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"(Used to be a) Rockstar"

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Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Yeah, being a rock star is all very well and glamourous... but it's not always very good for you

I'm through with snortin' a line
And chugging litres of gin
And readin' stories in the paper
'Bout my life of sex and sin
Still, it hasn't turned out
Quite the way I that thought it would be

(tell me what it's like)

I got a great big house
Out here in Beverley Hills
That my fifth ex wants to pay the divorce bills
And you've seen the pictures, 'cause I got
No privacy

(yeah, so what you need)

I wanna give it all up, but I can't give them in
I filled my nicorette patch with amphetamine
I was climbin' real high, but
I fell right outta the tree

(Been there done that)

I got splinters from smashing up an old guitar
And a blocked-up nose from snorting caviar
And a flippin' flippin' quad bike
Very nearly killed me

(So why'd you do it?)

I won't deny that I've had mucho fun
But I look eighty-four although I'm thirty-one

'Cause I'm a washed-up wannabe ex-rockstar
Now I lost my license when I crashed the car
The girls were easy and the drugs were cheap
Now I gotta take a dozen pills to get to sleep
And I've had enough of hangin' out in bars
And I got mouth cancer from the big cigars
Every old gold digger's
Had a piece of me
Every week-long wife
Wants alimony
You know..
Hey hey I used to be a rockstar
Hey hey I used to be a rockstar

But after one night partying with my groupies
I picked up twenty-seven diff'rent STDs
Check into the clinic
Try and get my dick sick-free

(I have a spirochete-a... on the house)

I'm gonna give my ex
A dose of the pox
I got a front door key but now she changed the locks
'Cause I did a centerfold that loves to
Blow for money for me

(So now ya sayin' "screw it"?)

I traded half my life
For fortune and fame
So when my life's cut short
Was it worth the game?

'Cause I'm a clapped-out coke-snorting ex-rockstar
And you have to keep telling me where we are
I got a big problem with technology
Can't figure out how to use the DVD
I still hang out in the coolest bars
Though my face looks like I could have come from Mars
My eyelids have hardened
Don't it make me weep
Yeah, an' I've got wrinkles
Seven inches deep
Wasn't always the wreck that you now can see
"Wasted" in the dictionary
Has a photo of me
Kids run away screaming
When I try to smile
So now I got my therapist on speed dial
Hey hey I used to be a rockstar

And now I sing my songs
To a shrinking audience
As my band is playin'
Not guitars: accordians
I'm a washed-up singer who can't write a song
And my brain is kinda fried, so I get the words wrong

Well we all just wanna be big rockstars
As a life's ambition, hell, it's kinda bizarre
Now I'm addicted, drugs don't come cheap
And I'm anorexic, 'cause I didn't eat
My chest is covered with hot-rock scars
And my lungs are coated with cigarette tar
I got emphysema
And a vacant stare
Had chemotherapy
And lost my hair
And I know I'm last year's man, because
I'm not in "Who's Who"
But I'm in "Who Was"
Lost my nasal septum
I got six-inch piles
And I got my proctologist on speed dial, well..
Hey hey I used to be a rockstar
Hey hey I used to be a rockstar

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Total Votes: 21

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Matthias - June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
The aftermath of the original song, went from wanting to be a rockstar, to being a rockstar, to being a sell out rockstar, and finally a washed out rockstar. Great original song choice Phil!
Phil Alexander - June 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, Matthias - strange, have to admit I thought sticking the widget to play the song at the top might help... but I guess not :-)
Jason - July 09, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I liked this. The chorus was good. 555
Agrimorfee - July 14, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Funny as hell...and a fine performance to boot!
Max Power - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
555 lines of...
Peter Andersson - July 20, 2008 - Report this comment
SOTM - You already know I love this one, it's a total scandal that it has so few votes and comments, might even be SOTY so far IMHO.
Red Ant - July 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Very good singing, lyrics and recording, Phil! Solid throughout and funny.
Jeff Reuben - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Loved the performance. I really dislike the OS, so it's good to get new (and better) lyrics in there when I hear it on the radio every 5 minutes. Well done!
McKludge - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
SOTM - I'm with Jeff, this OS annoys the hell out of me. And are there really 27 STDs? :-)
This parody are why I'll stick to my stable engineering job and never try to make a living in music. The entertainment industry will chew you up and spit you out when you start to lose your flavor (theres a metaphor for ya). 555
Phil Alexander - July 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, everyone :-) (funny, I was sure I'd get a comment about snorting caviar...)
McK - Are there 27? Probably... I nearly got up to that many here: - but I'm sure you could make a "Does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight" parody from that idea
Agrimorfee - July 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Phli, any Weird Al fan would tell you, 27 is one of the funniest numbers in the mathematical spectrum. :)
bobpiecheese - July 30, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) So that's what you sound like. That being said, this was very good. For whatever reason, all of the descriptions given make the ex-rockstar sound like Kieth Richards if he got married a few more times.
Matthias - July 30, 2008 - Report this comment
See above. This ROCKS!!!
Below Average Dave - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) 27 STD's ? that's pretty nasty. . .overall this was a good write, I think it made for a good recording. . .not a bad write either.
Guy - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM-Jun-08) "I picked up twenty-seven diff'rent STDs" I had no idea there were that many of them one could catch. I can only name a handful and thank-you, I have never contracted one. I had a guy in the USAF tell me once when I had about 60 days in the military that he spent more time in the VD clinic than I spent in the entire damn war. He was in Nam and Thailand just prior to coming back to a stateside assignment. I wondered if he was bragging or complaining. In a way this fellow reminds me a bit of your "Rock Star". Extremely well done.
marthadtox - September 14, 2008 - Report this comment
fantastic stuff Phil!
Matthias - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Tons of great lines here on this re-re-read such as "But I look eighty-four although I'm thirty-one", and "I picked up twenty-seven diff'rent STDs", and "And you have to keep telling me where we are", and "I'm not in "Who's Who"/ But I'm in "Who Was""... Brilliant recording to boot your naturally British accent makes it seem like the singer of this parody is a drugged out Keith Richards or Mick Jagger or something. I loved it!
Invisible Boy - March 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Fantastic job here Phil. I just love the whole "bash the old rock stars" thing.

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