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Song Parodies -> "The Quest for the Man from Nantucket"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Quest for the Man from Nantucket"

Parody Written by:

Leo Keough

The Lyrics

The legend lives on now from Donegal on down
Of the young lass who hailed from Kilkenny
The lass, it is said, never married nor bred
Though the men who had known her were many
With her dazzling green eyes she made all the lads cry
But to her they were drops in a bucket
So she set off one day on the fourteenth of May
On her quest for the man from Nantucket

This man, she had heard, had an aspect that stirred
Pure amazement in all those who'd known him
All the ladies were shocked and the men would get crocked
And the ones he ignored were left moanin'
In rhyme and in verse, there were stories perverse
That would make her feel restless and frantic
So she boarded a ship and embarked on a trip
O'er the waves of the mighty Atlantic

A storm of such force that it blew them off course
Sent them sailing on down to the Azores
With the sheets all in ruins, hanging loose in festoons
They were blessed to make port with their eight oars
As the tattered ship parked, the fares slowly debarked
For an unscheduled tour of the island
Where the natives confessed 'bout a New England guest
Who had left them all happy and smilin'

With the ship soon restored, all the folks got on board
And the captain set sail for New England
But the Kilkenny maid was alarmed and dismayed
And she felt her nerves twitchin' and tinglin'
From the unsett'lin' thought that the man whom she sought
Might have traveled to Leeds or Pawtucket
And her hopes to find him went from rosy to slim
On her quest for the man from Nantucket

Does any one know how the rumor winds blow
When the clouds of confusion get chalky?
He was seen in Pompeii, even seen in Bombay
And reportedly seen in Milwaukee
The tales that were told of this legend of old
Were conveyed by the ladies who'd craved him
How he'd broken the hearts of the floozies and tarts
From Marseilles to the town of New Haven

With the winds at their back now, the sails felt no slack
And the rest of the voyage was carefree
And the waves settled down with no storm to be found
While the people on board drank some sherry
'Cept the Kilkenny lass who just looked at her glass
As she wondered if she shouldn't chuck it
Was her trip doomed to fail, would she ever prevail
In her quest for the man from Nantucket

As the captain made port at the quaint old resort
And the passengers rushed to the landing
The news quickly spread of a man laying dead
From a wound that defied understanding
The legend lives on now from Donegal on down
Of the young lass whose quest was disrupted
And the man she desired who had sadly expired
When the blood from his eardrum erupted

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Total Votes: 21

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alvin - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
LMAO....all this from one filthy little limerick...this is over the top funny...your best ever in my opinion
KJB - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Great Job...Very entertaining
Michael Pacholek - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I love it! A brilliant rewrite of "The Wreck!" (Which I always appreciate.) Even had a nautical theme like the original, and a far naughtier nautical theme! Welcome to the "Wreckers Club!"
Bedazzled - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Phukin' Phabulous!
littleLostLass - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
This whole tale is rather Pirate Jack BarrowEsque, the Captain of HMS Sleaze & Fleas. The ending is so anti-climatic; and just what caused his death?
LittleCupCakes - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I Loved the ref to Mil WOW kee ! Thank you, Sir ! und danke, Mein Lieber Herr
Tommy Turtle - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
What alvin said, and the last line was a "killer"! :-)

little LostLass: You'd have to know the original limerick (see alvin's comment) to understand what caused his death, and we can't tell it to you unless you're 18 and can prove it.... sorry :-(
Invisible Boy - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
This is fantastic, Leo. One of the best parodies of this OS I have ever seen. I love the storyline and the ending.
I've been to Nantucket many times...never saw "the man" though. (come to think of it I've been to Pawtucket, New Haven and Milwaukee as well)
Super Job !!!
Andria - December 19, 2008 - Report this comment
This is a great parody, based on an outstanding OS and a dirty limerick that never fails to either disgust or amuse. 5s.
Stuart McArthur - December 19, 2008 - Report this comment
very creative and clever, and a brilliantly cunning ending - although you do need to know the limerick involved to get it - superb writing Leo, and an inspired idea - 555
Agrimorfee - September 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Not the ending i expected, but this craft was very seaworthy!
Mark Scotti - September 25, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Brilliant, Leo. one of my favs...
Guy - September 30, 2009 - Report this comment

Leo - It could have went like this if they would have stayed in the Azores:

There once was a witch from Azores,
whose a$$ was all covered with sores,
as she walked down the street,
the dogs leapt at the meat,
that hung in great gobs from her drawers.

Was the poor dead guy with the bloody ear by any chance a Ferengi? This would totally make sense since the Ferengi are so into oomax. Ew - bad imagery - Ferengi auto erotica. For the lowdown on "oomax" and the Ferengi check out this link:

On a Simpson's episode Bart started to say the limerick that is the feature of this well written parody. Bart got the first line out and Homer yells BART! You had to get the limerick to catch the humor on that Simpson's episode as well.

Leo - This is so over the top. I read through the entire thing saying WTF, WTF. WTF is going on here. When I read the last line I realized that I was so totally had by your wit. Ya got me buddy. I howled at the ending. Very fresh and ooh so very original and you did a bang up job with the TWOTEF OS.
Guy - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Post Script - I did have that limerick in mind as I read through the parody but totally dismissed the idea as kept reading thinking it couldn't possibly be this , so when I say that I was royally had, I was so more than that.
DJ Blaze - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Yet another awesome Big 7 parody! 555
Matthias - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I didn't understand much of this parody but... Congrats on busting out this Big 7
Below Average Dave - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
This round has had a lot of OS's I don't care for. I give you props for the topic and rhyming, but have to be honest when I say I got kinda bored with it. I had an epic fail on this song when I did it. . .so I have a lot of respect for those who do it well. (I didn't even realize it had a rhyme scheme because the original rhymes about as well as a dog plays baseball. . .
bobpiecheese - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) What Matthias said. Seriously.
Stuart McArthur - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) yes, an excellent write Leo and see above. It's such a pleasure to read something with intuitive pacing - gives more room to enjoy the wordplay - great stuff
Red Ant - October 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Excellent scansion and pacing, and all this from one limerick! Wow, epic work here. 5s
Melanie Lee - October 04, 2009 - Report this comment
There once was a verse of Nantucket/And the racy would whisper and cluck it/A parodist bright/Tweaked it for Am-I-Right/And I'm giving it 5-5-5--chuck it!
Patrick - March 11, 2010 - Report this comment
If it's not too late, I would like to say this is by far the best parody I've ever seen on this site. Naughty and nautical, and perfectly phrased.

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