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I thought I would post this song I did this year in case anyone might want to use it for a set of singing pumpkins or a skeletal quartet.

It's a parody of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and is called, "Rise Up Ye Buried Gentlemen"

You can grab it here:

http://rewindshow.com/skull/RiseUpYeBuriedGentlemen.mp3

Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive.

I will post a few more later.

I am actively looking for more songs that are well suited to be Halloween Parodys.

Songs with easy to hear and understand lyrics like Swing, Jazz or Blues types.

Classics that people would know (at least the tunes) but lend themselves to have new words written for them.

Any ideas?
 

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Excellent job.

I'm afraid I've been studying foreign music too many years to be much help at the moment for new suggestions with reguards to popular songs...

But, more Christmas Carols would be easy to do.

Hark the harold is simple enough. "Glory to the pumpkin king" just rolls off the tongue.

Do you see what I see is just begging for a remake... "A skull, a skull, lit up by the fire with a grin so eerie and dire"

I loathe Carols, and could go on for ages. (learned piano/organ as a child, and had to play carols EVERYWHERE. School, church, home...Ye Big book of 2 million christmas carols, and I have them all memorized, still...)
 

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Here's another one from last year.

A Takeoff on Jingle Bells.

Another member on this forum actually wrote the last verse for me. I did the music in Fruity Loops software and sang the backup vocals and my wife sang the lead.

http://rewindshow.com/skull/JingleBones.mp3

Same as the first one, right click and choose "save target as" to save to your hard drive
 

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...and another one

Zombies Roasting On A Funeral Pyre.

I used a karaoke track for the music, my sister wrote the lyrics, I did the backup voices and my wife sang the lead again:

http://rewindshow.com/skull/ZombiesRoastingOnAFuneralPyre.mp3

I might just release a CD of "Halloween Carols" if I get enough of them together.
 

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..and just in case that wasn't enough, here is one more "Halloween Carol".

This one is meant to be sung by my Skeleton Quartet. Instead of a white Christmas, they are dreaming of a "Whole Body"

http://rewindshow.com/skull/I'mDreamingOfANewBody.mp3


And this is what I was talking about in my first post.

I am looking for songs similar to this next one in style. Songs that were classics and lend themselves to be re-written:

http://rewindshow.com/skull/I'mInTheMoodForFright.mp3


That last one is actually a double parody. It is, of course a parody of I'm in the mood for Love, but the idea for the gravedigging shovel keeping time came from another parody of the original song called, "I'm in the Ground for Good" by the Newports.

I did the music, and even the shovel sounds again in Fruity Loops and did all the background vocals. My wife again sings the lead in both these songs.
 

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Halloweenbob, these are great, you are very good at this. if or when you get a cd together let me know, i am interested in all things halloween. And thank you for sharing your work.
 

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And under the category of "Other Songs"

I am currently working on re-doing "Stormy Weather".

The premise is that, like the Adams family, we LOVE stormy weather and can't get enough of that Thunder and lightning.

I will, of course add the thunder sounds to the audio track and lightning flashes to my VSA routine when I make this for my quartet.

Right now, I have just finished the lyrics. They go like this:

Don’t know why, I love the clouds up in the sky
Stormy Weather

I wish for raging storms forever,
I like the lightning all the time.

Life is bare, gloom and mis’ry everywhere
Stormy weather

Thunder cracks and the silence it does sever,
I love it all of the time
Clear skies are such a crime

When storm clouds went away, the blue skies came and met me.
If the tempest stays at bay, they'll be no comfort to abet me.

All I do is pray the Lord above will let me walk in the storm once more.

Can't go on, when the troubled skies are gone
Stormy weather

I wish for raging storms forever,
I like the lightning all the time.

I like the lightning all the time.
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The original lyrics went like this:

Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather

Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time

Life is bare, gloom and mis’ry everywhere
Stormy weather

Just can't get my poor self together,
I'm weary all the time
So weary all the time

When he went away the blues walked in and met me.
If he stays away old rockin’ chair will get me.

