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Song Parodies -> "Up, Up and Away--Falcon's Runaway Balloon"

Original Song Title:

"Up, Up and Away"

Original Performer:

The Fifth Dimension

Parody Song Title:

"Up, Up and Away--Falcon's Runaway Balloon"

Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

OS (with appropriate video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8NzjzXF0D8 Incident (NY Daily News editiorial): http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2009/10/17/2009-10-17_culture_adrift_balloon_boy_saga_shows_whats_wrong_in_our_society.html
Where’s that little guy? In that runaway balloon?
How could Falcon fly in that runaway balloon?
Well, his older brother warned him not to touch the ties.
So, did he fly? (Did he fly?)
Up, up, and away!
Falcon’s runaway, his runaway balloon!

Did he float up to space in his runaway balloon?
Did he fall on his face from his runaway balloon?
When it crashed to earth, they searched and he was not inside.
Oh, he can’t fly! (Did he die?)
Up, up…then away
From his runaway, his runaway balloon?

Soared fifty miles; Colorado’s panicky!
Controllers scramble to stop air traffic!
And soon the family finds itself on TV
‘Cause after hours of panic—
The kid’s found in the attic!

On to Larry King for that runaway balloon.
Falcon speaks a zing ‘bout that runaway balloon:
That “We did this for the show,” confessed that little guy.
What—did they lie? (If they lied…)
…they can’t get away
With their pitiful, their pitiful lampoon!

Buffoons!
(Jail! Put them away!
Fines! They’re gonna pay!
Sue! Lawsuits for days!
Quick! Call FAA…!)

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Andria - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Great job, Melanie, and kudos for what I think might be the first Balloon Boy parody on AmIRight. I think the whole thing is an outrageous publicity stunt, and that Falcon and his brothers should be taken away from their parents and adopted by someone else. 5s.
Patrick - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
When I saw the balloon in flight I realized there was no place for the boy to fit, nor could a balloon of that size have lifted his weight. The incident reminded me of a very old movie "A Ticklish Affair", in which a sailor romances a young widow in San Francisco. He entertains her children by flying them over the cliff on a weather balloon with a harness and tether. Naturally, the youngest trips the tether while no one is watching, and soars out over the bay. It takes a Navy blimp with a hook to rescue him. Wonder if this family ever saw that movie.
Leo Keough - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
This was beautifully done and couldn't be more topical!!!...555!!!
John Barry - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I was laughing so hard it sounded as if I'd inhaled helium!
Ann Hammond - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
he he After the balloon landed, I to was thinking that the basket was too small, and the kid must be pretty light for that balloon to carry him.
John Jenkins - October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Really timely and really well done!
blackjack21 - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
This was more entertaining than the actual family/story. They did it all for "the show" alright. Nice work.
Guy - October 24, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC05UV

Melanie - Great pick of OS for this one. Fine job of getting it out while it is still big news. The morning news today said that the mom confessed that it was all a hoax. Parents face up to 6 years in jail - They'll probably skate on the jail with probation but the fines will kill 'em. I look for them to become the next commentary celebs on Tru TV's "The Smoking Gun" since they are so into reality and they meet the criteria. Fine write.
Mark Scotti - November 03, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC Very "uplifting", Melanie!!!!
Agrimorfee - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Hot off the presses.
Leo Keough - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC(5)_U/V Commented and voted above...You need to get a better agent - This was perfectly timed, newswise, and so well told, it should have been recorded and marketed to the public!!!
bobpiecheese - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) Musta missed that newsflash (but then, I miss every newsflash), what a bunch of morons! Very well done parody, if a bit short.
Stuart McArthur - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) brilliant work and a great OS-get for the news item - esp. loved "Cause after hours of panic—The kid’s found in the attic!" - lol - there must be easier ways to get your own top-rating national family reality show - 555
Matthias - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Great work on lampooning this news story that makes fun of itself just by reading it. I think I might work on a parody of this topic myself.
Melanie Lee - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Matthias: Go for it! I look forward to reading it.
Below Average Dave - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Good job on this one Melanie, unique and original--and funny, what more could I ask for
Red Ant - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Very timely release to the news story, Melanie. Great rhyming and scansion. I think you're gonna get your wish - I hear the parents are going to trial over this stunt. 555

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