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Original Song Title:

"Proud Mary"

Original Performer:

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Guy DiRito

The Lyrics

For a Youtube listen to CCR's "Proud Mary" click HERE

Thought I'd wait for the smoke to clear now that Super Tuesday is over for a peak at the light at the end of the tunnel, which is probably an oncoming train.

Left did Rude's job, mayor city,
Perkin' does this man many rights pro gay.
Only ever cost him dinner for sleepin'
Marryin', oy vey! To a might close kin.

Make deals votes out turnin'
Primary cheap tail burnin'
Pollin', pollin', pollin' for the winner.

Thousand dollar plates contempt'ous,
Nothin' done 'bout rain down in New Orleans.
Girl from Arkansas we shouldn't buy her pity,
Shrill, her bitchin' side like a riveter's 'sheen.

Slick Bill keeps upturnin'.
Primary's still concernin'.
Stolen, stolen, stolen, by the riggers,

------ Guitar Pickin' Interlude ------

Tollin' tollin' tollin' are the figgers.

------ Bit More Pickin' ------

If it comes down to Barrak-a,
He has the biggest caucus where the Iowans live.
Huckey's got no worries, Romney spent the money,
Mitty and Freddie have thrown the towel in.

Will Hill be over turnin'?
Primary's soon adjournin'

Groanin', dronin''. moanin' with the riskers,
Rudy, Ronnie, Romney are the quitters.
Owners, phoners, donors help deliver,
Hilly, Willy, chilly make you shiver.

------ FADE ------

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 4.1
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 10

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Ann Hammond - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I like it
Guy - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Thank you Ann - I had to get off that Bates trip I was on for a bit.
littleCupCakes - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
This is Tops!! It really moves, and it is oh so true! Loved the ~ Rude's job ~ It's great, Sir Guy !
alvin - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
i vote 5s
AFW - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Well done political spoofing
2Eagle - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Prime parody.
Invisible Boy - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
It's fun to make fun of politicians. I've done it here recently. I will say that I did hear Barrak speak during the NH primary. It was a crowd of less than 1000 and I was 20 feet away from him. He is the most spellbinding speaker I have ever seen in person. I don't know if he is qualified for the job or not, but he nailed it when speaking to that crowd. He used no notes, he was funny, down-to-earth, quick on his feet. He answered all the questions asked on the spot. I'm not writing this to endorse him. I just know you like comments. I also hope voters don't rule him out solely because he's 1/2 black.
Guy - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Lady CC - Thank you, even my way better half liked this one which surprised me as she usually justs kind of blows this stuff off that I do - she says I should be paid for doing this - I say it's a hobby. I probably do use the word parody around her a bit too often. Try as I might I could not fit McCain into this and make it work and she is originally from Iowa so I think she liked the caucus line which I used in my Obama parody about a month ago. I just purchased a CCR CD that has 20 of their best songs on it including John Barry's favorite. I was driving to work and heard, in that CCR drawl "Primary" when the words "Proud Mary" were sung. I had the CD volume up past the roof and I just couldn't get the tune out my head. I was in mid write on the last part of the last verse and had a whole different thing on Romney going when I got an email alert telling me that he threw in the towel, that slowed me down for about 15 minutes as I rewrote his parts. It actually came out way better with his towel thrown in. Timing is everything. So that is the story behind this one. So glad you liked this M'lady.

Alvin - Bet you are glad I gave Norman the day off huh? Been a bit too busy to even look at anyone else’s work today and yesterday. We are in crisis management mode at the work 20 and I have about three online courses I have to complete within the week so forgive me if I have missed your parodies and everyone else’s. Just want all to know that I'm not blowing you all off. Thanks for weighing in buddy.

Farce! So nice to see your "John Henry" on this piece. Ditto what I said to Alvin. Thanks!
2Eagle - I like your comment - heh heh. Thanks.

