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Song Parodies -> "'Gratis' Lion"

Original Song Title:

"Dandelion"

Original Performer:

Rolling Stones

Parody Song Title:

"'Gratis' Lion"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

MGM’s motto is Ars Gratia Artis, Art for Art’s Sake. Formed from the merger of three studios in 1924, MGM went bankrupt briefly in 2010.
In the jungle this beast is the king;
of him sleeping the Tokens did sing.
Mascot lion from the screen cries,
“gratis” lion is of large size,
someone who crosses him dies.
Roar away, ‘gratia’ lion.

One studio, two studios, three studios were at one time.
They all merged and things were going fine.

‘Gratis’ lion is on the sign
that precedes a film each time.
Decades of the firm is nine.
Roar away, mascot lion.

He looks bold there in his flowing mane
and don’t look, this mascot lion tame.
In it later years, the firm said prayers,
and they managed to save it.

Tinkered, laid off, gamble paid off—time
will tell if the company has nine lives.

‘Gratis’ lion is the design
you see on the logo sign.
Decades of the firm is nine.
Roar away, mascot lion.

A great studio in its heyday;
recently it almost went away.

‘Gratis’ lion’s still the sign.
Leo since ’round ’59.*
Looked kinda like for a time. . . .
go away, mascot lion.



*1957 actually. Previous studio mascots were Slats, Jackie, Tanner, and George.


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