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Song Parodies -> "Down By My Liver (I've Got An Ulcer)"

Original Song Title:

"Down By The River"

Original Performer:

Neil Young

Parody Song Title:

"Down By My Liver (I've Got An Ulcer)"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

Well, just finished my "CSN, The Thumb Album" Parody Project the other day and was looking for a new parody to write. Thought of moving forward in time but I was feelin' real cozy back in those 60's so I thought I'd linger a spell longer. So here's an even earlier number off one of Neil Young's early albums (backed by 'Crazy Horse').
On my right side feel pain on my insides
This hurts too much to let it ride
I have this weird feeling that's hollow
Hope I can see the Doctor today

OW! Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, OW!
Sent me right to the lab for some x-rays
Then made me stay

Down by my liver
I've got an ulcer
Down by my liver
Bad, ooh, hurts real bad,
It hurts real bad, yeah...

(Long instrumental break - guitar solo & loud moaning)

All went as planned now my diet is bland
Forever, I'll eat 'Yoplait'
Now my taste buds are stuck in a rut
Food they give me has no taste, per se...

OW! Ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, OW!
Took me right to the O.R. for surgery
Plugged it today

Down by my liver
I had an ulcer
Thought makes me shiver
Down by my liver.....

(repeat this chorus with fade to end)

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David Chrenko - March 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Don't know how funny an ulcer is, but I give you Marcus Welby Fives. I seem to remember CSN&Y performing "Down By The River" on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1969 or '70 before Neil's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" album came out.
Paul Robinson - March 29, 2004 - Report this comment
David, entirely possible, although I thought this pre-dated Young joining CSN. He wasn't with them for their 1st album in 1969 but was for the 2nd, (Deja Vu), which I'm pretty sure 1970. It's possible he might have joined for a Sullivan show before they released any recordings he had done with them and that they might have done this number. Or he could have been on with his "Crazy Horse" group, although that seems less likely than CSN for a big-time show like Sullivan's. Man, was that a TRIP when old Ed started having LONG-HAIRED rock & roll FREAKS on his show? I mean, I have NO idea what Sullivan might have been like in person, but he sure had a STIFF screen persona. Could you pick a freakier contrast than, oh say, Crosby with his long, wild, thick hair and walrus mustache next to old Eddie S., all Bryl-creamed down, hands clasped together, shootin' the breeze after their number and gettin' ready to introduce the next act on his "Rilly Big Shue"? I love the thought.
alvin rhodes - March 29, 2004 - Report this comment
too funny......5s.....i got a neil young one coming tomorrow
Paul Robinson - March 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin. It's great to see a little more delving into that 1960's jackpot of music. I was beginning to get a little worried that all those great songs I remembered were just hallucinations that never really happened. I'm almost getting ready to start writing Moby Grape, It's A Beautiful Day, Kaleidescope and Sweetwater parodies. That is, If in fact, those groups really did exist. Gosh, two fine groups in that short list that were TRASHED by that putz Matthew Katz (he mis-managed Moby Grape AND Beautiful Day into near oblivion in spite of their wonderful music).
alvin rhodes - March 29, 2004 - Report this comment
ahhhhhhh......psychedelic music.....yeah, too bad those bands never existed
David Chrenko - March 29, 2004 - Report this comment
The most bizarre moment I remember of Ed with a long-haired menagerie, was when the Turtles performed "Happy Together" on the show in '67. At the end of the song, Sullivan came over to shake hands with them, and Mark Volman, in all his afro-headed glory, presented him with a giant sunflower. Don't know if Ed smoked it with The Turtles after the show. Musically, Ed was a lot hipper than his screen personae would lead you to believe. Even going back to the 1930s he was a regular attendee at The Cotton Club in Harlem, and later at the Apollo. He loved black jazz & r&b, and was a big fan of Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, of course all the Motown acts.
Paul Robinson - March 30, 2004 - Report this comment
David C - Thanks for additional Sullivan Info - now that you've prodded my memory I seem to recall hearing a little of that over the years. Alvin - Wow! Too bad, I remember some of them seemed pretty good. The mind sure can play tricks on you, especially with a few extra jokers thrown randomly into the deck...Thought I had a Full House once, but it turned out I was playin' solitaire.
Meriadoc - March 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Good one! :-D
Paul Robinson - May 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Mer - Thanks!

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