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Song Parodies -> "The Story of Dumbo"

Original Song Title:

"Golden Years"

Original Performer:

David Bowie

Parody Song Title:

"The Story of Dumbo"

Parody Written by:

Agrimorfee

The Lyrics

Keep a hanky nearby for this one.
Bloated ears--Dumbo--ha ha ha
Bloated ears--Dumbo--ha ha ha
Bloated ears--Dumbo--ha ha ha

Mrs. Dumbo's circus life's
Taking her everywhere
Angel
(Now she got a baby)

Stork in the sky drops her one
He's well-formed and his ears are long
(What a funny baby)

This elephant will lose it all
You'll be sobbing
Bless his little soul
(Hide them ears--Dumbo--ha ha ha)
(Poor little pachy!)

One night they locked Mom
Behind closed doors
'Twas the saddest thing
("Baby mine...")
(Give me back my baby)
What bad luck, and then in time
Dressed as a clown, takes falls
Sad time
(Poor little pachy!)

He has to put up with a thousand jeers
Nothing seems to go right with his bloated ears--Dumbo!
(Bloated ears--Dumbo--sob sob sob)
(Poor little pachy!)

Next there was a day when he got real drunk
When he got into a miserable funk
Pink Elephant dream, they
Sang an eerie song
Then, what a feat, might break your heart
Flew up a tree! He got a new start
Wished upon, wished upon a feather, magic feather, oh lord
He believed them that day!
It's a flying pachy!
(Thanks to the black crows, soars with the black crows)
Fly with the black crows with your golden ears

Now he's really flying tall
Now he's happy
Bless his little soul!
(Golden ears--Dumbo--bop bop bop!)
(He's a flying pachy!)

Now we know that his life
Is now happy and fair
("Baby mine...")

It's a flying pachy!
Thanks to the black crows, soars with the black crows
Fly with the black crows with your golden ears.

Now Dumbo, you need not cry a thousand tears
No one will degrade you for your golden ears, Dumbo!

(Golden ears--Dumbo--la la la!)
(Golden ears--Dumbo--la la la!)
Copyright 2004, Agrimorfee

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 35

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Johnny D - August 05, 2004 - Report this comment
WOW! THIS IS FREAKIN' INCREDIBLE! Agrimorfee, "Golden Years" must be one of the weirdest and toughest songs to parody, but man oh man did you ever NAIL it here! 5-5-5 !!!
Rick D - August 05, 2004 - Report this comment
This is great Agri. You mange to find the hardest songs and do som ething with them. I'm still working on "Karn Evil 9"
Paul Robinson - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
WHAAAAATTT??? Only 3 votes (including the one I just posted)!!!???You folks out there don't know David Bowie's "Golden Years" ? If this were my parody I'd be "WAH-WAH-WAH-ING" all over the place. I second and third JD & Rick D on their remarks about how tough this song would be to parody. You did a fantastic job. 5's
Agrimorfee - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Slow day, Paul...I am not discouraged, but thanks for the props (and the same to Johnny & Rick). There's something about Bowie that just clicks for me--when I get inspired by him, I hit it out of the ballpark, it seems.
Ashkicksass - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I can't believe I missed this one! It's fabulous, and my favorite Bowie song. Bravo!

