV anymore because 99% of it doesn't interest me(besides Viva La Bam and a few British comedies).
Rick C - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
What Para Dee and Stephen said. I almost never watch network TV but, I'm a sucker for movies. 555
TT - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
Paree Dee, thanks.... what's this "we" stuff? :) :) :) ... Stephen, thanks.
(I wonder if the non-commenting low voters thought title was about GWB and voted automatically without reading???)
TT - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
Rick C, thanks; again our comments crossed in cyberspace... Your second sentence goes 100% for me as well.
AFW - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
Makes a lotta' good sense..cable tv ..another legalized racket...good job..channels 555
Paree Dee - April 14, 2006 - Report this comment
Of course none of us watch TV ... no time !! ... we're too busy writin' these #&%^#%@&*$(% parodies !!! I have no life ! Just gradin' friggin' papers and writin' even more friggin' parodies ! Who has time or energy for TV ???????? .... And we DARE to make fun of those who DO (watch tv)...????
Non-TV Turtle - April 15, 2006 - Report this comment
AFW, Paree Dee, thanks.
Larry Hensley - April 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Very well written parody! 555's!
TT - April 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Larry, thanks!

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