Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

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  1. One of his best. Right up there with “eat it”, “amish paradise”, and “word crimes”.

    Saw him in concert. Twice. If you get the chance, go to one, the man puts on a damn fine show. (and seems to legitmiately love & appreciate his fans)

  2. “The Saga Begins”
    Weird Al Yankovic

    A long, long time ago
    In a galaxy far away
    Naboo was under an attack
    And I thought me and Qui-Gon Jinn
    Could talk the federation into
    Maybe cutting them a little slack
    But their response, it didn’t thrill us
    They locked the doors and tried to kill us
    We escaped from that gas
    Then met Jar Jar and Boss Nass
    We took a bongo from the scene
    And we went to Theed to see the Queen
    We all wound up on Tatooine
    That’s where we found this boy…

    Oh my my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later – now he’s just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin’ “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
    “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”

    Did you know this junkyard slave
    Isn’t even old enough to shave
    But he can use the Force, they say
    Ah, do you see him hitting on the queen
    Though he’s just nine and she’s fourteen
    Yeah, he’s probably gonna marry her someday
    Well, I know he built C-3PO
    And I’ve heard how fast his pod can go
    And we were broke, it’s true
    So we made a wager or two
    He was a prepubescent flyin’ ace
    And the minute Jabba started off that race
    Well, I knew who would win first place
    Oh yes, it was our boy

    We started singin’ …
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later – now he’s just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin’ “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
    “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”

    Now we finally got to Coruscant
    The Jedi Council we knew would want
    To see how good the boy could be
    So we took him there and we told the tale
    How his midi-chlorians were off the scale
    And he might fulfill that prophecy
    Oh, the Council was impressed, of course
    Could he bring balance to the Force?
    They interviewed the kid
    Oh, training they forbid
    Because Yoda sensed in him much fear
    And Qui-Gon said “Now listen here”
    “Just stick it in your pointy ear”
    “I still will teach this boy”

    He was singin’ …
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later – now he’s just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin’ “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
    “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”

    We caught a ride back to Naboo
    ‘Cause Queen Amidala wanted to
    I frankly would’ve liked to stay
    We all fought in that epic war
    And it wasn’t long at all before
    Little Hotshot flew his plane and saved the day
    And in the end some Gunguns died
    Some ships blew up and some pilots fried
    A lot of folks were croakin’
    The battle droids were broken
    And the Jedi I admire most
    Met up with Darth Maul and now he’s toast
    Well, I’m still here and he’s a ghost
    I guess I’ll train this boy

    And I was singin’ …
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later – now he’s just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin’ “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
    “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”

    We were singin’ …
    My my this here Anakin guy
    May be Vader someday later – now he’s just a small fry
    And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
    Sayin’ “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”

  3. UHF – 1989 movie starring Weird Al. His uncle hands George (Al) the keys to a UHF TV station with ratings in the basement. Very funny. Even funnier if one’s knows their way around a small market UHF station.

  4. “Running with Scissors” which includes “The Saga Begins” was the first cd that I bought as I switched over from tapes. Great stuff.

  5. I never know what to expect when I log on to The American Catholic. It is always enlightening but Weird Al is a treat. If some here are just discovering him; great! Check his album Poodle Hat which features Ode to a Superhero. It is Billy Joel’s Piano Man sung about Spider-Man. On the same album is Bob. This song is made up entirely of palindromes and sung as Bob Dylan. The non-sensical lyrics that palindromes necessarily are, sound perfectly appropriate in Bob Dylan’s voice. Ebay is also hilarious. Actually my only familiarity with current music is if Weird Al does a parody of it.

  6. Saw him in concert. Twice. If you get the chance, go to one, the man puts on a damn fine show. (and seems to legitmiately love & appreciate his fans)

    My mom’s a big fan, and my dad quietly enjoys it– since they have both literally been Generic Ranch Couple for multiple magazines, that can confuse some folks. 😀

    One of my favorites:
    https://youtu.be/FhbPLu_qDc0

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