All I do is pray the Lord above will let me walk in the sun once more.

Can't go on, everything I had is gone
Stormy weather

Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time

Keeps rainin' all the time
 

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Here's another one from last year.

A Takeoff on Jingle Bells.

Another member on this forum actually wrote the last verse for me. I did the music in Fruity Loops software and sang the backup vocals and my wife sang the lead.

http://rewindshow.com/skull/JingleBones.mp3

Same as the first one, right click and choose "save target as" to save to your hard drive
Now that is scary! Hearing my lyrics in an Xmas song.....Actually Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving which is closer to Halloween anyway.

Who knows, Halloween may finally take over and do away with those other days....yay:D
 

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You have a great talent there Bob..And your Lady wife has a good voice too if I may say so..
Good, clean Halloween fun...

Like Kprimm, I too would be interested if you ever manage to get a CD together.
 

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I will do a CD once I have enough original songs together to fill one up.

When I do it, I will post it here.


Thank you Homey, I couldn't remember who had come to the rescue with lyrics last year.
 

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I love this thread, hehe!! I'm a full time Halloween artist by profession, and I write original verses (which I copyright as collections of poems - I'm very careful!) and incorporate them into my work. My favorite is this one, with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein...

"Black cats and witches and strange apparitions
Midnight and moonbeams and magical visions
Pumpkins and potions and bats on the wing
These are a few of my favorite things!"

I just added another little verse (only a couple of lines though) to a piece I completed today called "Wicked Jack"....It's in my photo album. :)
 

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OK, I just got another one!

Here's the original lyrics to "Dancing Cheek To Cheek"

Heaven, I'm in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I'm in heaven
And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gamblers lucky streak
When were out together dancing (swinging) cheek to cheek

Oh I love to climb a mountain
And reach the highest peak
But it doesn't thrill me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek
But I don't enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Come on and dance with me
I want my arms about you
those charms about you
Will carry me through...

Right up to heaven, I'm in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing, out together dancing
Out together dancing cheek to cheek


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Here's what I've done to them:


Heaven, This ain't heaven
If my heart could beat things might not be so bleak
But I seem to find the happiness I seek
When I'm out at midnight causing you to shriek.

Hades, I'm in Hades
And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish with the havoc that I wreak
When I'm out at midnight causing you to shriek.

Oh I love to talk to zombies
Or some other kind of freak
But it doesn't thrill me half as much
As causing you to shriek.

Oh I love to go and hang out
By a foggy, murky creek
But I don't enjoy it half as much
As causing you to shriek.

Run from me
I want your dreams to scare you
those screams that you do
Will carry me through...

Oh yes, Heaven.... This ain't heaven
If my heart could beat things might not be so bleak
But I seem to find the happiness I seek
When I'm out at midnight causing,
out at midnight causing
Oh when I'm out at midnight causing you to shriek.
 

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OK, so I have a disease!

Here's my latest....

First, the original:

What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreamin' boy
And I’m lost in a daydream
Dreamin ‘bout my bundle of joy

And even if time ain’t really on my side
It’s one of those days for takin' a walk outside
I’m blowin’ the day to take a walk in the sun
And fall on my face on somebody's new mowed lawn

I've been havin’ a sweet dream
I been dreamin’ since I woke up today
It’s starrin’ me and my sweet dream
Cause she's the one that makes me feel this way

And even if time has passed me by a lot
I couldn't care less about the dues you say I got
Tomorrow I'll pay the dues for droppin’ my load
A pie in the face for bein’ asleep before dawn

Whistling Verse

And you can be sure that if you're feelin’ right
A daydream will last along into the night
Tomorrow at breakfast you may pick up your ears
Or you may be daydreamin for a thousand years

What a day for a daydream
Custom made for a daydreamin’ boy
And now I’m lost in a daydream
Dreamin ‘bout my bundle of joy


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And here it is corpsified:

What a night for a nightmare
What a night for some nightmareish joy
When I’m lost in my nightmare
I dream about the wrath I deploy

