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Song Parodies -> "Francois"

Original Song Title:

"Vincent"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Don McLean

Parody Song Title:

"Francois"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

This is my version to commemorate French ruffian, scholar and poet Francois Villon (1431-1463?). He was the first true decadent poet and in a sense the Charles Bukowski of the Middle Ages
Paris, Paris nights
Where are snows of yester-year?
Poems where earth is oh-so near
with heart that knows the sadness of the soul
Life on fullest bloom
seeing courts and facing doom
risk of life to end too soon
in songs that depict life both fair and foul.

And now I understand
what you tried to say to me
how you lived in the indignity
how you went on living free.
They would not know you
they ignored and thought you low
But I know they'll know you now.

Paris, Paris nights
flaming poems that brightly tell
wine and women, songs - and Hell
and Heaven with the Jesus and his grace;
O'er is earthly race
ladies' of the years gone by
emotions which would make me cry
are written by the poet's caring hand.

And now I understand
what you tried to say to me
how you lived in the indignity
how you went on living free.
They would not know you
they ignored and thought you low
But I know they'll know you now.

For you had dispute
over the girl that was so cute
and when the feelings got so high
on that Paris, Paris night
You took his life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you Francois
your age was never
meant for one
as emotional as you.

Paris, Paris night
hoodlums hung on gallows high
in prison you did wail and cry
and wrote your song of waiting for the noose;
Gone like a wild goose
King pardoned you and set you free
You vanished in the history
But your poems will carry on your name

And now I think I know
what you tried to say to me
how you lived in indignity
how you went on living free.
Your faith was true
your soul was bright -
I hope time has done you right
Francois Villon was the first outcast poet and a stereotype for the Bohemian artist of the future ages. His life was a roller-coaster between guters and royal courts, honky-tonks and university. He made his master's degree 1452, but got arrested from murder 1455 - he got in a brawl over a woman and daggers were drawn; he stabbed his opponent to death. He wrote his most famous poems in prison while he awaited hanging. King Charles VII pardoned him and his sentence was commuted into banishment from Paris 1463. He is said to have died 1474, but nothing certain is known of him past 1463. Of the latter-day poets, he resembles most Charles Bukowski and Arthur Rimbaud. His poems are full od down-to-earth life, very carnal and lustful love, passion and indescrible piety and religiosity at the same time.

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Royce Miller - February 28, 2005 - Report this comment
very interesting
Know 1 can hear you dream - February 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Oops! My comment above was meant for another parody.
Johnny D - February 28, 2005 - Report this comment
A touching parody of a song I love.
John Jenkins - March 01, 2005 - Report this comment
Monsieur Villon seems to have been a very complex man and this parody captures the contradictions very well.
Stuart McArthur - March 01, 2005 - Report this comment
perfect choice of OS for the subject, and nice tidy pacing - and educational to boot - a lovely package - 555

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