December 1, 2006

End Of The Campaign


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10 comments:

Jack Marshall said...

A holiday song, on my birthday, for L-girl...

GOOD PRINCE THEO

Good Prince Theo looked around
At the GM meeting.
There are treasures to be found
Where the hot stove’s heating.
With his laptop forth he went
Forth they went together
Hard in search of arms and bats,
And shortstops who flash leather!

Pressure creases Theo’s brow,
Working his Mozilla.
He’ll not flee, he makes a vow,
Dressed as a gorilla.
Still the trade winds threaten doom
Theo must be canny;
There are cutthroats in the room
Plotting to steal Manny!

Every fan and pundit knows
The outfield sure needs fixin’
They will scream if Theo chose
Manny, Crisp and Nixon.
So he signs up J.D. Drew
(Though his passion may go)
Maybe Manny’d fetch a few
Arms from San Diego!

Joy of Sox is angry now
At Prince Theo’s folly;
If this happens, tell me how
Christmas can be jolly?
Redsock nation, ban dismay
This is just December;
Whatever the team is today
It won’t be next September.

redsock said...

Have a Happy Birthday, Jack!

L-girl said...

Jack, you've outdone yourself, truly. Thank you for the song!

I hope you have a very happy birthday.

I'm making a note to myself to write you a poem when my day rolls around...

L-girl said...

Dressed as a gorilla! What a great rhyme.

Though his passion may go... arms from San Diego... also killer.

This recalls my former days with my former team, when an email buddy and I had rhyme schemes for every player, and an epic rhyming poem about the '98 team.

redsock said...

What tune is this sung to?

Jack Marshall said...

Hmmm..Is Redsock kidding, or genuinely carol-challenged? Assuming he's kidding, but just in case, the song is to the tune of "Good King Wenceslas." I heard it on the radio today, and the line about the snow being "Deep and crisp and even" caused me to think, "Gee, that sounds like a potential Sox outfield!" So I just had to write the rest of the song.

Thanks for the Birthday wishes, guys.

redsock said...

No joke. I guess I know the big Xmas hits, but that's it.

Jack Marshall said...

Opps! Then I was guilty of the same type of cultural bias that led to racist aptitude tests through the 50s, 60s and 70s. The carol was taught in schools in Boston when I was a kid. It's one of the odd ones, but nice, as it is about those with wealth and influence helping the poor. Bing Crosby sang it on one of his classic Christmas albums, but it's almost always a choir piece.

Without knowing the original, one certainly cannot truly appreciate the delicate satire, the immensly subtle plays on phrases and words, and the delicious ironic references to its subtextual fabric built into the parody...

L-girl said...

I don't know the tune either, but I know the name of the song for some reason, so I guessed that was it.

I say "for some reason" because growing up in the mostly-Jewish suburbs in Rockland County, NY, I didn't hear many Xmas carols, and now I avoid them the way some here avoid Michael Kay.

and the line about the snow being "Deep and crisp and even" caused me to think, "Gee, that sounds like a potential Sox outfield!"

Ha! Love it.

the delicate satire, the immensly subtle plays on phrases and words, and the delicious ironic references to its subtextual fabric built into the parody...

But the modesty and humility of the composer really shines through.

Jack Marshall said...

Oh NO! You mean you didn't recognize the source of my parody of my description of my parody????

No wonder satire is dead.