The idea form this blog post came from a video on Youtube that was a mix of Hey There Delilah entitled Hey There Rose Tyler. Parody songs where an individual changed the lyrics have always fascinated me and the ones centered on Doctor Who are so creative and cover so many Doctor Who bases, I was amazed at the quality of some of them. Particularly in Hey There Rose Tyler, the singer uses lyrical techniques that closely mimic the original song. In this post, I will compare lyrics of the original song to the parody and then do a lyrical analysis. Beginning with Hey There Rose Tyler, in the original song Hey there, Delilah, the song begins with,
“Hey there, Delilah
What’s it like in New York City?
I’m a thousand miles away
But, girl, tonight you look so pretty
Yes, you do
Times Square can’t shine as bright as you
I swear, it’s true”
The cover song begins like this:
“Hey there Rose Tyler
What’s it like in your dimension
I’m a thousand worlds away
But I’m still seeing your reflection in the blue
My hearts are broken without you
I swear, its true”
Both songs obviously start with addressing the one who the singer longs for, then they move on to the loved one is a distance away from them and their longing for them from a distance. Both lyrics reflect their love and their longing in a parallel, which I believe is a great technique for song cover lyrics. People who listen to the original song or know the original song will relate more to the cover song if it parallels a similar storyline. I believe that Hey There Rose Tyler is a successful cover because of how it uses the parallel to form its own story. The comments are a tribute to its success as no one is questioning the quality of the song, and all are able to reflect on their feelings that it gives them in correlation with the show.
Another song that is well done, is a parody of Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, done to the tune of Take’em out in reference to Doctor Who fighting the Daleks. The parody’s chorus goes like this:
“ and the Daleks always say say say say
Exterminate nate nate nate nate
But I just wanna take take take take take
Take’em out Take’em out”
Taylor Swifts Chorus is written like this:
“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off”
In this parody, the Daleks are equal to the players and the haters. The Doctor and his companions are the ones who are shaking it off (or taking them out in this case). This works so well because of the popularity of the Daleks and their juxtaposition against the Doctor and his companions. The comments in this video are as positive, with reviews that admit they are subscribing because this parody was so well done and of viewers feelings excitement from the feeling they get from the original song and the parodied version.
Overall, well-done parodies are ways for fans to relate to the show and create their own song using their own feelings. Using parallels to the original song amplifies the effect and the overall feeling of the parody, giving it a professional and comfortable experience.