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Song Parodies -> "Bud Holly's Real"

Original Song Title:

"Strawberry Fields"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Bud Holly's Real"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

I'm sure this now-legendary, bespectacled early rocknroller and his tragic fate need no introduction on AIR. I'm finding these pop-nostalgia themes to be a comfortable niche for me, though of course it's one shared by others. I go way back, but the problem is I don't get very far forward.

I counted 13 BH song titles in this parody. Can you spot them all?

Let me take you down, coz we're going to
Broad Lubbock fields
Buddy is real, and something to be sung about
Bud-Holly fields forever

Oh boy, so easy with eyes closed
'That'll be the day' comes to the fore
Every day it seems it's raining in my heart
It doesn't matter any more

Let me take you down coz you're going to
Meet Peggy Sue
Love's ways so true. She's some girl to be sung about
Sweet Peggy Sue forever

Words of love not fade away, maybe baby was so bright
Rave on his songs you know, tune in to well, all right
His tragic death was just too bad
Let me take you down, coz we're going to
Old fifties reels, TV show steals
And endless outtakes strung about
His songs appeal forever

Always, no, sometimes, not just me, but you know those days were not a dream
I think I know it means he's special, I'm not wrong. That is just who would disagree?
Let me take you down coz I'm going to
Memory lane
I'm not to blame
It makes us all feel young about
Bud Holly shields age weather
Bud Holly heals forever

Beatles OS on YouTube.

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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 8

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Glen S - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Didn't have much of a Buddy background until this parody. Thanks for inspiring me to learn more about this great and influential rocknroller. And very fun parody.
AFW - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Good tribute and tricky use of song titles
2Eagle - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Buddy Holly was one musician who influenced the Beatles who were inspired by rock music from the Fifties. Peggy Sue was Buddy's drummer's girlfriend and the drummer wanted a way to propose to her. Buddy took a song originally titled Cindy Lou ( a tribute to his newborn niece ) and re named it.
Meriadoc - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I think I came up with 11 titles, but not sure on some. :)
Lifeliver - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks Glen S, AFW, 2Eagle, Meriadoc

(In order of appearance) 1 Oh boy 2 It's so easy 3 That'll be the day 4 Every day 5 Raining in my heart 6 It doesn't matter any more 7 Peggy Sue 8 True love ways 9 Words of love 10 Not fade away 11 Maybe baby 12 Rave on 13 Well all right

@ 2Eagle Jerry Allison did marry his Peggy Sue. You stole my thunder there. And yes, the Beatles cited Buddy as an inspiration, especially Paul McCartney, who financed and hosted a record-straightening documentary after the theatrical inaccuracies of the biopic starring Gary Busey.

Exactly what influence is hard to pin down - certainly not vocally. Buddy's distinctive baritone was a one-off phenomenon, and his trademark 'hiccups', widely used by contemporaries and originating probably with Clyde McPhatter, had gone out of fashion by the time of the Mersey beat groups. I think it was more in the 'grungy', home-made feel of the ensemble strumming/riffing guitar sound (no hot-shot flat-picked solos such as Elvis's Scotty Moore or Ricky Nelson's James Burton) and also his enthusiasm for writing and arranging his own material.

My personal Buddy favorites are from his final New York recording session without the Crickets, which produced 'It doesn't matter any more' and 'Raining in my heart', with a backing of pizzicato strings. They sound to me as fresh as the day they were made.

Excuse the rave but I love raking over this old stuff, even though I was too young to appreciate it when it was hot.
Leough - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Nice job on this! 555! I was a big Buddy Holly fan when I was young.
Michael Pacholek - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
A little bit o' fivin' makes everything right.
Wendy Christopher - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
A classy piece of work indeed - I got 11 in the end. :) I'd forgotten how the OS went until I read your parody lyrics, and then it immediately came back to me - which says a great deal about how perfectly paced this was. And of course there's the razor-sharp wordplay - well worth a 555.
Lifeliver - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Thank you for your nice compliments, Wendy. Informed comments like yours are very encouraging and certainly help to make the effort worthwhile.
Tommy Turtle - November 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Previously saw this Holly trib, which was irresistible, but didn't want to rain on your parade, which was excellent and most Five-worthy. :D   But *someone* (insert cough here) set a "New personal best for "most Holly songs in one tribute". -- 37, to be exact:

Great minds run in the same channel. I'm sure you came up with the idea independently (working his songs into the parody lyrics), and what Wendy said about the quality. Aside from the songs themselves, "Broad Lubbock fields" was inspired. 555+++

There has been an annual trib from Your Humble Servant on 3 February every year from 2006 through 2012 (got some ideas for 2013), except for 2008, when I was in a coma (j/k). One plug-link per song, but you know how to find the rest if interested.
    Come to think of it, the 2012 trib has links to all the previous ones, so for those who *are* interested:

Aside from being done to "American Pie", which was DMcL's trib to Buddy et al., that one also *explains" APie.

I came up with at least 14 Holly songs in this one, perhaps more if indirect references are considered. Won't list them, so as not to spoil the hunt for those who read this later. Superb job, LL.
Lifeliver - November 30, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks again, Tommy. This one seems to have struck a chord with the Buddy fans, who are still legion, obviously.

You may not have noticed that I listed the thirteen songs included in the comments above, so I'm interested to know what you think the fourteenth is, unless I quoted one unknowingly. Not hard to do. His song titles are so vernacular that it's not hard to lodge them into intelligible sentences, and with this OS they just seemed to dovetail very naturally.

I investigated both the plugs you put in, and left comments and votes there. The 'Pie' epic took a while to digest. Interesting that you got one or two low votes on there - I can't imagine why.

No one seemed to mind that the formatting on this was bad - inconsistent. It should all be set out in quatrains like the second verse.
Tommy Turtle - December 01, 2012 - Report this comment
No, I didn't notice the list, and deliberately so, so as to try to find them myself. The possible 14th, even though not changed much from TOS:
  "I think I know it means he's special, I'm not wrong. That is just who would disagree?"
could be a ref to "Think It Over". Or that may be too much of a stretch -- TT is prone to those.

Some small minds have been known to vote low if someone else's song receives "too much" praise. (shrug) Considering the source, they're ignored.

The formatting didn't distract from the content in this case. A lot of songs leave questionable whether there are two short lines or one long one, and since the original is in sheet music, who can argue? ... TT has done TOS only once, in four- or five-line verses. However, it might be a bit racy for your taste (although the title switch was actually suggested to me by a site Editor). So, being warned and no obligation,

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