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Song Parodies -> "Tell You, You're a Pain"

Original Song Title:

"Tell It To the Rain"

Original Performer:

The Four Seasons

Parody Song Title:

"Tell You, You're a Pain"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

Don't know the original song? It's from 1967, one of the last hits for the classic Seasons lineup of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito (not to be confused with the Joe Pesci character in "Goodfellas") and Joe Long -- the latter having replaced Nick Massi in 1965, and thus the Seasons now had something in common with the Beatles, a lefthanded bass guitarist. Massi died in 2000, the rest are still alive. Here's a link to the recording, which was harmonious enough to be true to the Seasons' style, but DeVito's guitar was current enough to fit in with the British Invasion and the rising tide of psychedelia (Robbie Krieger of the Doors ripped off his opening riff for the Seasons' next hit, "C'mon Marianne," for "Touch Me"): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNchVD5VANo
(instrumental opening)

You're crying now, but, hey, it's me who cried before.
Long as I'm with you, girl, I'll be crying more.
You can save all your words, girl
'cause your voice I deplore!

Tell you, you're a pain.
It's not worth having your love.
You're not what I'm dreaming of.
You need a shove.
Tell you, you're a pain.

I gave you love, and got your blabbing in return.
I left but came back, I guess I will never learn.
You can talk behind my back
and I'm feeling my ears burn.

Tell you, you're a pain.
It's not worth having your love.
You're not what I'm dreaming of.
You need a shove.
Tell you, you're a pain.

(Tell you, baby!)
Yeah!
(Tell you, baby!)
Yeah!
(Tell you, baby!)
Yeah!
Yeah!
Yeah!
Yeah!

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

(instrumental break)

Tell you, you're a pain.
It's not worth having your love.
You're not what I'm dreaming of.
Heaven's sakes above.
Tell you, you're a pain.

Oh, whoaaaa...
(Tell you, you're a pain.
It's not worth having your love.)
Oo woo woo woo woo woo...
(You're not what I'm dreaming of.
Heaven's sakes above.
Tell you, you're a pain.)

Oh, whoaaaa...
(Tell you, you're a pain.
It's not worth having your love.)
Oo woo woo woo woo woo...
(You're not what I'm dreaming of.
Heaven's sakes above.
Tell you, you're a pain.)

(repeat 'til fade)
The preceding is not meant to refer to any real-life woman.

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Voting Results

 
Pacing: 3.9
How Funny: 3.9
Overall Rating: 3.9

Total Votes: 7

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Mark Scotti - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
That is a good OS. i remember it form my 'record store' days...good parody!
Old Man Ribber - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Michael - Tasteful "Seasoning". With you, there is never any fear of peaks and "Vallis".
Michael Pacholek - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Good to know you think my ability to redo Frankie's songs isn't... rusty.
Patrick - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
At least she was good for a song. My previous works on this theme are intended to refer to a real person.
WarrenB - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Hope you had some oxycodone on hand >)
Tommy Turtle - February 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Fascinating back-story, a pleasant reminder of your comprehensive knowledge of the Golden Oldies and of ability to write about other than politics. ;)
          What's needed is more creativity -- I know it's there -- rather than having essentially two subbed stanzas and (almost) the same chorus repeated five times. It's not as though there's a shortage of subs for "rain/pain".

Abstaining from voting, to avoid any hint that our differences in, uh, "other" areas came into play, but a well-varied rendition of your cute concept and switch would have been a sincere 555.

"Love" subs are limited -- always problematic -- so wouldn't mind some reuse there (haven't checked stresses vs. OS, DK from memory well enough):

Take this candy cane
Where give birth, place it and shove
Till it sticks out up above
Your rear: my glove
Girl, you're inhumane!

("Hellish harridan" would be cute and clever, though only a slant-rhyme to "rain/pain". Hey, if slant-rhymes were good enough for Emily Dickinson.... and skip the Asian cracks, please. ;)
Blaydeman - February 27, 2011 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Nice job Mike! This son certainly wasn't a pain to listen to. LOL
agrimorfee - February 28, 2011 - Report this comment
(Artistry) I could never be as verbose as Tommy Turtle (who could?), but I agree with his post above.
Matthias - March 01, 2011 - Report this comment
It's crazy to see you actually participate in a contest but even crazier is the fact that "Frankie Valli" is the artist that caused you to join us. I've heard him on all the oldies stations but never really knew how big of a fan people were of him until this round.
Below Average Dave - March 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I love that you are in this round, and you entered with a great parody, I am impressed immensely by your pacing--I mean most pacing I can see it working but it'd take practice, yours could be sung over the song with little or now practice. . .good job
Arwen - March 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Artistry...it's a good thing I caught your final comment there, Mister Pacholek...I was about to be really offended. ; ) Nice work here...fun to see you in a comp!
bobpiecheese - March 08, 2011 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Interesting idea, but not really funny. Maybe it's the limited nature of the OS, but this parody just seemed kinda...plain to me. I guess I was expecting more of a "I'm So Sick Of You" by Weird Al kind of a parody, I dunno. Welcome to Artistry and all that, though.
Rex - March 09, 2011 - Report this comment
(Artistry) When you say that the parody is not meant to refer to any woman, you mean that it refers to all women collectively, right? Ha ha? Ha? Why are you women staring at me like that? Why are you taking off your stilettos? Oh my god is that monkey spleen on those heels? Gotta run.
Arwen - March 10, 2011 - Report this comment
L-ing OL, Rex!

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