And Invisaboy - anyone who has issues with race, religion, creed, nationality, gender and anything else I may have missed HAS issues. I read some news on Obama and his secret service protection is as robust as Dubya's. No other candidate has that amount of protection. It would be a tragedy if he or anyone in the race were to come to harm. I heard a lot of people complaining that he should not have that added protection. I disagree with that mind set. I remember both Kennedy assassinations and MLKs. All were shocking, hideous and such a total waste. I was caught in the middle of a riot when MLK was assassinated and was lucky to get away with my life. People just went nuts when that happened. I was a busboy at a restaurant and was driving back home when I was stopped at a light and my dad's car was immediately surrounded by about 75 very angry people. I was a sixteen year old high school Junior on Apr 4, 1968 when MLK died. I was so scared that I ran the light and about three people bounced off the Corvair I was driving. I pray for the secret service every day that they head off any attempts of violence on any one they are detailed to protect. It is just too ugly when these things happen.

I also have been to the scene in Dallas where JFK was assassinated. I was on a business trip to a conference in Dallas in 2004 and the hotel I was in was three blocks from the Texas Book Repository in Dealey Plaza. I have a whole new understanding about JFK's assassination. I paid $10.00 to ride the elevator to the 6th floor to witness history. It was worth every cent. Anyway - how I got onto this I don't know but I just want the electoral process to work as it is mandated and the will of the people to choose their own leader accomplished without any interference. One thing about Obama really bugged me however. A few months back he made a statement that he would never use a nuclear weapon. I could not vote for a president who would refuse to use the arsenal if we were attacked by another nuclear power. I guess I spent too much time fighting the cold war in my USAF days. And yes I was spat upon in uniform by hippies in the San Francisco airport in 1971. These were misguided people. I did not want to be in the military in the early 70s. It was join or be drafted. I won the 2nd draft lottery when my birthday was the fifth date pulled from the hat. These misguided folks thought I was some kind of war monger. As I matured from a raw recruit 21 days past my 19th birthday into a seasoned professional I came to believe that I was doing good things and it was a very interesting career. I'm not on the fence as to how I'm going to vote in November - I already know who is getting my vote. So why not have some fun and write some satire on the matter. We can thank our military for preserving the right to do this and the founding fathers for creating our constitution that that guarantees the right to free speech. We can rest easy knowing that we will not be jailed for lampooning whoever we want.

And finally IB - I knew you were going to see Obama on Dec 19, 2007 when you left a comment on my Obama parody that said you were taking a copy of my parody and was going to try to give it to him. Here is the URL where your comment is:

- OK - I'm off the soap box now and I much appreciate you seeing the humor in my writing.
Melanie Lee - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Hmm...I was tempted to deduct the pacing because I didn't understand much of the wording in the first part of the song. Either you used too many obscure words, or you were cramming in too much and the concepts got too busy--too much info in too few words. You got more relaxed and funnier in the second half. Pretty good job. 5-4-4.
Guy - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Since you provided a choice of two possibilites on the meaning of the 1st verse, "Obscure words" may be "Oy Vey and :Rude's". This entire verse was dedicated to the "World's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani" & Rude obviously was a ref for his first name. Of an unknown fact to me and quite possibly many others is that Guilliani's first marriage was to a cousin - Can't determine from what I read if it was a 2nd or 3rd cousin and it was claimed by Guillani that he did not know they were related when they married. Here is the Wiki entry on the matter that I used as a source for the info. And yes I know Wiki is subjective and not always correct.

"The Giuliani-Peruggi marriage was ended in two ways: a civil divorce was issued by the end of 1982,[157] while a Roman Catholic Church annulment of the Giuliani-Peruggi marriage was granted at the end of 1983,[154] according to Giuliani, because he discovered after 14 years of marriage that he and his wife were second cousins,[158] rather than third cousins,[155] and they did not have the Church dispensation thus needed.[159][160] Giuliani and Peruggi did not have any children.[161]," Here is the link to the page the exercpt is taken from.: .:

