From The Songs of The Toad

In the Zippy strip for Superb Owl Day, Sunday 2/13 this year, another burlesque from that treasury of the absurd, The Songs of the Toad:

(#1) “Buy Me a Balloon”, a tangled version of “Fly Me to the Moon” — which, as it happens, has been zombielesqued on Zippy, in 2018, as “Flay Me to th’ Moon”

On the 2018 burlesque and the model song. From my 4/14/18 posting “Zombie animations in development”:


On the song, from Wikipedia:

“Fly Me to the Moon”, originally titled “In Other Words”, is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture; Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon, and the Japanese animated series Neon Genesis Evangelion played the song at the end of each episode.

… The zombie burlesque of this:

Flay me to th’ moon and
Let me ooze among th’ stars!
Show me, dear, what gore is like
In far-off Zanzibar!

The lyrics to “Fly Me to the Moon”. The first verse is fanciful to the point of silliness, which pretty much invites parody:

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars

In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing forevermore
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Mr. (the) Toad’s version. Surrealistic, or just plain nonsense, depending on your point of view:

Buy me a balloon
And let me prey among the czars!
Let me see what gloves are like
In Minsk or Zanzibar!

In other words, buy my brand!
In other words, don’t dismiss me!

Fill my cart with things
& let me cling to Baltimore!
I am all I long for
All I worship and adore!

In other words, I’m taboo!
In other words, toodle-oo!!

That’s all, folks!

One Response to “From The Songs of The Toad”

  1. Stewart Kramer Says:

    Parts of the tune for “Fly Me to the Moon” are similar to “Happy Heart” (I know the Petula Clark version, but it was a bigger hit for Andy Williams). The instrumental version was confusing to at least one person, who asked why “Happy Heart” was playing in a sci-fi themed promotional video.

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