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> [ Filk] Darker-haired Gaijin, Another Beatles Filk
themadwordsmith
Posted: Oct 16 2004, 08:49 PM
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This, like my last one, has been done before. The problem I have with DemonMiko's version is that "Megatokyo" does not have the same number of syllables as "Yellow Submarine", thus throwing the song out of whack. And, of course, I absolutely love the word "gaijin", in case you haven't figured that out yet.
Original lyrics follow, for those who don't know "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles.
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Darker-haired Gaijin
Sung by Largo's Class Choir

In the city I am from
Lives a man who crossed the sea
And he leads a lonely life
In this land that's Japanese

So he flew here on a plane
Wanting just to get away
But he didn't realize
That he would be here to stay

We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin
We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin

And our friends are in his class
As we learn to kick "z0mb13 455"
And our shooting games we play...

We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin
We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin

Now the world is full of fun
At least until our class is done
Life is peacefully crazy
With our darker-haired gaijin

We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin
We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin

We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin
We're all taught by the darker-haired gaijin
Darker-haired gaijin, Darker-haired gaijin
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The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

In the town where I was born
Lived a man who sailed to sea
And he told us of his life
In the land of submarines

So we sailed up to the sun
Till we found the sea of green
And we lived beneath the waves
In our yellow submarine

We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

And our friends are all on board
Many more of them live next door
And the band begins to play

We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

As we live a life of ease
Everyone of us has all we need
Sky of blue and sea of green
In our yellow submarine.

We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in our yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
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This is probably the last time I will ever filk Long John & His Silver Beatles. That was the original name of the band, for all you trivia buffs out there.
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sonicsuns42
Posted: Oct 18 2004, 04:45 AM
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cool. a couple of comments, though:

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"Megatokyo" does not have the same number of syllables as "Yellow Submarine", thus throwing the song out of whack.


Me-ga-to-ky-o (5 syllables)
Ye-low-Sub-mar-ine (5 syllables)
It works just fine for me

And maybe I'm just being oblivious here, but Largo's got red hair, which doesn't seem to fit the words "darker-haired". Or maybe I just misunderstand that line.

Overall its a good filk
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Posted: Oct 18 2004, 07:01 PM
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Those of us who know how to speak Japanese, to some degree, pronounce it "To-kyo". Two syllables. It doesn't fit unless you pronounce it wrong. Unless, of course, I'm wrong, which is possible, though unlikely.
And I certainly consider Largo's hair darker than Piro's, which makes him the darker-haired of the two foreigners. Look at the banner up above you. You know, the one that says "relax, we understand j00".
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Posted: Oct 18 2004, 10:41 PM
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QUOTE (themadwordsmith @ Oct 16 2004, 10:49 PM)
This is probably the last time I will ever filk Long John & His Silver Beatles.  That was the original name of the band, for all you trivia buffs out there.

It was never performed live or in concert by the Beatles though. It was a studio creation with Richard Starkey's vocals that some of us remember. All songs sung by Ringo had the advantage of being singable by the rest of us.

Oh, and it was released as the B-side to Eleanor Rigby. Or was it the A-side and Ms. Rigby considered B? Hm, I stumped myself. I tried to beg my parents to buy it for me, but they got Monday, Monday by the Mamas and the Papas instead. Consequently, I never did like them much. I was a Beatles fan.

We used to sing it on our Bus ride to school, so it's easy for me to imagine GTL's class singing this one. Thanks!
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Posted: Oct 19 2004, 12:30 AM
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Whoo! Yellow Submarine filk! happy.gif

But the line "but he didn't realize" in the second verse doesn't match the tune of the song. Maybe it's just my singing that's off, I dunno.
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Posted: Oct 19 2004, 01:01 AM
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QUOTE (themadwordsmith @ Oct 19 2004, 01:01 AM)
Those of us who know how to speak Japanese, to some degree, pronounce it "To-kyo".  Two syllables.  It doesn't fit unless you pronounce it wrong.  Unless, of course, I'm wrong, which is possible, though unlikely.

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As for pronunciation ... according to YourDictionary.com, the English pronounciation of "Tokyo" is three syllables, so both you and DemonMiko are correct, as she chose the English pronounciation and you the Japanese.

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Oh, and it was released as the B-side to Eleanor Rigby. Or was it the A-side and Ms. Rigby considered B?

It was the latter, according to the About the Beatles website.
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Posted: Oct 19 2004, 06:53 AM
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QUOTE (AncestralHamster @ Oct 19 2004, 03:01 AM)
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Oh, and it was released as the B-side to Eleanor Rigby. Or was it the A-side and Ms. Rigby considered B?

It was the latter, according to the About the Beatles website.

Discussion about A vs B sides are moot now, but in those days when it wasn't, the Beatles were the ones that challenged it the most. I bought many 45s for their B-side, many B-sides did well in the charts, and they put out several 45s that must be considered as double A-sided, like Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby and Hey Jude/Revolution.

But in the immortal words of Brothers Beaker and Honeydew, "...sadly temporary (wadwy wemworwary)"
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Posted: Oct 19 2004, 09:35 AM
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Kick zombie 455, laugh.gif laugh.gif . Seems to flow nicely, good stuff!
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