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Song Parodies -> "Both Sides Now (God, Guns and Gays)"

Original Song Title:

"Both Sides Now"

Original Performer:

Judy Collins

Parody Song Title:

"Both Sides Now (God, Guns and Gays)"

Parody Written by:

Stray Pooch

The Lyrics

This is an examination of those three terminal topics of debate - God, guns and gays. This is more "serious" than funny. I am advocating no position on any of these topics - just examining "both sides now".
Heat, and sweet icons of might,
A damn good way to win a fight,
And every free man's natural right,
I've looked at guns that way.
But now the tower's fallen down,
And terror's the new game in town,
I don't want some Al Quaeda clown,
To have his own AK
I've looked at guns from both sides now,
From "right" and wrong and still somehow,
It's gun's illusions I recall.
I really don't know guns at all.

Queers and fears of getting AIDs,
Crossdressers at those pride parades
And dancing, prancing flaming blades,
I've looked at gays that way.
But now it's just another style,
With legal unions in a while,
And no more military trials,
Based just on how you play.
I've looked at gays from both sides now,
From "born" and "made" and still somehow,
It's gay's illusions I recall.
I really don't know gays at all.

Lord, and Sword of righteousness,
The faith in life that I confess,
My every worldly need to bless,
I've looked at God that way.
But now old lines are sounding strange,
as even "worlds without end" change.
Some faith is lost, some knowledge gained,
in living every day.
I've looked at God from both sides now,
from "fact" and "faith" and still somehow,
It's God's illusions I recall.
I really don't know God at all.

Copyright 2002 - Straypooch For great debate on topics like these three go to The Three Dead Horses Saloon

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 23

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 1   4
 2   0
 3   1
 4   0
 5   18

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ChuckyG - February 28, 2003 - Report this comment
This parody got initially misplaced due to testing some new functionality. Sorry for the inconvience.
John Jenkins - March 24, 2003 - Report this comment
This is a thoughtful, thought-provoking, poetic parody, and I am trying to determine why it only has five votes and no comments. I don't know if it is because you have taken 6 different positions and we readers don't know where to start or because you have covered the arguments so thoroughly that we are left speechless. Anyway, good job, Stray Pooch, and I hope that you keep your faith.
Stray Pooch - March 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks for your comments, John. Actually, this parody got lost when ChuckyG was making some modifications to the site. Then the posted title accidentally got linked to a William Tong parody of "Both Sides Now" instead of mine. So a lot of the potential audience just missed it. I wrote this a while ago for my debate site. It was actually intended to be a funny send up of the "Three Dead Horses" but as I wrote it I got more thoughtful and this is what came out. Being actively involved in a debate club tends to teach you to see varying perspectives. Thanks again, and don't worry, my faith is quite intact. I maintain that I really don't know God - but only because there is so much of Him to know, and there is so little of me by comparison.
scrambler - March 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Good summary of three issues, Stray Pooch. I think that to the extent that the gay lifestyle is an issue does revolve around whether they are, indeed, "born" that way or "made" that way by their own choice.
Michael Pacholek - March 25, 2003 - Report this comment
It makes people think -- not easy to achieve, and brave to even attempt under the current regime.
Adam Moses - January 01, 2004 - Report this comment
HA, THE PACING WAS OFF, GOOD TRY DUDE! (Volley on ur territory, Pooch. U know what i'm talking about.) :)
Stray Pooch - January 02, 2004 - Report this comment
LOL! Ok, Adam, if you want to say the pacing is off on this one I suppose you could claim a foot or two misses. But hey, at least you're reading - lol! BTW, I meant to say, props on your choice of "Puppet Man." I don't know why that song has been forgotten, but it seems to have been. Do quit all that shouting, wouldja? My New Year's hangover is still hurtin'! :D
mac - January 30, 2004 - Report this comment
This is brilliant, Pooch. Write more.
Stray Pooch - January 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you, mac. It's nice to get an occasional notice on this one.
Leo Jay - April 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Really nice job. Nice to know there are people who can see more than one side of anything these days...

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