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“Weird Al” On Why He Hasn’t Done A Third Star Wars Song, How He Wrote “The Saga Begins” – Denver Comic Con 2017

“Weird Al” Yankovic is known for countless parody songs including “Eat It,” “Amish Paradise,” and “White & Nerdy,” all covering different genres with different subjects used to populate the new lyrics. One subject Weird Al has covered twice is Star Wars. in 1985, Weird Al released the song “Yoda” on his Dare to Be Stupid album, a parody of the song “Lola” by The Kinks. Then, when a new Star Wars trilogy arrived in 1999, he released the parody of “American Pie” titled “The Saga Begins.” This song was especially remarkable, with Weird Al singing the entire plot of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, a song I can sing every lyric to, even today. So, with another new Star Wars trilogy already begun, will there ever be a third Star Wars song by Weird Al?

Yankovic was asked just this during his panel at Denver Comic Con 2017. When will he do another Star Wars song? I’m afraid the answer is… never. Yankovic said he was afraid if he did a third song, it would be a flop. But, he was equally afraid of the song becoming a hit, because he doesn’t want to perform three Star Wars songs in one show. He said that, like his two parodies of Michael Jackson songs, he didn’t want to become “that guy” known for parodies of a certain subject or from a certain performer. He also expressed that he doesn’t like repeating himself in general, always trying to make projects fresh and work in new areas of media.

Weird Al also gave insight on the writing of “The Saga Begins,” whether his answer can fully be believed or not. Yankovic said Lucasfilm was friendly and a good sport, but would not give him the script or all the beats of the film, for good reason. He claims he “put together the plot of Episode I through internet rumors” to write the song, and was surprised how accurate a process that was. He called it, “A song based on internet rumors.” “The Saga Begins” is so accurate, one wonders if Weird Al is exaggerating, if only a bit, when he gave this answer. To be fair, he admitted there were far more leaks back in 1999 than Lucasfilm has nowadays. 

Do you think Weird Al should do a third Star Wars song for the new trilogy? What would you like to hear him sing about? I think a song about Kylo Ren’s temper tantrums could be fun. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!  

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