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Song Parodies -> "Quicksand on my Shoulders"

Original Song Title:

"Sunshine On My Shoulders"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

John Denver

Parody Song Title:

"Quicksand on my Shoulders"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

Ever have that "sinking" feeling?
Quicksand on my shoulders is quite heavy
Rises now and covers up my eyes
Should have gone to higher ground but sadly
Staying here and singing was not wise

Why the hell'd I stay here like a jackass
Since I have a brain why don't I think?
Soon I'll be submerging in this morass
Chances of survival sure do stink

Sinking rather slowly; quite unhappy
Above my head has formed a swarm of flies
Little birds sing to me; wings are flapping
Must find way to hurry up and die

God, I feel like such a jerk; I'm stuck here
I am screwed; I've gone beyond denial
Seagulls glide above and crap down on me
A wretched stench surrounds me; it's quite vile

Wonder if they'll ever excavate me
Morbid thoughts now wander through my mind
Now the muck and mire does engulf me
Quicksand; what a sucky way to die

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Ashkicksass - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Poor thing! First Rick, and now you. Wonder who will be next! Very nice job!
John Barry - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Another Iraq metaphor? Good job.
Kristof Robertson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
I've got a mental image of John Denver sinking while singing "Annie's Song"...."I wish they'd built fences...". This was cool. 555
Dee Range - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Awesome,Paul. High(or in this case, low) 5's
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Ash/JB/KR & DR - Thanks to all! This was lots of fun to write.
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
OH...Kristof, I meant to mention that I had "John Denver sinking while singing" images while I was composing this. His head was tilted back in a sort of "dweeby" position as he was trying to keep his mouth above the 'sand as he sang/sank.
Johnny D - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Another poor schlub goes glub glub glub! 5-5-5
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
JD - "Another schlub goes glub glub" - sounds like a "Queen" song...Thanks!
Johnny D - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
And another schlub glubs
And another schlub glubs
Another schlub goes glub glub
Hey!
You're gonna glub glub too!
Another schlub goes glub glub
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
JD - sounds like you're "in synk" with that one...5 globs of glubs, bub...
Arwen - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Perfect, Paul...=) 5s...
Rick D - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Looks like we're in "sink".
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Arwen - Thanks. Rick - I've seen mention that you did a "Quicksand" parody since this has been up. I'm gonna look for it. Thanks.
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
OK, NOW I remember it. I came up with this because I decided I wanted to enter something in the "Q" letter contest and just started going down a mental list of actions or things that start with that letter - wasn't finding anything and then "Quicksand" sunk in. And I naturally thought of being trapped in it listening to John Denver drone on about it. I once heard John Stewart (the guy on that single track I sent you a week or so ago) do a little improv of "Sunshine On My Shoulders....Makes Me Sweaty"...in a Live show a long time ago. He only did a line or two, not a complete version...
alvin rhodes - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
nice going, paul....looks like you're up to your neck in fives
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, alvin.
Rick D - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
It's amazing what you can do if you look at it as an "Assignment". Once I did some drawings of the Alphabet for my kid's school when they were small. One of them was "A Queen In Quicksand". I had to come up with something like that for every letter. So there was a "Goat with Glasses" and a "Kangaroo with Kettledrums" and a "Unicorn with an Umbrella". (Even "Zorro riding a Zebra) The hardest letter? "N". I challenge you to even find an animal with that letter that someone can draw and have a child recognize, then have it doing something that starts with "N".
Adagio - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Quicksand must be popular now...parodies about quicksand were written by you, me, and Rick and maybe others. :D
Billy Florio - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice work...it didnt make me feel down at all
Mari D - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
No time to wallow in the mire! Great job, Paul!
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick D - An ASSIGNMENT ! Yeah, you really hit it on the head there. I've done that so many times and it really does work. It forces me to focus instead of "grazing". When I graze I get an idea, glance at some stuff and the sigh and whine to myself "Oh, that's too hard..." But when I apply some sense of importance and maybe throw in a little time-related urgency I can usually do it. I've done with pieces for sick folks (wink, wink), and I did it with my "Thumb" parody project and in a number of other instances and in most cases came out with something pretty good. Hmmm...an animal that starts with the letter "N" that someone would be able to draw and a child would be able to recognize. I'm gonna give that some thought this evening...I'll let you know...Thanks!
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Mari! Hadn't thought of that one (and it should have been easy). Still haven't tried to focus on Rick's "N" animal challenge yet.
Meriadoc - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
And the giant sucking sounds claims yet another great Amiright author... :-O ;-D

Rick - a naked nyala doing needlepoint?
Paul Robinson - August 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Mer - As we all knew it eventually would...thanks...???a naked nyala??? -- needlepoint???
Rick D - August 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice try, but I had to look it up. Now that I know what needlepoint is, what's a nyala? Maybe an African child would know.
Paul Robinson - August 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick - So "nay" on nyala's? Maybe it's related to the "Nauga"? You know, what they made all those 1950's/1960's couches out of, the hide of the crafty, man-seating Nauga - "Naugahide"...I remember, you could be having a productive day and those couches would cleverly draw you to them with their shiny, durable looking sheen...and then you would spend the rest of the day a captive, forced to eat chips and snacks, drink pop (or for adults, beer) and watch sports on TV. Devious creatures...
Rick D - August 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Merry came up with a good one, but you understand why "N" is a tough animal letter. There's also "newt" and "nightcrawlers". Let me know how you do with the five-year-old crowd with those.
Johnny D - August 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Narwhal. Nematode. Northern Flicker. Nuthatch. Neil Young.
Meriadoc - August 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick, I had an animal alphabet in an old Jack and Jill Mag as a kid - they made the letters look like animals, but then used the alphabet for the names, as opposed to the animal itself - it was very clever, and (scary as it seems) I still remember each one. N was "Naomi is a pullet" :-P
Paul Robinson - August 26, 2004 - Report this comment
I like JD's "Neil Young" idea, especially if you used one of the pictures from his "Rust Never Sleeps" days...it looks like "Rust" wasn't the only one who wasn't sleeping...
Johnny D - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) See above!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - August 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Gee, this enthralling comment thread completely drew my thoughts away from the parody! I liked your rhymes and a brilliant idea. We Aussies are brought up with 'Numbat' as our stock 'N' animal, which many young children draw as a myotis unable to feel its extremities from cold.
Phil Alexander - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
You've got that sinking feeling
Oh no, that sinking feeling
You've got that sinking feeling... now you're gone, gone, gone
blublublublub eeeugh

Brilliant... loved it :-)
Paul Robinson - August 31, 2004 - Report this comment
JD/Jake & Phil...thank you!
Claude Prez - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
Very funny, Paul; lots of great lines.
Paul Robinson - September 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Claude.

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