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Song Parodies -> "The Words 'Here's Johnny'"

Original Song Title:

"The Sound of Silence"

Original Performer:

Simon & Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"The Words 'Here's Johnny'"

Parody Written by:

Robert J. Pagliaro

The Lyrics

Goodbye Carson, late night friend
I'd like to thank you once again
The Television softly speaking
While my parents thought I was sleeping
But the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
With the words "Here's Johnny"

From boyhood days I watched your show
Saw repeats and Ed Ames' throw
'neath the turban you were Carnac
Played Aunt Blabby and that lumber jack
And my eyes were red by the dawn every weekday night
Had black and white
But it aired "Here's Johnny"

And Tiny's wedding night I saw
Few thousand actors, maybe more
People watching and not sleeping
Only breeding when you're bombing
Midler singing songs that made you shed a tear
Your Primate fear
And those two words "Here's Johnny"

Hosts say I will come and go
But your likes they'll never know
Hear those words and each night I knew
Would not sleep until your show was through
And the words now silent since you fell
Still echo
Burbank halls "Here's Johnny"

And the comics bowed and prayed
To this late-night God they paid
Applause sign flashed out its warning
Then the wind up of that big golf swing
The best lines from the words of this prophet
Are written in his monologues
McMahon guffaws
Immortal words "Here's Johnny"

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Pacing: 4.7
How Funny: 4.1
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 42

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Royce Miller - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
well written and interesting parody
2nz - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Well-written, well-researched and worthy parody, Rob. Definitely not a parody for the dog ;c).

