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Thread #89009   Message #1675768
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
22-Feb-06 - 08:59 AM
Thread Name: Your First song
Subject: RE: Your First song
It's interesting how many "first" songs are parodies. People who claim that they have never written a song often have made up parodies as a kid. I usually think of parodies where, as the dictionary says, the words are ridiculously different. Kids write songs that folkies might call parodies for a whole variety of reasons... just for fun being an important one.

My nephews wrote their own Davy Crockett when they were kids, not to make fun of the original, but more in the spirit of it:

Borned on a mountain top in Tennessee
Ripped my pants on a Christmas tree
Patched it up with some bubble gum
Along come a bear and he asked for some
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier

Slept on a table top in Joe's Cafe
Greasiest joint in the USA
Ordered a griddly and that ain't all
Next thing I knew I was in City Hall

And I added a third verse, just because I liked singing it:

I went to the Mayor just to set it straight
Found him swinging on the Pearly Gates
Charged me a dollar and he let me go
So I headed down to the Alamo.

I asked them what a "griddly" was and they said that they had no idea.. they just liked the sound of the word. Now that's song-writing in it's purest form.. just enjoying the sound of words and a melody.

Dylan perfected that later..