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Song Parodies -> "Michael ( You're A Fright )"

Original Song Title:

"Vincent ( Starry Starry Night )"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Don McLean

Parody Song Title:

"Michael ( You're A Fright )"

Parody Written by:

The Comedian

The Lyrics

John Merrick was "The Elephant Man", whose bones were purchased by Michael Jackson.
Michael, you're a fright
Epidermis blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
Through shades to hide the darkness in your soul
Children on the hills
Watch them play in daffodils
Secret thoughts that give you chills
While watching young boys play at Neverland

Who can understand
Michael's eccentricity?
How he suffers for his sanity
How he tries to find some peace
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Michael, you're a fright
Flaming hair once brightly blazed,
Swirling clouds of smoky haze,
Reflect in Michael's shades of indigo,
To the burn unit you go -
Blistered scalp, embarrassed shame,
His mask-like face so lined in pain
was soothed beneath the doctor's loving hand

Who can understand
Michael's eccentricity?
How he suffers for his sanity
How he tries to find some peace
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
of your P-R person one night,
You gave a television interview -
But I could have told you Michael,
This world was never meant for one as mutable as you

Michael, you're a fright
Ashen face once healthy brown,
Now presents a smiling frown,
With eyes that watch the world and can't connect
Like the strange things you collect -
Merrick's elephantine bones,
Stored so lovingly at home,
Remind you that the strange are not alone.

Now I think we know
How your eccentricity
Looks just like insanity
How you try to find some peace
So King of Pop, sit on your throne,
In Neverland, your home...

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John Jenkins - October 22, 2003 - Report this comment
Because of the melancholy theme of the original, it was hard to inject humor, but I liked "to the burn unit you go."
Guy - October 22, 2003 - Report this comment
Wow Johnny - great piece. Lots of great subtle humor here and great flow and timing. MJ has a lot to make fun of and you made the most of this one.
Royce Miller - October 22, 2003 - Report this comment
very well done
Johnny D - October 22, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks so much. MJ is a complex character, that's for sure - kind of tough to cast as funny these days.
Claude Prez - October 22, 2003 - Report this comment
The song made a great match to the theme; on songs like this I usually rate for "effectiveness" rather than "funny" so fives all around.
Wild Man - October 23, 2003 - Report this comment
This tune worked well with the theme, nice work.
Royce Miller - October 23, 2003 - Report this comment
I know I've already commented on this, but I was thinking about your parody and think you did a wonderful job of observing Michael Jackson without coming across as poking at him--I don't see many parodies like this; of course, I love the original song and that helps. But you wrote an amazing parody which stayed with me long after I read it and gave me things to think about.
Johnny D - October 23, 2003 - Report this comment
Royce, thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind words. I certainly did not want to poke at MJ, you are correct. I simply wanted to express my observations of a man who is a rather unique and complex personality on today's world stage...an extremely talented man of weirdness, sadness, loneliness, and some disturbing ambiguities...
Royce Miller - October 23, 2003 - Report this comment
PS Johnny----I read on the internet that Michael actually did not buy the "elephant man's" bones---but there was a rumor to that effect
Johnny D - October 23, 2003 - Report this comment
Royce - Thanks for the clarification --- I plead poetic license ! John "Elephant Man" Merrick was both strange-looking yet very famous and sought-after among the socialites of his day, as is Mr. Jackson himself....both of them are rather bizarre and sad celebrities of their respective times. One could easily imagine that Michael Jackson might have fantasized about purchasing Merrick's bones out of pity and sympathy for poor John Merrick, whose bones were a medical curiosity. Perhaps Michael has secretly wished he could rescue The Elephant Man from his posthumous public humiliation and give him a "home" in Neverland, where he could finally rest in peace with a kindred soul (MIchael) as his guardian....
Royce Miller - October 23, 2003 - Report this comment
Well it's been great to read your parody and hear your thoughts and to think about the masks we all wear, in a sense.
Rick D - October 24, 2003 - Report this comment
I'm with Royce. They don't all have to be gross or haha funny to be good. Now I have to go look at the rest of your stuff.

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