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Song Parodies -> "The Max Rebo Band"

Original Song Title:

"Pianoman"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"The Max Rebo Band"

Parody Written by:

Steven Cavanagh

The Lyrics

I wrote this about 10 years ago, and just realised I haven't posted it here. It's one of my more famous ones that has been circulated a lot without my name attached. Below is a link to an mp3 of filk artist Tony Fabris performing it at ConChord 2000.
It's nine o'clock down at Jabba's place
the regular crowd waddles in
there's a wierd thing sitting next to me
it has three eyes and mottled grey skin.

Fett says Max can you play me a memory
I'm not really sure how it goes
but it's haunting and sweet and if you miss a beat
this carbine will blow off your nose.

La la la, de de da
La da de de da, da dum..

Sing us a song now, Max Rebo Band
sing us a song tonight
'cause we're all in the mood for a melody
except Solo, who's in carbonite.

Now Jabba the Hutt is a friend of mine
he gives me my life for free
And because he's a Hutt, why, we all kiss his butt
or the rancor will have us for tea.

He said "Bo Shuda, offom da Tukatti!"
as he stuffed a frog into his face
but we don't know a woid, 'cause he shot the talkdroid
So we'll smile and nod, just in case.

Sing us a song now, Max Rebo Band
sing us a song tonight
'cause we're all in the mood for a melody
except Solo, who's in carbonite.

Sy Snootles is our favourite vocalist
her face, it ain't launching no ships.
Don't know why it behove her to go kiss a hoover
but that's how she got those wierd lips.

A Gammorean guard is headbutting bricks
as another one gnaws on a bone
and I don't know which has less intelligence
either those two big thugs or the stone.

Oh, La la la da, de de da
La la de de da, da dum..

Sing us a song now, Max Rebo Band
sing us a song tonight
'cause we're all in the mood for a melody
except Solo, who's in carbonite.

It's a pretty good crowd, here at Jabba's place
it's a killing, that's why we're all here
we'll sail over the dune to the pit of Carkoon
and we'll toss someone in with a cheer.

'Cause we've got a new droid on the pedestal
and a man in black's come in the door
he just pointed a gun over Salicious Crumb
and then promptly fell through the floor.

Oh, La la la da, de de da
La la de de da, da dum..

Sing us a song now, Max Rebo Band
sing us a song tonight
for the last of the Jedi is down below
and the rancor is gripping him tight

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2nz - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Brilliant writing and delivery. Among my many highlights:
"but we don't know a woid, 'cause he shot the talkdroid"
and
"except Solo, who's in carbonite."
Adam Eccleshall - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I loved this- funky stuff.

"but it's haunting and sweet and if you miss a beat this carbine will blow off your nose."

Fantastic lines :-)
Jeff Reuben - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good...and I believe I've come across this before off amiright. Good to know it's you =)
Michael Pacholek - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
"Her face, it ain't launching no ships." As harsh putdowns go, that one's bigger than most! Now I gotta do a Billy Joel/Star Wars parody. But how can I follow this? As Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "Who is more foolish: The fool, or the fool who follows him?"
alvin rhodes - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
excellent wordplay and pacing...fives plus
Jeff Hingle - January 29, 2005 - Report this comment
As someone else who has written a Star Wars parody based on a Billy Joel song ("Snitch from the Mos Eisley Spaceport" based on "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"), I give this one all 5s. Great job, Steven.

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