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Song Parodies -> "The Deer Hunter"

Original Song Title:

"The Wild Rover"

Original Performer:

Traditional

Parody Song Title:

"The Deer Hunter"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

The movie "Deer Hunter" is an integral part of my youth. It is a very touching and shocking movie, and I could well internalize myself with the inhabitants of the small industrial town, as my dad was an operations engineer in a steel mill. I've tried to put myself in the place of those boys.
I've been a deer hunter for many a year
I've spent all most my earnings on American beer
Now I have returned war-weary and sore
And I think I will never hunt deer any more

And it's no, nay, never (will shoot a deer)
No, nay, never no more
Will I be a deer hunter
no never, no more

I've worked in a steel mill in blast furnace crew
I was was sent to Viet Nam as but cannon food
I've fought in the jungle, I've fought in the mud
I've been beaten and captured, and covered in blood

And it's no, nay, never...

I've been tortured by Viet Cong, I've been locked in a cage
Been sucked by the leeches, been hit in a rage
I've played Russian Roulette, and I've played it so well
I've killed human beings, I've been through the Hell

And it's no, nay, never...

Now I've come back home and I work in the mill
I could not shoot deer as we're hunting at hill
Now Steven is crippled and Nick had mad gone
I found him at Saigon, he won't come back home

And it's no, nay never...

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AFW - March 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Good job...and fine movie...I believe the setting for this film was western Pa. I live in N.E. Ohio and they say some of the bar sequences were filmed in a tavern , at the time, near a U.S. Steel works, about five miles from where I live..
Susanna Viljanen - March 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks, AFV. The movie is very touching - three small-town boys, who should never have gone in the war - are drafted in the army and taken to the other side of the world, and only one them returns, and even he has been shattered inside. Michael's character, played by Robert de Niro, is somehow similar to that of Eugene Sledge in "The Pacific" series.
Peter Andersson - March 21, 2012 - Report this comment
DKTOS but YouTubed a very Irish version, don't remember much of the movie 'cept the Russian Roulette scene, guess I was too young for it when on the big screens and only know that bit from late night TV zapping. 545 because it's obviously not meant to be dead funny.
Susanna Viljanen - March 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Yes, the original is an Irish folk song. It has a pretty easy and catchy tune, and it is easy to sing. It was aired on Finnish television quite soon after it had been on the big screen, and I've later bought the film as DVD as well. The Russian roulette scheme is quite shocking and easy to remember.

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