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Song Parodies -> "The Night They'll Drive Ken Jennings Down"

Original Song Title:

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Joan Baez

Parody Song Title:

"The Night They'll Drive Ken Jennings Down"

Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

I think it's coming soon, maybe even tonight (11/29/04)...
Al Trebek is my name,
And I'm hosting the Jeopardy game,
And then some genius came
And changed up the rules again:
Let the winners play more than five
For as long as they can keep it alive.
There came a man who played it too well.
He shot our fair distribution straight to hell.

The night they'll drive Ken Jennings down,
With all the buzzers ringing.
The night they'll drive Ken Jennings down,
With all the audience singing,
They'll sing:
"Go, go go go away.
Go go, go go go, go go, go away."

Back in the TV studio,
And one day Ken said to me:
"Alex, what d'you know:
Who has more knowledge than me?"
Well, I am seeking--knock on wood--
More contestants who are better than good,
So take your two mil and leave the rest.
Isn't it high time your winning streak took a rest?

The night they'll drive Ken Jennings down,
With all the buzzers ringing.
The night they'll drive Ken Jennings down,
With all the audience singing,
They'll sing:
"Go, go go go away.
Go go, go go go, go go, go away."

Like Art Fleming before me,
I'm a game show man,
And like my colleagues beside me,
I stand behind a stand.
If you're at least eighteen, smart and brave,
There's a game show you may want to save.
I swear by the rug below my bed,
You can't a run a game show well if it's in the red.

The night they'll drive Ken Jennings down,
With all the buzzers ringing.
The night they'll drive Ken Jennings down,
With all the audience singing,
They'll sing:
"Go, go go go away.
Go go, go go go, go go, go away."
MNL, Queens, NY
http://mnl_1221.tripod.com

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Adagio - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Perfect song for his winning and then losing ! 5's
Steve K. - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
I'll take "Excellent Parodies" for 555, Alex.
Olvan The Terrible - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
I love it! My family and I refer to Jeopardy as "The Ken Show" now.
alvin rhodes - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
brilliant...5s....i'm a big jep fan....been following this ken thing..he's going down soon
Johnny D - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
This comment's Daily Double Answer is: It is a group of three 5's.
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
He Just Lost.
John Jenkins - November 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good parody, Melanie. Ken Jennings might have a lot of knowledge, but can he write parodies?
Chucky Trebek - December 01, 2004 - Report this comment
John Jenkins, remember, you must phrase your question in the form of a parody.
Melanie Lee - December 01, 2004 - Report this comment
All together now: Nancy Zerg! Nancy Zerg! Nancy Zerg! (and no more than ten games, please!) 'Jeopardy!' Whiz Ends 74-Game Win Streak http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=494&e=5&u=/ap/tv_jennings­_loses
Michael Pacholek - December 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Does that make this song a "Potent Votable"?
Guy - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC05N)

This brings to mind Weird Al's "I lost on Jeopardy", but Melanie you did not lose on parody. If this were a geek parody there would not even be a parity error. This is extremely well written and quite entertaining to read. High 5s and I'm glad you made the competition even though you were a late bloomer for this round.
bobpiecheese - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) Wait, who's Ken Jennings? I only know of Jeopardy through the aforementioned Weird Al song, so I don't know much about it. And I've never heard of Joan Baez. So...I'm out.
Leo Keough - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC5(N) Very humorous take on Ken Jennings that went well with the OS!!...Could have been improved by varying choruses and by rhyming the words at the end of lines rather than using the words from the OS...555!
Andria - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Bobpiecheese: Ken Jennings is a well-known Jeopardy champion from the state of Utah, who won over $1 million US roughly five years ago, IIRC. Melanie: Great parody, and I'm an avid Jeopardy-watcher. 5s.
Melanie Lee - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Jennings
Matthias - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember when this story was big news. The only bad thing about parodies such as this is that they are very timely and thus lose a bit of the bite when they are a bit older, like they've become stale. But still this was still fun and funny.
Stuart McArthur - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) ah, don't worry about Ken - he'll survive the torture sessions, reunite with a beautiful Indian girl, and they'll both take front of stage in a massive Bollywood-style dance at Central Station. Never heard of him, Melanie, but I get the idea. Great idea and choice of OS. 555 for that alone, but very well-written too - 555
Red Ant - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Did you ever follow up this one with "The Night They Drove Ken Jennings Down"? Not lol funny, but well-written and easy to sing.
Agrimorfee - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Indeed, as Matthias and bobpie note knowledge of this topical story is integral. Pretty cute though, with the nods to Art Fleming at the end.
Below Average Dave - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Well, hmm, Melanie, you are a great writer, and a great rhymer, but I am just being 100% honest here. . .I didn't get it. . .I'm not at all familiar with the story, I think I got the gist of it, but yeah, this is one of those you'd have to know the story to get it...anyhow, keep entering, because you are great,sometimes your topics may go a little over my head, but when you write ones I get into, I love them because you are truly a great writer.
Melanie Lee - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Aw, shucks...(blush)... Thanks, everybody!

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