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"The Saga Begins"
The Saga Begins cover
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Running With Scissors
Released June 24, 1999
Format Digital download, CD
Recorded April 20, 1999
Genre Comedy
Length 5:27
Label Volcano
Writer(s) Don McLean, "Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s) "Weird Al" Yankovic
Chart positions

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"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
The Night Santa Went Crazy
(from the album Bad Hair Day)
(1996)
The Saga Begins
(1999)
It's All About The Pentiums
(1999)

"The Saga Begins" is a parody by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released from the 1999 album Running With Scissors. To the tune of "American Pie," by Don McLean, it recounts the plot of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view. The song is particularly notable for giving an accurate account of the film, even though the song was written before the film was released. Yankovic says that he wrote the song based on information from internet spoilers. McLean not only approved the song, but he has also since said that his children have played it so much that he has a tendency to accidentally sing Yankovic's lyrics when performing "American Pie" in concert. Alfred Matthew Weird Al Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American musician best known for his parodies of contemporary radio hits. ... The Night Santa Went Crazy is an original song by Weird Al Yankovic. ... Bad Hair Day is the ninth album by song parodist Weird Al Yankovic, released in 1996. ... Its All About The Pentiums is a song by Weird Al Yankovic. ... In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ... Alfred Matthew Weird Al Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American musician best known for his parodies of contemporary radio hits. ... See also: 1998 in music, 1999 in British music, other events of 1999, 2000 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Running With Scissors is the tenth album by song parodist Weird Al Yankovic, released in 1999. ... American Pie is an eight-and-a-half minute long classic rock song by singer-songwriter Don McLean, about the day the music died. Recorded in 1971 and released that year on the album of the same name, it was a number-one U.S. hit in 1972. ... Cover of the American Pie album. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (57 – 0 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... A spoiler is a summary or description of a narrative (or part of a narrative) that relates plot elements not revealed early in the narrative itself. ... American Pie is an eight-and-a-half minute long classic rock song by singer-songwriter Don McLean, about the day the music died. Recorded in 1971 and released that year on the album of the same name, it was a number-one U.S. hit in 1972. ...

Contents


Track Listing

The following tracks are on the single:

  1. "The Saga Begins" – 5:27

The song

First verse

It begins by turning "A long, long time ago, I can still remember..." into "A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away...". There are a number of notable lines in the Star Wars series that have gained currency as catch phrases in the outside world, or are significant within the canon itself. ...

"Obi-Wan" tells that Naboo was under an attack, and he and Qui-Gon Jinn were sent to deal with the Trade Federation. Their response "didn´t thrill us, they locked the doors and tried to kill us." Following that, they met Jar Jar Binks and Boss Nass, and took a bongo (Gungan submarine) in order to get to Theed. There they rescue Queen Amidala, and end up in Tatooine, where they find a boy... For information on the character from The Mighty Boosh, see Naboo (character). ... Qui-Gon Jinn (? – 32 BBY) is a Jedi Master, the mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi and is losely known as The Exile in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords video game. ... The Trade Federation is a fictional organization that exists in the Star Wars universe at the time of the Galactic Republic. ... Representative Jar Jar Binks, later Senator Jar Jar Binks (born c. ... Boss Nass is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... This is a list of sentient races from the fictional universe of Star Wars. ... This is a list of cities and towns in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Padmé Naberrie (46 BBY – 19 BBY) is a pivotal character in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... In George Lucass Star Wars saga, Tatooine is the home planet of the Skywalker family and the setting for much of the action in the sagas films (as well as several of the novels and other pieces of written fiction). ...


Chorus

Well, my, my, this here Anakin guy
May be Vader some day later, now he's just a small fry
He left his home, and kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin' "Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi
Soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"

Anakin Skywalker (41 BBY – 4 ABY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Darth Vader (41 BBY – 4 ABY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Shmi Skywalker (72 BBY - 22 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, the mother of Anakin Skywalker and paternal grandmother to Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. ... Two Jedi Knights, Master Qui-Gon Jinn & his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. ...

Second verse

Obi-Wan sings about the "junkyard slave, [who] isn't even old enough to shave", but able to use The Force, about him "hitting on the queen, although he's just 9 and she's 14" and guessing they will marry someday. Old cars rusting away A wrecking yard, or auto salvage yard, more commonly known as junkyard, is the location of an auto dismantling business where wrecked or decomissioned vehicles (most commonly automobiles, but junkyards for motorcycles, bicycles, small planes and boats exist too) are brought, their usable parts are sold... Wiktionary has related dictionary definitions, such as: slave Slave may refer to: Slavery, where people are owned by others, and live to serve their owners without pay Slave (BDSM), a form of sexual and consenual submission Slave clock, in technology, a clock or timer that synchrnonizes to a master clock... A razor shaving some stubble off the underside of a chin. ... The Force in George Lucas Star Wars films is a (fictional) mystical power which is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders. ... Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is a 2002 science fantasy film directed by George Lucas. ...


He says Anakin built C-3PO, and his pod is really fast, and when Jabba started the podrace he knew he would win first place. C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, called 3PO for short) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe, created by Anakin Skywalker circa 32 BBY, for human-cyborg relations. He is a protocol droid - an android specifically designed to interact with organics - with a very proper manner and British accent... Jabba Desilijic Tiure, or simply Jabba the Hutt, (596 BBY – 4 ABY) is a character in the fictional Star Wars galaxy, an offspring of Zorba the Hutt. ... Podracing is a fictional concept in the Star Wars universe. ...


