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Song Parodies -> "Soylent Green"

Original Song Title:

"Let It Be"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Soylent Green"

Parody Written by:

Patrick McWilliams

The Lyrics

An old topic, but one that hasn't been visited for a while. Came to me last night as I was struggling with some indigestion.
Living in a time of mass starvation
This new food comes on the scene
Could it be the answer? Soylent Green
Announcer on the telly
How she whispers so enticingly
Step right up and try it, Soylent Green

Soylent Green, Soylent Green
Soylent Green, Soylent Green
Made from beans and lentils, Soylent Green

When forty million hungry people
Living in New York agree
Maybe I will chance her, Soylent Green
It sort of tastes like rice cakes
When real food is just a memory
Here's the substitution, Soylent Green

Soylent Green, Soylent Green
Soylent Green, Soylent Green
I think of Uncle Albert, Soylent Green
Soylent Green, Soylent Green
Soylent Green, Soylent Green
A man of taste, refinement, Soylent Green

And when your life is ebbing
There's a place for parting peacefully
Appointment for tomorrow, come at three
You go to sleep to sounds of music
Images on TV screen
Then you'll be recycled, Soylent Green

Soylent Green, Soylent Green
Soylent Green, Lie! Soylent Green
Oh, I just learned the answer, Soylent Green?
Let it be, Let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Shout the words of warning, Soylent Green!
The 1966 novel, "Make Room, Make Room!" by Harry Harrison is a plea for the nations of the world to adopt strict measures of birth control to ward off overpopulation. This was a bit of a controversial idea at the time, one that could be dealt with safely only through the medium of science fiction. The term "Soylent Green" does not appear, though there is a reference to a cheap processed food, made from soybeans. By the time the movie came out in 1973, the idea of birth control was widely accepted, and no longer a taboo topic in popular media. Recycling the dead through the food supply was still beyond the pale. I hope it stays that way, at least for my lifetime. If I delete that version of "Yesterday", which I accidentally posted before it was completed, I think this marks my 240th parody on AIR.

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Rob Arndt - July 20, 2015 - Report this comment
Very good Patrick, one my old favorite Heston and Leigh Taylor Young films (also EG Robinson's last, I think). Soylent Green was supposed to be made of plankton from the oceans, but they died as verified by the oceanographic books from 2015-2019. The truth became known and the rich guy with the furniture was murdered. Heston's book found out and euthanized himself. Heston fights for his life and yells it out in the end. "Soylent Green is people!!!" 555!!!
Patrick - July 20, 2015 - Report this comment
The novel ends on New Year's Eve, 1999. There is an announcement of a big population increase. The characters confuse birth control with abortion, which at that time was still a social no-no. Advocates of birth control found it embarrassing to explain, in contrast with today's anything goes attitude toward sexuality. Have you ever read or seen "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy? The ultimate dystopian story. Movie is regarded as a masterpiece but every reviewer says they can not watch it again. Security code "DC2", a forgotten plane you will no doubt write about by the end of the week.
Jonathan - July 20, 2015 - Report this comment
the crowd is Soylent... 5's
Rob Arndt - July 20, 2015 - Report this comment
KG 200 used many captured types including the DC-2_ DC-3, and my fave the Do-200 (B+17): http://reocities.com/Pentagon/2833/luftwaffe/transport/do200/do200n1.jpg
Michael Pacholek - July 20, 2015 - Report this comment
As the author of "The Sound of Soylents," I approve.
Samuel - July 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Best dang parody around here in a while. Like your style and your increasingly perfected parody writing. More! More!
Sandy - July 22, 2015 - Report this comment
I saw the original film growing up and it scared me. All those people on top of each other was like those global films I saw of India and their slums. I hope we never reach that population in the United States. A report a long time ago stated that the world will deplete its resources by 2040 or 2050. Scary!

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