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Song Parodies -> "Land Down Under"

Original Song Title:

"Land Down Under"

Original Performer:

Men at Work

Parody Song Title:

"Land Down Under"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“Under Capricorn” (1949); script adaptation by Hume Cronyn, Herbie Hawkins in “Shadow of a Doubt,” Sparks in “Lifeboat,” two roles in “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Ivor J. Barry has an uncredited role as a guard.
Traveling to the isle of convicts
Charles Adare’s[1] gonna encounter conflicts.
He met a strange lady;[2] she acted nervous. . .
To rationality impervious.
And he asked:

“Why’d I come to the land Down Under?
This could have been a bad blunder.
Just when he’d started to wonder,
He then met Sam[3] who’s the lady’s lover.

Gave Charles bread for a little hustle,
For what you might call a “land rustle.”
It was a legerdemain land switch.
He’d done time for a crime, but now he’s man rich.
And he said:

“I came to the land Down Under
For a serious blunder.
I’ve paid my dues, and now I wonder:
Won’t you come to my house for supper?”

Wife of the man’s in a bombed way;
Charles helps her to dry out, but one day,
The troubles arrive, and there are plenty.
In the end, Sydney of Charles is empty.

To Eire he runs from the land Down Under.
The woman don’t pay for blunder
She had committed. . .torn asunder
With a gun her brother—gave Sam cover.

[1]As played by Michael Wilding (Wilfrid Smith in “Stage Fright”)
[2]Lady Henrietta Flusky, as played by Ingrid Bergman; confesses to murdering her brother as cover for her husband, Sam, the actual killer. Sam is sent as a convict to Australia and makes his fortune when he is released. Henrietta is wracked with guilt and briefly infatuated with Adare.
[3]Flusky, as played by Joseph Cotten (Uncle Charlie in “Shadow of a Doubt”)

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Old Man Ribber - March 18, 2011 - Report this comment
JAB - Hume Cronyn was a writer too? I guess "The Tandy-man Can". A MUCH better parody than my last pun. ;D.
John Barry - March 18, 2011 - Report this comment
The "UC" soaper script was not Hume's finest moment.
WarrenB - March 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Legerdemain land switch... nice.

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