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Song Parodies -> "The Boob in the Bubble"

Original Song Title:

"The Boy in the Bubble"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Paul Simon

Parody Song Title:

"The Boob in the Bubble"

Parody Written by:

Lifeliver

The Lyrics

The opening song on Simon's seminal 'Graceland' album was a musical signal: 'And now for something completely different'. And it was. But I felt his typically fine lyrics needed a little updating.

THE BOOB IN THE BUBBLE

It was a week day
The coffee was heating
And the toaster on the side with its load
There was a bright light
A smattering of rice krispies
A burned-out celeb marriage transpired from the radio

These are the days of miracle and wonder
My everyday morning call
The way the cat meow follows me in slo-mo
To my briefcase in the hall
The way I check for the weather information
What's lying in the corner of the sky?
These are the days of miracle and wonder
Must fly baby, must fly, must fly

There was a chill wind
And it swept across the bus stop
And it swirled into the absence of mirth
Outer 'burb land
Squalling young schoolchildren
The mothers and the fathers
Their extraordinary girth

These are the days of miracle and wonder
My workaday wake-up call
Smart-data cameras follow us in remo'
The way they look at us all
The way we look to a vigilant invasion
That probes in every corner of our lives
These are the days of miracle and wonder
Husbands, babies and wives, and wives

It's a turn-around mugshot
It's every fail and false start
It's every small occasion puts a zoom lens on my pri-parts
Flatulence is digital and digital is fart
Scan your baby in the bubble, see and hear its beating heart

And I believe
These are the days of lawyers in the jungle
Testimonies bungled somewhere
Video signals witness abomination
It is my supplication that billionaires and trillionaires get rabies

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is your last wake-up call
The way we're forced to swallow all the promos
The way we suck, to them all
The way we look to a distant TV station
Trying to give some meaning to our lives
These are the days of miracle and wonder
But thought thrives baby, thought thrives, thought thrives, survives

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AFW - October 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Most poetic and creative take on today's world
GLen S - October 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I love pokes at our commercialism and consumerism. It's what drives us here in the US, but it's nice to take a break and remember to THINK about what we consume, too. And poetic, like AFW said.
Meriadoc - October 19, 2012 - Report this comment
TV started the revolution of voyeurism and began the death of culture. The computer and the internet continue it. The interesting part is that the internet will soon be responsible for the demise of TV, which is already in its death throes, reaching out for a baser and baser audience to sustain itself...
Peregrin - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Merry: Gidday, chuckles :) Go on, say what you really think!

LL: No need for the link, LL, know if off by heart in my head, great OS. And as others before me said, an informed insight!
Lifeliver - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks AFW, Glen, Meriadoc, Pippin for your usual supportive words. This piece kinda changed direction. It started out contrasting various boring mundanities against the line 'days of miracle and wonder', but phased in to a vague diatribe against techno-alienation and media-driven half-life.

Personally, I think the advent of television really was a miracle, for the first time a real 'window on the world' to bring nations together and shared knowledge to all. And we used it to sell toothpaste! We've already blown the opportunity to make the world a better place through mass media and 21st century communications. The Obama-Romney debate circus has replaced the big picture, the holistic approach to contrasting policies, ideologies and potential solutions (LL now steps off soapbox)
WCJ - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Sounds like a typical description in of the day in the life of an average day citizen. Not too stretched from the truth... :-) Great work! 555!
Lifeliver - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
@ Merry: re. news voyeurism, just in this week: Daniel Radcliffe breaks up with girlfriend; Katie Couric shouldn't stand next to Tyra Banks; Obama bares his teeth; Julia Gillard falls over in India; and the usual round-up of wardrobe malfunctions and red-carpet disasters. It's a good feeling to stay informed, eh?
Lifeliver - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks, WCJ, glad you liked it
Meriadoc - October 22, 2012 - Report this comment
LL: I remember when I got my first apartment in '79, my cousin thought it was awful that I didn't have a TV - he lent me one and I think I turned it on once in the three years I was there. Basic cable in this house - 70-odd channels, all filled with crap. If I had my way it would be out on the curb.
Peregrin - October 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Chuckles rides again :)
WarrenB - October 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Damn, this was good. Great take on the Simon tune, and read well with the original. Also echoing the comment by AFW. The fifth paragraph/stanza really stands out.
Lifeliver - October 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Cheers, Warren. Always nice to get a surprise approving late view. I'm hoping there might be a few more 'sleepers' in my repertoire. Question: Were you referring to the fifth (last) stanza, or the 'bridge', i.e. 'turnaround mugshot' etc. ... ?
WarrenB - October 26, 2012 - Report this comment
The bridge... for some reason the proper lyrical part name escaped me! The word play was very nice, especially the 'flatulence' switch. I'll eventually take a shot at this myself. Simon likes to play a lot with words, and this one is a standout.
Lifeliver - October 27, 2012 - Report this comment
@ Warren: I'm a great admirer of Paul Simon's lyrics too, not to mention the songs - the quality has been consistent throughout his career and I like to keep their integrity in my reworkings.. You might care to check out the lesser-known 'Geographic Conversation' (18 October).

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