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Song challenge: Kilkelly parody

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ISLIP, LONG ISLAND
KILKELLY


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Greg B 06 Oct 06 - 11:19 AM
PoppaGator 07 Oct 06 - 01:45 AM
Marje 07 Oct 06 - 08:42 AM
Alice 07 Oct 06 - 10:17 AM
Jeri 07 Oct 06 - 10:50 AM
McGrath of Harlow 07 Oct 06 - 01:22 PM
GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser) 09 Aug 08 - 05:30 AM
oldhippie 09 Aug 08 - 11:33 AM
kendall 09 Aug 08 - 05:10 PM
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Subject: Kilkelly parody
From: Greg B
Date: 06 Oct 06 - 11:19 AM

It occurs to me that 'somebody' ought to write a
parody of the lovely 'Kilkelly Ireland' song that
reflects the Irish economic boom...a hundred
odd years later.

Somebody writing to their son about all the
wonderful stuff that's going on, the estate-agent
coming round and wanting to buy the house, you
should see father driving about in his Jaguar,
etc.

Meanwhile the son is working retail at a
tourist resort on Martha's Vineyard or some
such.


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Subject: RE: Kilkelly parody
From: PoppaGator
Date: 07 Oct 06 - 01:45 AM

refresh ~ this is about to fall off the bottom of the page without a single response. I'm glad to have seen it, just in time, so I'm saving it for someone else to enjoy.

Sorry I can't respond immediately (or ever, probably) with a complete composition, but the idea itself in entertaining enough.

The son in America, these days, might well be pouring pints of the house-brand dark stuff at McSorley's in lower Manhattan, just off Cooper Square...


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: Marje
Date: 07 Oct 06 - 08:42 AM

Oh please somebody take on the challenge! I am sometimes a bit wary of parodies, as they can undermine the original songs to a point where they can no longer be sung, but in this case it's exactly the outcome I'd like to see.

I don't know it well enough, and am short of time at the moment, but someone must be up to the task?

Marje


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROUNDUP MONTANA (parody of KILKELLY)
From: Alice
Date: 07 Oct 06 - 10:17 AM

GO BACK a few years on Mudcat and you will find at least TWO parodies, one that Jeri wrote and one that I wrote.
Mine is called Roundup, Montana. Look at the thread links at the beginning of this thread. Jeri's is called
Lyr Add: Islip (parody of Kilkelly).
Mine didn't have Kilkelly in the thread title, so it doesn't show up as a link to the Kilkelly subject.
Here is mine:
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=22234



Roundup, Montana
by Alice Flynn

Roundup, Montana, 19 and 60. My darlin' daughter Lucille:
Your Mother has asked me to write you this letter. I hope I can say how we feel.
I know you've been wishin' for a job in the city all the years growin' up on the ranch.
Seems all the young folks are moving away now. Just seems like they want a new chance.
The boy from the rimrocks still askin' about you. I remember as youngsters you'd play.
I'm goin' to town now, so I'll post this letter. Please write when there's something to say.

Roundup, Montana, 19 and 70. My darlin' daughter Lucille:
The neighbor boy came home from 'Nam in a coffin. it really was a raw deal.
He had much to live for. I don't think his father will ever get over the loss.
I hope you remember to drop them a line. there's been too many payin' that cost.
I'm sure that the city has money to offer, but you know life means more than that.
It's times like the present we think about loved ones, so, please call collect and we'll chat.

Roundup, Montana, 19 and 80. My darlin' daughter Lucille:
The coal money's makin' some changes round here, and the real estate seems like a steal.
Lots o' new folks movin' here from the cities. they want their own piece of the land.
Cashin' in houses in LA and Frisco, they buy up whatever they can.
Mother and I were just talkin' bout sellin'. we don't know how else to go on.
Ranchin' has always been our way of life, but the times when it paid are all gone.
Seems like you really have found a new home there. we always had hoped you'd come back.
Guess now that you've married that engineer fella, we'd better stop counting on that.

