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Song Parodies -> "The Record That's Known as Proud Mary"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Record That's Known as Proud Mary"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

You know, every now and then, I think you might like to hear something from me... nice... and easy. But there's just one thing: You see, I never, EVER do nothin' nice and easy. It might be nice... might be... but it usually ends up rough. Now, I'm gonna do something that I don't think has been done here before: I'm gonna take the base song about a ship that sank, and rewrite it for a boat (which may be fictional, may be real) that had a considerably safer ride. As first done by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and then by Tina Turner with then-husband Ike and his band behind her.
(instrumental opening)
The legend lives on from Minnesota on down
to the State that's known as Lou-si-ana.
The boat, it is said, has not ended up dead
like Titanic, not like Lusitania!

With a load of guitar came a band 'twas a star
known as Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Into studio, played a song we all know.
Its success guaranteed their survival!

The song was the pride with a funky B-side.
Had to look it up: "Born On the Bayou."
The CCR sound, it's so great, it astounds.
How they did it will just mystify you!

Concluding their shout with a choogling fade-out
the boys hoped the song would be top-charting.
But, sad, but it's true, only reached Number 2.
Nice achievement, a little disheartening!

The song came around with an adjusted sound
when 'twas covered by Ike and by Tina.
That Solomon Burke had first cover to work
but the Turners' version was much meaner!

'Twas easy, and nice, at the start, to suffice
but halfway through, like waves, sound got rougher.
And shivers you felt when she began to belt
at the top of her lungs, gotta love her!

When suppertime came, Mom said, "Michael, sit down.
You can play records after your dinner.
At 7 PM, after I'd shoveled in
she said, "Don't play that song by those sinners!"

Objection sent in to the Creedence version.
Mom would have thought Tina's too scary.
But now as adult, I am free to exult
with the record that's known as "Proud Mary"!

Does anyone know where a great rocker goes?
He goes in fully loaded for Cleveland.
And Tina had hunch she'd follow Fogerty's bunch
and the Hall of Fame applause she's feeling!

CCR split up, and the Turners divorced
and both of them had recriminations.
And all that remains is the pleasure we've gained
from the song they both made a sensation!

Have you ever seen rain on the Nutbushers' plain?
Up around the bend, better be good to.
Because if you ain't, you will have a complaint:
Tina just might go and take the wood to!

And farther below, the old man down the road
said he once was a great center fielder.
But the Giants said no, and the Mariners don't know.
Neither was he a big private dancer!

In a musty old hall in Detroit they played
this old rocker in both of its versions.
Requests, they had chimed, until 29 times
had the DJ played 'til he was burstin!

The legend lives on from the Hall of Fame down
of the big hit they're calling "Proud Mary."
John cranks Fender Strat for that lady, bad cat
and no one can remain sedentary!

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Mark Scotti - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
EPIC, and great Rock and Roll History!!!
Old Man Ribber - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
You're really rollin' with this one. ;D
2Eagle - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
That's one of my favorites. Creedence did it first and Tina murdered it. You can still see John on the telly, but it is too bad his brother died.
Old Man Ribber - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Eagle...the crack about Tina - that wasn'r "nissssssssee"! lol ;D
Old Man Ribber - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
"wasn't"
Phil N - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Excellent tribute parody, 5's!
Bilbopooh - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Ha! Love it! Definitely a parody to be Proud of!
AFW - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Very entertaining and interesting work, on this..
Old Man Ribber - April 19, 2010 - Report this comment
If we were innocous all the time, we'd rule the universe. That said, I'd not want you to be one bit different...Hubert Humphrey to my Barry Goldwater (and they WERE great friends). ;D
Patrick - April 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Great shift from sunken ship to a successful cruise for two different crews. This is a challenging song to work with. The original line "you don't have to worry, if you got no money, people on the river are happy to give" is a tribute to private charity vs government socialism. So, your parents didn't want you listening to this "sinful" song. I remember my folks objecting to my fascination with "Eve of Destruction".
Meriadoc - April 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Hate TWOTEF, hate Proud Mary (both versions), but loved this parody. Especially like the line about your mom telling you not to play it. Been there, done that.

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