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Song Parodies -> "Sentai Squadrons Going Down"

Original Song Title:

"Sunday Morning Coming Down"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"Sentai Squadrons Going Down"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

According to Wikipedia: "Sentai" is a Japanese language word which may be literally translated as "task force" or "regiment." It is perhaps best known as the term used during World War II for a Imperial Japanese Army Air Service unit made up of two or more squadrons. A sentai was equivalent to a group or wing in other air forces. The term sentai was also used, to a lesser degree, in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service . More recently, the word has been used in the title of "Super Sentai," a series of tokusatsu television programs. The series was reconfigured for non-Japanese audiences as "Power Rangers." -- In other words, in its traditional format, the Sentai were America's enemies. "Zeros" was another nickname for Japanese planes. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was bombed on a Sunday, December 7, 1941, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt was right: The date lives in infamy. But the good guys won the war. In 1947, the U.S. Army Air Corps was separated from the Army and became the U.S. Air Force. Johnny Cash served in the Air Force during the Korean War, as a radio operator.
Well, I woke up Sunday morning
and here in Hawaii, man, it really hurt.
Didn't have no time for breakfast, it was bad
'cause we went on high alert.
And we had to fight those Zeros
in our underwear and boots, no pants or shirt.
And our smoke-stained faces draining there
as those coward pilots flew and bombed away.

They smoked us good that morning but
we'll show them just what kind of fight they're pickin'.
Yeah, we flew on out to Tokyo
and gave those guys a real thorough ass-kickin'.
Jim Doolittle, he led the way
and bombed 'em 'til they burned like Cajun chicken.
And, Lord, it helped avenge those brave men
and followed that with a big win at Midway.

On this Sunday, mourning soldiers.
Healing wounds and broken bones.
'Cause the Japs did something Sunday
that makes a body squirm and groan.

Soon our own planes will be flying.
Hideki Tojo hears the sound
of the U.S. Army Air Corps
and Sentai squadrons going down!

Well, we marched to Guadalcanal
our Marines threw knockouts like Joe Louis swingin'.
And the liberated Philippines.
"MacArthur's returned!" That's what they were singin'.
Iwo Jima, Okinawa
flags are raising and our mortar shells are stinging.
And we topped it off with a "Little Boy"
dropped from B-25 "Enola Gay."

On this Sunday, mourning soldiers.
Healing wounds and broken bones.
'Cause the Japs did something Sunday
that makes a body squirm and groan.

Soon our own planes will be flying.
Hideki Tojo hears the sound
of the U.S. Army Air Corps...

and Sentai squadrons going down!

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Shavetail - August 28, 2006 - Report this comment
Actually "sentai" means the same as "fighter group", "wing" or "flying regiment" and it is Japanese Army Air Force term, not Navy, - and "Enola Gay" was B-29 Superfortress, not B-25 Mitchell, but I liked the song. It captured history fairly well.
alvin rhodes - August 28, 2006 - Report this comment
masterfully written
TJC - August 28, 2006 - Report this comment
Strong work! Has the stirring tone of a modern day "Battle Hymn"
Dee Range - August 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Good history lesson, done to my fav Kristofferson song 555
Susanna Viljanen - August 29, 2006 - Report this comment
I always love history parodies. Nice job, 555
Michael Pacholek - August 29, 2006 - Report this comment
So do I, and so does Phil Alexander. Between the three of us, we've pretty much got all of recorded history covered.
Meriadoc - August 29, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice job with a great OS.
Tokusou Sentai Blessranger - March 29, 2009 - Report this comment
DKTOS, but... I'll give it a 3.

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