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Song Parodies -> "Damn I Failed Latin"

Original Song Title:

"Nights In White Satin"

Original Performer:

The Moody Blues

Parody Song Title:

"Damn I Failed Latin"

Parody Written by:

Red Ant

The Lyrics

I took latin 1 twice, passed the second time, but in latin 2 I failed...miserably. I wanted a Governor's Diploma, which here requires 3 years of one foreign language or 2 years of 2 different ones...needless to say I got a regular diploma. I do know a few more words than are in this song, and won't include the closing poem, as it doesn't ( around here anyway ) get played with NIWS usually. Besides, as I said, I failed, miserably in Latin, and trying to write that poem in Latin would require a very very long time to do. Dedicated to all those who reached for the stars and crashed and burned in any foreign language they took.
Damn I failed Latin
Never did do my best
Thought I could learn it
Cramming for tests

Tenses I'd always miss
Conjugating the verbs
When they spoke Latin
Didn't know any words

'cause I just knew
Only Et tu
Only Et tu

Amazed at the people
That understand
This damn foreign language
Is a pain in my ass

Some tried to help me
Said "You can take it again"
And so I listened
But failed again anyway

'cause I just knew
Only a few
Oh, now he is through
Oh, I envy you

( intro Latin flute solo, but even though it doesn't have words, I won't understand it anyway)

Damn I failed Latin
Never did do my best
Thought I could learn it
One night before test

Tenses I'd always miss
Conjugating the verbs
When they spoke Latin
Didn't know what I heard

'cause I just knew
Only Et tu
Only Et tu
Said "Failed is you"

'cause I just knew
Only a few
Oh, now he is though
Oh, how I want to

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.7
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 9

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   0
 2   0
 3   0
 4   3
 5   6

