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Song Parodies -> "The Ballad of Bob (The New York City Blackout)"

Original Song Title:

"The Ballad of Jed (Theme from The Beverly Hillbillies)"

Original Performer:

Paul Henning

Parody Song Title:

"The Ballad of Bob (The New York City Blackout)"

Parody Written by:

Robert J. Pagliaro

The Lyrics

Come and listen to a story about a man named Bob
A poor common-eer, rode the subway to his job,
Then one day at the stroke of ten past four,
The lights went out and power was no more.

Dark that is, blackout, No can see.

Well the first thing you know ol' Bob's with millions there,
Streetfolk said "Bob walk this way - it's bare"
Said "the Manhattan is the bridge on which to flee"
So he started down the street and walked while he could see.

Home, that is. Crossing Seas, Dodgin' bars.

Old Bob got to Brooklyn, twelve miles to his door
And You can bet his body is really really sore
Lotsa folks did hoof-it, many hours in the heat
And now they've lost all feeling in their legs and feet.
Numb, that is. Aching calves, throbbing thighs.

Well now it's time the lights went on for Bob and all Brooklyn
And they would gladly pay you folks fer air con-di-tion-in'.
You're all invited here some day to his locality
Just bring a heapin helpin of e-lectricity

Kilowatts, that is. Live current, Turn your generator on.

Y'all walk back now, y'hear?.

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.2
Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 10

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Guy DiRito - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Another gridder, wow. Just bring a heapin helpin of e-lectricity Great line to a smooth wrap up, LOL. This is a fun song to do. This ballad was one of my first on the site. Beverly Hill Billy Gates. Did you live through this? You didn't really walk 12 miles now did you?
Bubba - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
When I first saw the title, I couldn't imagine how you could work this subject into a tune like this, but...this is funny! Very well done.
Pat - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
How cute, Bob!! 5's
Meriadoc - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Robert J. Pagliaro - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks much to all of you. Bubba, that's kind of what I had to say about your parody - see comments. Guy, yes I really did walk 12 miles - from 53rd & 3rd, across the Manhattan Bridge to the area around the southern end of Prospect Park - took 2 1/2 hours. I just put my LEFT foot forward and never stopped. Thanks again.
Guy DiRito - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
I just knew this was for real. I really hope you score big on this one. The song is great and deserves to make the charts. Were you formulating this song for the 12 mile walk only to get home and no computer to dump it to? Stubby pencil works too, but not as much fun. My hat is off to you, sir.
Robert J. Pagliaro - August 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Guy - really appreciate the feedback. Really the only thing I was thinking about was getting home. We never had the feeling that it was anything other than a massive power outage, however, we had no other information. There was just some sort of drive (pun intended) to get home, by everyone. Not to bore you, but you asked, it was an interesting trip. No fights, no horn blowing, no crime. Civilians directing traffic, people giving out water. As I got into Brooklyn, people had brought out their living rooms and dining room tables - BBQ'ing, sitting out with radios, talking, playing board games.
Dave Q - August 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Awesome, Bob. This song really lends itself to clever parody, and you're the master.
Michael Pacholek - August 19, 2003 - Report this comment
You walked all the way from Fifty-toid and Toid? Across that crumbling old Manhattan Bridge? To the remains of Ebbets Field? Wow, hope you didn't step in a toid. - August 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Nice first-hand third-person account. I particularly liked the air conditionin' line.
Baby Ben - June 14, 2004 - Report this comment
I really liked this one.

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