Prison Cells – A Parody of Silver Bells – David Cohen & Don Caron

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First posted around a year ago during the Christmas season. The weird thing is that nothing has changed in a year that would make this obsolete or irrelevant with the possible exception of the reference to Dr. Oz – something some of you have probably completely forgotten – look it up.




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LYRICS for PRISON CELLS
by David Cohen

Prison cells, prison cells
It’s payback time for the guilty
Ding-a-lings, squealers sing
Soon it will be judgement day

Guards on catwalks, watch the perps walk
Queued in one single file
In the air there’s a stench you can’t miss, much
They’re not laughing, time keeps passing
Losing trial after trial
After every conviction they’ll fear . . .

Prison cells, prison cells
It’s payback time for the guilty
Ding-a-lings, hear them sing
Soon it will be judgement day

No more gaslights, voter fraud fights
Life is much more serene
As elitists are stripped of their pleasures
What a gut punch, for the brunch bunch
When they’re all led away
And without any pardons they’ll fear . . .

Prison cells (save one for Doctor Oz)
Prison cells (are crowded now because)
It’s payback time for the guilty
Ding-a-lings, (it fills them with despair)
Hear them sing, (in courtrooms everywhere)
Soon it will be judgement day

There goes Bannon (prison cells), where’s Judge Cannon?
And their mob that’s so vile (prison cells)
In the cooler there’s no door for egress (It’s payback time for the guilty)
They’re not laughing, (prison cells) time keeps passing
Losing trial after trial (prison cells)
Very soon it will be judgement day

ABOUT THE SOURCE MUSIC
“Silver Bells” is a popular Christmas song composed byJay Livingston and Ray Evans.n It was first sung by William Frawley, then sung in the now familiar version by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid (1951).
The first recorded version was sung by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards on September 8, 1950, with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra and the Lee Gordon Singers. The recording was released by Decca Records in October 1950. After the Crosby/Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to reshoot a more elaborate production of the song.

“Silver Bells” started out as “Tinkle Bells”. Songwriter Ray Evans said: “We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his first wife said, ‘Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'”

As to this song’s inspiration, there are conflicting reports. Several periodicals and interviews cite writer Jay Livingston stating that the song’s inspiration came from the bells used by sidewalk Santa Clauses and Salvation Army solicitors on New York City street corners. However, in an interview with NPR, co-writer Ray Evans said that the song was inspired by a bell that sat on an office desk that he shared with Livingston. Both versions are probably true.

Kate Smith’s 1966 version of “Silver Bells” became popular and has since been featured prominently in film and on holiday albums. The song was recorded by American country duo the Judds and was released as a single in 1987, charting for one week in 1998 at No. 68 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In 2009 the song charted in the United Kingdom for the first time when a duet by Terry Wogan and Aled Jones that had been recorded for charity reached the Top 40, peaking at No. 27.

As famous as this song is, you’d think it would have a richer history, no?

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  1. leslie h Hulkower

    Ia hopent to see all those cons in jails and my wish come through