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
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!