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Song Parodies -> "Ode to Gin, er Joy"

Original Song Title:

"Ode to Joy (from the 9th Symphony)"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Ode to Gin, er Joy"

Parody Written by:

Rick Duncan

The Lyrics

Here's something a little different. This is the famous melody from the famous Beethoven 9th. There are lyrics, therefore fodder for parody. (You can now hear a couple of our originals on MP3. com, under Rad & MAD)
Friends, lets have a get-together
Listen to some Ludwig Van
He wrote lots of famous music
Though he was a drunken man
Even this song's all about boozin'
Though the public is unawares
Sing it loudly, don't be snoozin'
It's in German, so who cares?

Yes, this tune is all about drinking
Singin' it high or singin' low
Sing it in a foreign language
And no one will ever know

Beethoven wrote lots of music
People seem to love the most
It is really quite amazing
Since he was deaf as a post
If you study his inky parchments
You may ask "Ach, vas ist das?"
Drinking didn't help his writing
But sure helped his hearing loss

If you read his smeared inky scrawlings
You may ask "What does this mean?"
Orchestras just flipped a coin
When notes seemed sort of "in between"

So let's sit and toast a tribute
To the big ninth symphony
By the time it gets to this part
You'll be in your cups with me
Getting jiggy with the chorus
Big trombones add to the din
You can bet he'll never bore us
With his song the "Ode to Gin"

Getting jiggy with the chorus
Though opera singers can annoy
Still you know he'll never bore us
With his song the "Ode to Joy"

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Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.4
Overall Rating: 4.4

Total Votes: 8

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Johnny D - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Funny and brilliant, Rick ! Good pacing and clever wording.
royce miller - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick--just the mention of Ode to Joy made me smile--and your parody is so fine
neminem - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Very nice... though I'm disappointed you didn't include the rest of it. You know there's a bunch more, right? I didn't particularly, till we performed it last month... Where's the fugue? ;-) Oh well, 5/5/5 anyway.
Rick D - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Yes, neminem, there sure is. Much of the last third is variations of the verses I parodied that would look fairly boring in print. therre is also the 6/8 fugue intro where the tenor sings "Froh, froh wie seinen sonnen, seine sonnen fliegen, ...etc. But it's short and repetitive, and leads right into that kick-ass fugue. Also everbody can sing along with the part I did, but the other, most people don't know. Thanks for the interest. what do you play?
Wild Man - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Very original, nice work.
Rick D - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Here, neminem, you can sing this to the 6/8 fugue----- "Fro, Fro-do, yo-ur movie, yo-o-ur movie is long and boring, Frodo, yo-ur mo-o-vie is long and boring..........Now you know why I skipped it.
Claude Prez - November 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Yeah, what the fugue is goin' on here? I'm bluffing; I'm sure I know this tune from movies and stuff but I'm a complete philistine when it comes to classical. Funny lyrics though
Phil Alexander - November 17, 2003 - Report this comment
Nice one, Rick - incidentally, when Rainbow released this on their "Difficult to Cure" album, giving it the German title: "Vielleicht das nachster zeit", they managed to get two spelling errors and three grammatical errors into four words. Impressive stuff, nicht wahr?
Rick D - November 19, 2003 - Report this comment
I missed that one, Phil. Somebody out there might be interested in a unique performance of not only the famous 9th, but also "Bohemian Rhapsody" by the California Guitar Trio. All done on three guitars. (Strange name since none of them are from California)
neminem - April 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey, just randomly browsing through old songs I left comments on, as a way of continuing procrastination ;-). I played bass. Not bass violin or anything, bass. As in, I was in the choir. And yes, the California Guitar Trio are in fact quite awesome.
Mic's Mom - January 31, 2005 - Report this comment
I was searching the web for words set to Ode because it is one of my daughters favorite tunes and I could only remember 2 and a half verses from my church-going days. I happened on this and really enjoyed it. I'm a classically trained on the oboe and hold a teaching certificate for music in three states. I appreciate the sentiment - especially the lines about trying to read Beethoven's manuscripts.
germathan - September 28, 2020 - Report this comment
Nice blast to the past, just saying hi from 2020.

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