Tuesday, December 04, 2007

An Ode to Mary Witzl

Today’s ode is for Mary Witzl’s Resident Alien blog – the song I’m taking my parody from? American Pie - I doubt anyone reading this really needs me to link the audio... I do have to preface this, though, in attempting to keep with the rhythm and rhyme, some of the lyrics are slightly inaccurate... For example, I say that I found Mary’s blog in September... hey, it had a good beat and I could dance to it.... in actuality I found her blog months earlier than that, though I couldn’t tell you the exact date now.

Okay, on with the song – adopt your folksy best and sing along –

An Ode to Mary Witzl

A fine, fine blog I know...
Found her in September
And I’ve been reading her all this while.
And if you give her just one glance
Then stay a while and just per chance
I tell you, Mary’s bound to make you smile.

Her home is happy, that I’ll give her
Though her parking can make me shiver
Beggers on her doorstep
New customs, she’s now adept.

It was too funny when she tried
Death metal concerts - her kids just sighed.
To me it was a point of pride
She didn’t run and hide.

She said bye bye to American pie
In a new place, at her own pace,
You don’t need to ask why.
Scotland is her home now where she’ll be, by and by
She just got sick of our burgers and fry.
Got sick of our burger and fry.

She’ll give you a needed shove
To help you earn a dream you love,
If you’ll only let her know...
If you’re a writer, take a stroll,
Mary’s support can sooth your soul
She’ll help you to unwind and take it slow...

Her husband’s case of pessimism
Makes her laugh and roll her eyes at him
With humor we could use,
To get us through life’s little dues.

Japan was lovely full of friends and luck
Scotland called and they packed the family up
In her place I’d say, ‘What the f—k’
She didn’t run ad hide...

She just kept saying
Bye bye to American pie
In a new place at her own pace
You don’t need to ask why
Scotland is her home now where she’ll be, by and by
She just got sick of our burgers and fry
Got sick of our burger and fry.....

I hope you all liked it - especially Mary. I picked the song especially because you mentioned in comments some time ago that you liked it - and it fit so well, being a natural born American who's spent most of your adult life abroad. For those of you who have never read Mary's blog, I highly recommend it!!! There's a little bit for everyone. If you've ever wondered what it's like to live in another country or a strange culture, if you like discussing writing, raising children, husbands, or any aspect of life, really, Mary's blog is full of wisdom and mirth... and so is the owner.


Mary Witzl said...

Aw, shucks, Merry, this is just great! I've never had an ode written about me, and I'll be walking around with a strut in my step for quite a while after this. If anyone disses me, I'll just smile and think 'I have an ODE written about ME, you impudent so and so!'

Though in all truth, I have never abandoned pies and burgers, I'm happy to pretend that I have. And in fact, I probably should.

Now I'm going to have to figure out how to return the favor myself ...Eek!

Merry Jelinek said...

Hi Mary,

That's okay, I'll be walking around singing American Pie for days now... I actually didn't think you did abandon burgers or fries or pies for that matter... that verse was killer to try to rhyme up so I just used the easiest 'American' food I could find.

Can't wait to see what you put up on your blog!

Mary Witzl said...

Give me a few days, Merry, and I will think up something! I may have to do something similar to what Ello is doing, but I will try to make it good!

And I just love American Pie. Oddly, it reminds me of Miami, Florida, where I first heard it...

Ello said...

That was awesome! Now I've got that song in my head but at least I love it. Boy Merry I am really impressed by you because I got 2 story requests and it is so hard! You did a terrific job!

I heart Merry!

Merry Jelinek said...

Hi Mary,

It actually reminds me of boonesfarm strawberry hill and sitting on a car in the summertime... but that's a story for another day - and for this one I didn't even need to look up the lyrics...

Hi Ello,

I'm so glad you like them... they're a little time consuming and I haven't written poetry much since my early twenties, so it's not as easy as it seemed like it was back then... but it is a lot of fun, especially making them personalized for people... I still have three to go, so you'll get to see a few more.

I don't know if you ever got to see it, but Jersey girl wrote me a blog review when I won at her place that still has me smiling -

Jersey Girl's blog review for me

I loved it but didn't know if I could compete with the 'awe' factor, so I went parody silly instead.

Mary Witzl said...

I heart Merry too! And not just for writing my ode or knowing the lyrics to American Pie.

debra said...

Thanks, ladies. I am joining you in singing American Pie (as mt #2 daughter rlls her eyes-------again)
great ode to Mary, Merry.

Merry Jelinek said...

Thanks Mary, I heart you, too!

Hi Debra,

I'm glad you enjoyed the sing along! I stopped over at your site, your pottery looks beautiful. Do you have a blog, too, where I can stop back over and read you?

debra said...

Thanks,Merry. FromSkilledHands is my blog. I write about how I think about things as it relates to our life in the arts. Check the archives
maybe I'll get my own song, too :-)

Merry Jelinek said...

Hi Debra,

I still owe out three songs, from the original post, but maybe after the new year when I've caught my breath - they are really time consuming, but a lot of fun, too.

My father in law would love your site, he goes all the way up to Door County to a little shop to buy his - he has a whole twelve place setting dinnerware set, handmade... it's really interesting, much different than you can buy in the store.