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Song Parodies -> "Tern Tern Tern"

Original Song Title:

"Turn Turn Turn"

Original Performer:

The Byrds

Parody Song Title:

"Tern Tern Tern"

Parody Written by:

Merry & Pippin

The Lyrics

On every wing tern, tern, tern
There on the seas a tern, tern, tern
And a line of lively porpoise (about seven)

Divine pel-i-cans, so fine they fly
Shy com-orants, they dive so deep
And grimy gulls, so high they squeal
In sky on draft, up flies a grebe

On every wing tern, tern, tern
There with some seas'ning tern, tern, tern
And a line of lively porpoise (now eleven)

I've pans to fill up, with prime blue her-on
Let's fry egrets, they're fine with corn
I've lime to baste osprey bones, and thyme to slather pones with feathers

On every wing tern, tern, tern
Pour on the seas'ning tern, tern, tern
And a slimy heavy porpoise, (and his brethren)

With chives in sauce, are nine gannet
Supine petrel, in flight (or grease)
In wine stew albatross, and fried with new grain - oh so tasty

On every wing tern, tern, tern
There in tureen a tern, tern, tern
In cook-steins are sev'ral porpoise (mixed with leaven)

Suis faim again - let's dine on skuas
Assign pen-guins, to brine-y dough
Saline-y puff-ins (fine souffle)
These rhymes are forced, I fear it's auk ward, eh?

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Pacing: 4.7
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 24

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 2   1
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 4   2
 5   20

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Dee Range - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Hope I'm invited to dinner. Petrel in grease is right up my alley. I'm still lol typing this, guy and /or gal(s). Fantastic stuff.Super high 5's
alvin rhodes - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
a song, by the byrds....about the birds....most fowl ! .....which is to say brilliant...5s
Agrimorfee - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Keeee-lever. Your parody have taken a tern for the better! :) 555
Rick C - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Did you hear about the butcher who traded some liverwurst for a seagull? He took a tern for the wurst......555
Johnny D - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
"auk ward" .... GRRROOOAAANNNN .... what have YOU two hobbits been Puffin', eh ?

Did you hear about why Doctor Frankenstein turned his car around 180 degrees and drove back to his lab? He suddenly thought a ewe-tern would be a great idea.
Kristof Robertson - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
Nice to see you hobbits back on the job! 555
Meriadoc - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
We'd been wanting to take a tern with this one for a long time - but in the end we couldn't figure out anything better to do with the bryds than eat 'em! :-P Thanks everyone.
Stuart McArthur - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
loved the last line M and P - and at the rate those porpoises are multiplying, how much longer does the human race have? - 555
Bob "Frigate" Gomez - May 31, 2005 - Report this comment
LOL! Forced rhymes are funny when the parodist points it out, I think. Great exercise in bird-trivia. Porpoiseful writing. Although the cuisine might lead to gullstones. You've erned fives on this.
Jonathan C. - June 03, 2005 - Report this comment
Tern it on!!! 5 x 3
Mark - June 04, 2005 - Report this comment
Never has the bible been so much fun!!
mandamoo - June 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Finger lickin' good and very easy to swallow. ;) Excellent M&P !!!
Daniel B. - July 22, 2005 - Report this comment
Turn Turn Turn is my fav. song ever and your Tern Tern Tern is even better. Muhahahahaha
Sheila - August 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Laugh it up
marilyn elias - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought your parody took a very cruel path and I didn't enjoy it at all. I'm into wildlife conservation and behavior.
Funny Face - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
You need to take a chill pill marilyn elias! It is *just* a parody....sigh... Beautiful job guys. Well done!
Peregrin - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi Marilyn. Parody: "A humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing". Sure, it may not have tickled your funny bone, but I would no more eat a skewered Tern than you would. But then again, sea-food makes me come out in hives ;-p
Alpha Skua - December 09, 2017 - Report this comment
Arctic,Common,Least,Rosieate,Black,Fairy,Caspian,Royal,Elegant,tForsters, take your pick but Arctic Tern will fly pole to pole
Jonathan Spurlock - December 10, 2017 - Report this comment
A song about fowl and seafood. . . .yum, yum yum, but I would have hated to write a tern paper about the fowl-osophy behind this song. Okay, better put a tern-iquet on this and stop the flow (pun plasma, anybody?:) Well deserved 5's for you!

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