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A Bloodless Shade of Pale

An AWSoP parody: Stevie Canuck


Well ... imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery: the following verse comes from a Stephen King newsgroup, Sam Cameron reports. As Tom Lehrer would remind us, 'it don't even got to rhyne ... sorry, rhyme'.


Subject: Re: Danse Macabre: King Predicts Future!
From: stevie canuck <millsaul@rogerswave.ca>
Date: 1997/03/27
Message-ID: <333AA85C.1558@rogerswave.ca>
Newsgroups: alt.books.stephen-king

lnewolf@iglou.com wrote:

>On Tue, 25 Mar 1997 16:20:16 -0800, clueless in cyberspace <no@where.near> wrote:> >Danse Macabre ? Is that like the Macarena? Or is it more of a polka?

> It is a non-fiction book written by Stephen King.

Well I offer these lyrics for a rather well known tune as the soundtrack opener.

A Bloodless Shade of Pale

It skipped the Danse Macabre
Turned some bodies on the floor
I was feeling kinda queasy
As the blood poured out the door
My head was pounding harder
As my mind just flew away
When I called out for someone to help
The demon brought a tray

And so it was, that later
As the demon showed its blade
That my face at first just bloodless
Turned a whiter shade of pale

It said there is no reason
And your fate is plain to see
Take a wander through your memories
And get down on your knee
So I knelt among the bodies
Blood there was from coast to coast
It pinned my eyes wide open
And I could not force them closed

And so it was that later
As the demon flicked its blade
and skipped the Danse Macabre
I drained a whiter shade of pale

Stevie C

(with apologies to Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and the rest of Procul [sic] Harum, and JS Back [sic] too I suppose)

[sic] Stevie C, 1997


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