[lit-ideas] Re: Bolcom and Morris - a short digression

I guess I missed that one by a mile.  Okay I'm
learnin'.  Lots of things that you guys don't see that
jump out all over me, so we're even.  Yin and yang...


--- Mike Geary <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Weird Al Yankovic is a parodist and satirist of pop
> music and its stars.  He's quite often very fnnny. 
> I didn't find Donal's selection particularly funny,
> a bit, yes, but not up to Al's best work.  Ak was
> paroding a famous scene from Pennebacker's
> documentary film "Don't Look Back"  -- I once had a
> dog I named 'Don't Look Back', but he not only
> didn't look back, he didn't look both ways before
> crossing the street and ended up as ground beef. 
> The song Weird Al was paroding was Dylan's
> "Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- (see below) and
> Weird Al's cue cards were a parody of Dylan's tossed
> aside lyric cue cards in the film.  That was the
> funniest thing about the parody -- that and the
> Ginsberg looking character in the background.
> 
> SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES
> Johnny's in the basement
> Mixing up the medicine
> I'm on the pavement
> Thinking about the government
> The man in the trench coat
> Badge out, laid off
> Says he's got a bad cough
> Wants to get it paid off
> Look out kid
> It's somethin' you did
> God knows when
> But you're doin' it again
> You better duck down the alley way
> Lookin' for a new friend
> The man in the coon-skin cap
> In the big pen
> Wants eleven dollar bills
> You only got ten
> 
> Maggie comes fleet foot
> Face full of black soot
> Talkin' that the heat put
> Plants in the bed but
> The phone's tapped anyway
> Maggie says that many say
> They must bust in early May
> Orders from the D. A.
> Look out kid
> Don't matter what you did
> Walk on your tip toes
> Don't try "No Doz"
> Better stay away from those
> That carry around a fire hose
> Keep a clean nose
> Watch the plain clothes
> You don't need a weather man
> To know which way the wind blows
> 
> Get sick, get well
> Hang around a ink well
> Ring bell, hard to tell
> If anything is goin' to sell
> Try hard, get barred
> Get back, write braille
> Get jailed, jump bail
> Join the army, if you fail
> Look out. kid,
> You're gonna get hit
> But users, cheaters
> Six-time losers
> Hang around the theaters
> Girl by the whirlpool
> Lookin' for a new fool
> Don't follow leaders
> Watch the parkin' meters
> 
> Ah get born, keep warm
> Short pants, romance, learn to dance
> Get dressed, get blessed
> Try to be a success
> Please her, please him, buy gifts
> Don't steal, don't lift
> Twenty years of schoolin'
> And they put you on the day shift
> Look out kid
> They keep it all hid
> Better jump down a manhole
> Light yourself a candle
> Don't wear sandals
> Try to avoid the scandals
> Don't wanna be a bum
> You better chew gum
> The pump don't work
> 'Cause the vandals took the handles
> 
>      *****
> 
> Those lyrics are quite different from Weird Al's
> parody lyrics.
> Mike Geary
> Memphis
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Andy" <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 2:31 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Bolcom and Morris - a short
> digression
> 
> 
> >I heard of Weird Al but I'm pretty clueless.  I'll
> > check him out.  Just wondering, what specifically
> do
> > you disagree with that I said about Dylan?  That I
> > used to think that he was a low life?  That was
> based
> > on a comment I heard him say way back which I
> won't go
> > into.  Over the years I've learned to feel sorry
> for
> > people who do/say lowlife things because I
> understand
> > that when people do/say low life things it's
> because
> > they're hurting.  So, forgive and forget and I now
> see
> > how good his music is.  I actually like Dylan.  I
> said
> > he was magic.
> > 
> > I like all kinds of music, except today's music. 
> I
> > have tried, yes I have tried to learn to like it
> but I
> > absolutely can't stand it for more than a minute. 
> > Maybe I just need someone to walk me through it or
> > something.  Somewhere along the line I did the old
> > bumper sticker thing which is I stopped the world
> and
> > got off and now can't or don't want to get back
> on. 
> > Part of it is that I much prefer interviews and I
> > hardly ever listen to music, not even when
> driving,
> > except maybe for exercise and my collection is not
> > extensive and I'm getting tired of it.  
> > 
> > Anyway, I'm surprised that you don't stand up for
> > Elvis.  He's in the pantheon somewhere too, toward
> the
> > top of the list somewhere.  The Beatles are now
> > cliches, that's the only thing that's wrong with
> them.
> > They really did some brilliant things later on
> after
> > they got past the I want to hold your hand junk. 
> I'm
> > inclined to think that all this non-narrative type
> > music has to be a trickle down from the earlier
> > disjointed art and everything from the moderns.  I
> > don't know where I'm going with that.  Maybe
> later. 
> > And maybe not.  That's it.  Gotta go.
> > 
> > 
> > --- Mike Geary <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> >> Irene, you do know who Weird Al Yankovic is,
> don't
> >> you?
> >> 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >     
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