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Song Parodies -> "Don't Fear the Jump Door"

Original Song Title:

"Don't Fear the Reaper"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Blue Oyster Cult

Parody Song Title:

"Don't Fear the Jump Door"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Here are some thoughts of my first solo parachute jump weeks ago. There isn't a skydiver who hadn't been in the state of outright terror on his or her first jump - or at least a little bit worried. Funnily (or grimly) enough, the original song was played at the drop zone through public audio at least once in a day.
Altitude has come
Green the red light's gone
Susy, don't fear the jump door -
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain... just a small step into air
Come on Susy... don't fear the jump door
Baby, shuffle to door... don't fear the jump door
you'll be able to fly... don't fear the jump door
Susy, it's your first...

La la la la la
La la la la la

Check the airspace - done
One small step - you're gone
Terror and the extasy
Are together in the skydiving - see... terror and the extasy
4,000 metres, we jump everyday... Feeling terror and extasy
4,000 metres, we jump everyday... Redefine happiness
Another 4, 000 jumping everyday... I'll be doing like they do
Come on Susy... don't fear the jump door
Baby, jump in the air... don't fear the jump door
You'll be able to fly... don't fear the jump door
Baby, here you gooooooooo...

La la la la la
La la la la la

Fear must be undone
here, but now I'm gone -
Came the big spark of gutsiness
And it was clear I would go on
Then the door was open and I jumped in air
The prop wash blew then disappeared
The free fall began, I was in the stable... feeling don't be afraid
Come on Susy... and I had no fear
And I was falling free... I had started to fly
I opened the chute and landed on ground... I had become like they are
I had soloed first time... I had become like they are
Come on Susy... don't fear the jump door

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Johnny - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Pardon me, but this is not a parody and it isn't funny either. Again, Susanna presents more of her in your face experiences. She needs to grow up and get back to writing humorous songs about something or someone other than herself. Her egomaniac exercises are getting on people's nerves. 1-1-1
Amen, Johnny - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
The word "I" was used 10 times in the last verse alone.
Nice Try, Johnny - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm wondering if the reason Susanna uses the word "I" 10 times in the last stanza is because the personal pronouns he she and they also appear nine or ten times in the last stanza of the OS. She uses "I" ten times because that tracks the OS
AFW - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Nuclear nitpickers are alive and well, and living on AIR....Descriptive and interesting to this landlubber ! 5 back-up chutes.
Susanna Viljanen - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Johnny, exactly what is wrong on your sense of humour?

Like I said, my first solo was a scary experience - I was jumping without instructors, all on my own. Yet at the same time it was sheer rapture. What is wrong about telling of something that has happened to you personally in an ironical way ?

If you are envious, why don't you just go to nearest skydiving club and book up a course?
Susanna Viljanen - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
The word 'I' was used ten times in the last stanza because a) I was telling about a personal experience and b) the original lyrics use personal pronouns in the first place and it thus tracks the original song. "I had become like they are" refers to the fact that I had now become like the drop zone regulars, i.e. qualified to jump on my own. They too have once experienced their first time and know what it is.
Finn Fan - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
I found this description of the Finnish personality on a Finnish website: "Extreme modesty is a characteristic that applies to almost all Finns. They don’t boast about their own achievements and you might spend an entire evening socializing with someone – only to find out later that they hold a world championship title in a sport, invented some important gadget, or some such other “minor” achievement."
Suzy, please curb that extreme modesty of yours!
Flim Flam - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Parodies do not "track" the original; that would be slavish. Parodies wittily exaggerate the significant style of the original. That's all. Good pacing is a byproduct of the process. Pacing certainly doesn't mean you must have a personal pronoun wherever the original has one.
Susanna Viljanen - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Flim Flam, when do we see your parody?

Finn Fan: I am a mudblood, so I cannot claim all the traits of the pure-bred Finns.
Finn Fan - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
This is all besides the point. Ditch your husband and marry me. I'm rich as hell. On our honeymoon we can go kite surfing in the Dominican Republic. I'm a licensed pilot with a Lear jet. I have a yacht that sleeps fifteen and every year I take it from Myanmar through the Bay of Bengal, past Sri Lanka, around India and up to the Arabian Sea and Mumbai. I've signed up for a moon trip and I will include you. I've tried Everest but ran into storms and the Sherpa guides quit on me. I will do it eventually. I want a partner -- you. I'm rather voracious at sex. I sleep naked. Let's live!
Susanna Viljanen - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
You forgot SCUBA diving. Some of us live our dreams, some dream of their lives.
@Finn Fan - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Your standards are too low. Go find yourself a tall, blonde Swedish hottie! Finnish women in general are dumpy and boring. They wear these ugly black rectangular specs at home and in public. They drink beer and belch in bed. As for female skydiving in Finland, it's like putting a parachute on a pig!
Riiiight! - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
What's an achievement for a Finn? Taking a bath!
Won't hold my breath - September 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Can't wait for what's next- "Skydiving Sequel 4?" Or alternatively, another seafaring non-parody.
Waiting With Baited Breath - September 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Dont fear the troll snark ... Come on, Sue .. They cant be like you are
Not Impressed - September 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Blow it out your arse, Susanna!
Susanna Viljanen - September 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Kateellisten panettelua.
Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec - September 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Have to agree with both Johnny and AFW!!! (although DKTOS, and don't care to study it). This submission is an entertaining and quirky piece of pastiche without a directed parody-target or overt humor; presumably, doesn't send up the OS, but less clunky ESL-speak than usual. I can see why J might get irritated, if he has read an anthology of such works. Some of those aspects might also be seen to characterize my own former efforts. Seems absurd that this song triggered a discussion of the ethnic attributes of Finns. Tried to rate it as NA/NA/5, but software wouldn't let me, although sec. code suggested "575".
Patrick - September 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Don't know the original song, but a lot of my parodies are based upon personal, mostly tragic, experiences. One of the "rules" for writing is to write about what you know. I would never jump out of a perfectly good airplane. But if you have the skill and the discipline it takes to achieve such a feat, you are to be admired. Everyone ends up dead eventually. 100kmh into the ground with a failed parachute wrapped around you, or in a hospital bed with a sheet. And, there are ways to minimize the risks of both and extend your time. Have fun while you are here.

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