Johnny was, and always will be, the master of late night.
Baby Ben - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Loved it!!!!!!!
2Eagle - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
From Burbank: Good one. It seems that incident with Ed Ames is the most remembered moment.
Ingeborg S. Nordén - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Well-paced, informative, good plays on the old lyrics. Heeeeeere's a perfect score! :-)
SAMANTHA - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Very Good Robert
LadyGaladriel - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
I love it. 555
Michael Pacholek - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Best Carson tribute yet... although when it started, I was hearing "Seasons In the Sun" in my head, even though I actually heard "The Sounds of Silence" earlier today. Maybe there's another tribute parody in that.
Stuart McArthur - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Excellent Robert - I read it twice - very enjoyable - 555
Johnny D - January 28, 2005 - Report this comment
This is very good.
John Jenkins - January 29, 2005 - Report this comment
Very well constructed, Robert. I think this OS worked better than your old standby (Berverly Hillbillies) would have for this tribute.
Newfoghill - January 29, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks. A beautiful remembrance.
Robert J. Pagliaro - January 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks to all the great writers on the site for such nice comments; they are very much appreciated. Most kids thought of growing up and becoming president, I wanted to grow up to be Johnny Carson; now people just hope that I grow up. 2nz - thanks, but I can not honestly accept the "well-reserched" comment - this tribute was merely a rememberance of how Carson interacted with my life. Michael - after the first draft, I walked the dog to give the piece a final run through - I too was hearing "Seasons in the Sun". Glad to see you wrote to it and I'll be sure to read it later; hoping you worked in Carol Wayne 'cuz I couldn't. Thanks again and thanks to Johnny, bob
T Molchany - February 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Very nice Bob. A fitting tribute to an American icon.
J. Graves - February 04, 2005 - Report this comment
Beautiful tribute. Bob is the best.
Guy - February 05, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Fitting tribute to a great entertainer. TOS really captures the mood. Good choice of OS.
Know 1 can hear you dream - February 06, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I¬'ll be back after the commercials...
Scathe - February 08, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I never once saw the Johnny Carson Show. He must have been one heck of an entertainer.
Agrimorfee - February 08, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Very beautiful. Scathe, I don't know where you live, but you can get his best stuff on DVD now.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - February 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Artfully written, but I'm afraid that I am in the same aquatic vessel as Scathe. I'm an Aussie teen. What's his excuse?! ;) Enjoyable stuff, Rob.
Robert J. Pagliaro - February 09, 2005 - Report this comment
Guy, K1CHYD, Scathe, Agrim, Jake - Thanks so much for the comments. To those of you who never saw him - he was the master of wit, timing and facial expressions. To those of you who lived through it like I did, you know what I mean. Thanks again. bob
Johnny D - February 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Again, very good job here, RJP. An affectionate paean to a one-of-a-kind American original. Johnny Carson had an amazing comic-charisma --- he could stand there on his stage without saying a word, and his facial expression and body language alone would have the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter. If I were to show this parody to Ed McMahon and tell Ed that I think it's a wonderful tribute to Johnny C., Ed would no doubt reply --- "YYYEEESS! You are CORRECT, sir!"
Robert J. Pagliaro - February 09, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks JD - this PoliSci grad loved your SOTY entry - very well-written and l'm sure a lot of work went into it - congrats.
Adagio - February 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) This was SO good!! 5's
Claude Prez - February 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Very good. I used to watch him some near the end of his career but I confess I preferred Letterman. He was smooth, though. Anyway, great tribute.
Rick D - February 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Another great killed by smoking.
Kristof Robertson - February 11, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I can't really comment fairly on this Robert, as I've never seen Johnny Carson and don't know much about him other than that he was an icon in the US. Your parody was very well written, so props for that!
Adam Eccleshall - February 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Another who never knew the man's work, however from what I've seen written about him recently, this does seem like a very fitting tribute
Phil Alexander - February 19, 2005 - Report this comment
I'd like to echo what Kristof said... but I'd like to add: "Johnny who?" ;-) - February 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Johnny's recoveries when his jokes bombed were often better than the jokes themselves. It seems that stand-up comics revered him even more than the general public - and they're a tough crowd. Anyhoo, excellent tribute, RJP. I'm impressed by how many of the original's images and phrases you were able to tweak into Carson references.
Ethan Mawyer - February 22, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM - I never believed in translating "how funny" to "how profound". 535
Ash - February 23, 2005 - Report this comment
*!-!*SOTM*!-!* I liked this one. Johnny Carson was a good man.
Jeff Reuben - February 23, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--see comment above? I read this and liked it, could have sworn I commented. Sorry bout that...wonderful tribute to a great late night host.
Stuart McArthur - February 26, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM - already commented - still a big fan, even in death
Tim Mayfield - February 26, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) heere's fivers
MysteryGoat - February 27, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS--But nice tribute.
Arwen - February 28, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--not sure how I missed this all month...this is FABulous!!
2nz - February 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Still an excellent tribute, Rob. I wasn't around for a lot of his show, but I know almost all the references in this from watching the 'Best of' tapes of his show an unhealthy amount of times. And since you used well-known moments from the show (coincidentally or not) I still think it's well-researched, even if your 'researched' just consisted of watching the show througout the years.
Red Ant - March 12, 2005 - Report this comment
515, but SOTM, this has got Song of the year on it. If I were JC, and Bette Midler sang that goodbye tribute to me, I would have lost it probably. I haven't searched them all, but this is probably this greatest tribute parody of the best comedian ever.
Ashkicksass - July 01, 2005 - Report this comment
Robert J. Pagliaro - July 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks Ash.
Reader - March 15, 2008 - Report this comment
man, I've got tears in my eyes. That was beautiful. Nice how parodists have captured moments from the news, and tributes, like this.
Robert J. Pagliaro - April 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks Reader. bob
littleTVcakes - April 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, Sir for this parody about a Scorpio, Nebraskan entertainer, par excellence! I miss you, Johnny! You were the best!
Robert J. Pagliaro - April 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks "little" - I had no idea that he was a Scorpio - just imagine if he was a Gemini . . . bob
littleScorCakes - April 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes, Dear Johnny, was a November Scorpio 1925, the most powerful//inflexible sign of the Zodiac. Paul Newman was also born in that year; he might be your Gem . . .

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