And with the grim reaper right here by my side
It’s one of those nights for takin' a walk outside
We're searchin' all night until we catch up to you
And we will not stop until the dusk turns to dawn

I've been havin’ a nightmare
Life's a nightmare since I died one cold night
I'll come to you in your nightmare
Cause you're the one whose fears we will ignite

And even if time has passed me by a lot
I couldn't care less because time is all I got
Each night I go out and try to mess with your dreams
And I'll never stop until I leave you forlorn

Whistling Verse



And you can be sure that if you're feelin’ right
A nightmare will come your way and last all night
Tomorrow at daybreak you might well shed some tears
Because you'll be nightmaring for a thousand years

What a night for a nightmare
What a night for some nightmareish joy
When I’m lost in my nightmare
I dream about the wrath I deploy



Anybody have any edits or ideas to make these better? I have been putting them together kind of fast.

Any other songs you can think of that lends themselves to this sort of rework?
 

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Scream is the theme

2 more I did up last night.

The first:

ORIGINAL LYRICS

Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "i love you"
Birds singin? in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me

Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I'm longin' to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Sweet dreams ‘till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

(instrumental break)

Stars shining up above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "i love you"
Birds singin' in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

Yes, dream a little dream of me

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CORPSIFIED LYRICS

Storm clouds in flight above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "I'll get you"
Owls hootin' in the sycamore trees
Scream a little scream for me

Stay out of sight I'll find you
Go run and hide 'cause I'm right behind you
Hold your breath and turn blue as can be
Then Scream a little scream for me

Stars fading but I linger on here
Do things seem amiss?
Prolonging the fear until dawn dear
Just saying this

Big screams ‘till sunbeams find you
Big screams each time that you look behind you
Then in your dreams when you dream of me
Scream a little scream for me

(instrumental break)

Storm clouds in flight above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "I'll get you"
Owls hootin' in the sycamore trees
Scream a little scream for me

Big screams till sunbeams find you
Big screams each time that you look behind you
Then in your dreams when you dream of me
Scream a little scream for me

Yes, Scream a little scream for me

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And the second originally by the Everly Brothers

ORIGINAL LYRICS


Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
When I want you in my arms
When I want you and all your charms
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream

When I feel blue in the night
And I need you to hold me tight
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream

FADE
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream

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CORPSIFIED LYRICS

Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream
When I scare you in the night
And fear in you I do incite
Whenever I'm near you, all you ever do is
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream

When I feel blue in the night
I look for you and give a fright
Whenever I'm near you, all you ever do is
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam

I'll scare you to death, take away your breath
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
You're Screamin' your life away

You'll fear me so that you could die
I'm scary stuff and that is why
Whenever I'm near you, all you ever do is
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam

I'll scare you to death, take away your breath
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
You're Screamin' your life away

You'll fear me so that you could die
I'm scary stuff and that is why
Whenever I'm near you, all you ever do is
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream

FADE
Screa-ea-ea-ea-eam, Scream, Scream, Scream
 

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Need opinions

I just finished the one up above and plan to use it for my singing skeleton quartet.

Right now, it doesn't have the female lead voice in it. Haven't gotten the wife to sing it yet.

So for now, I do all the parts. I'm trying to decide if I should leave it as an a capella version of use it with a Music track.

Both are listed here. Please let me know which you think I should use:


First, the a capella
http://rewindshow.com/skull/FinalMixdownOfScreamAccapella.mp3


Now the version with music:
http://rewindshow.com/skull/FinalMixdownOfScreamWithInstrumentalBackup.mp3
 

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This might be a little too sedate, but in the 60s and 70s Hallmark cards put out a Peanuts-related Halloween card that was called "The Peanuts Book of Pumpkin Carols" Things like "Great Pumpkin is coming to town". There may be websites devoted to it, and they occasionally come up on ebay...

Heh heh, heh... seek and ye shall find! Here's a link to the songs...
Peanut's Pumpkin Carols
 
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