Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Now it can be told

Here are the original songs whose titles I attempted to parody in the previous post. On some of them I have included an artist who made it popular. If you want to know the year, you will have to look it up yourself.

  1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Tony Bennett)
  2. Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town (Frank Sinatra)
  3. Big D (Little a, Double l, a, s)
  4. A Foggy Day In London Town (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald)
  5. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Glen Campbell)
  6. California, Here I Come (Right Back Where I Started From)
  7. I Was Born In A Trunk In The Princess Theater In Pocatello, Idaho (Judy Garland in A Star Is Born)
  8. The Last Time I Saw Paris
  9. Shuffle Off To Buffalo
  10. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis)
  11. As I Walked Out On The Streets Of Laredo (Marty Robbins)
  12. Autumn In New York
  13. Swanee, How I Love Ya, How I Love Ya, My Dear Old Swanee (Al Jolson in Rhapsody In Blue)
  14. Moonlight In Vermont
  15. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
  16. Oklahoma, Where The Wind Comes Sweepin' Down The Plain
  17. Mention My Name In Sheboygan (It's The Greatest Little Town In The World)
  18. Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina In The Morning
  19. Pardon Me, Boys, Is This The Chattanooga Choo-Choo?
  20. There'll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover (Vera Lynn)
  21. It's A Treat To Beat Your Feet On The Mississippi Mud
Also, Rachel's contribution in the comments, "24 Hours From Camden, New Jersey", was a parody of "24 Hours From Tulsa" (Gene Pitney).

kylie in Australia commented, "I don't know how you think this stuff up" and I replied honestly, "I don't know how I think this stuff up either. Maybe I'm just a product of our rotten culture".

In any event, you heard it here first.


  1. It is outrageous that your loyal fans have to look up the years for these songs. What if we are mentally impaired? As for song lyrics. I vaguely remembered a song recorded by the great Willie Nelson. I am not kidding - written in 2008, it is called "The Bob Song":-
    I once knew a pirate named Bob
    B-o-b Nob was a drunken old slob
    B-o-b Bob was about as dumb as a rock
    But Bob made it to the top

    He said you swing from your tree
    And I'll swing from mine
    You have your lemons
    And I'll have my limes
    Funny how we all act like monkeys sometimes

    1. I really like the last verse -

      You have your whiskey
      And ill drink my wine
      You save your dollar and ill spend my dime
      You swing from your tree
      And ill swing from mine
      We'll all be happy sometime
      We'll all be happy sometime

      Thanks for that.

    2. Neil, I lead a sheltered life. I was heretofore completely unaware of WIllie Nellson's "The Bob Song". I am indebted.

  2. I suppose younger readers may not have recognized that you were making up titles from real songs. All of them are well known songs.

    1. Emma, I think American and even Canadian readers probably recognized some or most of the songs. It's my Australian and U.K. readers that I unfortunately left in the dark.

  3. Not everyone in Australia sits in the dark. I recognised most of those songs which no doubt has a lot to do with how old I am.

    1. Alphie Soup, my choice of the phrase "in the dark" was a poor one and I apologize. Perhaps I should have said "scratching their heads"....I'm glad you recognized most of the songs.

  4. No offence taken RB. I grew up in the 50s and 60s on a musical diet of American top 40 songs, songs from movies and they have stuck with me over the years.


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