Eat Mediterranean - a nutritional parody of Hotel California

Eat Mediterranean - a nutritional parody of The Eagle's song Hotel California - when making decisions about nutrition make sure you know the best available evidence

James McCormack - with lyric help from David Scotten and creative input from Pete McCormack

Liam Styles Chang (Lead Vocals)
Shae Scotten (Background Vocals)
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Eat Mediterranean â?? (a parody of Hotel California)

On a scale, what do I weigh, my minds on an eclaire
Warm smell of a deep dish, rising up through the air
Then I thought for an instant, is it wrong is it right
Atkins, Ornish, Jenny Craig screw them
I had to have one more bite

There she stood in the doorway.
She rang the dinner bell
And I was thinking to myself,
"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"
Then she lit up the Barby and she gave me a tray
Five courses down the corridor,
And I heard her say

Why donâ??t you just eat Mediterranean?
Such a healthy plate (Such a healthy plate)
All the food tastes great
Thereâ??s plenty of great food if you just eat Mediterranean
It includes red wine (It includes red wine)
And itâ??s not well defined

Her mind was brilliantly gifted, her body gave me the bends
Proposing lots of healthy, tasty food, and thank god not a cleanse
How we danced in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
The food delicious and tender, then we shared a baguette

Then she called up the waiter
"Please bring us some wine"
I said, "I havenâ??t had a guilt free meal since nineteen sixty nine"
And still those voices admonish from far away
They wake me up in the middle of the night
But then I hear her say

Why donâ??t you just eat in moderation?
Just donâ??t stuff your face (Just donâ??t stuff your face)
You might lose some weight
Youâ??ll feel way better if you just eat in moderation
Add some exercise (a little exercise)
Then youâ??ve earned some fries

Bread, fruits and some veggies
Olive oil, fish and rice
And she said "Donâ??t choose food like prisoners in fear, based on ill-informed adviceâ?
So in the dining chambers,
We gathered for the feast
We ate a balanced meal with grains and greens
That even had some red meat

These eggs give me pleasure,
Howâ??s this coffee I adore?
Should I put this sugar package back
And go weigh myself once more?
"Relax," said the night man, â??about salt and fats we were deceivedâ?
But when it comes to nutrition, who really can you believe?

In Canada we have a law that states the use of copyrighted material as part of "Fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire does not infringe copyright"

1) The use is solely for non-commercial purposes
2) The use is solely for the purposes of education - promoting the concepts of evidence-based medicine to healthcare providers and patients
3) The copyright holder for this track has said it is acceptable to use their tracks for this sort of purpose.
4) It is parody as it equates the original context of the song from a mysterious woman in a hotel giving relationship advice to one giving nutritional advice
5) Substantive transformative changes have been made - new lyrics and vocals
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