Asimov’s Laws of Song Parody

  1. A song parody must be funny.
  2. A song parody may not injure the rhyme scheme and metre of the original song, except where this practice would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A song parody must justify its own existence, as long as such justification does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

2 thoughts on “Asimov’s Laws of Song Parody

  1. Thank for putting into words what I have always instinctively felt, particularly in trying to elicit reasonable encore verses of Music Hall songs from fellow performers who viewed my approach as needlessly anal.

    • Cheers for that, Glenn. I side with you there.

      Although I am reminded of the story about Rutland Barrington asking Gilbert for an encore verse, only to be told “Encore means sing it again.”

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