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Song Parodies -> "Mr. Viljanen"

Original Song Title:

"Mr. Bojangles"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Parody Song Title:

"Mr. Viljanen"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

This is derived from the Finnish song "The Ballad of Comrade Viljanen"- about a brave Communist that faced the Finnish Secret Police (referred here as Soviet Ohkrana which the Communists used), was tortured, but refused to confess to high treason and was executed...
Mr. Viljanen, a Communist in Finland who was bad news
Instigated revolution, they came for him in June
A smile so wide, a smile so wide, the police beat him down
Mr. Viljanen, Mr. Viljanen, confess!!!

They threw him in the “Hotel Ohkrana", you could hear him shout
They broke his fingers, smashed-in his teeth, yet he still spoke right out
He talked of strife, he talked of strife, yelling still in the jail
Mr. Viljanen, Mr. Viljanen, confess!!!

He said the name Viljanen as he was beaten all across that cell
He was the defiant Communist, he sighed about his brothers killed in fields
He said, “lets go on“, he said, “lets go on“, although he was bound
Mr. Viljanen, Mr. Viljanen, confess, yes, confess!!!

He put up quite a show, and yet did not confess with bloodied mouth
He spoke with tears of oppressive years, the fears, and what Communism was all about Treason he denied, treason he denied, only stating that which he believed
Mr. Viljanen, Mr. Viljanen, confess!!!

Seeing the conditions of his prison, became a dangerous witness
Most of the time he spent behind the bars, he was not broken- so he had to go
They shot him dead, yes they shot him dead, in the early morning in the snow,
Mr. Viljanen, Mr. Viljanen, death, death, Mr Viljanen, death

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Andria - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
The idea behind this was unique, and the educational value was high, but I got tongue-tied on pacing in a number of places... 3-5-3...
Rob Arndt - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
That due to two factors: for one, I substituted confess (2 syllables) for dance (1 syllable) at the end of each verse to convey the torture of Mr. Viljanen and also Verse 4, the submit button mixed two lines (2 and 3) together. I proofed and there was a gap, so I corrected it and yet it still got displayed wrong- ran together... not my fault.
Rob Arndt - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
He put up quite a show, and yet did not confess with bloodied mouth/ He spoke with tears of oppressive years, the fears, and what Communism was all about/ Treason he denied, treason he denied, only stating that which he believed/ Mr. Viljanen, Mr. Viljanen, confess!!!
Susanna Viljanen - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I know well the original song. It is a Finnish Communist ballad, and tells the story of Leander Viljanen, a painter and the head of Red Guard of Tuusula parish. He was caught in the aftermath of Finnish Civil War, and tortured to death. The Finnish Civil War 1918 was an extremely bloody fight, and more Reds lost their lives in the aftermath than in the actual fighting. My family had men fighting on both sides.
Susanna Viljanen - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Oh, BTW, 555. The translation was excellent, and follows quite well the original. Do you know Finnish, or how did you do it? The original, "Balladi toveri Viljasesta" can be found in YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_woJ2YgpTg
Rob Arndt - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Believe it or not but I have the old communist record of the Ballad and it's translated lyrics in English. I took that info and integrated it into the Mr Bojangles song. Only flaw is that the lines are so long for that song that when I hit submit, the 4th verse lines 2&3 got mixed!!! That's why I posted the correct sequence above. Also Susanna you inspired me to look up the Viljanen name and these 2 songs are for you ;)
Rob Arndt - September 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Surely you remember comrade Viljanen and the 'hotel of Okhrana' Surely you remember the cool June night, when Viljanen disappeared We were communists, and we still are We remember comrade Viljanen, who was murdered by the Okhrana When we were accused of treason, Viljanen only said Honourable Judge, if you excuse me, I will go out to laugh We were communists, and we still are We remember comrade Viljanen, who was murdered by the Okhrana There was something about Viljanen's smile, that annoyed the Okhrana When his torturers got tired, he told them: 'Let's go on' We were communists, and we still are We remember comrade Viljanen, who was murdered by the Okhrana Comrade Viljanen probably knew, what was awaiting him That early morning, when they came for him His teeth had been punched in, and his fingers broken But still there was no sign of humiliation, or the so important confession We were communists, and we still are We remember comrade Viljanen, who was murdered by the Okhrana He knew how prisoners were treated at the Okhrana's He might have become a dangerous witness The sun had already risen, and the moisture was gleaming When Viljanen stood by his grave, looking east He didn't cry for his own sake, he was only sorry for his brothers that the lords of Finland were getting killed on the fields of Carelia We were communists, and we still are We remember comrade Viljanen, who was murdered by the Okhrana The memory of Viljanen doesn't call us to crave vengeange in blood It calls us to bury what's old and to build something new It calls for the workers of Finland to join a great front It calls us to build a better world We are communists, and we are going to build it It is our international work and duty

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