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John Jenkins - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Latin might have prevented you from graduating magna cum laude, but it helped you write a bona fide excellent parody.
Red Ant - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Thank you John, nearly every parody I write is based on me or something or someone I know.Thanks for the 5's.
Adagio - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Funny one! I took Latin, too.....for a while. Know what I used to do with those radio stations? I'd beg them to play the long version and they did. I just had to do this one once.... take a look, please.. I've written more on some Moody Blues songs, too.
Red Ant - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Hmm, your radio station is alot more open minded than mine, WHEN I got through and requested an AIC song that almost never gets airplay, they said they would play an AIC song, but not that one.
Red Ant - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Looked at your tune adagio, gave it 555 but no comment. Why, you might ask, because everthing that needed to been said was.
Michael Pacholek - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
The rule is well-known now: I dock everyone who doesn't do the spoken part at the end a point. So you get fours instead of fives. Of course, I could have docked you another for being the second Amirighter to make this particular point with this particular song...
Red Ant - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks again Michael for your vote and honesty, but please do not consider docking me points for someone else's parody ( even though this is the second time I have done this parody and have left out the poem ).
Ocean-Sirius - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Ahhh! The joys of learning a foreign language! =D Interesting theme and an entertaining take on the original song. I enjoyed reading it. Well done. =)
Red Ant - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
BTW Michael, I have The Moody Blues Live DVD and I'm almost sure they dont do the poem in that, but I've only seen it once. I understand its importance, but alot of TMB versions may or may not do the poem. I know you must have the original album, but this song does not always get played with the poem. BTW I just checked, my mother has an original copy of it, and yes the poem is included, but not listed. I'm going to try and resubmit this with the poem if possible as I see you are a die hard MB fan, as I am I diehard AIC/FNM fan. Anyway, thanks for the 444.
Jeff Reuben - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
I tried latin in high school...random people would stop by and try to help me out. I called them conjugal visits.
Stuart McArthur - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
nice work Red Ant (is that an anagram, by any chance?), and a great idea, and a funny match-up with the OS - 555
Susanna Viljanen - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Romanes eunt domus! 555
Phil Alexander - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Hmm... Angels and Demons, Life of Brian... looks like you've stirred up an, er, ant's nest of latin quotes. Anyway, all I can say is et tu, Formica rubrum? (I know that was improperly declined, but I never was any good at saying "no") :-)
Red Ant - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
No Stuart, Red Ant was a name given to me by my best friend which fits me very well. The red part is mainly because of my hair color and also because red is usually natures way of saying "I'm poisonous, so don't mess with me or you will be very sorry". The ant part is because ever though I am not a small person, I'm less than average height. It's also because it you mess with ants they will sting you, even though you can kill it easily, more will be on the way to do the same. Thank you all for the quotes and comments, I may have to do some searching to understand what the hell they mean though, but I like screwing with people in a funny way to on comments sometimes.
Michael Pacholek - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
Actually, I'm not a big Moodies fan, but I am a fan of long stories set to music, which makes me a big fan of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Chapin, et al. Or short stories set to music, i.e. Johnny Cash and a slew of other old-time country artists. (Garth Brooks is not country and not an artist.) And I must have missed something, since I have no idea what AIC and FNM stand for. I'll probably kick myself for not thinking of it, but at least I didn't mention that the Pink Panther Theme has your name in it: "Red Ant, Red Ant..."
Red Ant - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
AIC is Alice in Chains (alternative/grunge), and they came out BEFORE Nirvana (and were better in many ways), while most of their songs are depressing and about drugs, they are about true feelings, which you have probably picked is a big thing with me. FNM is Faith No More, with a lead singer ( Mike Patton ) who has a slightly better range than Layne Staley of AIC ( but nowhere near the emotion), is impossible to catergorize, as they do everthing about every topic ranging from metal, soft rock, alternative, rap, lounge singing, speed/death metal, opera, and instrumentals AS WELL as cover tunes. Sadly, AIC and FNM were so much better than Nirvana and got such little credit, and both bands are now defunct, but I liked all 3. To conclude another long topic on a post, I'm glad that you are not a die hard MB fan, as I didn't really want to do the exact same parody again with the closing poem just for one person ( not that you aren't important, but I have alot of other stuff to parody).
Dr. Bob - March 09, 2005 - Report this comment
great parody of the title - flows well
Red Ant - March 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Sorry to make that last comment a personal blog. I should have said ( if anything) like "while I sucked at Latin, atleast I was good in math". Please understand I am going through the ABSOLUTE worst time I have ever had in my entire life right now, and I have had to issue atleast 10 retractions of things I have said to people, and please don't hold it against me.
Red Ant - March 15, 2005 - Report this comment
Blog deleted by myself. Thanks admin. :)
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - March 16, 2006 - Report this comment
We had latin at medical transcriptionist school (much more than we really needed out on the field I can tell now) so I had some hang of some of the major grammar rules around late 03 early 04, now that knowledge if fading fast I'm afraid, except for obvious terms like tibia and humerus and stuff like that.
Paul Robinson - June 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Red, Finally got around to this one...Good job...I'm with you on the "Poem"'s not on EITHER of the "Best of Moody Blues" type CD's I recently bought...and as I commented when MINE got docked a point by someone for that, I only write to the version I have...I cannot produce replacement words for someone I cannot see on paper or transcribe from an audio copy (yes, I do sometimes sit there like a jack-ass with hands on keyboard and transcribe lyrics I cannot find elsewhere). Of course, for strictly gratuitous reasons I severely 'dissed' the poem to the person who pointed that out to me...although I never really cared for it if it had been on the recording I was working with I would have trudged my way through it...maybe, or not done the piece at really would have 'sludged up' my story-line. Anyway, if I could give you "6-6-6" (lol) to make up for MP's "4-4-4" I would...Hey, MP...dock it for pacing for that? OK...maybe, if that's how you feel...but what's that got to do with "Funny"? You want to be strict, that's fine...but be real about it, too. I think you should have considered "4-5-5" or "4-5-4"...just my humble opinion of course...OK, this boook is ready for publishing...where's my editor?
Red Ant - June 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey, thanks Paul (and everyone I previously missed). I just checked out the album cover again, and while not listed on it the poem has a name: "Late Lament". Although it goes with NIWS, I consider it a seperate (sp?) piece and not part of the song. You're right too, I checked 3 lyrics sites for NIWS lyrics, and Late Lament wasn't listed with them.

As for docking parodies that are incomplete, I do it occasionally, though as far as I'm concerned they are two pieces here, like INXS' "Need You Tonight" and "Mediate" are. I wouldn't expect anyone doing "Need You Tonight" to parody "Mediate" too, especially since it's a list of 50 or so rhymes.

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