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The Saga Begins
A Musical Parody by Weird Al Yankovic
Lyrical Adaptation of "American Pie" by Don McLean

The Saga Begins
The Saga Begins
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A review by Jonathan Fesmire

I visited the Star Wars website today, and I'm very glad I did. They have a link to a special Weird Al Yankovic site dedicated to his new album, Running with Scissors. Why? Because the first release from this album is a tune based on Star Wars: Episode I. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I suggest you do before listening to this song, The Saga Begins, which has quite a few spoilers. Then go to and view the video in either Real Player, Quicktime, or Windows MediaPlayer format.

The lyrics cover the story of Star Wars: Episode I from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view. In the video, Weird Al himself plays Obi-Wan, acting as front-man for a Jedi rock band while they perform at the Mos Eisley Cantina. It's funny, yet strangely poignant. The cantina crowd includes some strange aliens, and isn't that Darth Sidious playing the piano? Weird Al sure looks different with a shave and a Jedi apprentice hair style. Overall, a wonderful tribute to Star Wars by the master of musical parody.

The song begins:

A long long time ago
in a galaxy far away
Naboo was under an attack
And I thought me and Qui-Gon Jinn
Could talk the Federation into
Maybe cutting them a little slack
But their response, it didn't thrill us
They locked the doors and tried to kill us
We escaped from that gas
Then met Jar Jar and Boss Nass
We took a bongo from the scene
And we went to Theed to see the queen
We all wound up on Tatooine
That's where we found this boy...

Oh my my, this here Anakin guy
May be Vader someday later - now he's just a small fry
And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
"Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"

Copyright © 1999 by Jonathan Fesmire

Jonathan Fesmire has travelled to France, Germany, Estonia, Finland, and Ireland. He enjoys speaking French and learning bits of other foreign languages, but most of all, he loves writing, and has sold fiction to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, SpaceWays Weekly, Jackhammer, and others.

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