Weird Al Yankovic built a large career for himself changing words of hit songs and re recording them. Creating an industry from nothing is impressive, Al's an extremely talented guy, but when I hear songs re written using the music and groove of an already well known song, I'm let down, I feel jipped, cause there's nothing easier than punching up someone's already fully fleshed out successful idea.
Below I'll change words to the first couple lines of familiar holiday songs and prove the point of how easy it is. If I can do it, any dolt can.
Once you get started on a theme with the first two lines changed, the rest comes even easier. So if you're wanting to complete an entire song, it'll be a cinch. You'll agree after you sing my samples.
*You may not nail the cadence of the original song using the new words I wrote, but if you go back over them a time or two and play with the groove, you'll find they all work perfectly right on the beat.
Sleigh Bells ring ... around the rosey
There's an actress ... named Parker Posey
Jingle Bells, collect sea shells, Liberace's gay,
If he were alive, he moved to Vermont, and marry a guy named Ray, Hey!
Little Drummer Boy
Come, they told me, geta colonoss cah pee
It might not hurt one bit, but there's no guarantee
Good King Wenceslas
Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the feast of Stephan
Does anybody out there know, what the feast of Stephan is?
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the snowman, was a jolly happy soul
On our soccer team, because he's so fat, we make him play in goal
Silent Night, Holy Night,
Hide the weed, state cops in sight
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
God rest ye merry gentleman your heads upon this hay
I'll be right back with fatty foods prepared by Rachel Ray
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer walks around in panty hose
Which explains why when you meet him, he introduces himself as Rose,
You might have chuckled some, and if you did, I suggest you do up a couple yourself and read em around this year's holiday Yule. Feel free to go right ahead and complete any of the ones I started. You'll be a big hit. Merry Christmas.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO