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Song Parodies -> "The Wrecks of TWOTEF"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Wrecks of TWOTEF"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Based on actual events.
Well hello, my friends, it’s good to see you again
Help yourself to some drinks, roll the barrel
It’s time to descend into the saga with no end
“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

Gordon Lightfoot it seems, singer of modest means
Was not ever remembered por nada
Had talent for overwrought symbols and rhymes
While busking in his native Canada

One saga he wrote, the Ed Fitz I now tote,
Is a trial of a mere 14 verses
Like a broke carillon, it just goes on and on
It sends most parodists into curses

Now some do mention it’s one of the Big 7
Which prior I had never cut into
Along with “Be Our Guest”, “Blinded By The Light”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (yes that, too)

And of course, “Modern Major General”
“American Pie” with song length atrocious
Songs that make us yearn for some Demerol

Now the Am Pie had been done, and it was kind of fun
And the last month got most out of the way
But then I caroled, “Now I’ve got to do ‘Fitzgerald’!”
How the heck will I get done this wordplay?

I gave a verse before that wasn’t a chore
In “The Dreck Called American Idol”
But to tackle the whole song, my brain must be strong
Give me aspirin—no, not a Midol

So I sat and whined, scratched in mind some good lines
When I became so bored doing laundry
I realized a guide really must be applied
To rescue me out of this quandary

The 14 verses, you see, provide some symmetry
But yes, the pacing is somewhat haggard
The odd lines go from 9 to 13 beats
While the evens get 10, there’s the hazard

While the odds rhyme sometimes, Gord Lightfoot pulls crimes!
The evens must always rhyme sweetly
Does anyone give a whelp to the real song itself,
Or are you all like me bored completely?

And wouldn’t you know, I have four verses to go
Looks like I will need to do some research
Must view other styles in the Amiright files
Or else my good rep will end up besmirched

So now on this date, 2-12-08
I looked at the parodies of ‘TWOTEF’
Glory be, golly gee! There are 86 to see
32 are by Michael Pacholek!

Topics I see all of much variety
Politics and pop culture and hot sex
Why I even bothered to give this a try?
I give up; this thing is just too complex!

Let’s forget the whole thing, I’m no parody king
Why did I commit to the Big 7?
Just throw this rough draft right into the trash,
And I’ll see you bastards, not in heaven!
Copyright 2008, Agrimorfee. As Miss Piggy once sang, "Never before and never again."

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 21

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 4   3
 5   18

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Ann Hammond - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
he he
Patrick - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
What are the "Big Seven" ?
Meriadoc - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved how you rhymed laundry and quandary! :-)
alvin - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
the title alone had be cracking up
Agrimorfee - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Patrick: re-read verses 4 & 5. (422? Bleagh!)
Johnny D - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Heh heh heh 555
AFW - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Very good job on the old sea chanty
Kristof Robertson - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
A lovely metaparody, further adding to the Big 7 mythology, Ag. 555
Invisible Boy - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I like parodies aimed at parodists. I've noticed your effort to conquer the mighty BIG 7. This was a fine job lad.
John Jenkins - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Some very good lines here, particularly the Midol line. But I do have 2 issues: First, some of the rhymes are stretches – such as “TWOTEF/Pacholek.” Secondly, it seems like many of your big seven parodies are well done, but with similar themes – the difficulty of trying to make TOS work in a parody. All of your Big 7 parodies have clever word play, but I would think that someone as creative as you would find more diverse ways to show off the creativity.
Michael E Cormier - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
It's almost like Gordon wrote this song to intimidate & screw with us parody writers. Good job on one of the hardest numbers to hit. 555
Agrimorfee - February 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey John---it was my intention to cover the Big 7 in just that way...I truly do not have it in me to make a story or even a character sketch for these songs, at least at this point in time. Maybe I will someday, but then again, I rarely do an OS twice. (And with TWOTEF, I dont' think I'll ever want to hit it again.) Thanks to all for your comments!
Michael Pacholek - February 14, 2008 - Report this comment
This Wreck parody, official, 'twould not be if I did not at least make a comment. It never occurred that the rhythm preferred that the syllables of my name fit on it! So for pointing that out, I give fives in a shout, to the writer known as Agrimorfee. (Damn, what rhymes with that... Nothing, I'll have to improvise... ) This song, well you knew, was a bone to be chewed, but you did it quite smartly and sporty!
Peregrin - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
With perfect pa-cing
Along I did sing
More than which can be said for my comment!

