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Postby John Sargent » July 22nd, 2012, 11:26 am

The melopdy for this is public domain "The Teddy Bear Picnic" Written in 1907 by John W Bratton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q59acyzO ... re=related

Lyrics were added in the 1930's and they are copywrited but the melody is fair game


My song is based on the fortune cookie saying "The uninvited guest never leaves"
The title is "Uninvited Guest - The Witness March"

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11783537

Am E7 Am E7 Am E7 Am
If you hear knocking on your door, act like you're not at home;
C G7 C G7 C G7 C
If your door bell should happen to ring, pretend that you've moved to Nome,
G7
If they think you're gone, they'll go away
CMA9 C6
If you open the door, they'll start to pray
F C F C G7 C
The neighbor called, she saw a Jehovah's Witness.

C
Preaching time for Witnesses
C C#dim G7
They've come to your neighborhood to save your soul today.
G7 Gdim G7
Preaching time for Witnesses
G C C#dim Dm7 G7
Just think of it as a proselytizing holiday.
C
They'll tell you about the sinful state,
C7 F
How God can't wait , to cleanse the earth and so.
F F#dim C Am
A hundred and forty four thousand faithful get to live forever
Dm7 G C E7
Cause they're witnesses of Jeho-vah.

Am E7 Am E7 Am E7 Am
If there are people on your porch wearing suit and tie;
C G7 C G7 C G7 C
Don't say a word to them unless it's the FBI,
G7
If they think you're gone, they'll go away
CMA9 C6
If you open the door, they'll start to pray
F C F C G7 C
The neighbor called, she saw a Jehovah's Witness.


C
They will tell you there is no Trinity
C C#dim G7
The other Christians have read the Bible wrong
G7 Gdim G7
There is no Heaven, Hell, or purgator-y
G C C#dim Dm7 G7
It's a sin to listen to this song.
C
They'll preach about how the world ends,
C7 F
They want to be your friends, and thought you'd want to know
F F#dim C Am
A hundred and forty four thousand faithful get to live forever
Dm7 G C
Cause they're witnesses of Jeho-vah.
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Postby dhodge » July 22nd, 2012, 5:26 pm

Inspired take on the assignment. Definitely a song a lot of folks will relate to and laugh at. They're certainly easy (and often used) targets.

Two observations - the melody for the verses was easy to sing along with your first verse but I'm truly not sure how you're going to phrase the first four lines of the second one:

Preaching time for Witnesses
They've come to your neighborhood to save your soul today.
Preaching time for Witnesses
Just think of it as a proselytizing holiday.

It seems the first two lines have a lot of syllables to cram into the space of the melody. Not that you can't! Songwriters are always surprising that way. Still, it will be very interesting to hear how you do that. Plus, simply singing the word "proselytizing" will be a bit of a challenge.

Looking forward to more.

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Postby John Sargent » July 22nd, 2012, 6:11 pm

I'm heading to Nashville at 5 AM, guitar and ukes are already loaded in the car.
This is a very bad accapella version of the song. I hope that you enjoy it.
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Postby dhodge » July 22nd, 2012, 6:17 pm

Not to worry about recording! You can always do so when you get back. Have a safe and hopefully fun trip.

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Postby John Sargent » July 22nd, 2012, 7:05 pm

Ooops. Forgot to attach the MP3

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11783537
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Postby Hobson » July 24th, 2012, 10:30 am

Some people would probably find this offensive. But that's OK - they're probably not listening. :lol:

I thought it was hilarious.
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Postby John Sargent » July 25th, 2012, 5:11 am

Hobson wrote:Some people would probably find this offensive. But that's OK - they're probably not listening. :lol:

I thought it was hilarious.



Thanks for listening and the comment. I think it is funny. I wish I had written it a few weeks ago. I'm in Nashville this week and spent the last two nights singing at open mic's. I think that this song would have gone over well even here, in the heart of the Bible belt.

I don't think I've ever heard a parody song about the Witnesses. Last January Mrs Worm and I went to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway. The songs there were hilarious. Mine is quite mild in comparison.

The march melody I used reminded me that in the time period 1890-1910, marches were as popular as swing in the 40s, rock in the 70's, and hippity hop in the 2000's.

Marches are fun to sing and play, they really allow you to go uptempo but sing with a clarity where the words don't get mumbled. Also, the image of Witnesses marching together is implied.
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Postby Vic Lewis VL » July 27th, 2012, 12:50 pm

Brilliant! Going to be a double sinner and play it again!

Yep, still chuckling.....

:D :D :D

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Postby John Sargent » July 27th, 2012, 6:11 pm

Thanks for listwening and the comment. I'm still in Nashville so I haven't had time to re-record this with an instrumental track.

I just bout a National Reso-Rocket at Gruhn's today so that will start to work it's way into my songs over the next few weeks.
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Postby jamestoffee » August 4th, 2012, 7:47 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: Very fun! I could definitely see this in the vein of a Monty Python scene.

Thanks for sharing :D
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Postby John Sargent » August 12th, 2012, 6:00 am

I was reluctant to try this one publically. Mrs Worm thought that people might get angry. I've played it 3 times now and havn't had any negative comments. There have been several requests for copies of the lyrics though.
I've considered expanding it with an extra verse that deals with Christmas, Easter and birthday celebrations. I think it works best as a fast short piece. I'll have to re=record it when I get a chance.
So many projects....
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