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Jester: The Song Parody Editor (v2.0)


Jester: The Song Parody Editor™ is a simple text editor intended specifically for writing song parodies. It is available for free, and has been downloaded over 15,000 times.

Writing song parodies is a fun way to develop many important thinking skills, such as:

  • The ability to use both creative and analytical modes of thought, and switch between them rapidly — an ability that is especially important in science and engineering.
  • The ability to create analogies and relationships among information. (A parody is essentially a set of humorous analogies made to an original work.)
  • An improved understanding of grammar, language, poetic/lyrical structure, and wordplay.
  • Humor, which is highly correlated to both creativity and intelligence.

I made Jester because I got tired of using general-purpose word processors like MS-Word to write parodies. General purpose tools do not provide parody-specific features, so you have to do some extra work that distracts you from the creative activity of writing the parody. Plus, it was an excuse to write some code.


6/19/2019: Jester v2.0 is now available for download.



  • Side-by-side display of original and parody lyrics, with synchronized scrolling
  • Displays a line-by-line comparison of original and parody lyrics syllable counts, color-coded to indicate where parody lines have too few or too many syllables
  • Built-in rhyming dictionary

New features in v2.0:

  • Improved undo capability
  • Current line of text is highlighted in both displays
  • Syllables in current line are numbered in both displays for comparison
  • Accented syllables for multi-syllable words are shown in bold

System Requirements

Jester v2.0 was developed under Windows 10, but should run under Windows Vista and later.


To install:

  1. Download the file. Click here to download.
  2. Unzip it. (Get a free zip/unzip program such as 7-Zip if you don’t have one already.)
  3. Run the extracted setup.exe program.
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