What if John, Paul, George, and Ringo provided the soundtrack for a musical revival of Charles Dickens’s immortal A Christmas Carol? Thanks to The Muppets, we already have at least one spectacular musical version of Dickens’s classic, and I’ve even seen one staged in Pittsburgh. But as I wrapped up our study of the novella in British Literature just before Christmas Break, inspiration hit!
Being that I’m simply a rock star masquerading as a public school teacher, I have been putting literature to music from my earliest days as a student teacher as a way to “live my dream” and engage my students. In fact, in the new year I intend to start a new page on this site dedicated solely to my “Lit Rock” parodies. Here, then, is my first offering to the deepening ground, an imagining of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” as “Hey Scrooge,” possibly sung as the end credits roll after Tiny Tim’s “God bless Us! Every One!” I’m sure Paul McCartney would approve. (Hey, he’s British, right?)
Vincent H. Anastasi - 2021 (The Beatles & Charles Dickens) Hey Scrooge, don't make it bad take "Bah humbug!" and make it better remember to let light into your heart then you can start to make it better Hey Scrooge, don't be afraid though your past was lonely and bitter the minute you see Belle and all her kin then you'll begin to see things better And anytime you feel the need, hey Scrooge, the greed don't carry that weight upon your shoulders for well you know that you're a fool to be so cruel by making your world a little colder Da da da da da da da da da Hey Scrooge, don't let Bob down you have seen love, now go and give some remember to let Fred into your heart then you can start to make it better So let greed out and let love in, hey Scrooge, begin stop waiting for spirits to reform ya For don't you know that it's just true, hey Scrooge, you'll do the power of one is on your shoulders Da da da da da da da da da Hey Scrooge, don't be so blind that that gravestone and live life better remember the spirit world you were in then you'll begin to make it better better, better, better, better, better, ahhhh Na na na na na na na na na na na, hey Scrooge...
Recorded using an iPhone SE and GarageBand