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S J Birkill
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A new parody lyric
« : 30.03.22 at 07:34 »

Remember those? It's been ages since a new one came along, but today this one clattered into my virtual in-tray. It's by MV member Al Neville, and it brings our collection of, ahem, alternative lyrics to Pete Atkin songs bang up to date.
It's called "Another Girl, Another Train", so you can probably figure out which lyric it parodies. Rather than attach it to Dave Jones's venerable "First Folly" page I decided to add it to the main Discography page. Then I saw there's already a Girl On The Train parody there, Roy Brown's timeless "Gargoyle On A Drain", which imagines the non-encounter from the girl's viewpoint. (The song was played by tribute band The Beautiful Changers at the Midnight Voices Garden Party in rural Derbyshire in July 1999).
No matter: dear reader, I squeezed it in. The sixth button column opposite Girl On The Train now holds two half-width smiley-text (parody lyric) icons. The first links to Roy's "Gargoyle", the second to Al's "Another Girl". Or, if you prefer a direct link to the new parody, just click HERE.
I've retained the page style (if you can call it that) of the older parodies for consistency, but one day soon I shall update all the old lyric and chord sheets to my new format, an example of which can be found HERE, a brand-new chord transcription of The Way You Are With Me which Pete sent at the request of a (non-MV) reader, a guitarist.
Returning to "Another Girl", the real innovation here is the ability to hear Al's own accomplished performance of his alternative lyric, on the page. Perhaps I should do this with all the parodies... though in most cases that would mean persuading the parodists to record their own renditions. Not easy, given the present dispersed state of the original MV regulars. Perhaps someone will volunteer to play them for us?
PS: in case you're wondering, this "Al" (if I can call him that) is the very same Alan Neville who played a guest spot at Richard Bleksley's "Pub of Dreams" MV gathering in south London (well, Surrey), back in 2004. Most recently, Al attended Pete's songwriters' workshop a couple of weeks ago in Wales.
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