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Song Parodies -> "Our Lady of the Angels, California"

Original Song Title:

"Hotel California"

Original Performer:

The Eagles

Parody Song Title:

"Our Lady of the Angels, California"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

This is my parody of "Hotel California" mocking Cardinal Mahony ugly 200 million dollar monument to his own ego. Many reviewers have remarked the new LA cathedral , Our Lady of the Angels, resembles a prison. This should not come as a surprise as he is one of the most theologically liberal cardinals in the country. I supose this parody is only funny if you are a traditional or conservative Catholic.
On a dark L.A. freeway
Pollution in my hair
stale smell of smog
Rising up through the air

Up ahead in the distance
I saw a terrible fright
My heart grew heavy, and my sight grew dim
Rogers monstrosity was quite a sight

There he stood in the doorway
I heard the cathedral bell
And I was thinking to myself
This certainly isn't Heaven so it must be hell

Then he lit up a camel
And he showed me the way
There were voices in the vestibule
I thought I heard them say:

Welcome to Our Lady of the Angels ,California
Such a ugly place
Such a ugly place
Our "worship space"
Plenty of room at Our Lady of the Angels,California
Any time of year
Any time of year
You can find it here

His mind is definitely twisted
He's got the latest "theological trends"
He's got a lot of Jesuits and liberal nuns
That he calls friends

How they dance round the altar
but you can bet
it isn't the only innovation
And a sight you'd rather forget

So I called up the usher
Please tell me they're using bread and wine
He said
We haven't used valid matter here since 1969

And still those voices are calling from far away
Shake you up in the middle of the aisle
Just to hear them say:

Welcome to Our Lady of the Angels,California
Such an ugly place
Such an ugly place
Our "worship space"
He's livin' it up at Our Lady of the Angels California
Our Holy Father, Mahony defies
Our Holy Father, Mahony defies
Although he still denies

For 200 mil you think it would look reverent
you might even expect it to look nice
But Mahony said
He wanted a ode to bad taste
Never mind the price

And in the cardinal's plan
they built a Starbucks and valet parking
but conveniently left out kneelers
architecturally it's not worth remarking

Last thing I remember
I was running for the door
I had to find the way back to my parish from before

Relax said Mahony
We are programmed to deceive
I don't care what the people want
if they don't like it, they can leave

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Pacing: 4.0
How Funny: 4.2
Overall Rating: 4.1

Total Votes: 9

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

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Meriadoc - April 17, 2003 - Report this comment
I think it is clever. Pacing need s a bit of work, but not too bad overall.
Stray Pooch - April 17, 2003 - Report this comment
Pacing was pretty yucky. The title line would actually have worked if you just left off the word "California". I understand that you want that tie-in to the original but no way you can shoe horn 4 syllables into that line. The content is pointed and funny - on that I gave a 4, but alas, on pacing I gave a dreaded 2 to average an overall 3. Though I am not a Catholic, the points came across anyway. With good pacing this song is a solid 4.

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