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Song Parodies -> "1939"

Original Song Title:

"'39"

Original Performer:

Queen

Parody Song Title:

"1939"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

This song is to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Winter War.
In year Nineteen Thirty-Nine, assembled the dicators
Europe they did split in two
Ribbentrop said Molotov, "Gimme West and all of France
The East belongs to you"
And war followed peace, and the warships went to seas
In October Poland fell
Those were days of tragedy in the world history
For Finland tolled the bell...

Can't you hear me singing of things many years ago
Can you spare a random thought
for democracy and freedom and the things that are so dear
in the land for our grandfathers fought

In November '39 came the bombers out of blue
And Red Army came that night
But the Finns they took the field and in combat did not yield
They put up a bitter fight
For one hundered and five days, that's what world history says
the Finns fought for their land
On March 13 peace was made, and the Finnish people said
"We were saved by The Greater Hand."

Can't you hear me singing of things many years ago
Can you spare a random thought
for democracy and freedom and the things that are so dear
in the land for our grandfathers fought

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Michael Pacholek - September 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Don't know the original song, which prevents a perfect score, but how could I, as the board's resident history professor, not give you an A?
pickle - September 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Not funny, but the subject wasn't funny. I know Queen's original and it's a credit to Brian May as a songwriter that he's inspired something equally thought-provoking. Well done!
John Barry - September 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Extremely well-crafted and informative; as pickle notes--not a funny subject.
Phil Alexander - September 27, 2004 - Report this comment
One of my favourite Queen songs - and a very well-written parody to boot: you'd be from Finland yourself, presumably Susanna? The Finns have received some pretty bad press for fighting "on the other side", so to speak - but it's hardly been fair, after all, they didn't choose to be invaded by a country that was (in theory, at least) on our side.
Susanna Viljanen - September 28, 2004 - Report this comment
Yes, I'm from Finland (hejsan, Know 1 can hear you dream, om Du läser det här!). Queen's '39 is one of my favourite songs, and its words are enigmatic enough - kudos to Brian May. My song was more a commemorative one than a parody, but I had the feeling "these rhymes just spring out somewhere and they just have to come out" while I rhymed the words. Perhaps the song is my own remembrance to my both grandfathers who fought against Stalin's onslaught.
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 28, 2004 - Report this comment
I just did, det gjorde jag. :-)
Spaff.com - October 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Thoughtful rewrite of a cool original.
mike - December 24, 2010 - Report this comment
we will rock you

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