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Song Parodies -> "Publishers' paradise"

Original Song Title:

"Gangsters' Paradise"

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Parody Song Title:

"Publishers' paradise"

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The Lyrics

This is another parody written for a review .. the Spitz is the name of a venue in London,, again a book launch and agian a song addressed to my publishers whose office was on the Jubilee Line ,, part of the London Underground..
The DailyvExpress is an Englsih newspaper often read by expat communities in Spain etc....
As I push though the crowds on the Jubilee Line
I think to myself I must stop drinking all this wine
Cos my head is thumping and my eyes are all glazed
And my mouth is like the bottom of a parrot's cage
I stagger to my desk and I boot up my PC
just to find 200 emails all screamin at me
I down a triple expresso and try to concentrate
and then I start to check my diary - oh my God I'm running late
I've got to finish that budget for the Board - it's overdue
and do I have to sack that editor for snorting coke in the ladies loo?
and The phone keeps on ringing and rattling in my brain
Is this what I need after 2 hours in the train - huh ?

I've been spending most of my life
Workin in this publisher's paradise
repeat four times

It's starting to get to me, it's really very bad
if I don't do something drastic I think I'll wind up going mad
So I log on to the Internet and I start a random search
and then I hit on something that just knocks off my perch
an online casino,- spread betting and the rest
I think what have I got to lose and I take a wild guess
I buy a massive long position on England at the Test
and the projected life expectancy of good old Georgie Best
I sit there dreaming of how I'm going to spend my loot
thinking this could be the last time I ever wear a suit
I could sell up and buy a place on the beach - real paradise may be soon within my reach

tell me why are we too blind to see
that if we really try we can break free

dont wanna spend the rest of my life
working in this publisher's paradise (4 times)

'have you got those figures for the annual report?
A voice in the distance suddenly brings me up short
I have to think for a minute to try to clear my head
it feels as if my sanity is hanging by a thread
I manage to crunch some numbers and present them to the Board
then I dash back to check up on the action at Lords
At the end of the innings I can't believe my luck
England made a thousand and the Aussies all got ducks Hah!

wont have to spend the rest of my life working in a publisher's paradise (4 times)

tell em why are wee to blind to see if we really try we can break free.

After years of lotus eating I've a secret to confess
last week I caught myself reading the Daily Express*
I never thought I'd say this but surfing's rather boring
and you know that fabulous yacht I bought - it never leaves its moorings
all this lazing on the beach has done nothing for my figure
and I'm really up to here with shooting the breeze with lottery winners
Joni Mitchell got it right I think you know the song
you never appreciate what you've got until its gone
I miss my charming colleagues and their witty conversation
and that groovy little adrenaline buzz you get from publication
and God these endless barbecues are getting on my tits/really are the pits
I really feel like getting down and dirty at the Spitz*

I wanna spend the rest of my life working in this publisher's paradise(4 times)

and why are we too blind to see that our authors need really big royalties


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Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.4
Overall Rating: 4.4

Total Votes: 5

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Birgitta - February 14, 2004 - Report this comment
WOW Martha-I can't tell you how much I can appreciate this.Not because I know Lotus,or even where the Spritz is,lol-but simply because it takes a very skilled writer-to match the pacing of this song.(Which is one one of my favorites.) Your pacing is perfect-wording,once again brilliant.It's just a shame,more people don't know this song very well,for your sake.A masterpiece. TC
MarthaDTox - February 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Hi Birgitta Thanks for the positive comments. I write these things so that I can do them live so I do spend time to make them singable... I have just about run out of songs to submit now .. I must think sbout some new topics!
Birgitta - February 16, 2004 - Report this comment
Wow,you sing them too? I love to write parodies,but when it comes to singing,I write easy listening tunes that I play on the guitar & the piano.Mostly inspirational stuff. You TC -this was excellent.
Birgitta - February 17, 2004 - Report this comment
And once again-Congrats on "Martha appreciation week!!" (big cheezy grin) TC! (darn thing won't let me vote again,lol...)
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - September 16, 2004 - Report this comment
(Rap Parody) Erm, 'pacing is perfect wording'? Sorry, but I disagree, especially seeing that 'publisher' has one more syllable than 'gangsta'. This was well written, but not as well written as Birgitta makes it out to be. (PS. As if we Aussies will ever get all ducks!)
Agrimorfee - September 21, 2004 - Report this comment
(Rap #1) Pacing was too herky jerky for me too. An interesting story nonetheless.
Invincibizzle - September 21, 2004 - Report this comment
I agree with Luke and Aggro there: the pacing was clanky here and there, and the "troubles of the working person (darn political correctness)" story is a little overdone. This is in no way intended to take away from your ability as a parody author (authoress?), but maybe rap just isn't your forte. 444
Claude Prez - September 24, 2004 - Report this comment
I didn't have a problem with pacing; with rap it seems pretty easy to cram in extra syllables to make it fit (not to be a snob about it). I found it clever.
Johnny D - September 25, 2004 - Report this comment
(Rap) "I could sell up and buy a place on the beach - real paradise may be soon within my reach" ... But not in Florida, at least THIS year! LOL! Good job.
Jeff Reuben - September 27, 2004 - Report this comment
Enjoyed this one a lot Martha
martha - October 02, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks for the comments

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