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Song Parodies -> "Re-Write of the Hamlet Soliloquy"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"Re-Write of the Hamlet Soliloquy"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio

The Lyrics

What if Gord Lightfoot sang Hamlet's best-known monologue?
The question is ... Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer
Fate’s arrows and slings so outrageous?
Or to be, and take arms against troubling seas
And oppose them with action courageous?

To die, not to be; only sleep, possibly,
Ending shocks and heart-aches flesh is heir to.
All quiet past that portal where, no longer mortal,
- consummation we offer a prayer to.

To die, to sleep, perchance to dream; there’s the rub -
For death’s dreams may provoke hesitation.
And the puzzling dread of that something when you’re dead,
Discolors our strong resolution.

With dagger that’s naked we’d easily make it
To that land whence no traveller’s recovered;
But that puzzles our will, rather bear our known ills,
Than fly off to others undiscovered.

Explaining persistence of troubled existence,
For Time’s whips and scorns who would bear‘em?
The haughty, the oppressors, rejecting lovers –
The wrongs and the spurns they don’t spare’em.

Yet there’s puzzling dread of that thing when you’re dead,
And the pale cast of thought which can sicken.
Enterprise of great moment and pith turns awry,
And thus conscience makes all of us chicken.

The question lives on … When the chips are all down,
To take outrageous fate so much drearier?
Or to be, and take arms against troubling seas,
And oppose them with action superior?

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Pacing: 3.8
How Funny: 3.4
Overall Rating: 3.7

Total Votes: 9

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Phil Alexander - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Very cleverly done, both in concept and execution. I tip my hat to you, sir :-)
Al Silver - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Whaddya know! Unknown to me, Giorgio's parody was winging its way to AIR even as I was describing its appearance on his web site. 5s, of course.
Patrick - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Monday was the 39th anniversary of the loss of the freighter "Edmund Fitzgerald". Nice rework and contemplation on the meaning and fragility of life.
Calmelennie - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Alas, poor Lighfoot ... I spoofed him, Coniglio
Michael Pacholek - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
It wouldn't be an official Wreck parody if I didn't at least appear to comment. While this has only half as many verses as the original song, it is a superb mixture of Shakespeare and Lightfoot, and I hope both would approve. Lightfoot is still alive, so we could ask him; alas, poor Shakespeare...
Giorgio Coniglio - November 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Thanks for the feedback y'all. @MP; although this spoof is quite a bit shorter than Lightfoot's detailed epic, it has exactly the same line # as Shakespeare's soliloquy. Seemed like a good length to me.
Giorgio Coniglio - December 01, 2014 - Report this comment
@MP; Another verse you might enjoy (3rd from last, perhaps). It's been afflicting me as an earworm! ......................................... And who would bear fardels - whatever those are - With a life, grimy, sweaty and weary, Hauling tons of iron ore to the desolate shore Of that low-lying lake some deem eerie.

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