Billy Joel and H.P. Lovecraft 'Sing Us a Song' for Cthulhu

Turns out, it’s surprisingly easy to take Billy Joel’s song “Piano Man” and turn it into an ode to the Elder Gods long gone. It was recently discovered on Twitter that the meter of the famous Joel tune syncs up almost perfectly with a 1917 poem by H.P. Lovecraft called “Nemesis.”


Naturally, it didn’t take long for musicians and fans to create their own mash-ups, and the results are pretty fascinating. Now I just have to sit back and wait for the dubstep remixes—that, or if someone could find a Lovecraft poem that syncs up with “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, my week would already have hit its peak.

Here are some of the versions we’ve found so far. If you make your own version of “Piano Cthulhu,” be sure to leave it in the comments.

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Roland Tembo

Article asking me to listen to a Lovecraft-based recording written by someone named Elderkin? Nice try, Squid-face! Though kudos on the exceptionally long con