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Song Parodies -> "What's a Miracle?"

Original Song Title:

"It's a Miracle"

Original Performer:

Roger Waters

Parody Song Title:

"What's a Miracle?"

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The Lyrics

Pink Floyd bassist/frontman Roger Waters steadily emerged over the decades as a provocative and crafty lyricist, one of the finest in a strictly rock idiom, and even more so after his acrimonious split with the band in the mid-eighties, ostensibly over his 'creative control' tendencies. His style can be ponderous, overly intense and morbidly existential perhaps for some tastes at times, and delivered with an increasingly limited vocal range, but he was never less than an original and thought-provoking artist.

This song, from Waters's 1992 album 'Amused to Death', finds him at his edgiest, satirical best. I've used the live DVD version from his stateside 'In the Flesh' tour of some ten years ago. You'll find it on YouTube here. The original lyrics appear on screen along with concert stills, and also in the text below it. If you want to watch the actual performance without superimposed lyrics, there's a version with Persian subtitles (!) here.

I recommend first enjoy the Waters version, if your unfamiliar with it, and then - er, 'enjoy' mine, but it's a dark, dirge-like opus with a long intro, so make sure you're in the mood and be patient - you'll be well-rewarded.

This one's going to part the murky, polarizing seas of religious orientation among AmIrighters. Do your worst, folks! If I get ones for this from the devout, it won't be the first time and at least I'll know I've pricked the bubble of theological complacency, mbwa ha ha (red horns emerge from LL's thinning, godless skull and countenance darkens to grin of unspeakable evil). Then again I could be the victim of that satanic random one-bomber whom I parodied earlier this week, and who has even longer horns than me.

(radio fx/long intro)

Miraculous we call the babe
Who wins earthquake's death-bet
Pulled from rubble in the Andes,
Mexico, Haiti threat
No cemet'ry - wave churned 'em to a dolph' source
Thais and Japs
In the dread sea, saved survivors, trapped
Snatched back from the jaws of Hades
Not their time to enter now
God is so kind, we're taught
But hundreds-thousands caught?
Saint Theresa from Albania
Oh what Mercy sisters be!
Sick and poor and in Calcutta?
Be a dying man for free

It's a miracle, but I'm cynical
What's a miracle? Antonymical?
By the grace of God and Allah
Jahweh, Buddha, Rama's stark blue face
The human race has canonized itself
By a miracle

(short Jon Carin synth. break)

We got Our Lady of Fatima
We got Bernadette of Lourdes
Certified true vision - heed it -
Say the holy horde
We got semi-auts, we got tasers,
Pepper spray - and a voice
Yeah, we got choice
Lanza: 'Meet me in the classroom
Of quaint Sandy Hook, be here'
The Lord said 'Needer,
Just can't see my way quite clear!'
And on God's 'plan',
Families grieved the seeds they'd sown
Our Father wh'art in heaven,
Why souls repaid half-grown?

That's no miracle. It's empirical
Just satirical - another shmiracle
By embrace of God Almighty
And the treasure of St Peter's place
The human race has cauterized itself
It's delirical!

Charles Manson's helter-skelters
Sharon Tate's own unborn-fears
Lloyd-Webber's 'Superstar'
Hears just tears, salt tears for years and years
An earthquake hits the chapel
Holy See there too long lingers
Michelangelo comes down
And flattens those doomringers
It's a miracle!

(slow fade into Snowy White guitar coda and sfx)

(see intro for 2 links to OS)
FOR PINK FLOYD FANS Fortunately for their legions of faithful followers, the 'Waterless' Floyd continued to produce acclaimed albums and concert tours well into the 00s, thanks to the world-class chops of guitarist David Gilmour and keyboard soundscaper Richard Wright, augmented by younger musicians. (Wright died in 2008.) Their legendary, pioneering, extravagant laser-lightshows never failed to lead the field (as in, leave all competitors for dead) up to the very end.

For the converted (and non-), I recommend the 'Remember That Night' set at the Royal Albert Hall 2006, one of Wright/Gilmour's last grand stagings together, with guests David Crosby, Graham Nash, David Bowie and former Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music lead guitarist Phil Manzanera. As with many great instrumentalists, Gilmour's playing improves like fine wine, especially on his more recent composition 'The Blue'. The set includes one of the last (and best) performances of the marathon 'Echoes'. The full concert is here.

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AFW - March 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Very biting, and thought provoking satire....creatively done..I judge this constructively, not religiously..
John Barry - March 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Five for the reading. Will watch videos later to appreciate this more.
Lifeliver - March 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks Airfarce and JAB for taking the time and the plunge. This one seems to have had limited appeal, and I acknowledge it is rather dark. Oh well, their loss. I deliberately posted on a weekend as I thought people might have more time to experience the OS. I do hope it's a 'sleeper' because I consider it one of my personal best.

I can't help wondering if the viewer who didn't like it was shamed out of giving me ones by the intro - I'd like to think so ...
Wendy Christopher - March 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Bit late to the party with this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed unravelling all those cryptic lines - although I'm sure I didn't come close to deciphering all the hidden meanings contained in them ;^) A bold and creative parody - and not least for the fact that you've 'out-deeped' Roger Waters I give this 555.
Lifeliver - March 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks, Wendy. Success in 'out-deeping' Roger Waters is quite a compliment, and I'm glad you mentioned the 'hidden' aspect. You're very good at cottoning on to what I am going for and often say just the kind of thing I want to hear, so your comments are very much appreciated.

It's not that cryptic actually, but both the original and mine, though they have quite different themes, can be interpreted on several levels, I believe.

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