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Song Parodies -> "Brave Sir Lancelot"

Original Song Title:

"Piano Man"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Brave Sir Lancelot"

Parody Written by:

SamuraiMaster

The Lyrics

It's about time I came up with a decent parody of Monty Python's Holy Grail. And this is a parody from my favorite scene in that movie, which is the Tale of Sir Lancelot. You know....the wedding massacre scene. I love it.
It was two o'clock in the afternoon
The wedding crowd shuffled in
A young prince sat looking miserable
Father saying singing's forbidden

He says "Son, today you'll be a married man."
The prince ain't so sure she's quite his type
"But she's rich, and she's got huge 'tracks of land'
So get ready while I smoke my pipe"

La la la di da da
La la di da da da dum

[chorus]
Raise up your sword, brave Sir Lancelot
Raise up your sword, up high
'Cause the prince is in need of a rescuer
So get ready, we're all gonna die

Well Lancelot rides through the forest
the note he finds gets his eye
He's on a quest for the Holy Grail
And this note it could be a sign
So to Swamp Castle, he ruins the wedding
He kicks the bride in the chest
The bride's father's head meets a bloody sword
Death comes to all wedding guests

Oh la la la di da da
La la di da da da dum

Nor Herbert is heard all the struggle below
He knew someone would come to aide
And he's singing his thanks to his rescuer
Lancelot will come today

And the father comes up in a fury
Tries to murder his own son
'Cause he knows that Lancelot's from Camelot
And he just may be the wed one

[chorus]
Raise up your sword, brave Sir Lancelot
Raise up your sword, up high
'Cause the prince is in need of a rescuer
So get ready, we're all gonna die

Well the bride she sits down and silently cries
Her father's gone without say
But we all know Lancelot meant no harm at all
He just gets too carried away
And the prince comes back from the grave at last
Saved once again from death
And we all wonder how it is he's still alive
He sings on with every breath

Oh la la la di da da
La la di da da da dum

[chorus]
Raise up your sword, brave Sir Lancelot
Raise up your sword, up high
'Cause the prince is in need of a rescuer
So get ready, we're all gonna die
I wrote this parody in my own particular..........IDIOM!

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Pacing: 4.7
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Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 9

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Old Man Ribber - October 01, 2010 - Report this comment
What? The curtains? Bravo, sweet Concord! Today I shall avenge your death (mortal wounding? injury?). Feel free to use your own particular....idiom! And...no singing!! ;D
SamuraiMaster - October 01, 2010 - Report this comment
OMR: "Who are you?!" "I'm you're son!" "No not you!"
Christie Marie M - October 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I saw that Monty Python clip and it was hilarious! Sir Lancelot just stabs everybody in the castle left and right! He's as psychotic as Billy The Kid, a cowboy who shoots everyone left and right! Anyways, great execution and epic satire! 555's for this take on British comedy!
DJ Blaze - October 01, 2010 - Report this comment
What is your name? Sir DJ of AmIRight! What is your quest? To seek the Holy 555! What is your favorite color! Red! No wait, bl-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!!!
Tommy Turtle - October 02, 2010 - Report this comment
LOL title switch, although leaving out "Brave" would make parody title scan perfectly to OS title, always a bonus. But started stumbling on pacing glitches right from the start:

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
It was two o'clock in the afternoon

Okay, all that needs is to change your line to "It's", or if you want to emphasize past tense (historical), "'Twas" is a venerable poetic contraction.

The regular crowd shuffles in
The wedding crowd shuffled in

Definitely mismatch between three-syl "regular" and two-syl "wedding".

There's an old man sitting next to me (9)
A young prince sat looking miserable (10)

You could use an apostrophe to elide one syl out from "miserable"":

A young prince sat looking mis'rable ... then it scans.

Makin' LOVE to his TONic and GIN
Father SAYing singING's forbidDEN

Syllable numbers are the same, but the stresses are way off. A minor change in stress is OK, esp. if you alert the reader, as by hyphenating, but this can't be sung to TOS except very awkwardly.

As that's just the first verse, no need to pick the whole thing apart. *Excellent* concept; polish up the pacing and stresses and it's an easy triple-Five. As is, 3-5-4.

Don't think TT has ever plugged his Tommy Turtle's Tips For Perfect Parody Pacing to you, so maybe you might find it useful -- or not. :)
http://home.earthlink.net/~tommythedancingturtle/id3.html
'Twould be very easy to tweak this to perfection. Cheers!

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