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Song Parodies -> "Tiananmen"

Original Song Title:

"Piano Man"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Laurence Dunne

The Lyrics

My story of one person who protested the Chinese crackdown at Tiananmen square.
Well I was a foreign Ex. student
Who was just getting started in life
and my plan was to study abroad and then
come home, get a job, get a wife

And my teacher tried to explain to me
That China's the next power to rise
So in March '89, I and all that was mine
Went to study through communist eyes

Oh la-di-dah-di-di-dah-dah, la-la-di-di-dah-ah

Oh what a Square was Tiananmen!
Lit up so red every night
and the people would bow to the image of Mao
As they passed through Tiananmens light

Well in China nobody had freedom,
If you talk politics you'll be panned
Solidarity fries on the menu with chives
But the mormons and Greens are both banned!

So the students who wanted democracy
all gathered around in the square
We all waved flags and marched, though all starving and parched
and the global press found their way there

Oh la-di-dah-di-di-dah-dah, la-la-di-di-dah-ah

Sing freedom songs in Tiananmen
Sing freedom songs tonight
Well the boys in the blue disappeared from our view
and instead boys in green came in sight

Well on June fourth the army attacked the square
and the bodies piled up on the street
and amongst all the bleeders was one of the leaders
and if he got caught he'd be beat

I said son "what's your name?" and he said "I'm Fu"
I said "Fu, you've been shot in the chest"
"But the soldier who shot you, a protester got to,
and bleeding he lies to your left

Oh la-di-dah-di-di-dah-dah, la-la-di-di-dah-ah

Protesters dead in Tiananmen!
Protesters dead tonight
said the news in all countries and surely all cultures
will see China in a new light

Well the troops were preferred by the ambulance
as students lay dead on all sides
and a student named Hu said lets dress up these two
and make sure that the right one survives

Well the students around me all rallied to
and the clothing exchange went through fast
when the ambulance guy and a doctor came by
they took Fu but the soldier they passed

Oh la-di-dah-di-di-dah-dah, la-la-di-di-dah-ah

Everything's red in Tiananmen
Everythings red tonight
as the plow and the skythe matched the street and the sky
and showed China in her true light
Hey I know it's not funny.....

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Sweet Indigo - July 09, 2004 - Report this comment
It's not funny, no, but i give you an honorary 5 for being insightful :) Really nice work.
Royce Miller - July 09, 2004 - Report this comment
So well done, Laurence--thanks; and those who think they have it bad in America can take note
Johnny D - July 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I've got to agree with Royce on this one, Laurence .... America is far from perfect and has a lot of serious problems, but China is a LOT less friendly to freedom. I recently said that I am easing-off on plugging my own parodies in other people's comment-sections, but in this case, I don't consider this so much a plug as a statement of solidarity with you, Laurence, and with this parody of yours..... my parody "The Government of China Blows" is right in tune with this one (it's a parody of The Doobie Brother's song "China Grove"). Well done, Laurence. I thank you, and I'm sure that the pro-democracy protesters who suffered in Tiananmen Square back in 1989 would thank you, too.
Ashkicksass - July 09, 2004 - Report this comment
This is very moving, Laurence. Excellent Job.
Rod Worden - July 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Brilliant work, Laurence!
The Thought Police - July 09, 2004 - Report this comment
555,(I loved the switch at the end...)
martha - August 11, 2004 - Report this comment
this is really interesting thanks for sharing this with us
Phil Alexander - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Superb, Laurence
Peregrin - June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I found this by clicking on the 'random' button. Fantastic write, Laurence.

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