Who knew the pride of Long Island and the creator of Cthulhu had so much in common?
Something snapped in some dank corner of the internet this past week as our collective subconscious gradually realized that a vivid, terrifying poem by the old Victorian master of horror H.P. Lovecraft can be easily sung to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”
“Nemesis” is a 101-year-old poem that tells the haunting tale of a shadowy supernatural being beset by other ancient evil things. It’s told in Lovecraft’s recognizable way, where he says a lot of creepy things but doesn’t actually tell you anything. What better replacement lyrics for Joel’s jaunty song about some tavern performer?
It seems like Twitter user @OurWorldcomic might have been the first to identify this surprising overlap on Jan. 14.
Just realizes H.P. Lovecraft’s “Nemesis” has the same meter as Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” pic.twitter.com/Oty5JxoHWW
— Captain Video (@OurWorldcomic) January 14, 2018
Once this veil was lifted from our sight, there was no unseeing the horrible truth. The Great Old Ones applauded as the internet began mashing these two disparate works of art together.
Remember when Billy Joel had hair!?!?!??!