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Song Parodies -> "The Wreck Of The Prom Night Of Charlie"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Wreck Of The Prom Night Of Charlie"

Parody Written by:

Charlie Decker

The Lyrics

As my senior prom rapidly approaches, I've had more and more frequent visions of doom and disaster. It could be a wreck of massive proportions. And now, I present...
The legend of prom will inspire a yawn
If you're in a grade beneath eleven
But your youth it's said is determined in bed
That night as either hell or as heaven

With a girl I adored, who I'd do anything for
Yes, the prom night of Charlie looked sunny
But damn Murphy's Law, life goes wrong, ha ha ha
Real good joke, God, glad you think it's funny

The girl of my dreams chose another guy, it seems
Whose sexuality has been questioned
When asking for a date, merely hours too late
Shouldn't had all of those practice sessions

Well on to choice two, silver medal, it's true
But she's going with that dirty hippie
Skin pasty as chalk, he smells like Woodstock
Now am I getting desperate? Damn skippy!

Well three, four and five broke me out into hives
When they told me that they'd been taken
And by then I knew I was royally screwed
For comfort I'd have to turn to my friends

Dan said "Just go stag, you'll have fun, not a drag"
Easy for you to say with a girlfriend
Cammock the moor's date's a bit of a whore
He'll have no time to hang with his best friend

When go time was close went to go get my clothes
Tailor said "This tux? Too tight to fit ya
Alternatively? A tuxedo-print tee."
I said "Dignity, been good to know ya."

The limo came in, driver turned to me and grinned
Asked "Is your hand your date to this party?"
And later that night, when my fright turned to spite
Came the wreck of the prom night of Charlie!

My old keyboard tie's time of glory is nigh,
We pull up to the old Puck Building
The music turned funk (did I mention I'm drunk?)
And suddenly my world is spinning

"They might have split up," I ration with myself
As I ask the girl next door dancing
But anger and hate on her hunky boyfriend's face
All of the sudden two teeth I'm missing

My rival it seems had broken my dreams
Also my face when he reclaimed his sweetie
But no time to bleed! Afterprom! Proceed!
I'll lose my red blood cells discreetly!

Formal time's done, and party time's on
Though it's Hammer Time I could use now
Whoops, I mean 'Hammered Time,' really a victimless crime
Hurt nobody but me as pain I drown

The afterprom thing's the wild party of dreams
But I'd forgotten I hate wild parties
Now not perturbed, so I made friends with the curb
What an end to the prom night of Charlie!

The legend of prom will inspire a yawn
If you're in a grade beneath eleven
But your youth it's said is determined in bed
That night as either hell or as heaven

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AFW - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Very very good...this Prom-ised to deliver humour..and it did not fail...altho from the title, alone ...I thought it might be about a prom night car crash..loved that "Got friendly with the curb" line
Johnny D - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
*****THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE*****
alvin rhodes - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
what a scream...beautiful job...5s plus
Kristof Robertsprom - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
"Alternatively? A tuxedo-print tee."/I said "Dignity, been good to know ya."...LOL!! Sterling work, ya loser! ;-) 555
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
What Prom Was It?
Scathe - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Masterfully done, Charlie.
Charlie Decker - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, guys. It's a huge relief to finally have done TWOTEF and gotten it over with. Just like it'll feel nice in a few weeks when I get prom over with.

By the way, GBHD, the prom hasn't happened yet. It is the prom of my nightmares. As for the location? Let's say hell.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - May 21, 2005 - Report this comment
You young whippersnapper, I remember MY prom night all those months ago... hilarious parody, Charles. I'm sure there's a grapefruit out there who hasn't yet found a date...
Michael Pacholek - May 21, 2005 - Report this comment
I like the way you Wrecktified yourself. Five corsages, even if your hopes sank to the bottom of the lake with the ship.
Scathe - May 23, 2005 - Report this comment
(school) Read and commented. Still good.
Agrimorfee - May 25, 2005 - Report this comment
(school contest) Very good
Jeff Reuben - May 25, 2005 - Report this comment
This was very, very funny. good job Charlie!
Guy - May 28, 2005 - Report this comment
(School) Best line:

Asked "Is your hand your date to this party?"

Well done, Charlie.
Dumb Ass Kid - June 08, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM: DKTOS
Agrimorfee - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(sotmmay05)see above
Tim Mayfield - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) It is sad the pressures of youth and what is deemed important at the time... 5's for the pain.
Red Ant - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Arrgh! Am I the only person in the entire USA to NOT know this OS??? Well, no matter. Very good rhyming, story telling and way to get one of the holy grail parodies done. I love parodies that lampoon yourself or are based around something like this.
Rick C - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM05) Congrats, Charlie, GREAT job here! 5s of course.
Charlie Decker - June 09, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, guys. And Red Ant, I don't think you're the only person in the world not to know the OS. Just the only person on Amiright ;-)
Adagio - June 11, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM05) Good job.
Scathe - June 15, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Still fresh and funny for me. :-)
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - June 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) As a service to Red Ant and others I'll point out that you'll will find several versions by several artist if you seek for this song here (that's how I found it last year):
http://www.altavista.com/audio/default
John Jenkins - June 22, 2005 - Report this comment
I am confident that the author of this parody can and will overcome Murphy's Law, but this parody was a very good spoof of prom night. I particularly like the "3,4, and 5" and the "curb" llines.
Spaff.com - June 23, 2005 - Report this comment
Despite the fact that you worked a piece of "Rocky Raccoon" into a parody of tWotEF (which for any writer is an act of sheer desperation), I still enjoyed this immensely. The dignity line, the "go stag" stanza, "also my face" - just some of the many highlights. And smelling like Woodstock is underrated.
Mikey Squirrel - June 27, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Nicely done, Charlie. And doing fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot.. kudos! Love the part about your 'hand the date for the party' and losing blood cells discreetly. Sorry your prom sucked. But isn't it comforting to get a nice parody out of it? Huh? Eh? Well. tri-fives, anyways.
Johnny D - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above.
Arwen - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--this is 100% FABulous, Charlie...=) LOL!
Stuart McArthur - June 29, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) - I was sure I'd commented on this before - I ceratinly read it, and I love the pithy "I said 'Dignity, been good to know ya.'" - great work Charlie - good to see some personal stuff
Jeff Reuben - June 30, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--See above!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - June 30, 2005 - Report this comment
Still wreckless.
2nz - July 01, 2005 - Report this comment
I've no good excuse for not commenting earlier. Many favorite lines and excellent use of the original, Charlie. I hope the real thing went off slightly better. "And by then I knew I was royally screwed" heh, heh.
Kristof Robertson - July 02, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) mr Decker at the peak of his writing skills. Bravo...
Red Ant - October 15, 2005 - Report this comment
I now know this OS and can see what a pain it is to parody. Hope to see this in the W round.

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