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Song Parodies -> "The Slugger"

Original Song Title:

"The Boxer"

Original Performer:

Simon & Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"The Slugger"

Parody Written by:

Royce Miller

The Lyrics

This isn't about baseball, it's about not quitting.
I am just a white girl and my story could be told
I have met with much resistance
On this road to making many of my dreams come true
Tough to digest, still there's nothing here to fear but fear
Just disregard the rest

When I left my home many years ago
Well I didn't have a clue
That this world is full of strangers
There are some that tell you that you can't
And you get scared
Still you know you don't want to eat the dog scraps
That are filtered down below
So you keep on seeking for the way to go

Try try try, try try try try try try try............

Asking only for their freedom, they came
Looking for some jobs
They were our forefathers
Just a bunch that landed up somewhere on Plymouth Rock
And I do swear, there are times discouragement sets in
And I say I don't care

Opportunities around me but it takes more than a dream
It takes lots of perseverance
And not all of us will get rich, that's just how it goes
But I'm not dead
And as long as I am able, I will surely forge ahead
I can rest awhile and then just forge ahead

Try try try.....................

now I'm laying out my future plans cause wishing ain't for me
Ain't for me
Cause I been there and I done that and it doesn't pay
Doesn't pay
I should know

In the clearing stands a slugger, the successes he has made
Came because he is a grinder
And every time he fell down he just got up
And he walked on, once again and once again
"I ain't quitting, I ain't quitting", and the slugger tries again
yes, he tries again

Try try try.......................
Try until the day you die, try try try try try

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Pacing: 5.0
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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 7

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Rick C - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
I hope you never quit writing.....555
Agrimorfee - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Very Adagio-like. I guess it's difficult to parody Paul Simon without it sounding like another Paul Simon.
Susanna Viljanen - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
*HUGS* from your sister spirit at this side of the Pond - well written!

"The Boxer" has always been one of my all-time favourites. It is beautiful song and it has very touching lyrics.
Royce Miller - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Susanna, thanks in particular for your comment. I agree that The Boxer is a great song, like many done by Simon & Garfunkel; packed with meaning, so cleverly written, and I wish there were more writers like them today.
AFW - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Very Inspirational....profound
Red Ant - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
What AFW said. 5's.
John Jenkins - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
No, no, no. You have it all wrong, Royce. If you don't succeed, it is because you are a victim of a male dominated society or some other perpetrator of exploitation, so you should just sit back, find a good attorney, and sue.

Just kidding. Very well done. I, too, like the choice of the original song and the message, and I also like the use of the word "grinder."
alvin rhodes - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Royce Miller - May 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks for some really nice comments. JJ, your comment is why I wrote this---I was listening to a guy on the radio who was talking about his ups and downs in his career, and how he could have given up, but didn't, even though some people told him he should; and yes, like you say, if you quit, you can't blame anyone but yourself. That's what I'm really trying to say. And it's more and more relevant, instead of less and less.
Susanna to John - May 12, 2005 - Report this comment
John, I know that Feminazi kvetching all too well. I realized already when I was young that the traditional woman's societal role was not for me; I can well relate to Janis Ian's song "At Seventeen". So the only way for me was to do it by myself.

Royce's song was very touching, and her story could have been mine. I have made my career and life myself, and the only things I ask for society is just a) opportunity to make it by myself b) fair laws to protect the individual and c) some social security should things screw up and another possibility to try again should I fail. My grandmother made it by herself and my mother did it as well. Why should I be any less than they?

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