The Halitosis Song

Striving for the perfect parody is a bit of a balancing act.  You want to bear enough similarity to the original that those who know it will be amused by the resemblance; on the other hand, you want to be sufficiently different to be immune to claims of copyright violation.  Seeing as the first verse of this one is rather close to its original, we may be sailing a little near the wind.

Of course, given the subject matter of this one, a little fresh air may be desirable.  Although the emphasis is on her reason for leaving him, it’s worth noting that he’s also dumping her.  One wonders if his breath was really that bad, or if rationalization is setting in.

For those who don’t recognize the original lyrics, it is “One by One” from Enya’s A Day Without Rain album.  Click here to get to Enya’s site and look for that album.

Here view I
Yet another good-bye:
He says, “Adios,” says, “Adio-o-os.”
Do you know why
She won’t break down and cry?
She says, “Halitosis; Halito-o-sis: goodbye.”

Chorus:
One by one the leaves fall.
His breath may have killed them all.

It’s no lie:
She has no wish to die.
He has halitosis, halito-o-sis.
And now you know why
He had better not sigh:
She says, “Halitosis; Halito-o-sis: goodbye.”

Chorus

His breath might
Knock a bird from its flight.
He gets halitosis, halito-o-sis.
And now you know why
No more onions he’ll fry:
She says, “Halitosis; halito-o-sis: goodbye.”

(Instrumental bit)

No surprise
Their love meets its demise.
He has halitosis, halito-o-sis.
And now you know why
Lots of mouthwash he’ll try…
Don’t get halitosis, halito-o-sis; good-bye.
Don’t get halitosis, halito-o-sis; good-bye.

Copyright 2005, 2010.

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