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Song Parodies -> "Solid Gold"

Original Song Title:

"Aces High"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Iron Maiden

Parody Song Title:

"Solid Gold"

Parody Written by:

Edward Genereux

The Lyrics

This is the overture of an attempt at a metal opera called "The Death of Solid Gold" about the cheesy 1980s predecessor to MTV of that name. While many folks have fond memories of the show, higher-minded folk have tended to disdain it and often lash out at its campy dances and its song selection, which didn't even take into account Billboard's charts; if the charts had been based on that source, it might have been more tolerable for me (the show was cancelled before I was born, but I watched reruns in the '90s). As it was, the selection was derived from the airplay-only Radio and Records chart only because Billboard's singles chart took into account physical single sales and lacked a separate airplay formula. The opera is based on Maiden's 1984 album "Powerslave," parodying every song from that album save for "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)," which is instrumental-only. It revolves around the fictional exploits of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, who have crossed the border with the United States on a mission: Destroy "Solid Gold."
(Spoken intro)
Chorus (narrator): From 1980 to 1988, the television show "Solid Gold" brainwashed millions of Americans long before MTV or Disney Channel ever did. However--then as now--there were some people with functioning minds who knew what true artistry is and is not. Three of these people--Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart--set out from their homes in our neighbour to the north, Canada. They are better known as the band Rush.

(Music begins)

Stanza I.
Solid Gold brainwashed so much of the public
That there seemed to be none with functioning thought.
But then three Canadians who'd formed a prog-rock band
Wanted to make sure that culture was taught
That would enlighten the people while showing
That good songs could be fun simultaneously.
Rush was their collective name and they wandered
South of the border, these glorious three.

Bridge.
Geddy, Alex, Neil,
Crossing borders varied, time and time again. (2x)

Refrain.
Sing, sing for gold, sing the songs that get old.
Won't you...
Sing 'til you're mould, see them dance on Solid Gold.

(Instrumental)

Bound for the Paramount building in July
Of 1988, they left their homes.
They risked it all including reputation;
But though not religious, they were not alone.
They felt that mankind would be extra grateful
That he had been freed from those musical chains;
And even if they survived not the mission,
They did believe they would come home again.

(Bridge)

(Refrain)
I hope you enjoyed this parody as much as I enjoyed writing it. The next part is based on "2 Minutes to Midnight," and reflects the brainwashed state of the general American public as a result of "Solid Gold."

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