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Punk parody lyrics #2: the Clash

Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Jun 23 2012, 3:01am

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Punk parody lyrics #2: the Clash Can't Post

Second in a series of punk parody song lyrics. The first came from the Ramones, and has been performed by Quacking_Troll just today! Check it out! http://newboards.theonering.net/...forum_view_expanded;

Ok next comes the Clash. Can't have a series on punk without the Clash. I wrote it quite a few months back and polished it recently. I think most will find it more recognizeable than the last one. Please play the clip linked below and read while listening, for maximum effect.

Here goes.


THE SIEGE OF GONDOR, or GONDOR CALLING [London Calling, the Clash]

Gondor calling to the Rohirrim,
Now war’s been declared, and battle’s gone grim.
Gondor calling from its beacon-lit hills:
Come out of Dol Amroth, Lebennin, Dor-en-Ernil!
Gondor calling reinforcements to us!
Due to pyromania, Steward’s bitten the dust.
Gondor calling, since we ain’t got that Ring,
We call for the ring of a trudgin' king.

The Third Age is ending, the rocks zooming in,
Southrons expected, list of allies grows thin.
Engines come rolling, but still, have no fear
While the White Tower holds the line West of the river.

Gondor calling the Osgiliath zone,
We’re sorry brother, you went it alone.
Gondor calling, watch for Nazgűl black breath,
Our thoughts go to Faramir, he hovers at his death.
Gondor calling, and we don’t wanna shout,
But while we were calling, we saw Grond rolling out.
Gondor calling, we have death tolls run high,
On top of that, trolls, with the yellowy eyes.

The Third Age is ending, the fire zooming in,
We’re grossly outnumbered, defenses worn thin.
There’s heads in those helmets! But still, have no fear
While the White Tower holds the line West of the river.

The Third Age is ending, the night zooming in,
Siege towers unloading, the horde six walls in.
The Witch King’s a terror, but still, have no fear
While the White Tower holds the line West of the river.

Now get this….

Gondor calling, yes Gandalf’s here too.
An’ you heard his staff’s broken? Well, none of it was true!
Gondor calling from the top of the tower.
Send us your men, won’t you lend us your power?

Gondor calling.....

I’d like to make it home alive [fading] alive alive alive....

Source audio with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lotkzHsIuoA

Source lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/...dc9e482568ab00303277

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Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Jun 24 2012, 5:01am

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Not bad! [In reply to] Can't Post

I keep wanting to try something with The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go".

"Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house." - Aragorn


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jun 24 2012, 4:27pm

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*geeky hand clapping* A collaboration! Awesome :D [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the two of you are onto something BIG! Well Done!!!


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dernwyn
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Jun 24 2012, 8:39pm

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Where DO you find these? [In reply to] Can't Post

I am always amazed at how you find songs with lyrics that are so re-workable. Not that the re-working is easy, we know it isn't! But there's a line here, a phrase there, some well-placed words, and the scenario is laid and it all fits so well!

Oh, yeah, I can see Pippin getting out his ax and encouraging the troops as they fight...Shocked


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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Jun 24 2012, 11:21pm

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Thanks O.S.! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've had someone suggest an idea for Should I Stay or Should I Go, but I haven't planned on using it anytime soon. If you come up with one I hope you'll post it.

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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Jun 25 2012, 12:01am

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thanks gramma! [In reply to] Can't Post

If it becomes something big, who knows, but I'm enjoying it in any event. Thanx for your support!Smile

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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Jun 25 2012, 12:26am

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Danke, dernwyn! [In reply to] Can't Post

I never really know how I figure out connections between Tolkien and these songs, but I have a theory.

One thing my kung fu teacher taught me is that if you focus your mind on something, such as something you really like, whether its kung fu or LOTR, you tend to find it in things and places where you otherwise wouldn't have.

Sometimes as an experiment he would give us a three key images to focus on for the week, things we don't often see, like "Roll Royce" "unicycle" and "rhinoceros". , the following week he would ask us if any of us noticed all three since then. Most people did, and in the most unlikeliest of contexts. Not only that, but that same week, a new student showed up looking for lessons. He came in riding a unicycle. (No, we didn't get anybody riding a Rolls, or a rhinoceros, but there were others who had seen those things and brought in cellphone photos as proof.)

So for me, my theory is that if I focus on Tolkien when I think about or listen to music, I tend to find Tolkien in the music. It helps that I am familiar with a wide array of music, or at least I try. The Clash, and punk in general, is something I have liked for a while and so it was just a matter of time until I would figure out a Tolkien reworking of the Clash or other punk songs.

Thanks again!

Smile

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zarabia
Tol Eressea


Jun 25 2012, 6:25am

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Awesome! Especially if you sing it along with the right song:) [In reply to] Can't Post

For some reason I had London's Burning in my head while I was reading your lyrics. I thought they were terribly clever, but I didn't think they really went along with the song in my head. Then I re-read the post and saw London Calling. "Ohhh, there's the problem."Tongue When I read it through again with the right song in mind, it seemed even more clever. Well done!


Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Jun 25 2012, 4:27pm

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*chuckle* Thanks zarabia! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I think, for you to have thought of London's Burning before thinking of London Calling, that you must be a Clash fanCool That makes me even more glad and relieved to hear that you liked my version. Thanks again! Smile

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Ziggy Stardust
Gondor


Jul 12 2012, 12:51am

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Really Good [In reply to] Can't Post

Love the Clash, and and the lyrics totally fit with London's Burning, as well as with the story. I mean Gondor was falling. Really clever.

"It's okay, I feel like getting up and screaming every time you walk into a room." -Lestrade, Sherlock S2,ep3.


Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens


Jul 12 2012, 2:29am

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Humble thanks Ziggy! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the Clash too, this song particularly. They are, I think, the pioneers of socially-aware and politico-satirical punk, for lack of a better term that I know of. Tolkien spoke of his works as "applicable", if not allegorical, and I think that is shown by the way the way it fits with the Clash's song.

BTW i just heard the song on TV, it was for a commercial for the upcoming Olympics. (London Calling, that is. I think that is what you meant.). Now, when I see images about the London Olympics, I will think Tolkien! Cool

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