Dec 202011

“I met him in a swamp down in Dagobah
Where it bubbles all the time like a giant carbonated soda
S-O-D-A, soda”

Wierd Al’s discography is filled with numerous movie homages, and sometime he takes the parody genre to heights with full song sendups. Yoda, based on the Kink’s Lola is by far the best of these. While he has done this more recently with Jurassic Park (MacArthur Park), The Saga Begins (American Pie) and Ode To A Superhero (Pianoman), these are mostly summaries of the films they refer to. This one shine’s with more personal and biting character and meta references than he would offer up in those future songs (amusing and occasionally clever though they may still be – with the exception of The Saga Begins).
“Well, I’ve been around, but I ain’t never seen
A guy who looks like a muppet, but he’s wrinkled and green
Oh, my Yoda,Yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda”

In the song, Al starts with the point of view of Luke’s reactions on encountering the titular muppet reflecting the original Lola lyrics wryly. Eventually though, the song gets meta where the POV is suddenly Mark Hamillish commenting on his future career as Luck Skywalker (Al, however, didn’t prognosticate this well, even if it is funny.)

“Well, I heard my friends really got in a mess
So I’m gonna have to leave Yoda I guess
But I know that I’ll be coming back some day.
I’ll be playing this part ’till I’m old and gray”

“The long-term contract I had to sign
Says I’ll be making these movies till the end of time
Oh with my Yoda”

Al didn’t make a video for this, but luckily there are plenty of fans out there with time on their hands.

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