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Song Parodies -> "Cockaigne"

Original Song Title:

"Cocaine"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Eric Clapton

Parody Song Title:

"Cockaigne"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

[Start Wikipedia]Cockaigne, or Cockayne, was a mythical medieval land of plenty, where all the harshness of medieval peasant life did not exist. The word Cockaigne derives from Middle English cokaygne, traced to Middle French (païs de) cocaigne"(land of) plenty," ultimately adapted or derived from a word for a small sweet cake sold to children at a fair (OED). The Dutch equivalent is Luilekkerland ("lazy luscious land"), and the German equivalent is Schlaraffenland (also known as "land of milk and honey"). In Spain, where cucaña is the cognate word for "fool" [according to my Oxford Spanish Dictionary, cucaña: greasy pole, piece of cake, soft or cushy job, bargain], an equivalent place of Cockaigne is named Jauja, after a rich mining region of the Andes.In the 1820s, the name Cockaigne came to be applied jocularly to London, as the land of Cockneys, and thus "Cockaigne", though the two aren't linguistically connected otherwise. The composer Edward Elgar used the title "Cockaigne" for his overture (1901) and suite evoking the people of London.The Dutch village Kockengen [part of Breukelen, for which Brooklyn, a Cockaigne if ever there was one, was named] was named after Cockaigne.[End Wikipedia]Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "The Land of Cockaigne," painted in 1567, is currently in the collection of the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, GermanyFrom Baudelaire's "L'Invitation au Voyage": Il est un pays superbe, un pays de Cocagne. . .un vrai pays de Cocagne, où tout est beau, riche, tranquille, honnête; où le luxe a plaisir à se mirer dans l'ordre; où la vie est grasse et douce à respirer; d'où le désordre, la turbulence et l'imprévu sont exclus; où le bonheur est marié au silence. . . .
If you want to get out
Of a land full of louts:
Cockaigne.
If you want to lie down
On luxuriant ground:
Cockaigne.

It's alright,
It's polite,
It's delight,
Cockaigne.

You can gorge on booze,
All day long you can snooze:
Cockaigne.
When your day's begun
Work and jerks don't beckon:
Cockaigne.

It's alright,
It's polite,
It's delight,
Cockaigne.

You'll have lots of fun,
Never under the gun:
Cockaigne.
You for nothing lack,
Never going back
Whence came.

It's alright,
It's polite,
It's delight,
Cockaigne.

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Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Mythical? I'd say it goes by the name of Amiright these days... :-)
alvin rhodes - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
sounds good....how does one get there ?
John Barry - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks, Peter, Alvin--via Nepenthe; I'm working on that one too.
Meriadoc - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Darn John - I thought this was going to be about the author of The Compleat Peerage.... (maybe we'll have to do that one... ;-)
John Barry - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
Merry--wow! Unfortunate name for the author, or perhaps a great one, depending on the perspective. Your knowledge seems encyclopedic. Thanks for the votes.
AFW - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
unbeatable combination...informative, plus entertaining
Stuart McArthur - August 31, 2006 - Report this comment
I'm tipping there'll never be a better sub for Cocaine than Cockaigne, JAB, and here's another rare incidence of the preamble being longer than the parody - 555
TJC - September 01, 2006 - Report this comment
I'm with AFW and would add "unabridged"
TJC - September 01, 2006 - Report this comment
I'm with AFW and would add "unabridged"

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