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Song Parodies -> "Arthur Dent"

Original Song Title:

"Penny Lane"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Arthur Dent"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Just one part of one scene from the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, possibly the best book ever written.
It's Arthur Dent: he is an Earthman in a dressing gown
With Ford and Trillian and Zaphod as we know
And round the Galaxy they'll come and go
In the Heart of Gold

On the screen there is a planet that is legend'ry
And yet Ford Prefect thinks that planet is a myth
So he really starts to take the pith
Are they really here: Magrathea

Arthur Dent he has a drink that seems to be
Almost, not entirely, unlike tea
He complains: meanwhile back

On Magrathea there's an automat' defence system
It fires rockets that our heroes can see
The computer cannot help them flee
'Cause it's making tea

Arthur Dent suggests one way to stay alive:
Infinite improbabil'ty drive
Is turned on, meanwhile back

Outside the rockets become a bowl of petunias
And a really quite astounded-looking whale
And he starts swishing his massive tail
Through the windy gale

Arthur Dent, he sees the sperm whale heading planet-wards
And the petunias are similarly bound
But there's only one thought goes around
The Petunias' brain: "Not again"

Arthur Dent is still on board, for it is he
Nearly dying for a cup of tea
He sips and meanwhile back
Arthur Dent missed the escape of Trillian's mice
There beneath the Magrathean skies
Arthur De-he-hent

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Pacing: 5.0
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Total Votes: 12

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alvin rhodes - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
i love those books as well...great job on this
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Not again! :-)

Just kidding, I always enjoy a good hitchhiker parody, heck I even enjoyed the movie and that surprised me a lot because I went there with very low expectations. 5s.
Stephen Harrington - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Don't know Hitchhiker very well, but you've got 555, very well wrote.
Matthias - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Amazing Books!!!! Amazing Parody!!!! Amazing Douglas Adams!!!!
Phil Alexander - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Will admit to not having seen the movie... but can quote huge swathes of the books: sad, isn't it? I was kind of pleased how this turned out: thanks all :-)
Cat - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
I would give you a 42 instead of a 555, but alas, that is not possible. ;) Great job, and you're looking at a fellow Hitchhiker fan here. (although I've only read up to the third...)
MasonR - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Excuse me sir, but an infinite number of monkees are knocking at the door. They want to give you fives...
Rick C - May 17, 2006 - Report this comment
No dents here. I was surprised at enjoying the movie as well, having loved the books. 555
Larry Hensley - May 18, 2006 - Report this comment
Don't know the book or movie, but this was out of this world!
Stuart McArthur - May 18, 2006 - Report this comment
"starts to take the pith" was very cute Phil
Michael Pacholek - May 18, 2006 - Report this comment
I was going to give this a five, but then I remembered that Bucky Dent's real name is Russell, and I realized this isn't about the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry. So I guess I'm going to have to give you a forty-two.
Rex - May 18, 2006 - Report this comment
I left 555 drinks for you at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Pickle - May 21, 2006 - Report this comment
The TV series all came back to me as I was reading this: did you notice that the radio version included a burst of 'Rock 'N Roll Music' in the sequence where they land on the planet? Initially 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' is playing, and I think Ford Prefect says to Zaphod Beeblebrox, 'Your machine hums just like Pink Floyd!' He asks Marvin what else he can do. 'Rock & roll', answers the android. Hence the burst! EMI asked the makers to delete the Floyd track from future pressings of the series.
Glen S - January 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I do like this. "Almost, not entirely, unlike tea" YES! Sorry I missed this one many years ago. :c( frowny face for not fitting Marvin in, but I appreciate the fact that it would just make that android complain all the more if he knew.
Johnny D (a.k.a. The Comedian) - January 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Good fun!
Claude Prez - January 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Agree that it's possibly the best book ever written. And this parody makes me think of the part where he describes how beautiful a particular alien melody is in terms of how much of England Paul McCartney could buy if he'd written it. Anyway, great stuff.
Phil Alexander - January 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Hey, new comments after all these years :-) And from such Amiright old-timers, too - hi guys

Glen - no need to be sorry, we all miss a lot over the years.

Claude - "And thinks probably Essex" / "The masters of Krikkit" ?

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