I gotta tell you though, I can't watch Dumbo. I cry hysterically during the "mom is locked up and singing "Baby Mine" to Dumbo" scene. And when everyone makes fun of him it just kills me.
Guy - September 01, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM - Hope you get the exposure for this one now that you deserved when it was submitted. Well done.
Johnny D - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM AUG) See above, previous rave-review still stands and raves!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) In the words of friends from an all-girls' school- KEE-YOTE! (cute) I DKTOS so compared lyrics to the ones provided, there's some fine skill in this one, Aggy!
Adagio - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I really liked the ending. :)
Arwen - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM--cute, Agri!! 5s...
Chris Bodily TM - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Now, I wanna do a parody based on a Disney movie! But I can't figure out which one hasn't already been done (Gippeto has been overparodied, Dumbo's been done, Supercali-whatever has been driving me insane). I'm thinking I could go with Snow White or Toy Story or something. I loved this parody (highly anticipated) and I award you all the fives I've got!
Ash - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Cute
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Christ Bodily TM: ArenŽt there a number in "Fantasia" that has lyrics? The one with Mickey as a WizzardŽs trainee?
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 12, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) That was my SOTM comment. I have big ears myself so I can relate, but can you believe I have never seen Dumbo? Must get around to that some day. Is that (Dumbo) where the lore about being drunk and seeing pink elephants come from?
Agrimorfee - September 13, 2004 - Report this comment
Know 1--the only lyrics in "Fantasia" are for the Ave Maria segment at the end (Schubert, I believe).
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 13, 2004 - Report this comment
IŽll take your word for it. My memory propably serves me wrong. IŽve only seen "Fantasia" once and that was many years ago.
Phil Nelson - September 14, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Interesting one, very different.
Spaff.com - September 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice job, Aggro. I like how the bloated ears become golden ears. And since you (and Sister Kicksass) referenced "Baby Mine," do yourselves a favor and track down Bonnie Raitt's cover of that (on a CD called "Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films," which also includes Tom Waits doing "Heigh Ho" and Los Lobos doing "I Wanna Be Like You"). Great stuff.
Phil Alexander - September 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Agrimorfee - did you have to remind me of this film? My kiddies have long since grown out of Dumbo, and that's the way (uh huh, uh huh) I like it... But seriously, I liked the parody, even though I hate the film (with the possible exception of the Crows' song)
martha - September 20, 2004 - Report this comment
well Phil I must say that I still have very fond memories of that one! such a tear jerker!! thank you Agri for reminding me of it ... a great job also .. 5s really find this voting business so hard .. so many great lyrics!
Agrimorfee - September 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Spaff, that Stay Awake collection is one of my Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time. What a sweet interpretation Bonnie does, too. The Tom Waits "Heigh Ho" is a particular favorite.
Peregrin - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Well that was different agri!
Claude Prez - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Clever stuff. I used to have that Stay Awake collection too; I remember Sinead did "Some Day My Prince Will Come" but the Los Lobos one was my fave. Anyway, well done here.
Meriadoc - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I never saw the movie, but I read the 'book' - heh heh...
Paul Robinson - September 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(AUG SOTM) As I said above, fantastic job on a difficult song 5's. But at least this time it's getting some recognition.
2nz - October 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Yeah, I must say, very clever. I too like how you transfered from 'bloated' to 'golden', along with the sub "little pachy".
Adagio - January 07, 2006 - Report this comment
(CLASSIC) Good one!
Red Ant - January 07, 2006 - Report this comment
It's been a very long time since I saw Dumbo and I can't recall the tune, nor was I able to locate a MP3, which given Johnny D's, Rick's and Paul's comments seems to be a great loss on my end.
Scathe - January 08, 2006 - Report this comment
This was beautiful, Agrimorfee.
Jeff Reuben - January 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Classic: Friends...countrymen...lend me your ears! Well done!
Matthias - January 16, 2006 - Report this comment
(Classic) See the movie before, once, it was pretty stupid... This is pretty amaxing!!!
Larry - January 17, 2006 - Report this comment
Classic: Nice parody, although DKTOS. 555's
Johnny D - January 21, 2006 - Report this comment
(Classic) Still a freakin' masterpiece!
H4t3.d3pt - December 26, 2006 - Report this comment
Dumbo+Bowie=XD... man if they only taught you that in school AHAHA I freakin love it though ahahahahah aw man these are hilarious ^_^
Adagio - February 21, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) Agrimorfee .....Superbly on pace...I love it. 5's
Yoidy - March 06, 2007 - Report this comment
(sob) Glad you parody had a pachy ending! Well dumb 5s.
Jason - March 07, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC-S) Very well written. The film is very heart-wrenching though.
Below Average Dave - March 07, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) Good parody Agi, among the best I've read by you ever to be honest . . .Dumbo Ears, nice take on a tough OS. I know this isn't that long of a comment, but considering the amount ahead of me, I would be hard pressed to compete with all those comments.
bobpiecheese - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC3-S) That song...I just had to turn it off. Awesome parody!
Michael McVey - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
You should try to do something like this with "Broken Wings".---MM
Johnny D - March 10, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) This parody should go in Chucky's book!
Stuart McArthur - March 12, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC3S) Fantastic Ag! This would be in my top 3 faves of yours - the idea of telling the Dumbo story to a song was clever enough, but using Golden Years (and so many of your lines matched the OS so well) must have been a tough task - seems like a hard OS to do - big555
Rick C - March 13, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) I'll have to agri with the others here. One of your best! 555
Red Ant - March 13, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks to your provided video clip, I was able to see how oustandingly written this was, and all the lovely subs throughout. 5s
Matthias - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I still think that this song is A-Maxing
Agrimorfee - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Everything just fell into place when I decided to do this, for some reason, (even "wish upon-wish upon a feather") and it wasn't really hard at all. I think one of the great things about this parody against the OS is how the "Ayn-gelllll" vocal part is very similar in melody to "Bab-ee miiine...".
Jeff Reuben - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Glad you had a clip as well, I wouldn't have been able to appreciate what you did with the song without it!
Jack Wilson - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
It was a little patchy in places...LOL nah loved it 5s!
Mikey Squirrel - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) Just reading this makes me wanna fire up the 'ol VCR and watch Dumbo again. A very touching movie, an equally touching parody. Good job, Agri.
Mark Scotti - May 18, 2009 - Report this comment
That was a great shameless plug, Agri! Thais was well worth checking out as it was a much larger elephant tale than mine. Size 5 ears!!!
Matthias - December 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Still very amaxing! Its been a long time since I've read this parody and even longer since I've seen Dumbo but I like the tidbits you put in here like the racist crows.
bobpiecheese - December 28, 2012 - Report this comment
(Artistry) I have no idea what I was talking about with turning the song off. Maybe it was a bad cover, maybe I was just too stupid to appreciate the awesomeness of David Bowie, who knows. That said, excellent summation of a classic Disney film. 555!
Rex - December 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Everything's going to be fine, Agri...just calm down and tell these nice men in the white coats about the flying elephant. Excellent work here, and your previous comment reinforces something I've experienced as well -- it doesn't matter how difficult the OS is if you get the right inspiration, it just falls in place.
Syncronos - January 02, 2013 - Report this comment
(Artistry) I love how you summed up this story and still made it fit into the original material (poor little pachy- brilliant!). That inspries me!
Meriadoc - January 02, 2013 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Well, I still haven't seen the movie, but I still appreciate the parody. Great job with the pacing and internal rhyme. This one flew high.
Peregrin - January 03, 2013 - Report this comment
I see I commented 8 years ago! Time for a re-visit!. A good synopsis. I liked "Poor little pachy!"
Below Average Dave - January 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Dumbo. . .talk about a long time ago. . .wow. Interesting Parody buddy
glen s - January 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Almost 9 years and I still love that little pachyderm. Still very clever and very well written

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