Roundup, Montana, 19 and 90. My darlin' daughter Lucille:
I just finished takin' some tourists out hunting. they sure like a real Western meal.
Mother's been cookin' all day for the greenhorns. I really wish she'd take a rest.
Without some retirement it seems we'll keep workin' as long as our health stands the test.
I hate to sell out. You know this land's my father's. he fought the depression and won,
And after his struggles, it seems like I owe him to knuckle down hard and work on.
I guess you don't care about seein' the old place. I know you're all busy with kids.
We still have some horses. I could teach them ridin'. You remember old Paint and old Dibs?

Roundup, Montana, the year of 2000. To the daughter of Dusty and Sal:
We've got all the neighbors and your cousins together, now that the ranch is for sale.
We're so glad you're coming. Your parents are thankful that you will be finally home,
And since you can purchase the land of your father's, the bank can be paid off the loan.
When Dusty came out to the bunk house to tell me, I thought he was saying goodbye.
I never expected to see tears and laughter, but down by the barn we both cried.
His heart's in this land and I'd thought you'd forgotten, but now he and Sal both agree.
The years of their hard times to keep this old homestead will give you a life sweet and free.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Oct 06 - 10:50 AM

Dick stuck mine in the DT, and I just found out! Islip, Long Island If anybody were to sing it, I'd suggest singing 'sixty eight' instead of 'sixty one' in the penultimate verse, or some mathematics-minded person will point out that there was some under-age baby-making going on.

GregB: "It occurs to me that 'somebody' ought to write a parody of the lovely 'Kilkelly Ireland' song that reflects the Irish economic boom...a hundred odd years later."

I'm guessing the 'somebody' is you. Go for it. You might have given 'somebody' else an idea, but usually, you're going to find it's your inspiration, your idea, and your voice.

I STILL can't believe that I once was criticized, NOT for writing a crappy song, but for not writing THE song the critic thought I should have written. It's not what I wanted to write! You can't make, and usually can't convince other people write the songs you want... at least not for free. Anyway, find yourself a collaborator if you need to, but seize the opportunity.


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Oct 06 - 01:22 PM

I wouldn't call Alice's song there a parody. It's more of a transposition of the song to a new setting, keeping the same tone.


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 05:30 AM

The only thing I would change about 'Kilkelly' is the last two lines:

'Oh, send us some money, you rich yankee bastard,
So we don't have to write you again'.


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: oldhippie
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 11:33 AM

Either of you recorded these parodies? I'd love to get a CD or mp3.


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: kendall
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 05:10 PM

Good work, both of you.


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: GUEST,Wellsy
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 06:10 AM

here is a sample verse from my incomplete parody

" And youe sister Brigid and Patrick O'Donnell
Are goin to be married in spring
He's a nasty wee gobshite, but she's up the duff
So mow he


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: Liamtho
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 09:24 AM

Am I the only folksinger that can't stand parody songs - they are rarely as good as the original and are often written by someone who is unable to write their own song. The very worst I heard was "Sloop John A"


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: CupOfTea
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 10:09 AM

Liamtho- Parodies are a specific taste. If you don't like 'em, you're hardly qualified to be a critic. I like them. I particularly like the parodies by Les Barker, who has written his own songs and poems, dozens of books of his punning output along with serious political observations. The one you despise, I was just singing last night among a group of songs I associate with Caroline Paton. At one Getaway, she sat me down in a crowded room, and sang me Les Barker's "Sloop John A" with great glee.

Even as someone who likes parodies, there are songs I wouldn't sing a parody of - Kilkelley is on my list of those. Many times parodies are based on songs that suffer from overexposure. Fortunately Kilkelly hasn't had that fate in my area. Parodies are like a strong spice- you have to like the flavor, and you don't want too many thrown in the same session. Mostly, they have to be incredibly witty, funny, or biting to be of any value.

If you dont like parodies, move on, nothing to see here.

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Song challenge: Kilkelly parody
From: Liamtho
Date: 23 Mar 19 - 10:16 AM

CupOfTea - point taken - I'll get my coat...


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