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Song Parodies -> "Plop! / The Nativity"

Original Song Title:

"Stop / The Trial"

Original Performer:

Pink Floyd

Parody Song Title:

"Plop! / The Nativity"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

May He forgive me.
(The little brat sings:)
My foot's in the snow!
Take my galoshes off and drink cocoa
But now I'm stuck going to church
"Cause I "m "sposed to know
Just why do we have Christmastime?

(The church doors creak open as latecomers to the pageant walk to their pews to view the simply made set design at the front of the church, made to look like Bethlehem of 2005 years ago. The SAGES, four men costumed in beards and flowing robes enter the stage area and approach a distracted KING HEROD. Herod's SENTRY knocks his staff on the floor twice to grab HEROD's attention. He turns, and THE HEAD SAGE sings: )
Good morning, dear King Herod
The sages want to let you know
A prophecy some day will destroy you
In our town, there's a Messiah!
A Messiah of a most beatific nature

(HEROD:)This will not do!
Slay all the newborns!

(Meanwhile, houselights switch to the other side of the stage where the INNKEEPER speaks to JOSEPH and a very pregnant MARY:)
I'm sorry, sir, but there is no room
Here at my inn, dear brother
If I had my way, I could find for you
Our honeymooning suite
But my hands are tied
There's room in the broom closet—
Or how about the stable?
Check out time is 9 AM

(MARY is suddenly overcome by either a vision or labor pains, and sings:)
Glory, God in the highest, sing of glory!
That's what I'm hearing!

(JOSEPH:) My darling wife is in a most miraculous way!

(JOSEPH & MARY:) Glory, God in the highest, sing of glory

(Houselights fade and come up on the other side of the stage, where three wisemen riding on fake animals are camped and looking slightly glum. One of them, GASPAR, approaches the audience sotto voce:)
Well, here we sit, this is it now
Riding on camel and donkey
And we have brought, you see, gold, frankincense and myrrh

(OTHER WISEMEN, sarcastically:) Ho-ho!

(GASPAR:) We've been riding "round the whole day
Have you all seen any bright stars lately?
We three kings just want to honor a newly born son

(In the rear of the church, shepherds approach the stage front, accompanied by their live sheep. The NARRATOR steps in to begin comment on the action:)

(NARRATOR:) There were shepherds gaily tending to their wooly flock

(a bright light suddenly shines from the ceiling, revealing an ANGEL)
The Lord's light came upon them
And they thought they were in trouble
But the angel told them sweetly,

(ANGEL:) Pass this news on when ye get ye home,
Baby, God's son has been born, it's a baby
Tell all that ye know

(NARRATOR:) Then came a multitude of allvoices of heaven
(More ANGELS appear and sing:) Glory, God in the highest, sing of glory!

(NARRATOR sings as the assembled characters are gathered on the church stage, eventually coming together in tableau as the scene of The Nativity:)
Though the evidence of the story is
Somewhat apocryphal, there's no need for any brimstone and fire
You may think I am fudging, or my theology is poor
Or you may think that I'll be struck down
With the harshest of His law
Just enjoy this picture
Of Joe and the Virgin Mother
I have no urge to pontificate!
Come dear friends, come revel with Cokes and beer
And sing along with the song you've known for all these years!
JOY TO THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!

(All the cast starts singing/chanting "Joy To The World" repeatedly, the assembled multitude joins in, and then [at great expense] the Mormon Tabernacle choir walks in and takes up all available space in the church as the chanting continues, building in frenzy while the Pastor and choir boys serve cold Cokes for the kids and Budweiser for the adults—it is a progressive church, obviously. The assembled now chant "Joy To The World" so vigorously, so boisterously, and with spiritual fervor, the walls of the church begin to crack, crumble, and the whole building finally rips apart, but not on the assembled multitude, but out of the way, onto the outside lawn, and all that remains standing are the people, and none are injured. HALLEJUAH!!)
Copyright, 2005, Agrimorfee

