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"The Saga Begins"
General information
Written

"Weird Al" Yankovic

Recorded

April 20, 1999

Released

June 29, 1999

Performed by

"Weird Al" Yankovic

Genre

Comedy and Folk rock

Musical details
Length

5:27

"The Saga Begins" is a parody by "Weird Al" Yankovic of the Don McLean song, "American Pie". "The Saga Begins" tells the story of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view. the song appears among the bonus features on the 2011 Blu-ray release of the complete saga.

Among Star Wars fans, Yankovic is also known for his Star Wars-themed song parody "Yoda", as well as a scene in the video of his hit single White & Nerdy in which Al is shown making a back alley purchase of a bootlegged VHS of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Conception and developmentEdit

"The Saga Begins" is a Star Wars parody song written and performed by "Weird Al" Yankovic. The song was recorded on April 20, 1999 by Volcano Records. It was released on the album Running with Scissors on June 27, 1999. The song's run time is five minutes and twenty-seven seconds long and is of the Comedy and Folk rock genres.

SongEdit

A long, long Time ago
In a Galaxy far away
Naboo was under an attack
And I thought me and Qui-Gon Jinn
Could talk the federation in
To maybe cutting them a little slack
But their response, it didn't thrill us
They locked the doors and tried to kill us
We escaped from that gas
Then met Jar Jar and Boss Nass
We took a bongo from the scene
And we went to Theed to see the queen
We all wound up on Tatooine
That's where we found this boy
Oh, 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"
Did you know this junkyard slave
Isn't even old enough to shave
But he can use The Force, they say.
Ah, do you see him hitting on the queen
Though he's just nine and she's fourteen
Yeah, he's probably gonna marry her someday
Well I know he built C-3PO
And I've heard how fast his pod can go
And we were broke, it's true
So we made a wager or two
He was a prepubescent flying ace
And the minute Jabba started off that race
Well, I knew who would win first place
Oh yes, it was our boy
We started singin'...
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"
Now we finally got to Coruscant
The Jedi Council we knew would want
To see how good the boy could be
So we took him there, and we told the tale
How his midi-chlorians were off the scale
And he might fulfill that prophecy
Oh the Council was impressed, of course
Could he bring balance to the Force?
They interviewed the kid
Oh, training they forbid
Because Yoda sensed in him much fear
And Qui-Gon said, "Now listen here"
"Just stick it in your pointy ear"
"I still will teach this boy"
He was singin'...
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"
We caught a ride back to Naboo
`Cause Queen Amidala wanted to
I frankly would have liked to stay
We all fought in that epic war
And it wasn't long at all before
Little hot-shot flew his plane and saved the day
And in the end some Gungans died
Some ships blew up and some pilots fried
A lot of folks were croakin'
The battle droids were broken
And the Jedi I admire most
Met up with Darth Maul and now he's toast
Well I'm still here and he's a ghost
I guess I'll train this boy
And I was singin'...
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"
We were singin'...
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

Star Wars referencesEdit

AccuracyEdit

The lyrics are surprisingly accurate even though the song was released before the movie. According to Yankovic, everything was gleaned through Internet spoilers. Yankovic paid $500 to view an advance screening after writing the song, but most of his lyrics were correct, so he made minor changes; the only major change he had to make after the screening of The Phantom Menace was that Anakin did not tell Amidala that he was going to marry her, like Yankovic originally thought.

The main inaccuracy is that Obi-Wan stayed at the Queen's Royal starship after their arrival on Tatooine, rather than going with Qui-Gon and Padmé to search for a new part for the ship. Thus, he didn't witness the podrace firsthand, and didn't meet Anakin until he arrived at the starship with the rest of the group.

Music videoEdit

Weird Als

A group of Als at the end of the video.

  • The video begins in a desert, supposedly on the planet 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 Eisley cantina look-alike. In the last verse, he returns to the desert, and in the last chorus, lots of "Obi-Wans" appear singing, a possible reference to the Clone Wars that would follow.
  • Some Star Wars characters can be seen, like Yoda, Amidala and Mace Windu, dancing strangely. But Yoda does not move.
  • 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 Lord Darth Sidious. 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.

SourcesEdit

External linksEdit

StarWarsMagazineUK44

The 44th issue of Star Wars Magazine UK referenced his song title "I Think I'm a Clone Now", though the song itself is not about Star Wars.

CDsEdit

Available on The Radio Disney Jams 2 CD. (Track 7)


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The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope · The Empire Strikes Back · Return of the Jedi
Ewoks · The Clone Wars
Shadows of the Empire · Republic Commando · Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic II · Forces of Corruption · The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed II · The Old Republic
Original Soundtrack Anthology
Composers
John Williams · Joel McNeely · Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Jesse Harlin · Mark Griskey
Frank Klepacki · Jeremy Soule · Joseph Williams · Jerry Hey · Kevin Kiner · Michael Giacchino · Chris Hülsbeck
Performers
London Symphony Orchestra · London Voices
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra · Maurice Murphy · Royal Scottish National Orchestra
New London Children's Choir · Seattle Sinfonia Orchestra
Sheet music books
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
Music from the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition · Selections from Star Wars
Star Wars: A Musical Journey: Episodes I-VI · Star Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos
Star Wars for Beginning Piano Solo
Music Videos
"Lapti Nek" The Music Video from Jabba's Palace · The Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
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