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"Salem (Story of a Trial)" is a song off the the Every Ape and His Brother album Elefante Elegante Interesante Importante. It is a parody of "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" by Nine Days.

OverviewEdit

HistoryEdit

"Salem (Story of a Trial)" was written over the course of seven years. The initial idea for it arrived during a history/literature class at Holt Lutheran High School of Holt, MI in the year 2000, at the time the school's name being St. Matthew Lutheran High School. The idea was mentioned in more detail in the fall of 2001, when the song it spoofed was more well-known (having come out a year before) and the topics in class made the parody relevant.

The parody song spent many years in a back corner of a folder on several hard drives, never being finished until around 7:10 PM EST on Monday, December 3rd of 2007. It was added to the Every Ape and His Brother MySpace Page at 6:10 PM EST on Tuesday, December 4th of 2007.

PurposeEdit

The song takes a facetious look at the Salem Witch Trials, the theories and speculations around it, and even asks if the listener is any better as an individual overall than the panicked mobs that lived in Salem in 1692.

LyricsEdit

* * *The following is a list of lyrics to a song. * * *
"Salem (Story of a Trial)"

ChorusEdit

This is the story of a trial; /
And twenty died in it all of the while; /

And while it looks so bad in history books; /
It happened 16-90/-2 witch trials! /

Verse OneEdit

Was it the barely and rye? /
Some mold in the crops that meant some had to die? /

Or superstitious paranoids? /
That meant little kids were bad / just for their toys? /

The townsfolk hallucinating! /
Saw creepy things that jumped out and said: "Boo!" /

And some who would cringe up in fear; /
When you ask whom to blame for it how do you choose? /

Chorus Lead-InEdit

A lot of strange women there, / who's to say? /
Which one was a real witch the town outta slay? /
And why did it have to happen now quite this way? /

[Repeat Chorus]

Verse TwoEdit

Well was it the LSD Rye? /
The sleeping sickness? /
Or just mad jealousy? /

And did it even matter why? /
All we know for certain is some had to die. /

True terror or just pure hatin'? /
Strung up to hang and robbed of all their brooms. /

And are we much better today? /
Do we overcompensate / and make our own gloom? /

[Repeat Chorus Lead-In]

[Repeat Chorus]

[Instrumental Break]

Chorus EncoreEdit

With lots of strange women there, who's to say? /
Which one was a real witch the town outta slay? /
And why did it have to happen quite this way? /

This is the story of a trial; /and twenty died in it all of the while; /
And while it looks so bad in history books; /
It happened 16-90- /

This is the story of a trial; /with lunacy that's as long as the Nile! /
And while it looks so bad in history books; /
It happened 16-90- /

This is the story of a... / trial; / and twenty died in it all of the while; /
And while it looks so bad in history books; /
It happened 16-90 / -2 witch trials! /

TrailEdit

Them witch trials! /


Lyrics © 2007 Dozerfleet Records.

External linksEdit

ElefanteCover
Elefante Elegante Interesante Importante (2007)
# Title
1 Cadmium
2 The Bison's Apocalypse
3 Serial Bomber
4 Serial Bomber, Part 2
5 Salem (Story of a Trial)
6 Slaughterized
7 Once I'm Gone
8 Livin' It Like al-Queada
9 Miss A. Defendant
10 Die Die Die!!!

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