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SSG2 - Week 46 - Tabloid Rag

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scratchmonkey
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This isn't a rag -- as in ragtime, just a (bad) pun. In the states, "rag" is a slang (usually) derrogatory term for a magazine. Anyways, I envision this as a kind of up-beat little ditty a-la John Prine / Ray Stevens sorta style.

Tabloid Rag
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I stopped in at the Jiffy-Mart
for some candy bars and such.
I was feeling mighty peckish,
but I didn't want too much.

While standing in the check-out line,
I couldn't help but see,
some folks have amazing lives,
I wish it could be me

[chorus1]
Somebody saw Bat-Boy,
in West Virginia yesterday,
Somebody saw Elvis,
buying spam at the Circle-K
A young couple saw Sasquatch,
running for the trees,
It's the kind of thing
I'll prob'ly never see.

I started thinking of the things
that go on every day.
I'm sure that I would see them too,
if I looked the other way.

But it seems I'm always focused,
on the current task at hand,
I don't think I'd be welcome,
in that never-never land.

[chorus2]
where a Russian space-baby,
was raised by Siberian wolves,
there's a picture of Churchill,
on a two-headed calf's left hoof,
If I start smokin' garlic,
it'll do me a world of good,
at least Nostradamus
prophesied it would.

[chorus1]
Somebody saw Bat-Boy,
in West Virginia yesterday,
Somebody saw Elvis,
buying spam at the Circle-K
A young couple saw Sasquatch,
running for the trees,
It's the kind of thing
that escapes the likes of me.

-- Scratch 8)

-- Scratch 8)


"...if heartaches were commercials, we'd all be on TV" -- John Prine
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MarvelousOptimist
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Very nice Scratch!!

I had this same idea when i started thinking on the assignment and thought "Ya know.. Scratch could do beter at this then you could". So thank you for proving me right. Great read. Very entertaining. Always a pleasure.

One thing... you use "munchies" and "much" in lines right after each other. The words are kind of similiar in pronunciation so it may be a bit awkward for singing.... that could just be in my head.

-marv

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Celt
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Scratch,

This is great!!!!!!!!!!!!! Found myself singing as I read. Only I gave it a David Bromberg sort of feel. Elvis buying Spam at Circle-K Who would of thunk. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CheapThrill
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hey scratch,

i ahve to agree with the others, you did a great job. when i read the assignment nothing jumped into my head. i hadn't thought of anything like this. i like the humorus upbeat note to this song. plus you managed to name all the big names of the really bad/off the wall rags.

great job as usual. have to give you a pat on the back for posting so soon. :D i guess this assignment really spoke to you.

-CheapThrill


   
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sunsetN!nja
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This is a neat piece Scratch. A lot of people, myself included, would have trouble writing something this catchy based on something as simple as waiting in a supermarket line. And you gotta hire me as the director if you ever get the chance to make a music video for this song, because I swear I could already see it in my head.


   
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straycat.
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hey scratch:)

this is hilarious :lol: absolutely cool, sing-along fun song:)
like this one very much!
some folks have amazing lives :D they do:)
I don't think I'd be welcome,
in that never-never land.
it'll do me a world of good,
at least Nostradamus
prophesied it would. these are great.

how do you do it? your stuff never seems to be confused in structure and your songs are always focused(seems I'm always focused,
on the current task at hand, :lol: ) and not sidetracked too much.

good job:)
bluenightangel

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Vic Lewis VL
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Big smiles here - must've read half a dozen tabloid mags in the post ofice queue on monday.....yeah you really caught the mood there!!!

:D :D :D

Vic

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scratchmonkey
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... i guess this assignment really spoke to you.

I guess. Boy... that's a disturbing notion. :lol:

Marv, I tweaked that 3rd line, I think it reads better.

Everyone, Thanks for the comments. I'm real glad you liked it! :D

-- Scratch 8)

-- Scratch 8)


"...if heartaches were commercials, we'd all be on TV" -- John Prine
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Pilot
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I have the dubious honor of listening to this song - LIVE!! - as I write this post. One of the benefits(?) of living within a mile of the Monkey Man.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry...although I'm doing both anyway. :lol:


   
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