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Song Parodies -> "Yogi Berra's Wisdom"

Original Song Title:

"Takin' Care of Business"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Parody Song Title:

"Yogi Berra's Wisdom"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson

The Lyrics

Tribute to a great figure whose passing was bypassed somewhat by other events of the past week.
A native of St Louie
Where they don’t put up with hooey
'cause Missouri’s motto is “Show me.”
Signed with Yankees in his teens
Power hitter, eighteen seasons
They retired his Number Eight jersey.
Lots of Series as a coach,
So reporters would approach
To find out what this winning maven say
Done only eight in school
But became our ‘Wisest Fool’*
Known for witticisms quite pithy.
And it’s

Not over ‘til it’s over (in this game)
If the road forks, take it (just the same)
Asking what the time is; do you mean now?
Observe a lot by watching, anyhow.
Work out

If it were déjà vu again,
We might get him to explain,
If the people won’t come out who’ll stop ‘em.
So don’t make wrong mistakes
Go to other peoples’ wakes
Otherwise they won’t show when it’s your turn.
Overwhelming underdogs,
Take it with a grin of salt,
He didn’t really say what he said.
And if you walk or drive
You’ll be lost when you arrive
If you don’t know where you are headed.
And we’ll use

Yogi Berra’s wisdom (every day)
Yogi Berra’s wisdom (every way)
That record stands ‘til broken, every time
Future’s not like once was; no nickel’s worth a dime.

They wouldn’t have won if we’d beat ‘em.
We have deep depth. Pair up in threes.

Out here it gets late early.
Thanks for making necessary
That night when he’s inducted, Hall of Fame
It’s ninety percent mental,
And the other half’s physical
Don’t know nothing, baseball’s that kind of game.
No one goes where there’s a crowd
And though fan mail makes you proud
Don’t respond to anonymous letters
And when your batting slumps
With your average in the dumps
It’s blaming the bat that is better.
And we’ll be

Using Yogi’s wisdom (every day)
Using Yogi’s wisdom (every way)
If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.
He said, "It ain't the heat, it's the humility."

* Based on speaking style, "The Economist" in 2005 named Yogi Berra "Wisest Fool of the Past 50 Years".

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Jonathan - September 28, 2015 - Report this comment
oh for a second I thought this was gonna be about Yogi BEAR! ...I'm kidding of course R.I.P. Mr. Berra I was surprised to find out that he was 90 years old when he died well at least he had a good long life! 5's
Max Power - September 28, 2015 - Report this comment
He will be missed as well as his famous sayings. Also remember he was a war hero in D-Day as well.
Rob Arndt - September 28, 2015 - Report this comment
If he was on a USN "rocket boat" at D-Day, it was a LCTR (Landing Craft Tank-Rocket) that had a raised deck with 36- 42 M972 or M1044 5" rockets fired in salvos at the German defensive bunkers as suppression fire. Usually, three salvos of 12 rockets to saturate. Range: 700 yards. Because of raised deck the LC was tipsy in a strong wind. Germans in massive concrete Atlantic Wall fortifications had nothing to fear, but smaller German pillboxes and exposed MG positions were vulnerable. Most of the LCTRs opened up before the first wave hit the Normandy beach. 555 for the parody.
Yogi Berra (dec) - September 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Rob, if i knew then what you know now i would have been here a lot sooner.
Rob Arndt - September 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Sorry, impossible to resist...
Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec - September 29, 2015 - Report this comment
@YB (dec); I'll borrow my family thread to bid you welcome. Your place up here is reserved based on your affability, mentoring and inspirational aphorisms. In most cases, competing on fields of battle or chalked lines gets no extra credit for admission (places down the road, like Valhalla, might serve those interested)
Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec - November 14, 2015 - Report this comment
@R.A. Wish you had resisted; you know our family-view on tangential comments. As Max mentions, a tribute to YB as a soldier, rather than your take on equipment-shortcomings, might have been appropriate but please post such on your own. Show YOUR bravery by asking ChuckG to retract.
Rob Arndt - November 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Since I was responding to Max on YB's soldier history, which is relevant for a tribute, I politely decline. The Moderator runs the comments, not you or anyone else. If there is a Comments Section violation, then sure, but thread drift is not valid. People have drifted off my threads and I don't have a problem with it. To many, Yogi's military service might not even be known if not brought up. The rocket boat commemt lends further information into his role on D-Day which in itself was important. Btw, I never said that the rocket boats were deficient, just more effective against non-reinforced and open positions!

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