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Song Parodies -> "A Role-Playing Pie (Tribute to Gary Gygax)"

Original Song Title:

"An American Pie"

Original Performer:

Don McLean

Parody Song Title:

"A Role-Playing Pie (Tribute to Gary Gygax)"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Long, long, time ago,
I can still remember
how the D&D we used to play
Pretending we were heroes grands
Fighters, who took fighting stands -
Clerics who would cast a spell in fray
Thieves and elves, and dwarves and wizards
meeting fire-breathing lizards
having awful hassles,
looting caves and castles
But I heard a bard sing lonesome blues
as empty were left so grand shoes -
the fourth of March did bring bad news
That day G. Gygax died.

So bye, bye, Mr. D&D, bye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can still yet recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

Did you read the thin red books?
Do you recall what a D12 looks?
Have you filled up character sheets?
Did you play fighter, wizard, thief?
When it croaked for good, did you feel the grief?
Did you give wandering monsters a good treat?
Well, I had my days on D&D
in college, I was young and geek
we loved fantastic things,
Le Guin and Lord of the Rings
I was a lonely damsel in distress
with a wooden staff and a cleric's dress
I saved the guys who got in mess
when Dee Em rolled his die.

So bye, bye, Mr. D&D, bye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can yet still recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

Now for fifteen years I have played none
and not been around in gaming con
but that's not how it used to be -
When other folks were sound asleep
the dragons dwelt in a dungeon deep
we played all evening and the nights, you see -
We fought with swords, we'd cast a spell
We'd find a treasure, so to tell
we'd gain the XPs high
until it would be daylight
Then time it would be for healing brew
our hit points low, our session through
our classes would begin too soon
as morning turned that night.

So bye, bye, Mr. D&D, bye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can yet still recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

Helter skelter in a gaming session
the orcs came on with a fiery passion
the goblins, trolls and other baddies too
We fought those dangers our DM sent
our swords went dull, our arrows spent
our spells exhausted, we'd run out too soon
And when the dragons did us burn
and when the undead needed turn
I'd swing my crucifix
and wounds of my mates I would fix
And in the end we were hero-like
our hit points and our levels high
It was fun, none can deny
our passion never died

So bye, bye, Mr. D&D, bye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can yet still recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

Oh, and in the end we were in one dream
where you could hear those baddies scream
but all that's good it has to end
We knew we'd one day graduate
we gave up gaming, we'd study late
I played my bass, I found me my boyfriend
Oh, and as I read the history
the game terms, they fell through and through
A "chain-mail" was misnamed,
a "plate mail" term was so lame
Came up a word called "gygaxism"
for things which would lead in a schism
with fantasy and realism
those days 'fore Gygax died

So bye, bye, Mr. D&D, bye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can yet still recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

I met a girl who did SCA
my second cousin (so to say)
she got us in re-en-actment -
My gaming days were o'er for good
I'd wear now cotehardie with hood
I sewed us pretty clothes and pavillion tent
And every year we go to Visby
We drink the ale, eat nuts so crispy
My husband swings the rattan
we wear just wool and cotton
We may be nerds, but that's our way
I loved the gaming, every day
Dear Gary Gygax, I would say
Thank you for years gone by!

So bye, bye, Mr. D&D, bye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can still yet recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

So bye, bye, Gary Gygax, goodbye
And moments thrilling as we killing all those baddies did try
And those days of old I can yet still recall
and I can hear that old D20 still roll
and I can hear that old D20 still roll

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. . . Oh the games people play . . .

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