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Song Parodies -> "Jonah's Banana"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Barry Manilow

Parody Song Title:

"Jonah's Banana"

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The Lyrics

Dedicated to my Mother, a longtime, long-suffering fan of Barry Manilow since the mid-'70s.
(Banana--Jonah's Banana)

My name is Jonah, I am a grocer
My store has quite the fare, but way back it was bare
There was this one day, this lady walked in
She said she just cracked up her car, she had traveled very far
Said she had found my store, and she was very poor
She was a jobless, pregnant mother
What did she come here for?

What she wanted (Whoa!), was one banana (just one banana)
She'd felt the urge since Indiana (weird!)
But I had no (no!), no more bananas
Had scallions, potatoes, onions and tomatoes
But a banana? I just had none

Her name was Mona, we got to talking
"Our banana shelf is bare, is there something else you'd care..."
But she insisted, it wasn't over
I looked behind our salad bar, Mona checked nearby the carts
We looked in the storeroom, and in the freezer, too
Then over near the bread aisle, some good luck came through

Yes, we had one (one!), one good banana
In the box shipped from Leeds, Alabama (weird!)
Now please don't choke (choke!), on my banana
Her unfound passion had a new reaction
My banana (aaaaah!) provided love

(Banana, Jonah's Banana...her teeth were gnashin' was a passion)

Her name is Mona, she is my sweet girl
And it was 40 years ago that I, Jonah, helped her so
We live in 'Frisco, my life's successful
Our kids' grandchildren are so fair, look at them running everywhere
I think back to that night, during my grocer's plight
How Mona had a certain yen
For something long and white

Yes, we found one (one!), found one banana (one good banana!)
For her it was almost Nirvana! (weird!)
She went nutso (so?), for my banana
Nutritious and yummy, they're good for your tummy
Yet my banana---was good for love
Was good for love

(One banana, Jonah's banana, Jonah's banana...)
Copyright 2004, Agrimorfee.

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 12

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
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 2   0
 3   0
 4   0
 5   12

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Johnny D - June 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Great job, Agri, hilarious story well-presented! A few pacing problems, but overall fantastic and extremely funny. Well done!
Kristof Robertson - June 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Truly strange, but strangely engaging....555
Paul Robinson - June 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Agri - fine job here. 5's - you know, I never cared much for the original although it didn't bother me much UNTIL - I played in this all night, all the next day card game once (8 pm Friday night and ended a bit after 8 pm Saturday night) where the host had this lame radio station on that seemed to play this song about every half hour or 40 minutes. Now I won a couple hundred bucks but I think hearing this thing over & over & over & over again all night AND all the next day broke my spirit because I never really wanted to play cards for money again (and I did pretty well at it usually). He had a game the next week and I bowed out after about 20 minutes and never played in that game again. Ahhh...memory lane...
MrMacphisto - June 02, 2004 - Report this comment
This should be the basis for a Veggie Tales episode.... lol (I'd love to see the looks on parents' faces)
Jeff Reuben - July 04, 2004 - Report this comment
My mom is also a die hard Manilow fan. Even took me to a concert when I was 5. Never really got over that. I had some pacing problems in a few parts. - July 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Love it, Aggro. A great sendup of an excruciating original. "Choke on my banana." Heh heh.
Agrimorfee - July 06, 2004 - Report this comment
BTW, there should be NO problems with pacing. Except for the potaotes/tomatoes line which I just had to steal from somewhere else, I wrote this word-for-word, beat-for-beat from the lyric sheet.
Agrimorfee - July 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Alright, line 2 is off. OK. :P
Charlie Decker - July 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice one, Agrimorfee!
Meriadoc - July 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Hilarious! (So - what did your mom think of it?) ;-D
Johnny D - July 10, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) See above!
martha - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
really funny! I love these very silly lyrics...LOL
Mom of Agrimorf - July 13, 2004 - Report this comment
I thought it was way COOL that my son dedicated a parody to me on a website! It was a cool idea and I think it WORKS! (too bad one cant make money doing this, unless you're Weird Al!) Thanks, my son!
Agrimorfee - July 13, 2004 - Report this comment
You're welcome! (i have no way to confirm that was my mother who wrote the above, BTW) :0
Charlie Decker - April 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks for linking to this one on the message board. It's great!
Michael Pacholek - April 12, 2005 - Report this comment
If your mother is the Barry Manilow fan, then it is YOU who are long-suffering. I know the feeling: My father likes the Carpenters. Yuuuuck...
2nz - May 01, 2005 - Report this comment
Heh heh, she liked your banana. Very good narrative Agri. I didn't know many of the original songs that were on your top 5 list, so I'm jumping at the ones that I do know.
Johnny B Goode - July 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I am no fan of Barry Manilow. I once heard this on the radio and I didn't like it. But this is a great parody.
Mark Scotti - May 12, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC) GREAT job on this "Manilow Fo Moms" entry...very well done.
Glen S - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
This was outstanding. Your punches landing. And when not laughing my lungs were expanding. Very funny Agri, and it's good to see you still active on the site, and bringing back some good work. Thanks for the welcome back. Ladies dig the banana.
Below Average Dave - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
This just worked, that's all there is to say--it worked. . .I mean, it was a simple idea, but wow did you execute it fully. . .GREAT rhyme job by the way
Abbott Skelding - May 19, 2011 - Report this comment
ABC: I was not looking forward to listening to the original song, but you did an excellent job telling the story of a woman who wanted something long and white...a banana, what did you think I was talking about? haha, nice work!
Matthias - May 20, 2011 - Report this comment
This was an ancient one from you Aggy... Whew! This has got to be one of the first Copacabana parodies on Amiright, which is saying something because a ton of people have parodied this song. But I've got to admit you were able to pull it off and pull it off well. Great job!
Blaydeman - May 21, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC) Like Dave said, it just works. Your topic and the OS just seem to go hand-in-hand and fit like a glove! I must say, I don't like the OS, but if you were to make a recording of this parody, I would like it much better than it's original counterpart. Awesome job! And no, I'm not going to make any innuendo jokes LOL!
D-Mon - May 21, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC) oh i get it, HA! good one!
bobpiecheese - May 24, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC) Took me a while to get the innuendo here, but then I only woke up half an hour ago. Great parody that works two ways: as a quirky song about an actual banana, and as an innuendo-laden song about a "banana". 555, you sly dog!
Jeff Reuben - January 10, 2018 - Report this comment
Very clever :) I enjoyed the narrative as it worked through the song. My mom is also a Barry Manilow fan, she took me to his concert (my first) when I was 5!
bobpiecheese - January 23, 2018 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Wait, I read this one already? And I guess at the tender age of *does math* twenty and having written parodies for *does more math* six years means I could read this actually kinda sweet how-we-first-met tale with a silly Not-Always-Right-esque twist and only think "Ha HA! Dangly parts!". Yeesh. I'mma gon' give you another 555 now that I remembered that I have reading comprehension skills.
Max Power - January 23, 2018 - Report this comment
Now that's going bananas for Manilow. To be honest with you, not sure if I know the parody would be literal before I read it but yeah.

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