A song parody is when you redo a piece of music that has already been done before. The melody and style of the song usually stays the same, but the lyrics (words) are changed into something silly or funny.
For example: Below are some lyrics from Lorde’s “Royals”. Here's a parody of "Royals" by Weird Al called “Foil”. You’ll notice the word “foil” sounds very similar to “royals” and the lyrics below still fit with the song.
“Royals” - Lorde
And we'll never be royals (royals)
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler)
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, (I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule)
Let me live that fantasy
Here's a parody of "Royals" by Weird Al called “Foil”. You’ll notice the word “foil” sounds very similar to “royals” and the lyrics below still fit with the song.
“Foil” – Weird Al
With aluminum foil (foil)
Never settle for less
That kind of wrap is just the best
To keep your sandwich nice and fresh
Stick it in your cooler (cooler)
Eat it when you're ready
But maybe you'll choose (you'll choose, you'll choose, you'll choose)
A refreshing herbal tea
Here's the link for Weird Al's version: "Foil" By: Weird Al
Weird Al has done a lot of parodies of songs you may have heard. If you do a Youtube search, you can probably find parodies of plenty of songs made by different internet users.
Here's a parody of "Hello" by Adele that's a funny take on being in quarantine. Hello (Quarantine Version)
Have you ever heard the funny Batman version of “Jingle Bells”? It’s a parody!
Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Robin laid an egg!
The Batmobile, lost a wheel
And Joker got away!
You can do the same! Try taking a simple song, or nursery rhyme, and rewriting the words. OR, you can take a song you really like and rewrite its chorus (the part that repeats over throughout the song).
You can do this activity with a friend over the phone too! Try making up new words for songs!
Please feel free to sing your song at our next music class, or you can e-mail me your song at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can sing it for the class for you!