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Song Parodies -> "Dido Dies?"

Original Song Title:

"The Boxer"

Original Performer:

Simon and Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"Dido Dies?"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

It's not an original joke, I know... but I thought it was kind of funny :-)
The final dodo walked the earth four hundred years ago
No more flapping wings and croaking, the dodo, yes, has croaked
He lies extinct, no being vicious in Mauritius
At least that's what I thinkt

Then Salvador Dali died in 1989
With the oddest of moustaches
Like his anti-artist predecessor, Dada
Painting stuff, did he look back and then realize he'd painted quite enough
And practic'ly all that he did was guff?

Dada died, Dali died, da dodo died
Dada died, Dali died, da dodo died
D'oh, da dodo died

In an underpass in Paris, being driven by a drunk, Lady Di and Dodi Fayed
Met their end by going crash into a pillar
Now dead and gone - but the only person to survive:
He had his seatbelt on

The presenter Jill Dando, she was stalked and shot and killed
By an unhinged sort of stalker doing it for thrills, that's not unusual
No it isn't strange, with care in the community, she's still dead just the same
When we're dead, we're all more or less the same

Dada died, Dali died, da dodo died
Dando died, Dodi died with Di he died
Ditto dada died

And I'm looking at the Dandy, but I guess that doesn't count: it's a comic
And Dan Dare is just a cartoon so why should I care? But who's still there, on her own:

I tell ya - were I Dido, I'd be quaking in my boots
'case some maniac comes shooting, or a car runs into concrete at a hundred
Or she dies out from hunger (or maybe just old age)
In the doo-doo, like the dodo but still Dido is alive
Yes, she survives...

Dada died, Dali died, da dodo died
Dando died, Dodi died with Di he died
Dido's alive...

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Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 35

Voting Breakdown

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 2   1
 1
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 3   2
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 4   3
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 5   26
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John Barry - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
How anyone could give this gem 3s is beyond my ken. Great job, Phil!
Johnny D - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Phil ... get help. ;-) 555
Rock Princess - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
What can I say? Da da day! :)
John Jenkins - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Very clever concept. I liked the first verse best (croaking/croaked, vicious in Mauritius), but it was all very good.
Phil Alexander - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
:-) I heard someone telling the joke about the dodo dying, Di and Dodi dying, Dando dying... Dido must be getting worried, and the chorus for this song just kind of leapt into my head. And I didn't realize until I read up on it for my first verse that the dodo was in a completely predator-free environment in Mauritius until man turned up (with monkeys and rats on board): the poor bird didn't know what hit it :-( I think my "vicious" comment was a libel (if dead birds can be libelled), but I did like the rhyme, too.
Charlie Decker - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Very quirky. I like it! 5's.
Bob Konigsberg - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
It was hard to sing - I was laughing too hard!
Michael Pacholek - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
To what everybody else said... atrocious pun alert... ditto.
mac - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Brilliant! 5's
Arwen - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
I kept having to start over because my tongue was getting twisted...but this is lovely!! =) 5s, Phil...
Kristof Robertson - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
Just far too clever for words, Mr Alexander...I, like others, had trouble singing this through because I kept getting the giggles. 555
Claude Prez - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
Glad I didn't miss this; great stuff.
pickle - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
What about the video for 'Stan' in which Dido plays the pregnant girlfriend? Eminem's character puts her in the car boot and drives off a bridge! Some listeners who are fed up of hearing her songs on the radio probably wish he'd done it for real.
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - March 05, 2005 - Report this comment
Everyday here on AmIright I get to learn something new, here it was that dodo is - or rather was - a bird. :-)
Red Ant - March 15, 2005 - Report this comment
I have never heard TOS, and didn't vote, but some seriously good wordplay and research. :)
Stuart McArthur - April 02, 2005 - Report this comment
once again you take the 'contrived' parody to a new frontier, Phil - I love this sort of silly stuff - 555
Phil Alexander - April 10, 2005 - Report this comment
:-) Thanks for the kind words. I do like revisiting this one - gonna have to see if I can find a karaoke track (though I think I might have to scale it down an octave or two...)
Rex - April 10, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Awesomely alliterative!
Phil Alexander - April 13, 2005 - Report this comment
Anybody watch the AC-Inter derby yesterday? AC Milan's goalkeeper Dida was hit by a flare thrown from the crowd... he's still alive, fortunately.
Agrimorfee - April 14, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Evan Dando, formerly of The Lemonheads, better watch his ass, too. This parody was sheer genius--a little risky in taste concerning Ms. Dando--but I think you were the first person to do something about that "lie, lie lie" chorus that was worthwhile.
Melhi - April 15, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) *laughing*
Adagio - April 16, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Very funny...kept getting the d's mixed up. :D 5's
Guy - April 17, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) D'oh!
Rick C - April 17, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Funny stuff, Phil!...555
Johnny D - April 19, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above.
Stuart McArthur - April 26, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) see above - and still very amusing Phil
Scathe - April 27, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Huh?
Jeff Reuben - April 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Another Boxer parody. Well done, and I did see the clip of the goalie getting pelted by the flare. That was nuts!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - April 29, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Creative genius, yes in-didi. 555
Claude Prez - April 29, 2005 - Report this comment
Dude.
Jordan (Mike Armstrong) - May 01, 2005 - Report this comment
DKTOSOTM but seeing as this is the second time I've DKTOSed this song this month maybe I should look into it...
Spaff.com - May 01, 2005 - Report this comment
I love your stuff, Philbo, so I hate to nitpick, but I gotta tell ya I couldn't get several of the lines to scan (e.g., your sub for "I have squandered my resistance - for a pocketful of mumbles - such are promises" seems to be missing a few syllables). Maybe it's just me. Even so, this is a great concept with a great payoff - your sub for the chorus is undoubtedly the best one possible.
Tim Mayfield - May 01, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) No. 5's Alive!!
Arwen - May 01, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--Phil...I LOVED this...totally tongue twistery...and clever as all hell. 5s!
Phil Alexander - May 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Spaff - unusually for me, I didn't have access to the original when I wrote this, so instead of having the original lyrics to work with, I was singing from memory. So it's quite possible that syllable counts don't match, but if you listen to what's in my head, it should sing through well enough ;-)
Fergus - June 02, 2005 - Report this comment
You know that old thing? Where do jokes come from? Well...My name is Fergus Craig. I wrote that joke. That's right. I MADE IT UP! I will allow you to write a song about it. Just this once.
MARCH 2005 SONG OF THE MONTH BRONZE MEDAL - June 04, 2005 - Report this comment
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julian Gingell - November 19, 2005 - Report this comment
very funny but salvador Dali IS'NT DEAD!!!!!
Phil Alexander - November 19, 2005 - Report this comment
Fergus - congrats, old man: it's a good joke that tells well in song, too
Julian - er, yes he is: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Dali

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