Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

Wednesday Night Music Byte

Oh, what the heck. Let’s go with some more solo Beatles stuff tonight. This time it is George Harrison and “This Song”.

This Song” is the fourth track on George Harrison’s 1976 album Thirty Three & 1/3. It was written after the week Harrison spent in a New York courtroom, unsuccessfully trying to convince a judge that his 1970 song, “My Sweet Lord”, did not intentionally infringe the 1963 Chiffons hit, “He’s So Fine”. According to Harrison, the prosecution got ridiculously in-depth, breaking “My Sweet Lord” down into several melody lines, or “motifs”, as they referred to them. Apparently, the prosecution also drew up several charts with large musical notes on it to prove their point.

After he lost the case, Harrison wrote “This Song”, which released his frustration of the infringement case in the form of an uptempo, piano-driven boogie. It is fun to listen to as the lyrics describe that he has written this song without any influence from anything in the world so as not to be sued again. In short, Harrison pokes fun at the court for ruling that a Beatle would need to steal material from a relatively unknown band.

“This Song” was released as the leadoff single for Thirty Three & 1/3 and reached #25 on the American pop charts. It features Billy Preston on piano and organ, and Monty Python’s Eric Idle calling out the now-famous falsetto “Could be ‘Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch'”, “No, sounds more like ‘Rescue Me’!” interjection right before the instrumental break. The song also has a humorous music video (shown on the November 20, 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live), which features George in a courtroom along with a cast of many of his friends dressed up as the jury, bailiff, defense experts, etc. Drummer Jim Keltner appears as the judge and the Rolling Stones’s Ronnie Wood dressed as a ‘Pepperpot’ character mimics those aforementioned falsetto words.

Here is a video clip of “This Song” from the 1976 Saturday Night Live episode. Please note that when you click on the video clip you will be told that embedding is disabled and you will be instructed to click on the words, “Watch on YouTube“. Please do so.

Just for kicks, here is the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” followed by Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” so that you can hear the similarities of the two songs.

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Sarah Palin Gets Bush-Whacked

Bush's fist greets Palin's face.

Bush's fist greets Palin's face.

Is there anything more enjoyable to watch than Republicans eating their own? The Angry Party is now angry with itself. Matt Latimer’s soon to be released book, Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor will have passages excerpted in the next issue of GQ Magazine and they are spicy hot. In the book, former worst president in history, George W. Bush takes a few not so subtle jabs at former worst governor in history and former worst vice presidential nominee in history, Sarah Palin.

When he was informed that John McCain had chosen Palin as his running mate, the book states that Bush reacted as follows:

“I’m trying to remember if I’ve met her before. I’m sure I must have.” His eyes twinkled, then he asked, “What is she, the governor of Guam?”

Everyone in the room seemed to look at him in horror, their mouths agape. When Ed told him that conservatives were greeting the choice enthusiastically, he replied, “Look, I’m a team player, I’m on board.” He thought about it for a minute. “She’s interesting,” he said again. “You know, just wait a few days until the bloom is off the rose.” Then he made a very smart assessment.

“This woman is being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for,” he said. “She hasn’t spent one day on the national level. Neither has her family. Let’s wait and see how she looks five days out.” It was a rare dose of reality in a White House that liked to believe every decision was great, every Republican was a genius, and McCain was the hope of the world because, well, because he chose to be a member of our party.

Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark. What will Little Miss Thin Skin do next? I can hear her now, “In honor of the troops, I must now give a shout out to my former Commander in Chief and inform him that he will soon sleep with the fishes and go with the flow also, too.”

As we have said so many times before, sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. Today’s song parody will expound upon the last Republican two term president’s assertion that Palin is not “remotely prepared for” politics on a national level.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the parody.

Say Goodbye To Hollywood song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEoDLUJr8J8&feature=related

SAY GOODBYE TO WASHINGTON

(sung to the Billy Joel song “Say Goodbye To Hollywood”)

Sarah’s driving through Wasilla tonight
With her sights
On a hot new cowboy bar
She joins her lover who came on snow machine
Found her ring somewhere out in their backyard

Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady
Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady

Toddy’s taking care of things for awhile
That’s his style to act like he’s governor
Sarah’s going off to Hong Kong on a tour
Cuz she can’t get a gig here anymore

Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady
Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady

Movin’ on is a chance she’ll take for two dimes
That she can rub – together
Whoa oh oh oh
Palin spoke out of line
And George Bush now says her future is gone
Forever
Forever

So now she faces an outsiders dull life
And she’ll grasp
For attention now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again

Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady
Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady

She’s out of the big dance and for good this time
It’s sure to be – forever
Whoa oh oh oh
She used her last life-line
Now she’ll find that the friends she had are gone
Forever
Forever

There’ll be no traces of her once famous life
They won’t last
They are all long gone again
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again

Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady
Say goodbye to Washington
Say goodbye old lady