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Pacing: 4.7
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 23

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 2   0
 3   0
 4   2
 5   20

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Red Ant - December 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Excellent, excellent ending to the album. 555
Matthias - December 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Wow... The Nativity Blew Me Away!
Red Ant - December 17, 2005 - Report this comment
BTW, later congrats on 200 parodies Agrimorfee. - December 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Delightfully nutty climax to this opus. Substituting "baby" and "glory" for "crazy" is subversively inspired, and "How about the stable? Checkout time is 9 AM" is wonderful. And of course I loved the guest appearance [at great expense] of MoTab. Hallelujah, indeed.
Agrimorfee - December 19, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks for the plaudits, fellas. Sometimes when you write, you know something REALLY REALLY fantastic is happening. Let me tell you, this was definitely one of those times.
alvin rhodes - December 19, 2005 - Report this comment
pink floyd music in the manger, who woulda thunk it ?
Phil Alexander - December 19, 2005 - Report this comment
Holy cow, Ag... this is absobloodylutely marvellous. I could really hear it being sung (especially the Narrator's bit at the end)... fortunately, this year I managed to miss all my bairns' nativity plays (result!) - if I end up having to go to any next year, I'll try and bear this in mind. Please enter this for SOTM.
carol - December 19, 2005 - Report this comment
congratulations on 200 and I'm a baaaad girl for missing this! 555
Silver Power - January 08, 2006 - Report this comment
[SOTM] DKTOS, but this was funny!
bobpiecheese - January 08, 2006 - Report this comment
[SOTM] DKTOA, but very funny. Love the ending.
Agrimorfee - January 09, 2006 - Report this comment
I hope you guys attempted reading the original lyrics, or checked out the newly re-written link to the MIDI! Thanks.
Adagio - January 10, 2006 - Report this comment
[SOTM] er... good song. - January 22, 2006 - Report this comment
What Spaff said. I wish that more of the SOTM participants knew this OS so that they would better appreciate it. Glory!
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - January 23, 2006 - Report this comment
I gotta hand it to you Agri, you add some unexspected spices to the SOTMs.
Rick C - January 24, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Brilliant work here Agri. Higher than fives.
Tim Mayfield - January 24, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM - I was very impressed for the most part. I kind of felt let down at the end, though.
Jeff Reuben - January 25, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM: Title had me laughing, song was well done. Good job!
Stuart McArthur - January 28, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) wow, what a project - ambitious idea, and inspired execution - great stuff Agri
Red Ant - January 28, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Listened to The Wall Live again for this one and it is even better this time. Great imagery.
Jack Wilson - January 29, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Great job! 555!
kristof Robertson - January 29, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) This is freakin' nuts, Agri...which is why I loved it! 555
wannabemustangjockey - January 29, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Incredible. Never heard the OS but this is damn good.
Phil Alexander - January 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Still brilliant: wannabemustangjockey and anyone else who doesn't know the OS - you really ought to go out and buy a copy of The Wall, partly 'cause it's a great album, but mainly so you can read along to the OS for this parody. It's taken the OS so beautifully well.
Agrimorfee - January 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks to Al, Phil, Carol, Silver, bob, Adagio, Kichyd, Rick C, Tim, Jeff, Stu, Kristoff and wannabe!! :)
Larry Hensley - January 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) This was ok,.
Jeff Reuben - January 31, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM: Title still cracks me up. Not familiar with this Floyd song, but the words were creative.
Josh 2 - January 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS n am relaly ocnfused, but from other votes im gonna give ya 5s
Claude Prez - January 31, 2006 - Report this comment
I haven't listened to The Wall in years, and no longer own a copy. But I did download a good long sample, read the original lyrics, and follow along with the midi. Very impressive indeed.
