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"Yoda"
Song by "Weird Al" Yankovic

from the album Dare to Be Stupid

Recorded February 20, 1985
Genre Comedy
Length 3:58
Label Scotti Brothers
Writer "Weird Al" Yankovic, Ray Davies
Producer "Weird Al" Yankovic
Dare to Be Stupid track listing
  1. "Like a Surgeon"
  2. "Dare to Be Stupid"
  3. "I Want a New Duck"
  4. "One More Minute"
  5. "Yoda"
  6. "George of the Jungle"
  7. "Slime Creatures From Outer Space"

"Yoda" is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of the song "Lola" by The Kinks. It is about Luke Skywalker's relationship with Yoda and is very much based on the events of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It is featured on Weird Al's third album, Dare to Be Stupid.

Obtaining permissions

According to the liner notes from Permanent Record: Al in the Box, attempting to get permissions from George Lucas and from The Kinks delayed the release by about five years. Eventually, the song's publishers turned him down. By chance, one day Yankovic met Ray Davies, of The Kinks, and when Al asked Ray why he turned down permission to parody the song, Davies said that he had never been asked about it. Davies then gave Yankovic permission.[citation needed]

Other releases

The early demo of the song was released on various bootlegs, as well as in Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes.

Notes

  • In concert, "Yoda" has been played at the end of every show for the tours promoting Yankovic's albums Dare to Be Stupid, Off The Deep End, Alapalooza, Bad Hair Day, Running with Scissors, and Poodle Hat. Starting with the Touring with Scissors tour in 1999, the song has been preceded by that album's Star Wars-themed single, "The Saga Begins." For the Straight Outta Lynwood tour, the band moved both songs to the middle of the set, and instead the finale was Albuquerque.
  • Since 1994, an a cappella chant (affectionately nicknamed the "Yoda chant") has been present during performances of this song. Midway through the song's performance, the band slowly ceases playing and goes into the chant, which Yankovic wrote himself. The chant consists of (mainly) nonsensical words and phrases mixed with rather jerky movements from the band. It has changed over the years, and currently includes such classics as the Hawaiian War Chant.
  • While the album version of "Yoda" uses the same instrumentation as "Lola", Yankovic will often add accordion accompaniment to the song when performing live; this can be seen on the video release "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!.
  • In the "Time Machine" episode of The Weird Al Show, Al and his band perform the song for Harvey.
  • The song appears on Radio Disney: Kid Jams.







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