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Lyr Add: Edmund Fitzgerald parody

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BACK HOME IN DERRY
THE EDMUND FITZGERALD
THE NERVOUS WRECK OF THE EDNA FITZGERALD


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GUEST,Sandy Andina 08 Feb 06 - 08:11 PM
GUEST,Ingrid Frances Stark 08 Feb 06 - 08:32 PM
jacqui.c 08 Feb 06 - 09:28 PM
GUEST,Sandy Andina 08 Feb 06 - 11:42 PM
kendall 09 Feb 06 - 03:13 PM
jacqui.c 13 Feb 06 - 06:03 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WRECK OF A FOLKIE'S CAREER (S. Andina)
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 08 Feb 06 - 08:11 PM

Ever heard one too many open mikers mangle Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?" Or lose your chance to play at all because of mic hogs who played that, "Tam Lin," and "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" as their three allotted songs? Well, this one's for you:

THE WRECK OF A FOLKIE'S CAREER
(profuse apologies to Gordon Lightfoot)
words © by S. Andina

1.        The legend lives on from the Earl of Old Town
Of the Long-Winded Bad Open Miker
The crowd, it is said, they all wanted her dead
(In other words, they didn't like her).
A spectacular bore, 26 minutes more
Than the other performers dared proffer
They'd hiss and they'd boo if they'd had a chance to
But instead, they just wished they could off her.

2.        The rule was two songs, any more would be wrong
For the list contained seventeen singers.
Eight of them, to be sure, were just rank amateurs,
Seven dogs, and a couple of ringers.
The first singer tried, "American Pie"
Then six choruses of "On Wisconsin."
The bartenders say he'd have gone on till day
Had the MC not stepped in to stop him.

3.        The rest saw the sign, and they all toed the line:
Two songs, each five minutes or shorter
Including the tuning and talking between
And the ritual sipping of water.
At eleven p.m., our culprit walked in
And proceeded to plug in ten pedals.
Despite a soundcheck, she still sounded like dreck
But the MC resolved not to meddle.

4.        Her set started late at 11:08
As she sang, "In A Gadda Da Vida."
The song didn't end until nine minutes in
(And by then, we all wanted to bleed her).
But she didn't care, for she didn't stop there,
Doing ditties by Joni and Sheryl.
Then her shill yelled, "Encore! For you must do one more.
"Play "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald!"

5.        Does anyone know where civility goes
When a bore turns the minutes to hours?
The telephone chimed, for it was closing time
So we gave her a Budweiser shower.
And dripping with beer, she slunk out of here,
Her career forever in peril.
If you want to be liked at your next open mike………..
Don't do "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Edmund Fitzgerald parody
From: GUEST,Ingrid Frances Stark
Date: 08 Feb 06 - 08:32 PM

Hmmm.... only five verses and no chorus. I may have to sing this at our weekly open mike some night.

Ingrid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Edmund Fitzgerald parody
From: jacqui.c
Date: 08 Feb 06 - 09:28 PM

Yep - definitely needs a few more verses to get the audience going! (Out the door, that is)

This is a nice one Sandy - made me laugh anyway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Edmund Fitzgerald parody
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 08 Feb 06 - 11:42 PM

Add the requisite vamps and guitar breaks and I guarantee you you'll wish it were shorter!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Edmund Fitzgerald parody
From: kendall
Date: 09 Feb 06 - 03:13 PM

For what it's worth, this has my stamp of approval! Well done!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Edmund Fitzgerald parody
From: jacqui.c
Date: 13 Feb 06 - 06:03 PM

Sandy

Kendall and I did this one at a folk gathering in Maine this weekend and it met with total approval, so much so that I was asked for the lyrics by a couple of those present.

Looks like this one will spread - I will certainly be using it again both here and in the UK.


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