Johnny D - January 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Draws the reader in and slaps 'em upside the head the way a Zen master would.
Agrimorfee - February 01, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks Josh, Claude & Johnny D!
Chris Frederick - February 01, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Not an easy song to parody, but you pulled it off masterfully.
Agrimorfee - February 01, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks Chris!
Adagio - February 06, 2006 - Report this comment
(Wild) Very good.
John Jenkins - February 11, 2006 - Report this comment
There are some clever substitutions (Somewhat apocryphal for incontrovertible, pontificate for deficate, and others), but I am not really perceiving the brilliance in this parody noted by other readers.
Cat - February 12, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM Wild Card 05) Note to self: Read rest of Agri's album, especially to see what he did with Another Brick In The Wall and Comfortably Numb. Great job. =)
Agrimorfee - February 13, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey Cat: Other people wrote Brick In the Wall and Comfortably Numb for The Crazy Diamonds' "Decking The Wall" album. I, however, am solely responsible for the albume "The Pile of Bricks (a satire on public school life). I also highly recommend "The Mall" by amiright's Chris Bodily TM.
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - February 15, 2006 - Report this comment
What K1chyd said already.
Luke Brattoni - February 15, 2006 - Report this comment
(WILDCARD) Wowsers. I really need to get hold of this album to catch up on all the great parodies. I can see a lot of work went into this one, and the stage directions were a glorious touch! "Or how about the stable? Check out time is 9 AM." -ha! Loved it!
bobpiecheese - February 16, 2006 - Report this comment
(WILDCARD) Man, I'm not gonna like commenting on a Wildcard entry that was also in a SOTM. I have nothing to say! Still love that ending.
Johnny D - February 17, 2006 - Report this comment
(WILDCARD) See above!
Stuart McArthur - February 18, 2006 - Report this comment
(WILD) wish I knew the OS better so I could appreciate it as much as those who do (and there are a lot of admirers here, Agri) but still the concept is fantastic
Red Ant - February 19, 2006 - Report this comment
(WILD) See above x3, and the brilliance is in using every bit of TOS, especially (for me) the outro. - February 20, 2006 - Report this comment
All parodies rely to some extent on the audience's knowledge of the OS in order for all of the creativity and humor to shine through, but I would say that this one requires it far more than most. Also, Aggro, your readers must be willing to accept an irreverent view of the most sacred event in Christendom (i.e., the locally produced Christmas pageant). That is the only way I can explain how, two months and two contests later, this stellar piece has garnered only 15 ratings. Count me among those squarely within your target audience. I just read it along with the original (again) and I loved it just as much this time. This is probably your best parody to date.
Mikey Squirrel - February 25, 2006 - Report this comment
WILD- I had to listen to the original again to grasp the full impact of your work, and what can I say? Very impressive work, Agri. Narration and all.
Larry Hensley - February 26, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS, see above!
Scathe - February 26, 2006 - Report this comment
DKTOS, so I don't really get any of the parallels here.
Arwen - February 26, 2006 - Report this comment
Wildcard...I feel really sad that I don't know the OS. Because honestly, reading it made me grin...I can imagine that singing along would have done much more. VERY lovely idea, though...I'm determined to listen to the OS and come back to enjoy it every holiday season...=)
Blaydeman - December 15, 2010 - Report this comment
(Christmas) I have to be honest, I'm not a fan of the OS. This was good though. Very funny.
Mark Scotti - December 16, 2010 - Report this comment
(Christmas) WOW, really funny take on things, Agri,,,and Hilarious!
Abbott Skelding - December 16, 2010 - Report this comment
XMAS- Not being a Pink Floyd fan really hurts my vote for this one. Not your fault, but the fact that I had to listen to he OS a few times put you on the naughty list lol
Ann Hammond - December 20, 2010 - Report this comment
xmas- seems like one line off paced in Plop and at least two on Nativity. Ferry funny 455
Below Average Dave - December 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Um. . . .woah. . .what to add. . .just woah
Jeff Reuben - December 27, 2010 - Report this comment
The funniest title I've seen in a long time, I couldn't wait to see where the song was going with this. I wasn't disappointed :)

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