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Song Parodies -> "Alan Bates"

Original Song Title:

"Just You Wait"

Original Performer:

Julie Andrews

Parody Song Title:

"Alan Bates"

Parody Written by:

Jude Rodamer

The Lyrics

What can I say? I don't know about you...but it's not easy to write a funny song parody when you're crying. This just had to be done...vote anyway you like, I don't care. This is the song that is sometimes known as "Just You Wait, Henry Higgins, Just You Wait", it's from My Fair Lady.
Alan Bates, God, we'll miss him, Alan Bates
Tell him that you are a fan? Well you're too late!
Worked for acting, not for money,
Sometimes dark, and sometimes funny.
Alan Bates, God, we'll miss you, Alan Bates!

Alan Bates, he still acted, but was sick.
Pancreatic cancer killed him. Wasn't quick.
Chemotherapy but later,
He was off to the theater.
Alan Bates, God, we'll miss you, Alan Bates!

Films, there were "bigguns",
The Rose, Gosford Park and there's Nijinsky.
In Celebration,
Zorba the Greek and The Mothman Prophecies.
In Hamlet, you wore a crown,
King of Hearts, you did astound.
Oh Oh Oh, they were "bigguns",
But no no, no Oscar wins,
Alan Bates.

To me, he was handsome, always proper and prim.
Love of his films will mean that I will ne'er forget him.
Praise of this man's acting is so easy to bring,
His talent was so large, the praise is easy to sing.

Him, in a movie or a play,
You would have a fascinating day!

At this time of your death, I want to celebrate you
And the wonderful work you left for us to review.
Fans, there are many, that much can be said.
New ones will come long after you are dead.

King or a young English bloke.
Literature was never ever ever better spoke!

Dim the lights now on Broadway, curtains fall,
You have lost one of the best ones. Curtain call.
He'll now act for one much higher,
I'm no liar!

Oh, Oh, Oh, we lost a big one!
Oh, Oh, Oh, we lost a big one!
Alan Bates!

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Agrimorfee - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
You put a lot of work and heart into this, good job!
Johnny D - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
WOW ! The original song is complicated and subtle, with complex and delicate changes in melody and rhythm - but you NAILED it good - very well done!
Jude Rodamer - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
To Johnny D and Agrimorfee, Thank you both! The first line was the clincher...it was a natural fit. It took three days to write this to get the pacing right. But he was worth it. A lot of tears got shed writing this...he was one of my favorites. A friend of mine died a few years ago of pancreatic cancer...from diagnosis to death was 20 days! She had two young children and a house husband who adored her. To have Bates die of the same incredibly painful disease was just too much for me. SOMETHING had to be written. And to top it off, she had died Dec. 23rd. Thank you both for your kind comments.
John Jenkins - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
I agree with Agrimorfee and Johnny D - this is a powerful parody.
Adam Zen B. - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
Hey Jude, good tribute to a great actor. And don't forget his roles in Zorba the Greek, Georgie Girl, and The Fixer.
Paul Robinson - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
Jude, not familiar with the original song but I read your words and it is a beautiful tribute and clearly from deep in your heart. I applaud you for writing about it, it's a great way to express how you feel and it lets others know that it's ok to do that too, when they're hurting. So you're not only helping yourself but possibly many others. Keep it in mind, it's a cool thing to do. Later.
Mari D - December 31, 2003 - Report this comment
Wow! I admire you for tackling that song! And when shit happens, it's therapeutic to use creativity!
pickle - January 05, 2004 - Report this comment
I remember Alan Bates as Jerry Jackson in the remake of The Wicked Lady, and for the nude wrestling scene with Oliver Reed in Women In Love, which was one of my auntie's favourite films. I can sympathise with you crying over him dying of pancreatic cancer when your friend died of the same disease - my auntie died of cancer of the oesophagus, and then John Thaw (Carter in 'The Sweeney' and more recently in 'Inspector Morse')died of the same. A touching tribute.

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