By Wayne Harada
The comedic track, to the tune of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” assails the seemingly never-ending road closures and detours and striping going on practically everywhere. Summer was a bummer, but school was out. With classes at public schools already under way for the fall session, and private schools delaying the reopening of classes for another month or so, “Closed the Road Again” at best provides comic relief for motorists amid the anguish or coned-off detours and zig-zagging twists and turns.
Written by DeLima and his fellow partner in parodies Patrick Downes, “Closed the Road Again” laments the endless road holes that are dug, then fixed, then dug up again. As one line puts it, “no mattah what, dey going close da road again.”
Leave it to DeLima and Downes to again capsulize and provide all of us a way to let off steam under trying community-wide stress and frustration. The ditty is a suitable tonic to avoid road rage.
DeLima laments the cyclical repetition:
“Dug dat hole again,
“Den fill um up and dig um up again,
“Den dey restripe um twice and black um out again,
“Dug um, fill um, stripe up all again.”
And don’t forget the unexpected rerouting – and the pain of the imminent rail trains in the distant future:
“Going nuts again,
“Deyu shut down Vineyard to Kinau again,
“An jes when dey say dat almost pau — and den,
“Here comes the rail to start it all again.”
The tune is available for downloading at DeLima’s website, www.frankdelima.com, for the price of a voluntary donation to the comedian’s school visitation project.