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Song Parodies -> "Rather"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Jefferson Airplane

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Alvin Rhodes

The Lyrics

rather was eighty years old today
as anchorman, he's still employed
i'd rather read newspapers...just, look at him
he's an old fart, who thinks he's a boy
jennings, brokaw and green...are turned sixty-three
those fellows have dropped from the ranks
and moyer and jones...sixty-seven years old
were fired long ago cause they stank
but rather still finds it a nice thing to do
to tell you the news, while he can
drawing ire from his critics...he takes his lumps
he's still on the air...good ol' dan

but wait
ol' rather's productive, you know
his ratings the best ones, around
while he's number one, he can look down his nose
he's still the toast of the town

but is it over ?

rather was eighty years old today
and rather heard comments, that stung
he stared back, with eyes wide
and plainly said
"is it true that i'm no longer young ?
how the time flies, when you're famous
i'm an old man, you've complained
and you've called me, ignoramus
i have heard the nasty things you say
i'll quit today"

but the network told him, no, you're not old
and the network let him go on

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.0
How Funny: 4.0
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 1

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

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alvin rhodes - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment
yes, i mangled line 5....but you get the idea....not easy typing with a pencil strapped to your forehead
Paul Robinson - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin - I don't see any big problem with line 5...I believe the original is: "There was Howard C. Green, just turned thirty-three". And I LOVE this song. In fact I just listened to "Lather" (and the whole "Crown of Creation" album) over at a friend's house last night. I remarked after the song ended that the first time I heard it I was 19. In my opinion it's by far the best Jefferson Airplane/Starship album they ever put out. Although I always got a kick out of their antics sometimes it caused them to be a little too loose with their craft. Not the case with "Crown"...if you listen to each track (except the experimental "Chushingura", which seems kind of a waste of a good minute or so; I think putting drummer Spencer Dryden's piece on the album was the "bone" he got for being the one that was "boning" Grace Slick at the time this album came out) you would be hard pressed to find a sloppy note. No overbaked, excessive jams, just good, solid licks. So you get 5 mind-blowing hits of "PFO" here (that's for "Pacing/Funny/Overall"). OH...don't know if you have seen it, but I did a "Lather" parody just before the end of last year called "Blather". I think it was the first "Lather" parody on the site and it didn't get too many votes. I think the original is mostly "DKTOS" to the reader's here.
alvin rhodes - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks for the vote, paul.....i figured not too many people would check this one out, but i did it as a labor of love...i will definitely check out your version...."lather" is one of my faves...i prefer "bathing at baxter's " to 'crown' but they are both great albums....i'm glad i reached at least one person with this one...thanks, again...
Guy - March 13, 2004 - Report this comment
DKTOS but I think it was rather well done. Can't vote fair without knowing the original to this, but I think I'll make an exception this time. That lone vote out there looks lonely to what I am sure was a lot of work on this song.
alvin rhodes - March 13, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks, guy
Adam Zen B. - March 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Yes, Lather's a great song, but my favorite JA album is After Bathing at Baxters. Which song should I use from that one?
John Jenkins - March 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Good parody, good rhyming
Paul Robinson - March 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin - Saw in the "Latest Comments" section this finally got a little more notice. Maybe it will get some folks to listen to "Crown" and "Baxter's", too. I think THAT would be kind of cool, also.
alvin rhodes - March 15, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks for the votes, guys...baxter's IS indeed a great album...might be hard to make the lyrics any weirder than the y already are, though
Paul Robinson - March 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin - Same thing pretty much applies to "Crown", too...
alvin rhodes - March 16, 2004 - Report this comment
yes, the airplane could be very cryptic

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