The Day the Bubble Died -- A Parody

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  1. random_roller, Jan 11, 2020

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    In another post about a week ago, I quickly cobbled together a few lines spoofing Don McLean's classic song American Pie. That effort inspired me into developing a proper, full-blown parody. It was a time-consuming effort in part because the original song is over 8 minutes, chock full of lyrics, and without an instrumental sequence that most rock songs have. Oh well.

    American Pie peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (US) in 1972. At 8:33, it is the longest song to hit #1. The line "the day the music died" refers to the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson, Jr.), and Ritchie Valens. Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the plane so Richardson, Jr. would have a seat.

    This is the first full-blown parody I have publicly released on this forum in a while. The version below is the 13th revision. I kept the lines from the earlier post and incorporated them into this version. Even if you don't play bubble craps, hopefully you'll enjoy.


    The Day the Bubble Died -- A Parody by Random Roller. All Rights Reserved.

    A long long time ago
    I can still remember how
    Bubble craps used to make them smile
    They played for hours inserting bills
    Pushing buttons for meager thrills
    And maybe they'd be happy for a while
    Over time they kept on coming back
    For their daily fix of bubble crack
    Held seats for their good friends
    While playing thru with no end
    I can't remember if they cried
    The bubble no longer in their lives
    Something touched them deep inside
    The day the bubble died

    So
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game
    Give us back our favorite game
    '
    Are you in push button hell
    Yet still have your faith in math as well
    If the numbers say it's so
    Do you believe in random games
    That bubble and live are the same
    No matter what others allege they know
    Well, I know you're lost now that it's gone
    'Cause I saw you searchin' dusk 'til dawn
    You won't admit your loss
    If you only knew the true cost
    There is an empty space where it once stood
    8 seats for players doing the best they could
    So they felt not an ounce of good
    The day the bubble died

    They started singin'
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game
    Give us back our favorite game

    Now, for some time they've been on their own
    Void in their lives an early tombstone
    But, that's not how it had to be
    Bubble profits weren't quite up to par
    Bean counters passed judgment from afar
    And the rest they say is history
    Oh and once their fate was firmly sealed
    By slots promising higher yield
    The bubbles were shrink wrapped
    Sent to dumps to be scrapped
    While some were glad the bubbles were gone
    Still others gathered as if drawn
    Hoping they somehow might go on
    The day the bubble died

    They were singin'
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game
    Give us back our favorite game

    Good times bad times piss poor or sublime
    Games of chance can be worse than a crime
    Two grand down and losing fast
    Dice landing foul in the cage
    Players overcome with fits of rage
    The wrong numbers on the dice having been cast
    They played on hoping dice would get hot
    Sometimes it worked more often not
    The dice they can't be bought
    Though a few claim they can be taught
    But on the bubble that can't be done
    No DI it's all random fun
    Do you recall which side had won
    The day the bubble died

    We started singin'
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game
    Give us back our favorite game

    Oh, now they were feeling quite irate
    Ex players wanting answers straight
    With no desire to play live craps
    So come on bring back Aruze, Interblock
    More terminals are worth a shot
    'Cause slots are the devil's biggest traps
    As they watched crews take out the machines
    A move that killed so many dreams
    The damage had been done
    They put an end to fun
    And as the pit boss laughed in pure delight
    No care for any other's plight
    I saw lawyers scheming through the night
    The day the bubble died

    They were singin'
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game
    Give us back our favorite game

    I met a girl who played bubble craps
    Asked her if indeed it was truly taps
    But she just winced and turned away
    I went down to the casino floor
    Where they'd played the bubble long before
    But the man said sadly I was way too late
    And on the floor old timers cried
    Drunks were swilling, and the hookers plied
    But not a John was buying
    Despite the pimps all trying
    And the 4 words that were uttered most
    Aruze, Interblock and casino host
    In time forgotten like a ghost
    The day the bubble died

    And they were singing
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game
    Give us back our favorite game

    They were singing
    Bye, bye Interblock what a shame
    No more Aruze to cure the blues so we're here to complain
    The long-time players were at a loss who to blame
    Pleading give us back our favorite game


