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Song Parodies -> "Too Tall"

Original Song Title:

"Stewball"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Peter, Paul & Mary

Parody Song Title:

"Too Tall"

Parody Written by:

Stan Hall

The Lyrics

The OS here credited itself parodies “Skewball,” an 18th ballad that humoously recounts the celebrated victory of its eponymous English racehorse (probably of skewbald coloring, but unlikely actually bibulous) in a mid-18th-century match against a favored Irish rival. What’s any of that to do with the present parody? Nothing beyond its concluding contrition. :-)
A youtub clip of the full OS as performed by PP&M can be heard here. (Patience, tho' ... it seems to churn along a good 10 seconds before anything audible emerges.)
Ol’ “Too Tall” was a Cowboy and he stood six-foot-nine,
which earned him that nickname on the Dallas D-line.

A quarterback killer, one-oh-six he o’erbowled
Tho’ the first 50 rattles the records don’t hold.[1]

In bowls Pro and Super “Too Tall” was oft there
Four rings from such honors he’s privileged to wear. [2]

And he never much wandered: sixteen years in all
fifteen years dressed in silver and blue he played ball.

(The sixth year of sixteen, “Too Tall” didn’t play,
instead, he tried “the sweet science” and did more than okay.)

Now, “Too Tall” was born with the name Ed Lee Jones
and a surfeit, it seems, of that HG hormone.

(And likewise this ditty – apologies! I’m
’fraid it grew like Topsy, from the titular rhyme.)
[1] The first 49, actually, which predated the inclusion of QB sacks in official NFL statistics.
[2] Three Pro Bowls, one Super Bowl

© Stan Hall 11/16/2008

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MasonR - November 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm not a football fan, so no vote, but here's a couple of interesting things about the OS: John Lennon used the same tune for "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" --and the tune also was used in an ad from the Jamaica Tourist Bureau in the early 80s ("Come back to Jamaica, what's old is what's new...").
alvin - November 17, 2008 - Report this comment
i remember the OS as well as ol' "too tall"...great tribute
Stan - November 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, guys ...
MasonR - I haven't not really been much of a football fan since the days when the old pre-merger AFL play resembled what we kids played with creeks and backyard fences defining the sidelines and plays designed and drawn with a stick in the dirt during the huddle (All time favorite player = Charlie "The Human Manhole Cover" Tolar of the early '60s Houston Oilers). Ed "Too Tall" Jones, tho', is a name that sticks in one's head and, per the last verse, is all that really drove this creation. I cheated and used Wiki info for the stats. :-)

Alvin -- see my "confession" to Mason. :-)
AFW - November 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Fine job...
John Jenkins - November 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Good stuff, Stan. I remember Charlie Tolar as the Human Bowling Ball, but I didn't remember that the sack statistic had not always been around. I also remember playing non-organized football in streets and parks and think that it is unfortunate that kids today miss out on that experience.
Stan - November 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, AFW & JJ. it _is_ too bad that so much of kids' time nowadays is co-opted by participation in parentally micromanaged actvivities, including organized sports, that little or none is left for rag-tag neighborhood pick-up games.

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