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Song Parodies -> "Don't Let My Sons Take Crown From Me"

Original Song Title:

"Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"

Original Performer:

Elton John

Parody Song Title:

"Don't Let My Sons Take Crown From Me"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

"By God, I'm 50, alive, and the king all at the same time!" -- President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen), "The West Wing"... misquoting King Henry II of England (Peter O'Toole), in Jed's favorite movie, "The Lion In Winter." This song is not meant to suggest that Henry was a hero. Nor any of his sons. Many have been the ruler with worthwhile achievements who was not a good man. If you haven't seen the movie (either the 1968 Peter O'Toole version or the 2003 Patrick Stewart version), here's a link to the true story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_II_of_England
I can't take no more of this harshness.
All my triumphs seem to fade out of my sight.
I'm growing tired, three nasty boys before me.
Frozen stares, as cruel as my wife.

Too late to save myself from aging.
I took a chance, and saved fair England's life.
But Rosamund was preening when I met her.
Eleanor still thinks that it ain't right.

Don't let my sons take crown from me.
Though I exalt myself
a successor one must be.
I'd just allow a fragment of my realm
to break off free.
But losing everything
comes from my sons taking crown from me.

I can't find no tears for trampled Geoffrey.
Alais, just you can see just how I feel.
Don't discard me, Richard, you know I don't mean you harm.
But both you and John would put me to the steel.

Don't let my sons take crown from me.
Though I exalt myself
a successor one must be.
I'd just allow a fragment of my realm
to break off free.
But losing everything
comes from my sons taking crown from me.

Don't let my sons take crown from me.
Though I exalt myself
a successor one must be.
I'd just allow a fragment of my realm
to break off free.
But losing everything
comes from my sons taking crown from me.

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alvin rhodes - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
you make history fun...5s
Stray Pooch - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
I just recently saw the Patrick Stewart/Glenn Close version. I'm afraid that as hard as she tries, Glenn just can't match Kate Hepburn. My favorite line, delivered by Kate (Glenn just couldn't come close - no pun intended) was "A little peace? How about ETERNAL peace, now THERE's a thought!" Great job, and if anyone gives this parody a bad mark I will tell them "You are a stinker, and you stink!" 555
Stray Pooch - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
I just recently saw the Patrick Stewart/Glenn Close version. I'm afraid that as hard as she tries, Glenn just can't match Kate Hepburn. My favorite line, delivered by Kate (Glenn just couldn't come close - no pun intended) was "A little peace? Why be so modest? How about ETERNAL peace, now THERE's a thought!" Great job, and if anyone gives this parody a bad mark I will tell them "You are a stinker, and you stink!" 555
Michael Pacholek - July 13, 2005 - Report this comment
Thank you, Pooch. And thank you again. I recently saw the O'Toole/Hepburn version for the first time -- probably egged on by my "West Wing" fandom -- and I noticed Kate didn't sound like all the Hepburn impressions. In fact, she sounded familiar, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it... and then I remembered that Kate Mulgrew (yet another "Star Trek" Captain) does a one-woman play based on her, "Tea At Five." And Hepburn in '68 sounded exactly like Mulgrew! It was freakin' uncanny! To make matters really weird, the show was on Broadway when Hepburn died. Mulgrew got up that morning thinking she was playing a living person, and when the curtain went up that night, she was playing someone dead.

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