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    ALTERNATE CHORUS:
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    They were singing
    Bye, bye Interblock piece of shit
    No more Aruze to cause the blues stealing money we quit
    The long-time players don't have enough to get lit
    Remove bubbles to the Island of Misfits
    Bubbles to the Island of Misfits
     
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  2. random_roller, Jan 11, 2020

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    American Pie -- Don McLean

     
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  3. The Midnight Skulker, Jan 11, 2020

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    If anybody wants to sing along the following video has the karaoke accompaniment:
    The vocals during the choruses can be distracting but it is pretty good otherwise. I opened the video in a separate window, shrank both it and the forum window, then put them side-by-side so I could see where the band was in the real lyrics while I -- and I use the term quite loosely -- sang your version. (I've been battling nose bleeds all week, so with tissue stuffed in both nostrils I sounded more like a cat fight.)
     
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  4. random_roller, Jan 11, 2020

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    Midnight -

    Did you record your version for posterity?

    If memory serves, you've done a parody / alternate version of either a song or poem in the past. As you have probably experienced all too well, the hardest part is to match up the syllables (number & total) word-for-word. Sometimes, even that isn't quite good enough, as words are stretched out (or greatly compressed) in songs and when one uses different words... Finally,. at some point, the law of diminishing returns sets in and good enough is, well, good enough.

    I spent a good bit of time on the chorus (but not the alternate), since it is repeated quite a few times in the song. I think that part turned out pretty well. The original is such a long song. Midway through I gave serious thought to a greatly truncated version.

    Hope you feel better.
     
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  5. yacraps, Jan 12, 2020

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    I hope the nose bleeds are from the dry weather and nothing series...my mother in law used to get them....I recommended vitamin K to her if that don't work I told her she needs to learn how to duck :rolleyes:
     
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    I did a takeoff of Casey At The Bat; it took me three days. With the poem all I needed to do was match the meter and the rhyming scheme, not a big problem with couplets. Songs without karaoke accompaniment can be a little more forgiving with the meter since you can throw in or take out an extra syllable; with accompaniment I don't think it that would work as well. I also did a turn with HMS Pinafore in a private conversation. In neither case did I make any attempt attempt to match the length of the original, which a song should do. (I just checked my song against a karaoke version of "When I Was A Lad" and found it has three extra verses.)

    I've had a couple other brain children that have been collecting dust for several years. One was a theme song for a game show called The Chase to the tune of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" that I was actually considering submitting to the show's producers, but the show was canceled before I finished it. The other is an ode to a DI instructor using Herod's Song, but all I have is the preamble.
    Great DI, I'm overjoyed to meet you face to face.
    Acolytes have sung your praises all around the place.
    Sniping numbers; winning bets of Fire.
    Could you teach me something so great wealth I can acquire?​
     
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    random, you might be a song writer, that's pretty damn good.one of my favorite songs. I remember dropping out of college and driving to florida to operate a movie theater and we listened to that constantly on the drive down, 1970 toronado, with the circular speedometer, what a car, we blew the carburetor somewhere near Jacksonville.(it was 1973, maybe it was a 1971 toronado, don't recall now)
     
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    Thanks, Liman. American Pie is one of those timeless classics that people have heard and probably sang along countless times over the years. That makes the song potentially a good one to parody.

    Hard to believe the 70s are 40+ years removed. Some truly great music from that era, back when singers & songwriters knew their craft. There are probably a few songs from that time you'll forever associate with your drive to Florida. I can still remember quite a few of the songs that I kept hearing on the drive to Spring Break. There's something special about music and long road trips.
     
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  9. lone irish digit, Jan 13, 2020 at 1:03 PM

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    This is Barney

    Yes there is something specials about the music and long casino roadtrip. The song below is one me and LID use to play all the time and even parlayed it into millions with sales of our DI apparel to crap personages.



     
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    Hey Barney,

    Not even going to ask how you know of this song's existence, lol.

    BTW, given the cost of raw materials for your skunk hats is arguably negligible, would you consider lowering the price?
     
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    Government regulations and hazmat fees are more than the raw materials.
     
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    Lol, are you expecting me to believe Barney complies with applicable the law (when it comes to operating a business)?
     
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