Fear, Scare, and Play Unfair

Fear, Scare, and Play Unfair
Original words and music “Here, There, and Everywhere”, by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider

To lead a fettered life they need my mode to be fear…

Fear, making the case through the year
Changing my life from a cave in the sand
Nobody can deny that it’s done to scare

Scare, running with flames through their hair
Most of us thinking how dumb that must be
Someone is speaking, but she doesn’t know she’s scared

They want to play unfair, and if they deride me
I know I need never care
But to hear them is to see them play unfair
Knowing their goal is to scare

Each one believing that fear never dies
Watching my eyes and hoping I’m always scared

They want to play unfair, and if they deride me
I know I need never care
But to hear them is to see them play unfair
Knowing their goal is to scare

Each one believing that fear never dies
Watching my eyes and hoping I’m always scared

They will be scared, and play unfair
Fear, scare, and play unfair

8 thoughts on “Fear, Scare, and Play Unfair

  1. I couldn’t place the song, so I found it on Youtube, and recognized it well as soon as it started playing.

    If I had to be critical, the original defines the object of the song,”my love”, with the first line. Yours leaves “they” unattributed, and while we all know the “they” to which you refer, a less informed party could ask the question, “who are they?”. Of course, the unknown is always easy to fear.
    The cadence and rhyming is really good, and you kept more of the original lyrics than usual.
    So of course I like it!

  2. Thank you, everyone.

    I freely admit that there’s a certain vagueness about this one, House. And there are several reasons for that. First, fear is often attributable to an ill-defined, nebulous “they”, so it works for that purpose. If the one trying to cause fear is too specifically identified, it becomes almost a “single issue” song, and I wanted it to have broader applicability. I almost “named names”, but decided to leave that vague as well.

    Second, once the idea for the title came to me, I wanted to finish it as quickly as possible. This one came to me last night, right before I went to bed. I finished it this morning. They don’t always happen that fast. Jane liked it, so I posted it. I had hoped that by the title alone, the tune would be recognizable. (“Oh, yeah, the one that goes, ‘here, there, and EVERYwhere.’ I know that one.”)

    Lastly, I heard on the radio that today is “Celebrate Your Unique Talents Day”. And since writing silly song parodies is the only unique talent I have, I wanted to make sure I posted it today. It’s not “unique” in the sense that I’m the only one who can do it. Far from it. There are many excellent parody writers here at TheZoo, as you know. Not mention Weird Al, a man far more talented at this than I. No, mine is a “unique talent” in that it is the only talent I have.

    And thanks for the kind words. May you all enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend for at least a few moments sometime over the weekend. 🙂

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