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Song Parodies -> "What's In A Kidney"

Original Song Title:

"Eleanor Rigby"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"What's In A Kidney"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Another educational parody, I'm afraid... I'd like to thank the University of Nottingham website for the background material for this one: my biology was a few too many years ago for me to get all the details in the right order... I was nearly there, though.
Ah, look at all the little tubules
Ah, look at all the little tubules

What's in a kidney? Blood from arterioles into the glomerulus
Inside of us
Wrapped round the nephrons, which have a vascular network of capillaries
Giving a squeeze

All the renal tubules
Now how did they appear?
Convoluted tubules
Where do they go from here:

Top of the nephron: thing called the Bowman's, whose tube runs away
To loop of Henlé
Then it's re-coiling into the distal c. tubule where urine is sucked
Into the duct

All the little tubules
Could someone please explain
Convoluted tubules
What were their names again?

Pro-ximal convoluted tubule
Then, distal convoluted tubule

A healthy kidney in just one minute can process a litre of blood
Blood in a flood
The renal tubules carry the waste to the bladder by peristalsis
Taking the piss

All the little tubules (Ah, see the convoluted tubules)
They help you to excrete
Super little tubules (Ah, lots of convoluted tubules)
Now ain't they rather neat?

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Pacing: 4.7
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Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 22

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Arwen - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
The title made me LOL...but I'm a little mad that you attempted to make me smarter this early in the morning, Phil...; ) Great job!
Tim Mayfield - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
Please de-liver us from education. Who am I kidding, it was great.
martha - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
very clever wordplay on this one .. great stuff Phil very funny!!
John Barry - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
The "Kidney"'s alright. 5s
martha - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
very clever wordplay on this one .. great stuff Phil very funny!!
Royce Miller - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
yours is a wonderful parody about a wonder of creation
Phil Alexander - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
Thank you Arwen, Tim, martha, John and martha (he says,with a certain sense of deja vu
Very funny, Royce :-) And thank you.
PMS - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
This parody is my number one favorite of the day!
Robert Mackle - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
Very clever Phil, as usual...
Peter Andersson - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
How do you come up with these ideas Phil? Are you kidney stoned or what?
Ravyn Rant - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
Educational, funny and (for the most part) well-paced - considering the subject matter, you did an amazing job with this! Fives!
Dr. Hannibal Lecter - October 24, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm not sure what's in a kidney. But I do know that, like a liver, it goes well with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
Johnny D - October 25, 2005 - Report this comment
Would sound great accompanied by ORGAN music!
Linda - October 25, 2005 - Report this comment
Gosh, you write so well, this one was very excellent! To fit those names in so well and then have the progressions come at the end of each level, in order, in sync, wow... I am so impressed, I may send this one to my grandmother who knows this song and would be very impressed when I told her how hard I worked on getting it all just right......... ---nah, ---- I am just kidding, I wouldn't do that to you... really! ........ - mainly because my grandma is dead..... but otherwise...
Phil Alexander - October 25, 2005 - Report this comment
Aw, shucks... a proxy recommendation to a dead granny, what more could a guy want? ;-)
JD - groan.
Peter - ditto
On re-reading, I realize that it may not be obvious that the proximal convoluted tubule comes between the Bowman's capsule and the loop of Henlé (and the distal one is on t'other side of the loop). And I was trying so hard... but it's hard to fit in "proximal convoluted tubule" with this number of words. I do so try to get my scientific ones to fit into a revision schedule :-) Thanks everybody.
Gabs - October 31, 2006 - Report this comment
WOW! its really good! made me laugh!!!! is there anywhere we i can get the song? download it being sung from the webpage? that would be really great! : D :D :D keep em coming!
T-dawg - March 21, 2007 - Report this comment do I listen to the song?
Phil Alexander - October 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Got to say I love the sort of dimwits who accuse someone of being retarded while misspelling the word. Sorry if my parody was so far beyond your intellectual reach you felt you to resort to pathetic penis-references.
ms dialysis - January 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Love this parody! I'm a dialysis patient and had a kidney transplant for over 30 yrs before returning to dialysis, so this parody is especially humorous....thanks for the laughs!

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