The Official Song Writer at it again

The Official WDTPRS Parody Song Writer, the esteemed Tim Ferguson has been at it again.

As he put it,

“I ruminated a bit more … and came to the realization that, while “La Donna e Mobile” might be readily appreciated and understood by those with an interest in the motu proprio, there’s also a need to reach out to those who might not be so appreciative and who, in general, tend to have different musical tastes.”

He continues….

So, reaching back to the halcyon days of folk music and came up with a version of the Pete Seeger classic (made famous by the Byrds in 1965) :

Go to the altar (turn, turn, turn)
look to the East now, (turn, turn, turn)
there’s a time for every Mass now, if it’s valid.
The time for banjos and dancing is gone,
dust off the censer, and toss out the bong.
No need for hugging, we all get along
let’s keep our focus together, on Jesus.

Page through the Missal (turn, turn, turn)
remember the rubrics (turn, turn, turn)
there’s a time and a purpose for those words there Pure,
humble rev’rence is what we now lack,
just do the red words and say those in black.
When we say High Mass, there’s no need for crack,
just let your deacon and subdeacon guide you.

Now weed your library, (turn, turn, turn)
use some discernment (turn, turn, turn)
it is time now to brush up on your Latin.
Farewell to Vosko, McBrien, Hans Keung,
deep down you knew that they just peddled deung,
the 60’s are old and the Church is still young
what still subsists is a thing of great beauty.

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  1. swmichigancatholic says:


  2. Brian Day says:

    Wickedly cool!

  3. Bede says:

    That is brilliant!

    Well done, indeed.

  4. swmichigancatholic says:

    It just had to happen somehow that Keung and deung rhyme.

    Eh, you might have to be careful of that “subsists” word next week. ;)

  5. Patrick Rothwell says:

    Good Seeger parody. The old commie, believe it or not, is still alive! I have always liked Turn! Turn! Turn! quite much, but just NOT IN THE LITURGY!!

    This might be an appropriate time to share the Benedictine Sisters’ of Erie star turn on the Ed Sullivan Show singing “Kumbaya,” arranged by some sister who had been listening to too many Roy Conniff Orchestra LPs.

  6. Many thanks to Mr. Ferguson for that; it made me laugh! And many thanks to you, Fr. Zuhlsdorf, for sharing it with us.

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