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Song Parodies -> "End of the Innocence (Shawshank Redemption)"

Original Song Title:

"End of the Innocence"

Original Performer:

Don Henley

Parody Song Title:

"End of the Innocence (Shawshank Redemption)"

Parody Written by:

Mike Armstrong

The Lyrics

I was intent on doing a song on the Shawshank Redemption, regardless of the difficulty of finding an appropriate song. I think I found the right song, and hopefully I did justice to the movie. It is sung in the perspective of Andy Dufresne, the main character who was unfairly imprisoned for 30 years of his life.
Remember when we were in love?
Thirty years have passed since then,
I've been stuck in Shawshank jail,
Luckily, I've found some friends.
Happily ever after failed,
When the jury said I shot my wife,
They said I canned her lover too,
Put me in prison for life.

Oh, I'll do my time without complaint,
Helpin' out the warden,
Proud to be Andy Dufresne,
Innocent in Shawshank,
Goin' to the library with Brooks,
Carvin stone into chess piece rooks,
Used to do taxes and insurance, but...
This is the end
This is the end
Of my innocence.

Oh, I'd been there for 20 years,
When Tommy came in '58,
Tattooed arms and slicked back hair,
Told me about his ex-roommate.
Seems that he knew Elmo Blatch,
The man who shot my cheatin' girl,
I finally had my living proof,
But he was shot down in a whirl.

Oh, gettin posters from 'ol Red,
I placed them on my wall,
I dig at night, I dig for life,
While the guards take naps below,
Goin to the library with Brooks,
Carvin stone into chess piece rooks,
Used to do taxes and insurance,
But this is the end
This is the end
Of my innocence.

I waited for the storm that night,
Escaped through yards and yards of muck,
I hurried up, got out of town,
But don't tell me I relied on luck.
Blackmailed Shawshank, fooled everyone,
The warden's gun went to his head,
Mexico was the next stop,
Now it's just me and Red...
Oh, goin' to the library with Brooks,
Carvin stone into chess piece rooks,
Used to do taxes and insurance,
It was the end,
It was the end,
Of my innocence.

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Pacing: 4.7
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.7

Total Votes: 42

Voting Breakdown

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Joe - March 26, 2003 - Report this comment
I was impressed at your ability to take the movie and translate into this song, which is really hard to parody. Very good work!
Ruthie - December 27, 2003 - Report this comment
I thought Mike wrote a wonderful parody! Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies. Not only was he able to keep up with the pace of the song. He chronologically wrote the verses in a clear and concise manner. Magnifico!!
Aaerni - January 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Do you hear what I hear? One of the kids recently molested by Jacko the Wacko was Kira Henley!
Mari D - January 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Just noticed this one. I like the movie, the song, and your parody. That must have been a challenge to do. And for those of you who haven't seen the movie, you might not know that "Dufresne" is pronounced "Du-frane."
Meriadoc - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Very well crafted, and yes, you picked an excellent song to use.
Paul Robinson - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Mike, fine job. 5's...
Adagio - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) DKTOS, but a very good parody!
Johnny D - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Wow..... 5's
Agrimorfee - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) A neat song, Mike! I'm a voracious Stephen King reader, you did it justice.555
Peregrin - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
And what a great story to tell as well ! Well done!
Spaff.com - May 27, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice combination of the two originals. Not exactly funny, but of course humor wasn't the intent. Well thought out.
Jeff Reuben - May 27, 2004 - Report this comment
Good song. Excellent movie. Not as funny as some of the others, but well written
MysteryGoat - May 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent to see another non-humorous parody on here, those are a rare find. I know the song but I've never seen the movie so I don't know the story, but I think the song was crafted nicely. 2 5's
Claude Prez - May 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good.
martha - May 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Superb job ... very atmospherc use of language .. gets my vote in the e's contest..

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