Video: ‘Bastard in the Sand’ Parody Sung by Martin Short Accompanied by the ‘Singing Navy SEALS’

A couple of weeks ago, actor/comedian Martin Short celebrated the killing of Osama bin Laden by singing, on the Late Show with David Letterman, “Bastard in the Sand,” a parody set to the tune of Elton John's “Candle in the Wind.”

As he played the piano and sang, he was accompanied by five people dressed as Navy SEALs whom the Late Show blog, the Wahoo Gazette, called “the Singing Navy SEALs.” A couple of the humorous stanzas:

In the afterlife, six dozen virgins sure sounded swell
So it must've burned your ass, when you ended up in hell.

It seems to me you lived your life like a bastard in the sand
Never knowing when the U.S. Navy SEALs would land.

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Most of the lyrics, as posted in the Wahoo Gazette for the Tuesday, May 17, 2011 program:

"BASTARD IN THE SAND"
"Goodbye, Al Qaeda's Rose
Your beard never seemed too clean to me
So I'm glad they washed you off
Before they dumped you in the sea.

In the afterlife
Six dozen virgins sure sounded swell
So it must've burned your ass
When you ended up in hell.

It seems to me you lived your life
Like a bastard in the sand
Never knowing when the U.S. Navy SEALs would land
They caught you by surprise inside your secret base
Could've shot you anywhere
But why not in the face?

Goodbye, Al Qaeda’s Rose
To the world you were mad
And to your kids and 22 wives
You were also a deadbeat dad.

Multi-million dollar bounty
Placed on your head
You were wanted 'dead or alive'
But in the end we went with 'dead'."

Letterman’s Web site has a longer video what Letterman and Short before and after the song.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center