Frumpy Man

Frumpy Man
Music: Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Lyrics: Timothy Price

He had black mittens
And lawn chairs by the shore
All made of rattan
In red crushed velour

Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was
Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was

White face, skin weathered
A few hairs on his head
Drove an AMC Pacer
In autumn red

Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was
Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was

He liked to roast smores
On a candle while he sang
No honor, no glory
No women what a shame

Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was
Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was

With a Bud Light beside him
He brooded as he sighed
A gutter-ball had cursed him
Into last place, he did slide

Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was
Ooooh, what a frumpy man he was

69 thoughts on “Frumpy Man

  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Great, funny end to the weekend.πŸ˜‚
    Love the shirt, too. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the laugh. πŸ™‚

    • You are welcome Susan. Thanks for watching and I’m happy you got a good laugh out of it. I bought the shirt for the video. Speaking of the end, Spunk was fascinated by the FM playing the saw in the end the video. I had to play it over several times for him.

      • Interesting that Spunk was fascinated by that part in particular.
        Hasn’t the cooler weather been refreshing? I haven’t gotten any rain yet, but I have hope for some over the course of the week.

      • We’ve had little bits of rain on and off all day. The cooler weather is nice.

    • Thanks, Maj & Sher. I’m happy you got a laugh. Who knows what Spunk will be up too. He loves watching videos.

  2. Ah!
    Americana at its Very Best!
    Lovin’ it!
    Thanks for the laughing-out-loud(s) you pulled out of this old curmudgeon.
    Well done Sir.
    Well done!
    Bravo!

    • As one old curmudgeon to another, I’m so happy you got a good laugh of of it. There are too many things to keep us in our old curmudgeonly ways these days.

  3. Was on your YouTube Channel with Don! We loved the video – the red crushed velour, the red car, the Dating for Dummies. But the best was the shirt and shark! Brilliant.

    • Thanks, Rebecca. The thing with parodies is that I rarely write a parody with a video in mind. This one especially. But it called so mach for a video, that I had to do a lot of thinking about what elements to include and how to do them.

      • Don and I know how much effort goes into your videos – the editing, the storyline, the lyrics, music and the dramatic flares. We love your parodies!

    • Laughing at the certifiable. I do wonder sometimes. Try to survive the laughing. I don’t want an involuntary woman-slaughter rap. Although, I’m happy you are getting a bit of killer laughter out of it. Thanks, Dale.

    • I made a parody of Locomotive Breath, but I haven’t done Aqualung. I need to consider that. How does

      “Spitting on a shark’s head
      Spying finches on bad Internet
      A shot of tequila up his nose
      Grievous sneezes produce savage loads

      Hey Audacious one
      Lying on a hot one
      Scratching from what crabs have done
      Hey Audacious one
      Reeling from some bad luck
      Feelings of species that runs amok
      Oh, Audacious one”

      sound? Thanks, Brian.

  4. What a great performance Timothy, Writing, singing, filming, producing… you are an all-round artist !
    I don’t even mention “the ideal son in law” πŸ™‚

  5. This is one of your best video’s, Tim. You gave me a kick start to start my Monday morning. The musical saw part was so hilarious and brilliant!

    • Thanks, Herman. I’m happy you liked it. I thought for a long time about how to deal with the long ending. Then I remembered I still had that old two man saw in the infinite shed of doom and thought that would emulate synth sounds.

  6. Ha! Tim you out did yourself. This is your best video yet. I updated my extra post today to add a link to this.
    I have just one question… Where in the Sam Hill did you find an AMC Pacer? I gather it actually runs. LOL, I actually thought they were cool cars, though I didn’t have one. Yes, I was in the minority with that. Hugs on the wing!

    • Thanks, Teagan. Happy you liked it. The AMC Pacer is from the Internet. It’s all CG of me in the car. I always thought the Pacers were the epitome of Frump. Have you seen David Byrne’s True Stories from around 1986? Luis the Bear is frumpy and drives an AMC Pacer.

