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Song Parodies -> "'Postrophe"

Original Song Title:

"Yesterday"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"'Postrophe"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Jeff R's "Hyphen" parody gave me this idea: another to explain the grammatical complexity of our wonderful language - this one attempts to show that the use of apostrophes is not as complicated or difficult as people often think - so why do so many people get it wrong?
'Postrophe
It marks where a letter used to be
Like in "isn't", "ain't" or "couldn't be"
That's where to use a-
Postrophe

Indicative
Of "belonging to", that's possessive
Or a little click is fricative
That's all the uses I can give

Why it's misused so, I don't know
It should be eas-
Y not to get it wrong
Read this song
'bout Apostrophes

Apostrophe's
Do not use in case's such as the'se
So Im begging you all plea'se, oh please
Learn to use apostrophes

'm 'm 'm 'm 'm 'm-mmm

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karen - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Very good Phil. Perhaps this could be a new style of teaching the rules of grammar. Short little songs to well known tunes. I've seen some very bad misuses of apostrophes recently including someone spelling my son's name Jame's
Johnny D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
L-O-L ! That was so funny ; very...shall we say, o'er the top? Well done!
Phil Alexander - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Jame's??? Don't tell me - that was his teacher, right?
Rick D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
A cousin of "Silent E"? You keep this up we're gonna bring you an apple.
Phil Alexander - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
"What turns a cub into a cube?"... but Rick, I'm afraid I'm PC/Windows based - what use would I have with an Apple?
Jeff Reuben - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Always honored to provide inspiration =)
Claude Prez - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Is'nt it funny how some people ca'nt figure this stuff out? Great job.
Mari D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Why wasn't this song a part of "Schoolhouse Rock"? This parody deserves a perfect score from a fellow member of the Apostrophe Police!
Wild Man - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks for the lesson. Well done.
Billy Florio - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Amazing job Phil..song of the day...
Spaff.com - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Thank's for you're parody's!!!
Smurf and Mr.Horse - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Witty song the're Phil! Love'd it 5's :-)
Rick D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
What turns a dud into a DUDE! ?
John Jenkins - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Very good, Phil. Myself is looking forward to your next parody about pronouns.
Meriadoc - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
I love it! 'Ope to see it at #1!
Phil Alexander - November 06, 2003 - Report this comment
JJ - the next one is actually more of the same: though it does go into more depth for possessive pronouns and the like ('A few of the difficult bits' to 'A few of my favourite things')... though thinking about it has made me wonder: are pronouns held together by pronouncements?
John Loony - November 07, 2003 - Report this comment
I'm fed up with all these idiots who can't be bothered to use apostrophes correctly. Anyone who writes "it's" instead of "its" should have hi's or he'r head cut off.
Peregrin - November 11, 2003 - Report this comment
'cellent work, Phil!
Mark A. Mandel - December 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Very nice! You might like my "Editors' Waltz", at http://mark.cracksandshards.com/filks/EditorsWaltz.html , and Dr. Whom's Peeves at http://mark.cracksandshards.com/Whom-peeves.html -- Mark A. Mandel, The Filker With No Nickname http://mark.cracksandshards.com/filk.html Now on the Filker's Bardic Webring!
Phil Alexander - December 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Mark, that "Editors' Waltz" is excellent. Anybody who's looking in and enjoyed this song, follow the above link. You might also enjoy my follow-up to this one: http://www.amiright.com/parody/misc/mariasoundofmusic0.shtml- "A few of the difficult bits"
Birgitta - February 13, 2004 - Report this comment
This is awesome! I don't know how you come up with this stuff Phil! I just read "A Few Of The Difficult Bits" as well,wonderful.And you're right,"Editors' Waltz" IS excellent. Spelling misteaks...lol
Birg - February 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Goodness,my "voter" seems to be out of order.I coulda swore I gave you some 5's on this the other day?! (scratches head) Well here ya go Phil. It just took that time. I LOVE THIS. This is a great parody.
Phil Alexander - February 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Birgitta- I know what you mean about thinking you've voted, then finding out you haven't (though I seem to do it more with comments than votes - I'll type a comment in, then vote and forget to post the comment)
Serafina - February 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Great job! I give a perfect score on this parody! I also voted and commented on your other parody ("A Few of the Difficult Bits"). It really bug's -- er, bugs -- me to see the apostrophe misused. :)
Mr X - February 18, 2004 - Report this comment
I give it a perfect score.
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 13, 2004 - Report this comment
Re'storin'som'5's. I canīt believe I didnīt commented on this the first time around but a new parody by Matthiasīs gave me reason to reīvisit. Iīd put a plug for it there to make up for the lack of earlier commentīs. http://www.amiright.com/parody/70s/queen199.shtml
Agrimorfee - July 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Give it some 5's, thaks to Arwen's recommendation.
aithene - August 26, 2005 - Report this comment
That's great!!! Thank u!!! It makes this thing with your beautiful language far more simple! )))
Tommy Turtle - January 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Thats always been one of my pet peeve's. Its great to see this song and it's satire. Thank's for postin'g i't. (sic) (sick)
Tommy Turtle - January 29, 2006 - Report this comment
p.s. Re: "fricative" - I thought this site owner said he wouldn't allow words relating to sexual activity? "Jane was one of the most fricative dates I've ever had", e.g.
Meriadoc - October 27, 2012 - Report this comment
@Tommy: But was she glottal at the same time?

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