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Song Parodies -> "Grotesque Was This Row's Desolation"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"Grotesque Was This Row's Desolation"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Grotesque was the frown on this desolate old town
Where the big top stood tall but seemed gloomy
The sailors were led to the hairdresser's shed
And the blinded commish'ner looked rheumy
There were restless riot corps, gettin' kicks out on the floor
With the tight-rope performer bound tensely
The passports, once blue, had a brown-colored hue
And the postcards were selling most surely

Ms. Davis had eyes fixed on Cinderella's stride
As her hands gaily filled her hip pockets
A confused Romeo was commanded to go
Then the ambulance sounded while speedin'
The moon was obscured and a couple of stars blurred
And the stressed fortune teller was leavin'
Then Abel and Cain and the hunchback sank
For the show, the Good dude was a-preenin'

Ophelia's desire made her rattled tail flounce
But she craved in vain like a maiden
Her dead romance view on her birthday two-two
Had her wearing a vest that looked steely
She yawned at fate in a lifeless pious state
As she made her religion her passion
Though afternoon rain left a bow so plain
She just stayed 'neath the window a-glimpsin'

When Al Einstein dressed like that Robin Hood chap
With his mem'ries all stowed in a tree trunk
A bummed cigarette made his frightened friends fret
None so jealous as one good-t'know monk
The drainpipes were sniffed and the alphabet was lisped
While a violin fugue was a-playin'
His fame did incite many sprites to leave in fright
So grotesque was this row's desolation

While Doctor Filth stowed all his leather cup woes
Sexless patients got vexed and looked dour
His nurse with cards played by the cyanide cave
You could hear penny whistles behind her
The curtains were nailed, and a feast was devised
The phantomly priest watched the op'ra
The phantom explained to the anorexic dames
Why they'd punished that poor Casanova

Agents patrolled, superiors ringed
As they brought parasites to the fact'ry
They strapped on machines then brought kerosene
From castles, arranging a scorching
Praise Neptune with odes, great Titanic glowed
A pair of great poets did glower
And as Ezra Pound groaned, T. S. Eliot intoned
Singers laughed, and some anglers held flowers

Oh, the letter you sent, it arrived yesterday
As the knob of the door was imperiled
Your words so kind boomeranged, denting my mind
Folks you mentioned, I deemed as quite sterile
Grotesque were the frowns on the faces upside down
For I remade them all as if loony
"Inferior," I said, "were the names I did shred
Future mail: only send from these boonies"

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Patrick - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I went back to listen to "Desolation Row". Haven't heard it in years. Only "Fitzgerald" is long enough to properly retell Dylan's story. "Rattled tail flounce" matches perfectly with "tattletale sound". I can almost visualize the people in both versions, yours and Dylan's. This took a lot of work and skill. I always look forward to reading anything you post here. Maybe it will inspire others. Tommy would have loved this. I like posting challenges. So, everyone with the talent, take a week or a month and see if you can come up with something this good. And, Plumb Bob, if you post something, please allow comments. You might be pleased with what others have to say.
Phil Alexander - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Holy cow, what a pair of epics.. both wonderfully depressing lyrics, excessively long and work remarkably well to each other's tune
TJC - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Prodigious powers on display here, Leough---Agree with Patrick that Tommy would have been impressed!
Agrimorfee - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Again, the best writing I have seen on this site in a long, long time.
Agrimorfee - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Again, the best writing I have seen on this site in a long, long time.
Timmy1000 - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Agree with the comments. Perhaps Bob and Gordon could get together and perform this.
Andy Primus - March 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Agree with above comments. Quite the epic. TT would definitely have enjoyed. Must have taken ages to do.

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