      • CG? I’d have never known. You did a great job with that. I was about to say that I’m not familiar with True Stories, but I hear a muffled bell ringing somewhere in the distance of my memory.

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    After Dale, you have a second victim here …from laughter!
    Beware of shallow waters!!!!! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£
    Brilliant – just brilliant
    and I love that flexy saw and stem bow, what a sound! πŸ˜‰ πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

    • Oh no! Not another involuntary woman-slaughter rap. Swallow waters are really dangerous. I think I need to use that pool for more La Llorona stuff. The saw wondering what to do with the long ending. The saw was a good solution. Thanks, Marina. I’m happy you got a good laugh.

    • Thanks, Amy rose. I’m getting old a frumpy. I wrote and recorded the parody some time ago. Then I decided to make a video. It’s been several weeks of thinking and collecting props. I did one day of filming for the video and then yesterday I did video of myself waving in my car to CG into the photo of the Pacer. It took several hours on Saturday and Sunday putting the video together and making the CG with the pacer.

      • Well, sounds like you are keeping yourself occupied and creating, Tim. That is so cool!! To have emptiness to look forward to is a horrible feeling. And good to know you are staying out of trouble too. LOL

      • Basically staying out of trouble, but not completely. We are in a new building at the office, and trying to get some services have been really difficult. I get quotes and tell people to do the work, and then they simply disappear. It’s really frustrating. I’ve been trying to get the HVAC maintenance and one unit that isn’t working repaired and no luck. Fortunately, the building is so efficient that we are very comfortable with only two units working.

  8. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    Excellent video, and your vocals are perfect!
    Love it!
    Weird Al would be impressed, I’m sure!
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  9. Fantastic!!! Although the beer-soaked smores kinda made me gag, the shark, oh, and that shirt, made me laugh out loud, many times! Keep them coming, my friend!!! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

    • Thanks, Tiffany. The beer on the smores was really gross. I don’t like beer or marshmallows, but it was worth the gag if you know what I mean? Jay asked me if beer on smores was something people do since I did it so naturally. I told him I doubt it. But you just never know. I’m happy you got a few laughs out of it. We all need more laughs these days.

    • Thanks, JYP. I’m happy you liked it. I set my phone on a tripod to do the video and then splice out what I need. Props and creating personas is the hardest part. I’m not a very good actor, but I think that works in a video like frumpy man. In some videos, I use Legos for my actors and actresses, cats, birds, and other animals. The hardest part is thinking about what to put in the videos and how to get everything together to make the videos happen. Since I rarely write the lyrics with a video in mind. Question: Do you sing? I’m always looking for singers to collaborate with. I posted a few collaborations.

      • It depends on the song!
        Fascinating to hear about your process! I feel like one never appreciates how much work goes into the conception and set up, the filming, and the editing before you get to the final video.

      • We have the Tamalewood film industry out here and Netflix moved into the huge sound stages southwest of town, so I see a lot of what goes into moving making when the film crews are out. It’s a wonder they make any money off of movies with the time and expense that goes into making them.

        If you have a song you would like to parody, cover, or an you want to make one of your poems into a song, I would love to see what you could do.

  10. This was great Tim and I was getting such a kick out of it too. You were so clever to come up with this whole process. Pretty impressive work, the video, words, and all the cool props. The “Jaws” was so funny and of course the shirt, I think even guys in their 20’s have to work out 7 days a week, two hours a day and starve to look like that. I did get a kick out of the posing though and the playing of the saw was a riot. Nicely done, I loved the whole thing. You have quite the creative mind. That must have taken hours to do. You go Tim!!!! Hugs and love Joni

    • Thanks, Joni. I knew you would get a kick out of it. In my younger days I looked like that shirt without a shirt. I got the shirt for the video to make a statement about getting old and frumpy. As long as I can make fun of it, I’m probably doing okay.

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