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Song Parodies -> "Isthmus Canal"

Original Song Title:

"Instant Karma"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

John Lennon

Parody Song Title:

"Isthmus Canal"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

Isthmus canal will get you through
So you don't have to sit in dread,
And you will avoid the bad weather
And icebergs that can make you dead.
This part of the world's way above
The howling storms you don't love.
It parts the earth and cuts right through
Just like a slough, yeah, slough.

Isthmus canal will get you through
'cause a causeway's cut in the place. . .
Will save you from windy weather, snarling;
'round Cape, no need race.
This part of the world's got calm seas,
Though sometimes there's a breeze.
Where in the world d'ya think you are?
In Panama?
That's right, you are!

Well we all brine on:
Pass C. Sea to Pacific Ocean.
Well we all brine on
And Del Fuego shun.

Isthmus canal will get you through,
Gonna be a knockout treat.
Can go through winter or summer,
Never freeze your feet.
Slices through the world right here.
Many thanks to de Lesseps, we cheer.
Ferdinand's savoir faire
Produced a fair share
Of palindrome* fare

Well we all brine on,
Moving in direct east-west motion.
Well we all brine on. . .
A clever notion!


*A man, a plan, a canal, Panama

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McKludge - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Very clever. Isthmus is a tough word to sing.
Agrimorfee - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Isthmus be your lucky day.
alvin - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
quirky...i like it
John Barry - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks, McKludge, Agrimorfee, Alvin.
AFW - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Geographical, gleeful, and very good
Paladin - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Talk about your palindromes!! Here is one I found that was computer generated in 1984 from your original 1948 palindrome: "a man, a plan, a canal, Panama" It is a 540 word Panama Palindrome. It uses the Unix spelling dictionary

a man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal – Panama!
John Barry - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks, AFW, Paladin--awk, grep, biff! I gotta print this out and read it. I once heard a probably apocryphal tale about a madman who was writing a novel that read as a palindrome.
Dee Range - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Clever, funny, and informative. Great palindrome! 555

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