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Song Parodies -> "Starry Starry Flight"

Original Song Title:

"Vincent ( Starry Starry Night )"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Don McLean

Parody Song Title:

"Starry Starry Flight"

Parody Written by:

The Comedian

The Lyrics

Starry starry flight
First Apollo's three brave souls
Training for their Lunar goal
Lay strapped inside their capsule on the ground
Pure O2 all around
Sudden spark, then violent flame
Their anguished cries of burning pain
Heard by those weeping in Mission Control

Can we hope to know
Of the courage you possessed?
How you calmly faced the arms of death
Giving even your last breath
To teach a lesson, to humanity,
That dreams can set one free

Starry starry flight
Challenger was climbing fast
In a sky so blue and vast
It looked like it was heaven's very home
A holy azure dome
O-ring failure as they rose
Ended seven lives of those
Whose courage drove them where so few dared go

Can we hope to know
Of the courage you possessed?
How you calmly faced the arms of death
Giving even your last breath
To teach a lesson, to humanity,
That dreams can set one free

Humanity loves you
We will remember you
And if we weep when we recall
Your spirit's starry starry flight,
We only need to think of all of you -
For you showed your fellow humans,
What courage, love, and faith in oneself and one's dreams can do

Starry starry flight
Columbia now descends
Smiling crew at mission's end
Congratulated for their job well done
Descending like the Sun
Tiny breach within her wing
Let in plasma that would bring
Her brave crew down to their eternal home

Now I think we know
Of the courage you possessed
How you calmly faced the arms of death
How you gave your final breath
To teach a lesson, to all here on Earth,
About life's precious worth

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Ernest Bingham - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Very well made Johnny Keep it up 5-5-5
Johnny D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Thank you.
Rick D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
When you can do stuff like this, it's time to work up some originals. I look at parody as a fun diversion. This is workable into some serious songs that you owe to no one else. Maybe you already do that?
Johnny D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Nope, I'm just a part-time parodist-hobbyist. My musical talent has its limits - I'm not highly skilled at reading sheet music, and the only instrument I can play with ease and confidence is my voice. I feel like I've always had an intuitive sense of rhythm, syncopation, and lyrical structure, however...that's why I enjoy writing parodies so much, I guess. I would be open to someday trying my hand at working with more-highly-skilled musicians & composers as a lyricist - I think I could pull it off, and in any event it would be a gas!

Thanks again for your encouraging words.
Adagio - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Johnny, I also think this was really well put together and it was a thoughtful song.
Wild Man - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Not a funny, but I commend your fine work here.
Smurf and Mr.Horse - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Gave you all 5's Johnny, even though the funniness wasn't a fiver (because you wrote it like that) A very thoughtful and well written parody
Johnny D - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Thank you, everybody, for your gracious comments.
John Jenkins - November 04, 2003 - Report this comment
It is hard to believe that it has been 36 years since the Apollo launchpad fire and 17 years since the Challenger tragedy. Johnny D, your outstanding parody depicts these events with the sensitivity and significance they deserve.
Johnny D - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks JJ - ever since I was a little boy I've been fascinated by the space program.
Michael Pacholek - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
In space, no one can hear you weep.
Guy - November 07, 2003 - Report this comment
JD - This was really a great tribute to those brave souls that perished for the sake of science and knowlege. These fearless adventures are only slightly upstaged by our military members who get put onto harms way at the drop of a hat. Well done. I give you all fives. I'll just substitute how funny for how sensitive and caring. Thanks!
Johnny D - November 07, 2003 - Report this comment
Guy, thank you very much. Our military sisters and brothers in uniform here on the good Earth, who voluntarily stand between us and so much of the hatred and chaos in this world, do indeed deserve an even higher place of honor than the 17 astronauts memorialized here. As we all go about our daily routines and spend time enjoying creative pursuits such as Amiright, it's all too easy to forget that our peace and freedom costs something every day - we all owe an ongoing debt of gratitude to our brothers and sisters who willingly, freely, and courageously pay that price so that we don't have to.
Diva - November 12, 2003 - Report this comment
I saw the Challenger disaster driving to work 17 years ago. It will stay with me for a lifetime. The vision was a nightmare. Thank you for your moving tribute.
Johnny D - November 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Diva.
Red Ant - April 22, 2005 - Report this comment
DRTOS well enough to vote. It is depressing but true. Nice tribute to those lost in space accidents.
Stuart McArthur - April 23, 2005 - Report this comment
This is definitely a 555, Johnny - and interesting to see an early and serious one of yours, and to read the comments...

I think "funny" was arbitrarily chosen as a scoring category (why not? - and humour should be encouraged) - but nobody wants to manacle creativity, especially when it attempts to access emotional truths like this did. Non-funny parodies shouldn't be precluded from getting a deserved 5 on the narrow basis of unfunniness - so I award the second 5 as I always do - on merit
Peregrin - April 23, 2005 - Report this comment
A great piece of work JD. I agree with the restrictiveness of the funny criteria, I simply convert it to sincerity or whatever else is needed to fit the bill when a work is obviously sincere. :)
2nz - April 23, 2005 - Report this comment
I don't know the original, but the emotional weight of this work is undeniable. Very well done JD. Excellent tribute, and I second what Rick said.
Rick D - April 23, 2005 - Report this comment
For those of you new to this site, there is now an original song based on this fine parody. (The first Amiright co-write) If anyone wants to hear it, we will put it back up on Soundclick (Or Johnny D might want to)
Ashkicksass - July 01, 2005 - Report this comment
WOW!
Agrimorfee - July 05, 2005 - Report this comment
To think that this sex-crazed dude could pen such prose is a miracle in itself. ;) Seriously, this was very nice. It looks like this was the first of its kind on the site, judging by the earlier comments. Thanks for finding this, Rick Cormier.

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