Melanie - Thank you much for your feedback. I agree with you that my first verse left some to be desired. I knew this when I wrote it but then I think about OS songs and how they do the same thing with their lyrics. I find the constructive criticsm valueable - Thanks! And I hope what I commented helps to clear what is going on in that first verse.
Guy - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
The long comment made by me above was sort of an experiment. Before I wrote the comment all the votes were solid 5's. I wrote the parody with a mosly centric point of view and everyone was cool with it. As soon as I made a comment about why I would not vote for the Obama candidate several voters went wham-wham on the voting dials. I got two "1" votes and one "4" vote for how funny and two "3" votes and one "4" vote for overall. All eight votes on pace are "5". Not that I care about votes because I really do not. but it would seem to me that some people who strongly disagree with what is said in a parody or a comment will retaliate with their voting buttone. I think this is soooooo petty. This was just a little semi-controlled experiment and I was not surprised by the results. IMO voting should be done away with. Who needs it since we now have the hit counter? I pay way more attention to the hit counter than I ever do to votes.

If I'm wrong about this and you voted down for another reason please leave a comment that identifies who you are. Any BS names I that appear on a comment I will automatically ignore.. You all have a nice day now readers and fellow authors. =;-)
Peregrin - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi Guy, it not be me, I just added 5's. Enjoyed the parody. As an Aussie, I am glad I don't have to be involved in the primary process past simply observing (different governmental style, different processes)... I read all of your comments with much more interest though. Always interesting to hear stuff from the horse's mouth, as it were. I also concur re the use of the voting buttons as well. Regrettably, this knee-jerk stuff has always been (and undoubtedly always will be) a fact of life where politically-inspired parodies pop up.
The Gay Voice - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Well, not that it matters, but though I haven't voted, I didn't really enjoy the parody because as my name suggests that gay rights is wrong, unless I misread it, and it mentions Huckabee who I find to be a deplorable human being. . .not to mention using Rude for Rudy sounds off. . .I agree with the voting as common target of one voters, but I can certainly see why someone who doesn't share your views would find it hard to find this funny, though I abstain from voting on such parodies as it rarely yields anything to debate politics, everyone has their views and no one is ever willing to change them. What I know is I am the one who has to walk in my shoes everyday, and I know who I am. . .those who have a problem with me don't even know me because they are so stuck on 'gay' that they can't focus on their own lives. Christian Values . . .ha. . .how bout love thy neighbor?
The Gay Voice - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh yes, and Melanie Lee did take credit for the "4's" prior to that post about how you are so genius that you must know why someone wouldn't find a political parody to be absolutely hilarious.
Guy - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Pip - I had the non U.S. readers in mind when I wrote this and the comments. I always ask myself when I write something that is strictly American what effect it has on those who are not from the U.S. So I never expect non U.S. responses usually. And I knew that Melanie voted what she did especially since she gave me a 5-4-5 on my Obama parody. I was not pointing out the "4' vote on this as a knee jerk to my comment. I knew I had to list all votes or someone would have had something to say about that. You have to remember then when you are argueing with an idiot you must make sure that he is not doing the same thing. Again I reiterate that VOTES do not matter to me. In fact when I get "1" votes especially on something controversial I actually get a small rush from it knowing that I have hit someone's nerve who has no other resources at their command than do to what they think will make the writer sting. Yeah I sting a bit, but it is a nice sting. And I admire Melanie for using her name, stating exactly what she thinks of the parody and making no bones about the votes. I applaud her. And, Pip my esteemed fellow satirist, there was no need for you to tell me that you didn't do it. I don't care about that either. It's just my nature to spark controversy whenever I can. I was hell on wheels when I was a kid. I grew up in the 60s and most definately had industrial strength ADHD. They didn't know what that was when I was a kid. No one ever really disliked me as a kid even though I could be extremely irratating when my inane behavior. I was basically a good kid with an ADHD problem and most grown-ups knew something was different about me but they also knew I was not evil and mosty of what I remember, I was well liked - just what they called ornery. So thanks for being the one person to weigh in that I don't have to ignore and can get a word back on the matter. I've always admired you and Merry's work. I'm glad that you guys are out here and I'll write parodies with you two anytime and with pleasure. You are going to have to explain that Aussie stuff to me. Please send me a message over amiright when you can and I'll send you back my regular email address. I'd love to chat with you a bit. Oh - I'm glad you liked what I wrote about the history that I lived through. THANKS!!!

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