Suffer, Not Pretty

(parody of "Suffragette City" by David Bowie)
New lyrics by Mike Fischer

The Story: once I learned that ApologetiX had already parodied "Suffragette City" with the story of Esther, I felt bad about my attempt. But a year or so later, while my pastor was preaching on Elisha, the name "Naaman" fit itself to the Bowie song, and my new version was off and running. This one owes nothing to ApologetiX.


Naaman, you're ill to the bone, you know.
Naaman, you're in the leprosy zone, you got it.
Naaman, you're not from Israel's race.
This fellow 'Lisha just gave a sign of God's grace.

Naaman, your servants explained.
Naaman, don't come here in vain.
Naaman, you think it's just a flim-flam?
He said "dip seven times and then be... and then see..."

Chorus:
Don't leave from here, man, 'cause you don't believe the prophet.
You'll have to suffer, not pretty.
Don't leave from here, man, 'cause Gehazi brought a message,
And God had mercy and pity.
Your skin is white. Two Kings five.

Naaman, now are you in your right mind? Go pray.
Naaman, your rivers aren’t the right kind, no way.
Naaman, oh general, go bathe here.
The prophet didn’t come, but it’s easily done.

chorus:
Don’t leave from here, man, don’t you charge away like Pickett.
You'll have to suffer, not pretty.
Don’t leave from here, man, got your healing, don’t you wreck it;
You got to stop being petty.
It’s now in sight. Be contrite.

solo - like a verse (“Oh, heal me!”)

chorus:
Don’t leave from here, man, it’s a long way to Damascus.
You'll have to suffer, not pretty.
Don’t leave from here, man, don’t be mad and try to chuck it.
You’re getting mad like a kiddie.
You’re healed, you’re free, man, ‘cause you did what he suggested.
He pushed your stuff aside, did he?
Go, leave from here, man; when his servant tried to take it,
You know your leprosy hit him.
His skin is white. He’s not right.

‘Cause sufferin’ ain’t pretty. Sufferin’ ain’t pretty. Sufferin’ ain’t pretty. Sufferin’ ain’t pretty.

Aaaaaah, wham bam, thank I AM!

Sufferin’ ain’t pretty. Sufferin’ ain’t pretty. Sufferin’ ain’t pretty. Sufferin’ ain’t pretty.
No regret!

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