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Song Parodies -> "Travelin Salesman"

Original Song Title:

"Travelin Soldier"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Dixie Chicks

Parody Song Title:

"Travelin Salesman"

Parody Written by:

Jeff Reuben

The Lyrics

Monday, all alone
He was drivin round the block, parked outside my home
Got out of his car, grabbed some things to sell
Took a walk to my house, and he rang the doorbell
I opened the door and he flashed me a smile
Then he said, "Would you mind if I came in for awhile,
And talkin to me, I've got some things to sell?"
I said, "I can't let you in cause I don't know you very well."
So I came out, brought a couple of chairs.
He said, "I bet you got a vacuum but I don't care
Cause this one sucks, and look it steam cleans too
Would you mind if I brought one out here for you?"

I cried: "Thought I would sell out but he showed me what to buy."
Now my heart's in a tailspin
Waitin for the wares of a travelin salesman
That pitch would never end
Waitin for the salesman to come back again
Nevermore buy at the store
When the doorbell rings, the salesman's at my door

The products came almost everyday
First Tupperware, then Mary Kay
He told her of a gift pack, "Now you're in luck
A limited set, and it's the last on my truck!"
He said, "When it's gettin kinda rough on the road
I stop by Amway, picking up the next load
And I comb my hair and flash my pretty smile.
And I say, 'Pardon me, could you use some bathroom tile?"

I cried: "Thought I would sell out but he showed me what to buy."
Now my heart's in a tailspin
Waitin for the wares of a travelin salesman
That pitch would never end
Waitin for the salesman to come back again
Nevermore buy at the store
When the doorbell rings, the salesman's at my door

One Friday night, watchin MTV
The doorbell rang, I jumped out of my seat
The salesman's back, but he shook his head:
"I've gone out of business: QVC and the web"
Buyin on the phone or the tv set
Don't need a salesman, just the internet
I shop from home, and no one really cares
But a seedy little man, with a bowtie and bad hair

I cried: "Thought I would sell out but he showed me what to buy."
Now my heart's in a tailspin
Waitin for the wares of a travelin salesman
That pitch would never end
Waitin for the salesman to come back again
Nevermore buy at the store
When the doorbell rings, the salesman's at my door

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S.T.G. - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
i liked it, funny
Rex - March 04, 2006 - Report this comment
[AmiRight Classifieds] I love it when a song goes where it should. About halfway through I was thinking "what about the internet" and there it was in the next verse. Well done.
Agrimorfee - March 16, 2006 - Report this comment
(Help Wanted) Interesting how the 2nd verse changes perspective, then returns to first person again. A little confusing at first.
Jeff Reuben - March 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Ag, thanks, I didn't catch that until just now (actually, I didn't catch it at all...you did), the change in perspective wasn't intentional. The "her" in the third line of the second verse should really be "me".
Red Ant - March 22, 2006 - Report this comment
(Classifides) I have to admit I've been abrupt with more than a few travelling salespeople since the ones I did buy things from sold me overpriced, inferior junk. Yep, that is a lousy job. Great job on the parody.
Stuart McArthur - March 27, 2006 - Report this comment
(classifieds) - you are a true master of the narrative parody, Jeff - I was reading ahead to see what would happen! - 555
Matthias - March 28, 2006 - Report this comment
(Classifides) Oy, Vey.... I hate these guys almost as much as Jahoava's Witnesses....
Johnny D - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(Class) "...a seedy little man, with a bowtie and bad hair..." LOL !!
Matthias - October 22, 2006 - Report this comment
One of my favorites of yours glad you put it in for the Decath.
Ashkicksass - October 23, 2006 - Report this comment
I'd buy this one anytime! Great job Jeff!
tomario - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
ding dong 555s calling good one!
bobpiecheese - November 05, 2006 - Report this comment
(Decathlon - Event 6) Good evening, sir, would you like to see this awesome parody by Jeff Reuben? No? Then you're a retard! Well done, Jeff!
Josh 2 - November 05, 2006 - Report this comment
wow, great OS and great Parody. 5s
Stuart McArthur - November 05, 2006 - Report this comment
(decath6) - see above - and yes, what is it with salesman and bowties? - I would have thought there would have been a negative connection between the two
Kristof Robertson - November 06, 2006 - Report this comment
(DEC6) My uncle was a door2door in Australia, and I heard all sorts of stories from him, many of which strangely seem to be recounted on this page! Fun stuff...555
Arwen - November 06, 2006 - Report this comment
Decathlon...I can't believe I've never commented on this before, Jeff. I know I've read it...and loved it...before. In fact, when I saw the category, I immediately thought of this one for you. Hmmmm. Anyway...I do love this...a GREAT OS, and a sad little story. I love the line, "I can't let you in cause I don't know you very well." For some reason it just kills me!!

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