GILGAMESH THEME SONG
Mr. Watson, English II
is “a mocking imitation of the style of a literary work” in order to make fun of the work, its subject, the style it is written, or the author him- or herself.
You will get together in groups and parody the style of “The Spider-Man Theme Song”
(1967), written by Aldo Lopez with music by Bob Harris. Rewrite the lyrics telling the story of Gilgamesh. Your Gilgamesh song should at least be as long as the original
“Spider-Man.” You will turn in a copy of the lyrics (make sure everyone’s name is on the paper!) and will also share your new song with the rest of the class. Here are the original lyrics:
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man.
Is he strong? Listen bud—
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread?
Take a look overhead.
Hey there! There goes the Spider-Man.
In the chill of the night,
At the scene of the crime,
Like a streak of light,
He arrives just in time!
Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Wealth and fame, he's ignored—
Action is his reward.
Life is a great big bang-up—
Wherever there's a hang-up,
You'll find the Spider-Man!
--Definition of “parody” from
Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms
and its entry on Wikipedia, accessed 2/24/08.