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Song Parodies -> "New Jersey 1969 (Seen the Lights of Candles 40)"

Original Song Title:

"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"New Jersey 1969 (Seen the Lights of Candles 40)"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

No, I am not commemorating this suspicious occasion with yet another rewrite of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Maybe if I'd already had 39 and the next one would be the 40th; alas, I have "only" 38. But since my favorite performer of all time is BJ (and he turned 60 this year), I'm using one of his. Even though, in the OS' title year, if I make it that far, I'll be (gulp) 57.
(instrumental opening)

I've seen the lights of candles, forty.
I saw the house lights turned down low.
Life goes on beyond the party hats.
They all got a buses' pass and rode them long ago.

We held a party in New Brunswick
to watch the Raritan bridges glow.
They turned their voices high.
Don't have to wonder why.
Because I've hit the Big Four-Oh!

Whoa whoa whoa whoa...

I've seen the lights of candles, forty.
I saw the ruins, head to feet.
You know we almost did not notice it
because of all the teams... I've seen the Yankees beat.

They burned the candles on the table
like in that wish got from Al Gore.
The flames were everywhere.
But no one really cared.
I'd always blown them out before.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa...

Was born in hippie days of Woodstock.
When names like Che and Skyfarer stood tall.
That would have been assault-and-battery.
Such names, I'm glad my Mom and Dad rejected all.

Was born in year of Mets' big "Miracle"
but picked the Yankees, good for me.
The video games I'd play.
Rejected Reagan's way.
And cruised the shore in New Jersey.

Oh whoa whoa whoa...

Oh whoa whoa whoa...

You know those lights of candles, forty
mean I was born so long ago.
Before there's big-league ball in Florida.
Before the Internet was where song parodies go.

There are a few who still remember.
Not sure how long they will survive.
I tell you all about
how long I'm hanging out
and hope that you'll give me a five...

(instrumental close)
You don't want to give me a five? Come on, it's my birthday! And I'm not getting any younger!

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Old Man Ribber - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Good job, and also to Kentucky 1954 as well. ;D
Andria - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Happy birthday, Michael, and let's hear it for Oregon 1980. (Shameless plug: I turn 30 on May 23rd). 5s.
Mark Scotti - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Happy B Day, Michael! Great look at the past...

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