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Rank this week: 54 (↑15)
Duration: 4:00 
Release Date: 7/10/2009  (Tim P. Ryan) 
Lyrics By: Alfred Yankovic (Tim P. Ryan) 
Music By: Alfred Yankovic (Tim P. Ryan) 
Produced By: Al Yankovic (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Volcano (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Ear Booker Music (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI  #14012237 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Keywords: ACTORS, DISNEYLAND, JUNGLE CRUISE, REGRET, TOUR GUIDE 
Reviews:
I heard a lot of negative feedback before I actually heard the song. Once I listened, I was pleasantly surprised. I think that it is an excellent song, though kind of sad.- peterpuck9
Things are finally looking up for the new album, the last 2 singles were... okay, this re-assures me that album 13 will be great. This song is so catchy, and it's the first time I've ever seen Al do something more serious then funny, and I love it. It's sort of a goofy serious song, I think it's either a style parody of JoCo or Fountains of Wayne, and I love both!- oddaustin
I rate this only a fraction of a point less than 'Dare To Be Stupid'. Best song he has done is years. It's not about food, or buildings, or creeps me out, and relates well. But, Al couldn't hand this Dr. Demento the day before?- Tim P. Ryan
Facts:
  • video animated and directed by: Divya Srinivasan (MarlinsGirl)
  • Song Lyrics:
    I starred in every high school play
    Blew every drama teacher away
    I graduated first in my class at Juilliard
    Took every acting workshop I could
    And I dreamed of Hollywood
    While I read my Uta Hagen and studied the Bard

    Hit the boards and paid my dues
    And got phenomenal rave reviews
    I knew the world was gonna love me, without a doubt
    I was sure that Tarantino would be callin' me on the phone
    Annie Leibovitz would shoot me for Rolling Stone
    But the years have come and gone
    And I'm sorry to say that's not the way that it's all worked out

    I'm a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise ride
    Skipper Dan is the name
    And I'm doin' 34 shows every day
    And every time it's the same
    Look at those hippos, they're wigglin' their ears
    Just like they've done for the last 50 years
    Now I'm laughin' at my own jokes but I'm cryin' inside
    'Cause I'm workin' on the Jungle Cruise ride

    Oh, the critics, they used to say
    I was the new Olivier
    Thought I'd be the toast of Sundance or maybe Cannes
    Aw, but don't bother tryin' to IMDb me
    The only place you might possibly see me
    Is ridin' my little boat around Adventureland
    It ain't exactly what I planned

    But I'm a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise ride
    Skipper Dan is the name
    And I'm doin' 34 shows every day
    And every time it's the same
    I would've killed if I'd been in "Speed The Plow"
    But what's the difference, that's all behind me now
    'Cause I'm payin' the rent and I'm swallowin' my pride
    And I'm workin' on the Jungle Cruise ride

    I should be there on Broadway
    Knockin' 'em dead in "12 Angry Men"
    But instead I'm here tellin' these lame jokes
    Again and again and again and again and again and again and again

    Bengal Tigers can jump over 20 feet!
    That's an African bull elephant...
    And there it is, the backside of water!
    What have I done with my life?!

    I shoulda listened when my grandfather said
    "Why don't you major in business instead?"
    Now my hopes have all vanished and my dreams have all died
    And I'll probably work forever as a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise ride
    Skipper Dan is the name
    And I'm doin' 34 shows every day
    And every time it's the same
    Look at those hippos, they're wigglin' their ears
    Somebody shoot me 'cause I'm bored to tears
    Always said I'd be famous... I guess that I lied
    'Cause I'm workin' on the Jungle Cruise ride
    I'm still workin' on the Jungle Cruise ride

    (oddaustin)
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    Current Rating 7.5 (12 votes)
    Messages about the song: "Skipper Dan"
     
     
    karlap   Offline  -  Artist  -  07-16-09 08:05 PM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    The mp3 is for sale for $1.29 at amazon.com

    www.amazon.com/Skipper-Dan/dp/B002HEQRO0

    The Kahn Man:
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    Does Anyone Have The MP3 link To Skipper Dan?
    The Kahn Man   Offline  -  Artist & D.J.  -  07-16-09 07:40 PM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Does Anyone Have The MP3 link To Skipper Dan?
    I B Emerson   Offline  -  Participant  -  07-15-09 09:00 PM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    I like the song "Skipper Dan." It has a familar story, comparable to the line in the Billy Joel song "Piano Man" in which he sings of "John at the bar" who "could be a movie star..."

    After watching the video, I could easily imagine this song being expanded into a feature length movie, either a lite drama or a chick flick, following the lives of aspiring actors who have to do other jobs while trying to hit the big time. Perhaps Zac Efron or Zac Braff could star. Or?
    DJ Particle   Offline  -  Moderator, Artist & D.J.  -  07-14-09 10:53 AM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    I bought it off iTunes - HQ 320/44/S MP3 (re-encoded from 288/44/S M4A) now uploaded for the clip

    Tim P. Ryan:
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    Is a High Quality MP3 available, the audeio stream in the video is only 096-22-S?
    MarlinsGirl   Offline  -  Participant  -  07-14-09 08:26 AM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    I added the You Tube link of the video.

    Terri M.
    Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  07-14-09 07:57 AM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Added Amazon purchase link - 256kbps, DRM free MP3, which lists release date as 7/10/2009.
    DJ Particle   Offline  -  Moderator, Artist & D.J.  -  07-13-09 01:52 PM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    There was no mention on Al's website either

    Tim P. Ryan:
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    Why did it take 2 days for someone to notice this? No comment on mySpace until today, 7/13. It is getting noticed now. This morning about 847 plays and 8 comments, now at the time of this posting, 5,600+ plays, 18 comments.
    WAY slow Internet Leak?
    Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  07-13-09 01:22 PM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Why did it take 2 days for someone to notice this? No comment on mySpace until today, 7/13. It is getting noticed now. This morning about 847 plays and 8 comments, now at the time of this posting, 5,600+ plays, 18 comments.
    WAY slow Internet Leak?

    Hat's off to Marlin's Girl for noticing this and putting up the first link here.

    Like one of the mySpace comments said "A whole bunch of Skippers at Disney World will be laughing their [behinds] off today".
    DJ Particle   Offline  -  Moderator, Artist & D.J.  -  07-13-09 12:21 PM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Not yet....I took the stream from the video, sharpened it up a bit in Amadeus' infinite-band equilizer, then re-saved it in 320/44/S MP3 so there would be no further degredation.

    Tim P. Ryan:
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    Hey, my computer is old and slow and myspace frogged up the PC's memory, I was getting back to it.
    Is a High Quality MP3 available, the audeio stream in the video is only 096-22-S?
    Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  07-13-09 11:22 AM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Hey, my computer is old and slow and myspace frogged up the PC's memory, I was getting back to it.
    Is a High Quality MP3 available, the audeio stream in the video is only 096-22-S?

    DJ Particle:
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    Fixed release date...video was added to MySpace on the 11th

    Also, MP3 clip added.
    DJ Particle   Offline  -  Moderator, Artist & D.J.  -  07-13-09 10:34 AM  -  10 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Fixed release date...video was added to MySpace on the 11th

    Also, MP3 clip added.
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