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Joseph and the Bear Hat (November 2017, Song 1) - Back to the Future (a Moxy Früvous parody written by @macaronique)


@macaronique and I share a love of the band Moxy Früvous (our feelings about Jian aside). As a teenager, I taught myself to sing by obsessively listening to Bargainville, and I was lucky enough to attend about two dozen concerts and three Frucons in late 90s / very early 2000s.    

And yet, for all those live performances, I was never able to hear one of my absolute favorites, "Gulf War Song," live.  Früvous did sing it from time to time during the years I watched them on stage, but never at a show I happened to be attending.  

A few weeks ago, I'd mentioned to @macaronique that I'd been thinking about recording "Gulf War," and she told me that back in 2014, she'd written a parody of it.

This was probably the most challenging song I've ever attempted, as it required me to sing four-part harmony without musical accompaniment. Sean Lake did a *fantastic* mixing job--THANK YOU, Magic Man.

The original song is here, and if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend:

And so, patrons, I give you a tale of a wild-eyed scientist, a kid, and a plan that probably needed more pie charts.   

Lyrics   

(with one difference--towards the end, the line "Time travel’s ‘heavy’, not light at c," was changed to "That’s when he saves her; that’s when they see.")  

 

He made a car
that goes through time
with the fuel that he stole
when it hits eighty-eight miles an hour.
He nearly died.
The kid messed up.
Then they botched three more Times
and to fix things they needed more power.

What kind of klutz tears the space-time continuum,
And assumes that the remedy’s to keep on changing time?
He’s just a h0ver boi.
Doc’s just a drag racer.
If they killed their own forebears, would it still be a crime?

Fighters to change the past.
Fighters to get back.
Fighters for hoverboards, peace and a jet pack.
Don’t you insult this guy ’cause he’s Marty McFly,
and history seems to agree
to be what he says to be.

They went back, then back forward,
and the bullies all got their dues,
and it worked out just fine for ‘the good guys’.
Who was hurt? Who’s erased?
Were the the questions unasked.
Did a hurricane start with his Levi’s?

What could they do? He’s just Doc Brown, and not The Doctor.
They couldn’t track each wingbeat of every butterfly.
Don’t think it helps to say, ‘think, McFly, think’ again.
They’ve ways to make history; how could they not try?

Fighters to fix the past.
Fighters to get back.
Fighters for hoverboards, peace and a jet pack.
Don’t you insult this guy ’cause he’s Marty McFly,
and history seems to agree
to be what he says to be.
To heck with causality.

He’s just an underdog.
Doc’s just a scientist.
That’s when he saves her; that’s when they see  
What could they do? He’s just Doc Brown, and not The Doctor.
And history seems to agree
to be what he says to be.
To heck with causality.
Great Scott, where and when are my keys?