Weird Al + Palindromes =


Do you know what song/video Weird Al is spoofing? This one:

which comes from D. A. Pennebaker’s film, Dont Look Back, a documentary on Bob Dylan’s tour of England in 1965.

I love word play, and Weird Al is wonderfully clever in stringing these palindromes together. There were some I’d never heard:Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo?!

I’d like to make up a brand new palindrome. I have a book on them…somewhere. Hmmm.

Heaps of thanks to Shelly for pointing this out and sharing the link. Great Weekend Site-Seeing, and thanks to YouTube, we didn’t have to go anywhere.

Categories: Personal

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  1. I had no idea of the origin of the spoof, other than it being Dylan, of course. Is that just something you knew, or did you do a little research? I read the review of the Dylan movie and I’ve got to say I’m definitely interested in watching it. Good stuff.

  2. Mike knew about it. Somehow. He’s not seen the movie, either, but he knew about it, too, and I expect it’s on his Netflix list now.

    How did you come across the Weird Al version?

  3. Something funky happened here (no pun intended). I responded to your question and submitted it, but it didn’t show up for some reason. Anyway, the kids enjoy Weird Al and his videos, and sometimes we watch them together. The “Bob” video caught my eye under the Related Videos heading one day, and the word “palindrome” caught my eye. Of course I had to watch it…and I loved it, even without my lack of historical knowledge. Check out “White and Nerdy” and “eBay”. By the way, did you ever read Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible? One of the main characters was enchanted with palindromes and there were a good many in the book. If memory serves me, there were even whole passages of palindromes.

  4. Hmm. Your first response didn’t show up in the spam folder either. I guess it disappeared altogether.

    Thanks for the heads up on the related vids.

    Nope. Haven’t read Poisonwood Bible, but it’s on my Recommended Reading list. Thanks for the nudge.