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Song Parodies -> "Blather"

Original Song Title:


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Jefferson Airplane

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Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

(This is a repost)When I got to my desk this morning there was a little bag with one of the pins with gromets on the back that you stick through you shirt. It said "Quality Endures" at the top and then the years "1963 - 2003" in the middle area and the company name at the bottom. They are either exceptionally good at irony or totally without a clue since I am being laid off on December 31st and our whole department will be totally dismantled by the end of June, 2004. I vote for option #2. Then at 9:30 they had an assembly and gave out "Service Awards" to people with over 10 years with the company, with a different level of recognition for each 5 years beyond that. My friend, Larry, got his 20-year plaque today. I think he also gets something about the equivalent of a drill press, too. I had to leave early and when everyone else got back to our section I told my boss I needed to go home. The song explains. FYI - The original cut contains what is probably one of Grace Slick's best vocals and the whole album it is on ("Crown Of Creation") is in my opinion by far the best album the Jefferson Airplane ever put out. It's song are tight with even the solo guitar riffs laid back nicely so they don't overwhelm the rest of the music and vocals. Solo jams are sharp, very clean and brief. Outside of a 1 minute "experimental" piece the drummer did I like the entire album immensely. If you get a chance to listen to it also check out "Greasy Heart".
(Filed) Blather is what we were told today
They gave out awards based on years
My good friend was given his 20 year plaque
But next June he goes out on his rear
Saw our new CEO put on a big show
He showered us all with his thanks
I just couldn't stay and was tempted to say
That I thought the whole farce was just rank
The blather droned on; he said nice things of you
Bottom line; we are still being canned
Rosy pictures he drew, but us peon chumps
We're just trash; we are not in his plans
He states they restructured the company, you know
It's important to keep the costs down
But the nitwit can't see the resentment that grows
Between those fired and those kept around

(Musical interlude)

Soon it's all over (Filed)

Blather was what we were told, OK
All this blather came out of his face
He looked at us and smiled but failed to say
That they view us as just so much waste
Then he read out from his name list
And up to the stage they came
And he acted totally blameless
This was just a game I couldn't play, I didn't stay
But I should have told him, "You're an asshole"
And I shouldn't have let him drone on
Telling bullshit lies

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Johnny D - December 20, 2003 - Report this comment
DKTOS Paul, but I might get a chance to check it out.
Rick D - December 20, 2003 - Report this comment
Paul, when you get a chance, click on the link on Mari's "Daniel" and get to the Amiright tribute. You got to be first.
Ray - December 22, 2003 - Report this comment
Good parody Paul. Timely, approproate, inspirational...yeah, Crown of Creation was the best. they had other single goodies but album wise, CoC 4me. Ray
Paul Robinson - December 23, 2003 - Report this comment
Ray, Thanks for your comments. Good to find someone else familiar with the "Crown Of Creation" album. Yeah, it didn't have any particular standout singles tracks but just was extremely solid throughout. I never play just one cut, just run the whole CD (skip past "Chushingura" the experimental piece).
alvin rhodes - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment
nice job...good pacing....good internal rhymes...5s,
Paul Robinson - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin, I get a special kick when someone knows and enjoys a parody like this. When I posted it I watched it sit around voteless for a number of days - as I feared, it appeared not too many folks here knew the original (which in itself is a shame). I knew going in it would probably not draw too many votes but this was definitely cathartic to write. It felt REAL good when I finished and tracked the whole thing by phrase & syllable to Slick's vocal. When I played that album last night I knew every lyric in the whole album (except a few that have always been unintelligible to me) even though I've only played it a few times in the last couple years. Say that reminds me, I've been meaning for the longest time to look up what Slick is saying in "Greasy Heart" just before she says "remote control hands". I'll hop over to "" and see if he's got them.

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