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Song Parodies -> "The Scene's Grim (Libya and Moammar Gadhafi)"

Original Song Title:

"Marine's Hymn (United States Marine Corps)"

Original Performer:

Traditional (Author unknown Marine)

Parody Song Title:

"The Scene's Grim (Libya and Moammar Gadhafi)"

Parody Written by:

Fiddlegirl and Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Anybody (not a current or ex-Marine ;) know where the "halls of Montezuma" were, and why they're in TOS? Or for that matter, where Tripoli was, before the current events brought it to the fore, and why *that* city is in TOS? (No peeking, of course! ;)

The revolt is gonna' doom ya
They abhor: Man, Tripoli
He treats like herd of cattle
They want fairness; grant: be free
First, in Cairo; Alexandria
Were the people's valor seen
Now, out loud, acclaim the rightful --
Dues to all hu-man-i-ty

'Spite gag, whole world, in Lib'ya, sees
Poor pawns. Rights? Getting none
No free thought; protest: a crime? Disgrace:
Un-armed man shot with gun   [1]
Freedom's growing more in Arab lands
As so many flock: street scenes
Their goal: grind Gadhafi down, the slob!
And uniting is their means

To Hell with you forev-ermore
Which you, no doubt, deserve
So many are rife; crowds taunt; risk life
So brave; ac-cost with verve
Coup by Army; ride train, gravy   [2]
Bottom, took, among regimes   [3]
Though his threat: his peeps bombarded   [4]
*He'll* be blown to smithereens!

[1] Very early in this event, Anderson Cooper of CNN, and his web site probably, showed a cell-phone video of police opening fire on unarmed, non-violent protesters. At least one man was killed; he became a martyr whose funeral attracted most of the city, it seemed.

[2] Gadhafi came to power in a military coup in 1969.

[3] A human-rights group ranked Libya and North Korea tied for last place; i. e., tied as the two most repressive regimes on the planet.

[4] Unlike the restraint exercised by the Egyptian government, Gadhafi has used his own military to shoot and bomb the protesters. Funny thing, though -- a couple of his pilots have flown their fighters out of the country and requested asylum instead (i. e., "defected"), and a group of Libyan army officers called upon fellow soldiers to "join the people"..... Does a ton of bricks have to fall on you, Sir?

Yeah, there are 122 ways to spell this jerk's name. This is the problem of "transliteration" -- how to spell in English (Latinic alphabet) a name or other word native to a different alphabet. Phonetics may vary, and we didn't think معمر القذافي would work very well in the parody. ;) ... Went with the Associated Press spelling, which is different from the Wikipedia spelling, which is different from the Tori Spelling ... ;)

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Patrick - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Got the first view and first comment. How many know that there are multiple verses to the Marine Hymn? "Qaddafi" doesn't seem to disturb my spellcheck. But "spellcheck" does. The brave rebels of Libya have guns and international support. The Egyptians had numbers on their side, and eventually, the Army. The bravest or most foolhardy are the people of Syria, who continue to protest, though it means certain death, outside the view of most of the world, and apparently, with little or no attempt to fight back. The death of bin Laden shows the way I think most wars should be fought. To hell with laws that prohibit assassination of foreign heads of state. If a country is worth fighting, they man at the top should be the first target.
Patrick - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
You could also sing this to "Yellow Rose of Texas" or "The Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. "The Marine Corps Hymn" is more appropriate, of course.
Andy Primus - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Never heard of the OS, but I knew about Tripoli because I'm one of those weirdos who actually enjoys geography. The only Montezuma that I've heard of was an Aztec ruler. My dad's generation use "Montezuma's revenge" for a case of the runs!
Why the 4 on pacing? - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
"Funny" is an individual taste, but please look at the OS lyrics linked, match them to the parody, and point out where the mismatches occurred. Thank you.
Off Kilter - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Semper Wry!
Tommy Turtle - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Patrick: About as many who know that there are four verses to the National Anthem... Never thought about the other OS; sharp catch! Thanks for v/c.

Andy Primus: Of course you haven't, silly boy! It's the theme song of the *United States* Marine Corps, as it says in the title.... ;-D ... Same term here for the runs (we also call it "the trots") .. Do you know *why* it's called Montezuma's revenge? I'd tell you, but I know you enjoy researching these things. (Both places were where Marines had fought battles, long before the current Libya affair.) Thanks for v/c.

Wt4op: Most such people vote anonymously and without explanation (not this writer), which pretty much renders the vote meaningless, but thanks for trying.
John Jenkins - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Good stuff.
Tommy Turtle - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
John Jenkins: Nice comment.
AFW - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Welcome back, Dynamic Duo...The most famous pair since salt and pepper..Not the singers, the real salt and pepper..Funtastic switching, her
AFW - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
That's..HERE..not HER...12:30 am..late for a two year old to still be up..
Tommy Turtle - May 17, 2011 - Report this comment
AFW: No need to correct your first comment; in fact, I greatly enjoy taking a switch to FG when she deserves it -- or doesn't, heh heh! ;) (See our "My Fair Lady" for that persona. ;)

Or, to put it another way, we enjoy switching roles:
"Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind"

(To AFW and everyone else: That was totally facetious. Much to my regret, I will probably never have the opportunity to meet my very lady-like collaborator and highly-respected e-friend.)

ANY-way, thanks for the v/c, and you *do* write amazingly well for a two-year-old! :-D
Mark Scotti - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Glad to see you two have come out from your "secret compound" to seal Bin Ladin's your own, one of a kind, way! 555 shots...
Mark Scotti - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
My Bin ladin remark was meant for your other brilliant entry. Loved this as well...Momo's gotts gogo....
Tommy Turtle - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Mark, nice to see you, too - your presence here was missed, be assured! Sorry to hear about your employment situation -- please explain to me again why the POTUS thinks there's some kind of "recovery" going on? (Sheesh!)

FG has also been a victim of the "recovery" (yeah, right), being required to teach more classes and losing an assistant, hence, no time for the past three months. She made an exception for the "hot news" (LOL) of O's porn stash, and this one to accompany it, which actually, we wrote near the beginning of the event but didn't post.

It's possible we might be able to be more active when her summer break starts in a week or two. Me, I'm struggling very hard just to make a living in this *recovered* economy :P, and so not so much free time either. Thanks for v/c, and GL on the employment front.

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