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Song Parodies -> "Stairway To Heaven"

Original Song Title:

"Stairway To Heaven"

Original Performer:

Led Zeppelin

Parody Song Title:

"Stairway To Heaven"

Parody Written by:

Alvin Rhodes

The Lyrics

there's a fellow that's sure that a guitar means gold
so he tries to play "stairway to heaven"
its a song he don't know...and his version ain't close
its absurd...he ain't hittin' the same chords
oooooh ooh..ohhh..oh...and he tries to play stairway to heaven

wrote the words on the wall...cause he wants to be sure
though he knows the dumb words have no meaning
he's forgotten the hook...and he can't really sing
sometimes he is distraught...sometimes driven
oooh...his music wanders...oooh...his music wanders

there's a squealin', you bet...cause his amp is distressed
can you hear it ?...its cryin' and shriekin'
its a sound that's obscene...streams of smoke start to steam
for a new amp, he'll have to start lookin'
ooh...his music wanders...oooh...his music lessons squandered

and its whispered, its true, that he don't know the tune
but the player won't listen to reason
but we pray it will dawn, that this just can't go on
or his friends all will break up with laughter

if there's a hassle with your stageshow...best be alarmed now
oh what a bad scene with your fakin'
yes, there are two chords that you have tried...but in the long run
you need time to learn another one
and his music wanders

your amp is hummin' and it might blow...in case you don't know
i think i smell it as its burnin'
this faker don't know how the song goes...he clearly don't know
but still he plays for his wimperin' friends

and as he whines, the amp lets go
a bright white light, then no more joe
and everything's a fiery glow
but if you listen really hard
the tune has come to him at last
i guess he learned it after all
to be a rock star was his goal

and he dies as he plays "stairway to heaven"

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Voting Results

 
Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 3.9
Overall Rating: 3.9

Total Votes: 8

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   0
 2
 2
 
 2   0
 0
 0
 
 3   2
 0
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 4   1
 1
 1
 
 5   5
 5
 5
 

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Agrimorfee - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Clever, great rhyming and pacing and story. A new classic, IMHO! 555
Ravyn Rant - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
It's hard to give someone lots of 5s when you're waving a lit lighter over your head...
MrMacphisto - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
*points to the sign* No Stairway, man... j/k 5,5,5
Adagio - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
A good parody! 5's :)
Rick D - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Loved it. Hate "Heaven"
Olvan The Terrible - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Almost perfect. The only thing that would've made this parody better would be a "toolshed" reference.
alvin rhodes - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
i can't believe i forgot the toolshed reference...dammit...thanks to all for the votes and kind words...and ya know what ?...i hate this song, too
Joe - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Interesting how a parody title is exactly the same as that of the original... I'm going to join the crowd of perfect-score voters.
Johnny D - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
555, I loved it, Alvin, excellent job.

Sounds like you, Rick, and me are all on pretty much the same (Jimmy) page regarding Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven".....my own Credentials-of-Mockery-of-"Stairway To Heaven" consist of a parody I wrote called "Gangplank To Heaven", my pirate-parody of "Stairway To Heaven", located here:

http://www.amiright.com/parody/70s/ledzeppelin22.shtml
No Stairway - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Completely out of taste. You think a guy dying is funny? You're sick.
Sickened - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
What a horrifying song. How could anyone think this is funny.
alvin rhodes - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
wow...never got this many votes for a song before....and SO many 1s ...guess i touched a nerve with someone
Paul Robinson - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin - looks likes you located 28 terrible guitar players so far. Maybe there is some way ChuckyG can track them down for us and put them out of our misery (I'm just kidding, it sounds like none of these twenty-eight folks understand satire or overstatement's use in humor, I don't real wish them any harm). You know, it sounds like your subject here might be in the same band with the drummer from my recent parody "Upstairs Drummer Plays Too Much". Wouldn't they make a great team? Reminds me of 'The Naz''s (Todd Rundgren's group) doing their parody of Archie Bell & The Drell's "Tighten Up", called "The Loosen Up" - they start with everyone playing the "Tighten Up" music and then as the song progresses Rundgren calls on the various players to "loosen up" one-by-one and they do so, falling completely off-note and out of sync with the rest of the band, until it just sounds like chaos and then Rundgren does the same with his vocal. It's a short number, pretty funny. OH...I gave you 5's here. Hey! that brought this parodies average up to "2". Oh well, at least two of the "1" voters commented so you know it's not just one person with 28 different PC's or something equally weird.
Twisted Sicko... I mean Melhi - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
(snicker) (giggle) (chuckle) (chortle) Love it!
alvin rhodes - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks paul....and i'm a fan of todd, too (my first born's middle name is "todd"...nuff said)...i'd love to hear the loosen up thing..it sounds like a riot....i only have one "nazz" record and that tune ain't on it... ...your loud drummer can play with my crappy guitar player, anytime
an observer writes.. - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Omg, you're right! :o How in the world did that happen? This parody's not even been on the site for twenty-four hours. Chucky, would it be possible to remove the bogus votes?
Your Worst Nightmare - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I think it was the 1's guy on Vodka. Or maybe it was a cult of 1's people. We may never know.
Paul Robinson - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin - Almost as strange as the "28" "1-1-1" votes is the "4-5-2" someone gave you. I mean that's better than straight ones and probably a sincere vote but I can't figure out the "2" for overall. And I guess I'm not s'posed to, huh? And I must have better, more important stuff to do than try, at least I hope. OHHH....you can find a audio clip that plays about the last 45 seconds or so of the 1:30 song "Loosen Up" if you go to , type in "Nazz" for artist and go to the collection album released in 2002 and then click the "Buy" button to take you to the Barnes & Noble page site. There are audio clips for each song on the album there. I think it skips the beginning were they are playing a tight but very standard "Tighten Up" groove and pretty much jumps in were Todd starts telling the band members to "Loosen up". It is fun...at the end his vocal is totally off-key & off-pace.
Stray Pooch - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I had to do a triple take when I saw the voting on this. Somebody had a grudge and a lot of time on their hands. CLEARLY this is a good parody. My only fear is that you were looking in my window when you wrote it because my version of "Stairway to Heaven" is more like Hell in A Minor. Being a child of the seventies "Stairway" is my anthem, so I had to look at this parody. Damn fine job! Zep rules! 555.
Paul Robinson - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin, I guess I can't mention a website with the B-U-Y word in the same comment. I wasn't suggesting anyone purchase anything, but the allmusic guide has audio clips that play a portion of the songs - just like the listening headphone stations they have in many record stores now.
MrMacphisto - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I got an idea... what if we each gave Al 5's 5 times? That would surely improve his score...
Kristof Robertson - May 07, 2004 - Report this comment
5s all round my man! I can't believe the spineless cowards on this site who can give ones but not take the time to explain themselves...thank god for the intelligent majority who know good work when they see it...you keep writing, Alvin.
Agrimorfee - May 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Funny how a cuss-word laden comment I gave yesterday on this 1's problem got censored. (???)
alvin rhodes - May 07, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks all....as a "lightning rod" , i expect ths sort of thing from time to time...no big deal.....i
Mari D - May 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Great parody, and so true! It reminds me of a music store that Rick and I were in where, on the wall behind the guitars, was a sign that read "No 'Stairway to Heaven.'"

I hope that whoever gave you all those 1s gets fired from whatever terrible rock band that he plays in now!
alvin rhodes - May 08, 2004 - Report this comment
NO stairway to heaven..HAHAHAHA...i love it....thanks, mari
Paul Robinson - May 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Alvin, Just thought you should know your parody inspired me to write a "Stairway to Heaven" parody that I'm submitting tonight. It's about my round of golf last weekend and it's called "Fairway in 7". I played golf as badly as your character plays the guitar...
alvin rhodes - May 08, 2004 - Report this comment
that sounds like a good one, paul, by the way....i not only checked out the nazz anthology...i ended up buying the !@#$% thing...hee hee hee...now i can "loosen up" in the privacy of my own home
Olvan The Terrible - May 08, 2004 - Report this comment
What... the... hell. I came back a couple of days later to see if anybody understood what I meant by my "toolshed" comment, only to find that 28 people have voted 1-1-1 on this superlative parody? It looks like THEY'VE been spending a little too much time in the toolshed with you-know-who, if you know what I mean.
Adam Moses - May 08, 2004 - Report this comment
HAHA! GREAT!
alvin rhodes - May 11, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks for takin' a look, adam
Meriadoc - May 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I suspect it might be the Rhode Island incident still fresh in some minds that caused the ones... Anyway, good parody Alvin! I hate "Stairway" too! Maybe your subject should go back to "Smoke on the Water!" ;-D
Michael Pacholek - March 29, 2005 - Report this comment
There's a guy here who's sure that this parody's gold, and he's 5-ing your "Stairway to Heaven." And the Ones Guy can take the other stairway, if you know what I mean.
Phil Alexander - May 25, 2006 - Report this comment
Missed this first time around: I was thinking of doing exactly the same sort of thing (when I was playing Stairway... badly ;-) ). Nice one, Alvin.

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