Good stuff Agri-M
Patrick - February 18, 2008 - Report this comment
My hat's off (and I have a lot of hats, as my friends know) to anyone who can master or remaster as the case may be, any of the Big 7. I have yet to be so inspired. But, if you're really looking for a challenge, may I suggest Bob Dylan's "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts". I reckon everyone is tempted to do "I Write the Songs". In the world of recorded music, I think the most parodied song is Jimmy Dean's "Big John".
Agrimorfee - February 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Patrick: See elsewhere on the site for many "Desolation Row" parodies, all quite good (throwing all modesty, here :))
Below Average Dave - November 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I don't know that I'd say all the big 7 are all that difficult (as you hinted for Bohemian Rhapsody) . . .Great idea, decent execution, though I have to admit I had some major pacing problems, I got lost a bit--at least yours really does rhyme, his--I don't see how they can even be called half rhymes. . .least favorite of the Big 7, one of my least favorite songs period. . .never would have heard it without AmIRight, but for every WOTEFG, there's a Poker Face (which lead to a bunch of other songs by her), a Rob Zombie song and at least 20 or so more songs that I have ended up loving thanks to AmIRight parodists
Abbott Skelding - November 11, 2010 - Report this comment
ABC (WX)- Great job showing what a pain in the ass the OS is...or what I'm assuming what a pain in the ass the OS is, as I have no intentions on attempting this one! 555 more attempts for you!
Mark Scotti - November 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Great "epic" pardody writing. And you didn't "wrec" it!
Mark Scotti - November 14, 2010 - Report this comment
left out ABC
Guy - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment

Ag - I can't believe that a writer as fine as you cannot tell a story in ballad form to something like TWOTEF. It is only 14 verses of four lines each, with no choruses to mess with. You have accomplished what you set out to do and that is making it into the "Big 7", but that is all this song did for you. Everyone who has ever written TWOTEF knows of its convolutedness. Your parody didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know.

With that said, I congratulate you for your "Big 7" accomplishments. I know that I thought that I'd never get by BBTL but once I had a story line it only took about three hours total to get it out.
bobpiecheese - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment
(ABC5) I love parodies about parodies, they're so delightfully meta. While the OS is, quite frankly, awful, you did an awesome job here, well worth the 555.
Christie Marie M - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC Tournament) This is one satire that's not a total "wreck"! I also enjoyed parody about parodies as well! Great job and 5's!
DJ Blaze - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Man I love parodies about AmIRight and related items. I will probably not try this song anytime soon, it is SO monotonous. 555 for your bravery.
Matthias - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm not sure how Michael Pacholek can write 32 of these! I barely made my way through one parody of Gordan Lightfoot, although I don't think any of his other tunes are much better.
Peter Andersson - June 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Metaparodies should be long, or part of the concept is lost methinks, so if you really did all the big 7 this way I think that was a smart move. As for this one it was funny on the right level, but nada/Canada was really stretching a rhyme a bit too far I think. :-)
Rex - June 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Lovely finish -- do parodists wind up in paratory?
Blaydeman - June 27, 2011 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Clever, clever Aggy, I liked the way you poked fun a the OS, it was a lot of fun to read.
Below Average Dave - June 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Really. . .see above. . .but da*n if I haven't been dreading this round for this precise reason . . . a load of TWOTEF parodies that I have to sit through one of my least favorite songs of all time. . .
bobpiecheese - July 03, 2011 - Report this comment
(Artistry) See above!
Syncronos - July 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Being a newcomer to Gordon Lightfoot, I LOVE the clever joke you pull off here!

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