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Song Parodies -> "Hanging from a Lamppost"

Original Song Title:

"Leaning on a Lamppost"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

George Formby

Parody Song Title:

"Hanging from a Lamppost"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Wikipedia entry for Benito Mussolini
I'm hanging from a lamp,
Starting to stink, and somewhat damp
And to think I used to rule all Italy
But now, I'm not the head
And if you don't know that I'm dead
I'll tell you why I'm here and who I used to be

I'm hanging from a lamppost at the corner of the street
I guess my time being El Duce's passed by
It's time to die
My time as THE El Duce has passed by
They didn't let me get away
They thought there was a better way
Those commie bastards shot me, that's why
I'm hanging from a lamppost at the corner of the street
I guess my time being El Duce's passed by

I once was a black-shirted bleeder
And folks thought that I was indeed a
Strong and a charismatic leader
The first and only time
The trains all ran on time
I was absolutely powerful
And nearly incorruptible
But left-wing shout "Fascisti must die"
So, I'm hanging from a lamppost at the corner of the street
I guess my time being El Duce's passed by


I'm hanging from a lamppost at the corner of the street
I guess my time being El Duce's passed by
An I-tai guy
My time as THE El Duce has passed by
I look back rather bitterly
At what they've done to Italy
Since they came and shot me, that's why
I'm hanging from a lamppost at the corner of the street
I guess my time being El Duce's passed by

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alvin rhodes - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
my favorite of the day...truly twisted...5s plus
Rick C - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Excellent! 555
Kristof Robertson - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
A tunefully morbid history lesson...555
Steven Cavanagh - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Can't believe others know TOS too! 5s.
Phil Alexander - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
I've had the idea for this running round my head for years... don't know why I didn't get round to writing it 'til now.
Steven - seeing as this is georgeformby2.shtml, I'd guess that the only other Formby parodies are my two "When I'm Cleaning Windows" variants.. so I'm quite surprised, too, that there's people who know this one.
Incidentally, the "trains running on time" bit is urban myth - I checked on snopes - but seeing as this is written as El Duce in the first person, I reckoned a bit of trumpet-blowing would be expected, historical accuracy taking a back seat.
Anyway, thanks to all for commenting... say, does anyone know "With me little ukelele in me hand"?
Dumb Ass Kid - July 06, 2005 - Report this comment
[SOTM] DKTOS unfortunately, but from what i've read this is top quality stuff : )
Leo Jay - July 08, 2005 - Report this comment
[SOTM] Original and very well-crafted. Love the bleeder/indeed a/leader rhymes.
Red Ant - July 08, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Thanks for the link included Phil, as I had forgotten much about Mussolini. Not sure if this was intentional on your part or not but I got the idea of his corpse singing this.
Phil Alexander - July 08, 2005 - Report this comment
I suppose "ghost" was more like what I was thinking than "corpse". But yes, you get the idea.
Arwen - July 08, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--dammit, I hate it when you make me accidentally learn something, Phil! ; )
Agrimorfee - July 11, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS, but I'm sure George Formby would be shocked. (George Formy in America was a woodworking expert who sold his own brand of paint and stains, I think)
Mike (Mike Armstrong) - July 13, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Ah, a refreshing history parody, gotta love it
Dr. Bob - July 14, 2005 - Report this comment
so he should have changed his name from mussoleani(ng) to mussohanging. now ill have to get out my history book. DKTOS but cute title.
Peter Andersson - July 16, 2005 - Report this comment
Any chance there's a recording of this somewhere on the net?
Dee Range - July 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Wish I knew the OS, this is a very good and funny read. Loved the "starting to stink and somewhat damp" line.
Phil Alexander - July 19, 2005 - Report this comment
For those of you who DKTOS, here's a (nearly) complete recording: http://www.cix.co.uk/~philbo/GeorgeFormby-LeaningOnALamppost.mp3 (about 1½MB)... it's made me realize I got a line wrong: the second "I'm hanging from a lamppost at the corner of the street" should be an "It's time to die" bit instead. Ah, well...
Peter Andersson - July 20, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM). 30s music to a 30s (OK 40s) subject, I can see how you came up with this one Phil! :-)
Jeff Reuben - July 22, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS, but well done Phil
Chalrie Decker - July 24, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Twisted! Great job, and thanks for the link to the OS.
Stuart McArthur - July 26, 2005 - Report this comment
(sotm) informative Phil, re the detail, and I loved the bitterly / Italy couplet - 555
Rick C - July 27, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Still moody, morbid and excellent.
Spaff.com - July 27, 2005 - Report this comment
Fascistastic! I don't know George Formby, alas, but I know this song thanks to Herman's Hermits. Thanks for the link to the always-reliable Wikipedia. I didn't know that Mussolini had coined the term "Axis Powers." Anyhoo - Nice job! I love the bitterly/Italy couplet and, especially, "absolutely powerful and nearly incorruptible."
Johnny D - July 28, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Horrifically and hysterically historical, indeed.
Tim Mayfield - July 28, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Profound 5's
Kristof Robertson - July 31, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Dark and intriguing...top stuff.
Mikey Squirrel - July 31, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM.. Alas, I DKTOS but I used your handy link and that helped alot. Very interesting and well done, Phil. 555
2nz - July 31, 2005 - Report this comment
DKTOS but well done. I also liked the 'bitterly/Italy' couplet.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - August 01, 2005 - Report this comment
Mmm, charming. Fine rhyming throughout, Phil.

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