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Song Parodies -> "Dogberry"

Original Song Title:

"Beach Baby"

Original Performer:

The First Class

Parody Song Title:

"Dogberry"

Parody Written by:

Stan Hall

The Lyrics

Too much to do today to do "Much Ado ... " entirely so I'll do denoument only ...
Do you remember there was much ado (woh-oh-oh)
When Claudio, you said, “Hero, we’re through!” (woh-oh-oh)
Having fallen for the evil scheme
That Don John used to make her a wanton seem?

Just as Othello was Iago’s dupe, (woh-oh-oh)
You, Claudio, bought into Don John’s scoop (woh-oh-oh)
But ’cause this one is not a tragic play
A happy ending saved your love that day …

Dogberry, Dogberry, constable chief,
He’s top citizen cop in Messina
A hero for Hero he made the score zero for Don John
Dogberry, Dogberry, comic relief,
He was also "god-inna-machine-a"**
He and the Watch in the nick of time scotched bastard son.

Claudio, Hero should have dumped you!
You were so, prepared shout "Untrue!"
So unjust!
Where’s your trust?
Fancied lust
Could've cost you all that day.

(music)

How come you’re ready to believe at once (who-oh-oh)
Any old lie ... are you a total dunce? (who-oh-oh)
Instead of one quick to don the cuckold’s horns
Hero wants a hero who false gossip scorns …

Dogberry, Dogberry, featherhead fuzz,
He’s a malaprop cop in Messina
A hero for Hero he made the score zero for Don John
Dogberry, Dogberry, here's the true buzz:
He was also "god-inna-machine-a" --
He and the Watch in the nick of time scotched bastard son.

(music)

Dogberry, Dogberry, guardian Gump,
Tho’ nincompoop narc in Messina
A hero for Hero he made the score zero for Don John
Dogberry, Dogberry, not just a chump,
He was also "god-inna-machine-a" --
He and the Watch in the nick of time scotched bastard son.

© Stan Hall ** OK, OK, a cheap trick you'll say, but a) "deus ex machina" properly pronounced wouldn't rhyme, and b) Messina is, after all, an Italian town, so an Italian-accented English translation that does rhyme seems at least fair. Oh well .. having indulged a cheap trick, I'll induge a cheap cop pun as well: If you've ever Benedik, it'll Beatrice -- or less -- you'll take to give Dogberry his due.. :-)

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alvin - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
you make shakespeare fun
MasonR - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
You did a first class job on this one--I love the OS and what you did with it!
Invisible Boy - February 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I know this is really good...I think. Alas, my knowledge of Shakespeare...to paraphrase..."I do not know him well"
Meriadoc - February 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Now I won't need the cliff notes...

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