Sunday, December 13, 2015

"O Come O Come El Niño" (With Apologies to John Mason Neale*)

A torrential wind- and rainstorm woke me up this morning--the best kind of weather to wake up to, frankly--and inspired me to compose a brief song parody while brushing my teeth. A hymn that expresses the prayer in the heart of every citizen of this drought-ridden state.
O come, O come, El Ni-i-i-i-ño
And drop your load of ra-a-ain and snow
We parch in thirst and wo-o-rry here
Until your clouds and sto-o-orms appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! El Ni-i-i-i-ño
Shall come to make the ri-i-i-vers flow.
*Per Wikipedia's** insanely thorough article about "O Come O Come Emmanuel," John Mason Neale wrote the familiar English lyrics for this song (adapting the Latin "Veni Veni Emmanuel").

**Wikipedia has beguiled me and educated me and (because I often write plays about obscure mythological or historical figures) it has saved my ass so many times. They're having their annual fundraiser right now; I just donated and you should too.