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Song Parodies -> "Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

This one's about Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby."
The story lives on from the decades on down
Of the story about the Great Gatsby
With the tales of his life and his wealth and dreams
Of impressing a woman named Daisy

Now, our narrator's Nick and he sure does the trick
By narrating all of the action
As Daisy's wife Tom, always left his daughter's mom
For a woman whom he'd had an attraction

The lover named Myrtle, with a husband like a turtle
Had a life she was trying to conquer
But when she teased Tom about his marriage then he
Turned around and then broke her honker

Well, Nick doesn't yearn, but one day he earns
An invite to a neighbor's party
And later that night, when the crowds all came
He meets the man they call Great Gatsby

Gatsby's a man with a lavish old plan
To win back the love of his girl, Daisy
But Nick tells his friend that his dream should be dead
And it seems his idea is real crazy

The parties, he learns, are to attract what he yearns
And Nick sets the two up for a meeting
When the day came, their hearts went aflame
And it led to a passionate greeting

Daisy and Gatsby start up an affair
And Tom's watching Daisy's behavior
He thinks that the Great may be keeping her late
And Tom thinks he is no longer her savior.

Well, Tom confronts Gatz, about where he is at
Knowing full well his marriage is in peril
The showdown's a look to the end of the book
Which was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

On the drive back through, tragedy struck too
When Myrtle was hit and run over
But Gatsby did say he would take the blame
Even though it was Daisy that hit her

The husband named George, hears it was Gatsby's car
He finds and commits a cruel murder
And with the homicide comes George's suicide
As Gatsby lies in his pool full of water

Nick finally leaves the scene behind
And moves out of his old West Egg mansion
Nick says it seems like the American dream
And the era of dreaming is over

As the story concludes, Gatsby's all but removed
From the memory of Tom and his lover
A handful arrive at his funeral
Because so many just don't remember

In a book of excess, it brings such success
To an author of fame, wealth and power
And all of the strife soon reflects the real life
Of the author called F. Scott Fitzgerald

The story lives on from the decades on down
Of the story about the Great Gatsby
With the tales of his life and his wealth and dreams
Of impressing a woman named Daisy

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Pacing: 4.5
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Overall Rating: 4.7

Total Votes: 6

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Michael Pacholek - June 29, 2006 - Report this comment
It wouldn't be an official "Edmund Fitzgerald" parody if I didn't at least comment. A few of the rhymes were off, making this parody just slightly "This Side of Paradise." But, overall, this was pretty good. Note also that fashionable East Egg is Great Neck, Long Island, and less-fashionable West Egg is Little Neck, Queens, New York City. Note also that Fitzgerald called the midpoint between Midtown Manhattan and East Egg "a valley of ashes." It later became Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, home of Shea Stadium.
Kristof Robertson - June 29, 2006 - Report this comment
I'm with Mike...a great parody tale, let down a bit by some not-quite-spot-on rhyming and pacing. But, good effort overall. 445

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