(repeat chorus)


Third verse

Obi-Wan tells that once they get to Coruscant, Qui-Gon brings Anakin into the Jedi Council, tells them "the tale, how his midi-chlorians were off the scale" and the council was impressed, thinking he would be the Chosen One. Coruscant (pronounced //) is the name of a fictional planet in the Star Wars universe. ... The Jedi Council is a fictional institution from the Star Wars series of films. ... Midi-chlorians (also spelled midi-clorians or midichlorians) are mysterious organisms in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... It has been suggested that The One be merged into this article or section. ...


"They interview the kid. Oh, training they forbid", because Yoda sensed in him much fear. But Qui-Gon still says "Now listen 'ere! Just stick it in yer pointy ear! I still will teach this boy." Jedi Master Yoda (896 BBY–4 ABY), voiced by Frank Oz, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


(repeat chorus)


Fourth verse

At Amidala's request, they return to Naboo. And "in the end, some Gungans died" (spoofing "The day the music died" that is the motif of "American Pie"). Anakin gets into a starfighter, blows up the Droid Control Ship and "a lot of folks were croakin', the battle droids were broken". Qui-Gon Jinn dies fighting Darth Maul, and Obi-Wan decides to train the boy. This is a list of sentient races from the fictional universe of Star Wars. ... Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003. ... The Naboo Royal N-1 Starfighter is a fictional spaceship in the Star Wars universe. ... The Droid Control Ship is fictional spaceship in the movies Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. ... Battle Droids shooting at Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. ... Darth Maul (54 – 32 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


(chorus 2x)


Music video

  • The video begins in a desert, supposedly Tatooine. Yankovic, dressed like Ewan McGregor's Kenobi, walks until he finds Darth Sidious playing the piano. Yankovic uses the Force to get a steel guitar, and in the second verse he reappears performing in a Mos Espa cantina. In the last verse, he returns to the desert, and in the last chorus, lots of "Obi-Wans" appear singing, a possible allusion to the Clone Wars that would follow.
  • Some Star Wars characters can be seen, like Yoda, Amidala and Mace Windu.
  • The upper half of the pianist's face is always covered by the hood of the robe that he's wearing much like the Sith master Palpatine. When asked why, Al stated that "They didn't want to scare small children.", a reference to the playful bullying of Al's pianist, Rubén Valtierra, commonly used in his live shows.

Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971 in Crieff) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in both mainstream and art house movies. ... Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire (82 BBY – 4 ABY, spirit incapacitated 11 ABY), often simply referred to as the Emperor, is one of the main characters and the foremost villain in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The Force in George Lucas Star Wars films is a (fictional) mystical power which is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders. ... A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ... This is a list of cities and towns in the Star Wars universe. ... The initial battle of the Clone Wars: The Battle of Geonosis In the fictional Star Wars saga, the Clone Wars, (also known as the Clone War) were a series of intragalactic battles in the Star Wars galaxy that took place from 22 BBY to 19 BBY. The Clone Wars were... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Jedi Master Yoda (896 BBY–4 ABY), voiced by Frank Oz, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Padmé Naberrie (46 BBY – 19 BBY) is a pivotal character in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Mace Windu (72 BBY - 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars Universe. ... Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire (82 BBY – 4 ABY, spirit incapacitated 11 ABY), often simply referred to as the Emperor, is one of the main characters and the foremost villain in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Rubén Valtierra (born December 26 (year unknown) in San Rafael, California) is a keyboardist best known for working with the singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic. ...

Trivia

  • The song was played frequently on Radio Disney and later released on Radio Disney Jams Volume 2. Radio Disney took issue with his line "Do you see him hitting on the queen?" and edited it out. Yankovic, who usually doesn't like to change lyrics to suit other's needs, provided Radio Disney with an updated version, having changed the words to "Do you see him talking to the queen?" He said that the alternate lyrics were preferable to the bad edit.

Radio Disney is a radio network based in Dallas, Texas in the United States broadcasting music and other content targeted at children. ...

See also

Weird Al Yankovic Weird Al Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American musician best known for his parodies of contemporary radio hits. ... Weird Al Yankovic is a multi-Grammy award winning American musician, satirist, parodist, accordionist, and television producer. ...

External links

  • Lyrics
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Band Members "Weird Al" YankovicJon "Bermuda" SchwartzSteve JayJim West • Rubén Valtierra
Studio albums "Weird Al" Yankovic"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-DDare to Be StupidPolka Party!Even WorseUHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other StuffOff the Deep EndAlapaloozaBad Hair DayRunning with ScissorsPoodle Hat
Compilation Albums "Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest HitsThe Food AlbumPermanent Record: Al in the BoxGreatest Hits Volume IIThe TV Album
Long Form Videos The Compleat AlUHFThe "Weird Al" Yankovic Video LibraryAlapalooza: The Videos"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate CollectionBad Hair Day: The Videos"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos"Weird Al" Yankovic Live!"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video CollectionThe Weird Al Show - The Complete Series
Additional Information SinglesSongsAl TVThe Weird Al Show • Songs Parodied

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