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Thread #82145   Message #3998493
Posted By: MoorleyMan
30-Jun-19 - 05:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Green fields of france PARODY
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Green fields of france PARODY
I'm heartened to see that at least some of the above posts recognise what I see as the real intention of this parody, that it is directed firmly at those who ruin the song and its sentiments by singing it badly and/or insincerely.. (which, let's face it, can be the case with almost any song of value and sensitivity). I'm with you there, Liz and fellow-pacifists.

I have known this Crawford Howard parody for some time, but never did I believe it to be insensitively written at the expense of those who risked and lost their lives or of the memories of those who are left behind.
(I had myself added a second chorus to reinforce the central thrust, but I would never dream of claiming it as a joint effort!)

However, I do harbour a reservation with the version given in Liz's original post on this thread, in that the final two verses seem to change tack, away from the criticism of the bad singer and yes, they do give the impression of a lack of compassion for the subject (especially the penultimate verse, which I'd not seen before). It's almost as though they're the work of a different writer...

Final thought: IMHO, a good parody respects both the original and its subject and message. But yes, there have been so many cheap, trashy, plainly indifferent parodies that they've given the genre a bad name. Caveat emptor...