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Jimmy Buffett goes Dragonlancin' 
26th-Aug-2004 11:45 am
Disney-Mermaid MythandMagic
In preparation for last night's game, I decided to put together a riddle to spook the PCs a little. Nothing with a strict answer, I wanted to give them something vague and see what they did with it. In the end, I decided to go with some lyrics from a classic carribean song. Thus, when they arrived in a dark pit, they found 3 tunnels and a plaque on the fourth wall that read:

"Living in the briar patch ain't what it appears.
Sooner or later, you gotta face your fears.
Time to seek some therapy, going walkabout.
Answers are the easy part, the questions raise the doubt."

The PCs took it and ran with it. One of my players almost fainted, declaring that the riddle was describing his character's life. For the rest of the game, they were constantly quoting this riddle, seeing its references everywhere they went. It was absolutely hysterical to me, because I pulled it out of a particularly entertaining song artist who has a habit of making his song lyrics completely nonsensical. This happens to be a pair of quotes from Jimmy Buffett's 'Off to see the Lizard'. Great song. All nonsense. The PCs loved it.

"Off to see the Lizard"
I was raised by a maid who came from
She wore geckos round her neck and bracelets on her feet
A superstitious woman from the land of sugar cane
She'd sing the sun to bed and dance out in the rain
Dance out dance out dance out dance out in the rain

She'd excite us with his legend that the
Africans had told
About a red iguana who turned lava into gold
We'd mount an expedition headin' out into the bay
Superstitious children playing pirate for a day

Off to see the lizard
Off to see the lizard
Deja deja deja vu, believe it
And it will come true
Veja Veja Veja du
What works for me might work for you

Bein' rich and famous seems to have its ups and downs
That's the price you pay for being troubadours
and clowns
Godzilla's halitosis it be vaporizing cars
Elvis up in Michigan or maybe out on Mars
Dance out dance out dance out to the stars

But livin' in the briar patch ain't what it appears
Sooner or later you gotta face your fears

I heard it from the parrot verbalizing in the tree
I heard it in the song lines of the aborigine

Off the see the lizard
Off the see the lizard
Deja deja deja vu, believe it
And it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me might work for you

Does it work for me?
Yeah yeah
Will it work for you?
Yeah yeah
If you believe it will
Yeah yeah
It will come true

I got problems with my brain underneath my curls
Problems wif Loraine and all the other girls
Love a wealthy woman and the pretty plane she flies
If you think this songs confusing you should see it through my eyes
Dancin, dancin, dancin through my eyes

I'm turning off the waterfall the tourists can go home
Feel it time to travel time to write a poem
Time to seek some therapy I'm goin' walkabout
Answers are the easy part questions raise the doubt

Off the see the lizard
Off to see the lizard
Deja deja deja vu, believe it
And it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me might work for you

Deja deja deja vu, believe it
And it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me might work for you

Note to self: Give the PCs silly song lyrics more often. That was fun!

(X-posted to dnd_women and dungeonmasters)
26th-Aug-2004 09:10 am (UTC)
that's funny. i'm gonna try it with police lyrics.
26th-Aug-2004 11:56 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to include riddles in my games, but it never occured to me use one without an actual answer! That's funny as hell!
26th-Aug-2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
I've done the same kind of thing. I wrote some "prophecy" thing that was supposed to describe the bad guy and stuff, but the PCs ended up decided that it was about them. It was quite amusing to watch them try to deconstruct my babbling :p

Confusing players ROCKS!!!
26th-Aug-2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
I've never really thought of Jimmy Buffett as someone who writes nonesensical lyrics, perhaps because they generally make sense to me after I listen to the songs enough times. I'd say he's extremely cryptic, but not nonesensical.

Still, great job.
26th-Aug-2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
This is true. I guess what I mean is that his songs tend to be entertaining and fun, not deary and serious. So, turning it into a prophetic warning is amusing for me.
26th-Aug-2004 04:25 pm (UTC)
That's something I can agree with. He's great at lighthearted songs.

The parody of him in Broken Lizard's Club Dreadd was great.

Although he does have some serious songs. The one about his father, and a few others. If I had my cds on me, I'd list some of them.
26th-Aug-2004 02:45 pm (UTC) - A beautiful day in the neighborhood
Brilliant! I'm so stealing that!
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26th-Aug-2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Neah, using soundtracks for various things has been something a lot of my friends and I have been doing for years. I've just never used them in a game. I was entertained. ;)
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