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December 15th, 2008
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Please can you make the ping pong song stop?
Please can you make the ping pong song stop?
Please can you make the ping pong song stop?
Make it stop! Please can you make it stop.
Please can you stop it this ping pong ping pong ping pong ping pong make it stop
Please can you stop it this ping pong ping pong ping pong make it stop
Make it stop! Please make this ping pong stop.

And for those who have not heard the whole of Milton's Paradise Lost to the tune of the William Tell Ovature, here it is:



Paradise Lost:

Satan was chained on a lake of fire,
Satan was chained on a lake of fire
Satan was chained on a lake of fire,
On a lake! on a lake of fire
Satan was chained on a lake of lake of lake of lake of lake of fire,
Satan was chained on a lake of lake of lake of lake of fire,
Satan was chained on a lake of fire

Satan has a very odd family life...

Satan could have done with a GPS...

Paradise smells much better than fish...

Raphael comes and explains the plot*...

Satan's cannons got squashed by hills...

Jesus made a world with some hairy snakes...

Raphael is coy about angel sex...

Adam and Eve had lustful sex**...

All Satan's friends have a hissy fit...

These are the tents of wickedness...

Adam and Eve have paradise lost,
Adam and Eve have paradise lost,
Adam and Eve have paradise lost,
Have lost! Have paradise lost.
Adam and Eve have paradise lost,
Adam and Eve have paradise paradise paradise paradise paradise lost,
Adam and Eve have paradise paradise paradise paradise lost,
Adam and Eve have paradise lost.

It was so much fun! The poem is genuinely good and interesting and beautiful and downright fabulous in places, far more so than I was worrying it would be. And of course, being in a nice house with 9 lovely people, a swimming pool and great food was never going to be a huge hardship.

God blessed the event by the joyous provision of a Gardening Angel mug and a card with apples on it 5 minutes before the shops shut on Sunday too. I cannot complain about anyone else's ad hoc organisation until I take the log out of my own eye...

If you have never got a group of people together to read out Paradise Lost in dramatised form I heartilly recommend that you do. And that you invite me again ;-) I think maybe the ping pong song should be optional though...

* A close victory against

Paradise food doesn't start off hot
Eve got stuck in the kitchen a lot
and
Abdiel's hankering too get shot

** We were on a role at this point.

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From:simont
Date:December 15th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
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That's very funny, but what has it got to do with ping-pong? :-)
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From:atreic
Date:December 15th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
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The first version of the song which we traditionally used for warm-ups was

"Papa's got a head like a ping pong ball"

Thus leading to it being known as the Ping Pong Song.
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From:simont
Date:December 15th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I see. That'd explain why "ping pong" works so well in the "ping pong ping pong ping pong ping pong" bit :-)

(I was faintly hoping that there might turn out to be an etymology which involved some sort of complex part-singing and the tune ping-ponging back and forth between singers, but perhaps I'm thinking of a kind of song suited to far more sensible and/or sober performers ;-)
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From:taimatsu
Date:December 15th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I always heard it as "Poppy" and then associated that with Nick's Poppy Yoghurt.
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From:atreic
Date:December 15th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
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:-)

I feel it is only fair to say that you probably want the_alchemist's babies, who came up with the idea of a paradise lost weekend, or possibly mirabehn's babies, who organised a readthrough where we set too much of Jewel in the Crown to the William Tell Overture. Or possible borusa's babies, as I think he was the first to inflict the song on us all. And it was a collaborative composition by the whole of the readthrough.

But I could just take the compliment and look smug ;-)
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From:wildeabandon
Date:December 15th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Damn you. I had just got it out of my head :P
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From:samholloway
Date:December 15th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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If we're having an earworm-inducing war, then my salvo is this.
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From:robert_jones
Date:December 15th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I love the way that "Please can you make the ping pong song stop" doesn't even nearly fit the tune.
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From:smhwpf
Date:December 15th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

I have only one thing to say in response to that.

Self. Esteem.
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From:emperor
Date:December 15th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
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is for everybody? :)
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From:the_elyan
Date:December 15th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I'll see the bid of Django Bates Interval Song, and raise you Soul Bossa Nova, feat July Garland
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From:the_elyan
Date:December 16th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Then there's the heavy artillery:

Mahnama...you-know-what
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