Stuff We Love: Weird Al’s ‘Yoda’ is every geek’s theme song

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Sep 8, 2017

As a short man and a sci-fi fan, I can’t think of too many role models that are more influential than my little green friend, Master Yoda. And as a humorist and musician, there’s only one man who equally inspires me in both art forms: the great Weird Al Yankovic. And in 1985, Al's opus album Dare to Be Stupid finally gave me a theme-song to tie all my worlds together: his masterparody, “Yoda.”

A parody of The Kinks’ classic, “Lola,” Weird Al’s perfect parody utilizes Luke’s first-person perspective to poetically convey that small but vital part of Yoda’s 900-years-or-so story: Master and Padawan’s first meeting on the “carbonated soda”-like yet perfect-for-Jedi-training planet of Dagobah.

The song takes a bit of time to lay down the lore, but once the bridge comes around, it’s nothing but pure, unadulterated sci-fi rock:   

So I used the Force
I picked up a box
I lifted some rocks
While I stood on my head
Well, I won't forget what Yoda said

He said, "Luke, stay away from the darker side
And if you start to go astray, let the Force be your guide"
Oh, my Yoda
Yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda

That’s not the official video above (and apparently the editor got tired halfway through), as Weird Al never released one; heck, he didn’t even release the song as a single. Despite that, the song lives on as one of his greatest hits, and one of sci-fi rock’s greatest artistic achievements (far better than his attempt to rekindle the forceful flame with his cash-grab parody of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” “The Saga Begins”.)

Of course, all these years later, Weird Al’s still rocking in the pop-culture free world, which is just part of the Star Wars pop-culture galaxy that we’re all living in. And back in 1985, Weird Al predicted as much…

But I know that I'll be coming back some day
I'll be playing this part 'till I'm old and grey

The long-term contract that I had to sign
Says I'll be making these movies till the end of time
With my Yoda
Yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda

Sing on, Weird Al, sing on!