Ballad of Marcus Mariota is latest Frank DeLima parody
Just in time for Marcus Mariota’s big game Sunday (Sept. 13), when his Tennessee Titans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A song of his own, exploring his island legacy, performed by — who else? — the Pauoa Portuguese prince of pranks, Frank DeLima.
The witty ditty is entitled “The Legend of Marcus Mariota” and sung to the tune of yesteryear’s “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” tracks the Heisman Trophy winner’s rise to national fame, as (sorta) seen through the eyes and wisdom of DeLima’s Aunty Mary Tunta character.
“The running joke is that she (Aunty) believes that Marcus is Portuguese,” said DeLima of the running gag in the parody. He’ll perform this song for the first time — in his Aunty wig and muumuu —at his Grandparents Day noontime show this Sunday (Sept. 13) at the Pagoda Restaurant.
The Mariota track, available on DeLima’s website (www.frankdelima.com), can be downloaded with a voluntary donation to DeLima’s educational tour funds.
“I rushed to get the song out before his first NFL game,” said DeLima of the parody. “I don’t know if it’ll be appropriate, but I wanted him to Portuguese and a copy of the song has been sent to Mariota’s mom,” in hopes that he’ll find a chuckle in the local boy tribute.
The downloadable track features David Kauahikaua’s musical support, with atmospheric “Davy Crockett” banjo riffs, but DeLima plans to render his live version a capella till he’s fully comfortable in belting out the lines. “The recording track is fast; it pushes me and makes me forget the words.”
Here are the lyrics:
THE LEGEND OF MARCUS MARIOTA
Born in Hawaii on the 10-yard line,
Six hours old he began to shine,
Took the snap from his mom, he was looking fine,
Threw his bottle 80 yards and flashed a shaka sign.
Marcus Mariota, he must be Portuguese.
Grew up tall as a coconut tree,
Strong as a shark and quick as a bee,
Once threw a pineapple across the sea,
Hit a feral chicken on Moloka‘i.
Marcus Mariota, he’s gotta be Portuguese.
Went to Saint Louis, for high school,
Won every game while he kept every rule,
He was so hot, that he was cool,
With a perfect GPA, he was no fool.
Marcus Mariotta, OK, he’s Samoan Portuguese
Played for Oregon University
Became a star with a Heisman Trophy
Now in the National Football league
Eating grits not poi in Tennessee
Marcus Mariota, alright, he’s Samoan NOT Portuguese
Marcus Mariota, oh well, I can dream he’s Portuguese
IMUA MARIOTA, IMUA HAWAII