ZUHLIO RETURNS: “Where Have All The Sisters Gone”?

The Official Parodohymnodist of Fr. Z’s Blog has inspired – I don’t know how he does it – has inspired – or even why he does it – has inspired to emerge from retirement

ZUHLIO!

Yes, after the triumphant reemergence from retirement last time to produce his hit song “Lady Tambourine Priest“, after his even bigger hit song “Aging Hippie Paradise“, the urban rapper Zuhlio is back, experimenting with yet another genre.

Zuhlio inexplicably seems to be going back in time in exploring musical styles. Well… what can we say?

We present, in honor of liberal, less and less remembered dissident nuns everywhere,

Where Have All the Sisters Gone?  (in the style of the Kingston Trio)

As the Parodohymnodist himself quipped: “Get out your guitars and autoharps.”

Where have all the Sisters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the Sisters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the Sisters gone?
All dissenters, ‘cept for some.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all dissenters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all dissenters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all dissenters gone?
Call to Action conventions.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where has all the action gone?
Long time passing
Where has all the action gone?
Long time ago
Where has all the action gone?
Lifeless ‘cause of contraception
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have contraceptors gone?
Long time passing
Where have contraceptors gone?
Long time ago
Where have contraceptors gone?
Hopeless rest homes, or passed on.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where then has our hope all gone?
Long time passing
Where then has our hope all gone?
Long time ago
Where then has our hope all gone?
Young nuns who put habits on.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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23 Responses to ZUHLIO RETURNS: “Where Have All The Sisters Gone”?

  1. Robert of Rome says:

    Magnificent! Now I can begin Advent!! Fr Z for Monsignor!!!

  2. truthfinder says:

    I laughed so hard I cried. Thank you!!

  3. Phil_NL says:

    Extremely funny, Fr. Though best taken in small dosages.

  4. Tim Ferguson says:

    I think this could be used as an offertory hymn, or a post-communion reflection. Though I didn’t hear any ordination tambourines in the accompaniment, I think there may have been some sacred bongos there.

  5. jilly4ski says:

    LOL, that sounds like any number of songs that could have been sung at my parish growing up. Zuhlio even has the perfect voice for the guitar and auto harp genre.

  6. disco says:

    Zuhlio autocorrects to zuhlsdorf that’s not a hint to this musical genius’s secret identity right?

  7. wanda says:

    Zuhlio is back in the hoouuuuuse! Love it. In these moments, all seems right with the world.
    Thanks, Zuhlio. Rock on, peace, love and understanding and all that.

  8. wmeyer says:

    The Kingston Trio had it all over Haugen, Haas, et al, for musicality.

  9. Jean Marie says:

    This just made my day! I’ve listen to the other songs too and had a great laugh. I’m surrounded by these people and sometimes you just want to SCREAM: “How long, dear Lord? How much longer must we wait for the return of sanity?” And how much prayer is needed for these people and, of course, for us. We must never forget that “if but for the grace of God,” we too would be in grievous error.

  10. Cincinnati Priest says:

    I was too young to get the reference at first. But I had a vague memory that there was a song with a title called “Where have all the flowers gone?” So I youtubed it and found a version of it by Joan Baez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKvdPsnkPC0

    I’m old enough that I remember her name and (I’m embarrassed to admit) the fact that some of my oldest sisters at the tail end of the flower child era were “into” her music and concerts.

    Despite the silly 60s-protest-chic content, I have to admit that she does have a great voice. But she’s got nothing on Zuhlio!

    Thanks, Fr. Z.!

  11. rcg says:

    My Father had Kingston Trio albums, Mike and Pete Seeger, too. I have old Pete’s book on how to play the banjo and I play the open back folk banjo. I go to a bar that caters to this very crowd and could likely find a handful on any given night in the place singing along hoary old folk ballads of injustice. One of my best friends was featured artist in the Wood Guthrie concert at the Kennedy Centre this year. But this hits so close to the bone it is painfully funny.

  12. benedetta says:

    Zuh Zuh Zuh Zuhlio!

  13. Mariana says:

    ROLF!

  14. Mariana says:

    ROFL, even !

  15. APX says:

    @rcg
    My Father had Kingston Trio albums
    I think my parents did too because I had no clue who Kingston Trio was until I googled them only to find them also on my iPhone (Don’t judge me!). My only explanation is that I must have heard their songs when listening to my parents’ 8 tracks as a kid, and in a weak moment (or several) while driving long lonely drives, needed something to sing along to so downloaded several of them when they were stuck in my head.

  16. acardnal says:

    But I wonder who Zuhlio’s chorus was? The dulcet voices of seminarians perhaps?

  17. Elizabeth D says:

    Oh, lol. I like the contraceptors verse. Hey Lady Tambourine Priest cannot be topped though. I wanted to ask you to sing that…

    These songs beg to be sung for some gathering of seminarians, who could not but be extremely entertained.

  18. Andy Lucy says:

    Fo shizzle… Zuhlio is da BOMB!

  19. oldCatholigirl says:

    Perfect Saturday night fare, Fath–, I mean, Zuhlio–even for those of us who remember the Kingston Trio well and know all of the original Pete Seeger ballad.

  20. Dr. Eric says:

    I think I like “Hey, Lady Tambourine Priest” the best.

  21. benedetta says:

    I’m with Dr. Eric. “Hey, Lady Tambourine Priest” is platinum.

  22. Andkaras says:

    Just we and Zuhlio down by the churchyard.

  23. drea916 says:

    Makes me think of a family member who contracepted during marriage and was determined to not have any children so that all money and time could be devoted to travel. Now they are old and wonder why there is a priest shortage. (You didn’t raise up any souls for Christ! What do you expect? Priest don’t materialize out of thin air.)