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Song Parodies -> "Sabbatical"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Rolling Stones

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Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

sa-ba-TI-cull (accent shifted to third syllable; similar shift in "grammatical" and "satirical"); SACHER torte: chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 in Vienna (not to be confused with Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch [1836-1895], Austrian writer, journalist, and eponym of "masochism"); PASCHAL lamb: In Jewish tradition, a lamb slaughtered on the 14th of Nisan (the day before the first day of Passover, the 15th of Nisan); EUTERPE (you-TER-pea) muse of lyric poetry); TORTS: in law, wrongful acts; LEX.: lexical (having to do with words or vocabulary); CANT: whining or singsong speech; FORTE: strong point, pronounced "fort"); TROPE: rhetorical figure of speech--more detail in footnote; SCABROUS: indecent, risqué, obscene.
I scored a short sabbatical.
I gorged on torte, Sacher vittles,
Post-Paschal shorn, sacrificial,
And poured port, not sacramental.
Didn't write
Late at night
Tunes to blight
I forged a short,
It was too short. . . .

I was drivin' in my car,
And a song came on the radio:
". . . .a Spell on You"--
More, do more!
This loud tune fired my 'magination
To abuse with his shouts' propagation:
I could pen more, more, horror!
Screamin' Jay,
Then thought: "No way!"

I'd abort the sabbatical,
I'd end the short sabbatical,
Start to write
Late at night
Tunes to blight
I'd abort torts,
Postpone tube's "Court". . . .

Torpid, I'd toured my TV,
Tube's turds turned by brain to jelly.
Zounds! Writing scourge urged me,
And I called on my muse, who, grumpy, awoke;
She came and then addressed me,
Evil twin of Euterpe:
She would exhort me thus: "Sport,
Jay, Jay, Jay!
That's what I say.
Now go away!"

Pre-post-abort sabbatical,
Probed in my torts grammatical:
Tried to write
Lines just right.
Tried each night,
Rhyming rite:

Went to rhyme a sound for "girl":
"Churl": I had been there
And "whirl": done that,
Then I made my way to "burl,"
From felled tree.
Maybe "pearl"; "curl"? Hackneyed,
Lazy. "Hurl"'s weak--
Homophone's "week". . .sneak a peek, peak, pique.
Guess I'll resort to my forte:
Jays, Jays, Jays
And my old ways:

Trite puns, sex tropes,*
Tiresome lex. gropes,
Tirades. . .vex mopes.
I, cant-flex dope,
Post scabrous dogg'rel,
Prose scatalog'cal.
Pose satirical.
Tiring footnotes. . . .

* [I just love Wikipedia to avoid keying in tiring footnotes] In linguistics, a trope is a rhetorical figure of speech that consists of a play on words, i.e., using a word in a way other than what is considered its literal or normal form. Comes from the Greek word, tropos, which means a "turn." In literature, a trope is a familiar and repeated symbol, meme, theme, motif, style, character or thing that permeates a particular type of literature; the word can also connote "clich�." In the Medieval era, troping was a compositional technique. There were two basic types of tropes: textual and musical. A textual trope involved the assigning of a new text to an existing musical melisma (technique of changing the note [pitch] of a syllable of text while it is being sung). A musical trope was the insertion of new notes into a piece of music, creating or extending a melisma. In serial music, a trope is an unordered collection of six different pitches, what is now called an unordered hexachord, of which there are two (complementary ones) in twelve tone equal temperament. Tropes were used by Josef Matthias Hauer in his twelve-tone technique developed simultaneously but overshadowed by Arnold Schoenberg's.

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alvin rhodes - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment favorite part was about trying to rhyme "girl"
Yoidy - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Your creative mind at work. Too intense, man!!! 555
Agrimorfee - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment
A very sabba-TIC-lish parody. You are too damned smart . 555
John Barry - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin, Yoidy, Agrimorfee--you are too kind.
AFW - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Welcome back, John..555
Meriadoc - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment
What Alvin said. Especially 'burl'. Three 'ives.
Below Average Dave - January 25, 2007 - Report this comment
You parodied something else. . .but about the same topic, you are just too much. . .I was laughing, 555.

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