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Original Song Title:

"Hey Ya"

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Parody Song Title:

"Hey Yo!"

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The Lyrics

This is a tribute to the King of Late Night, the one and only Mr. Johnny Carson. Younger readers will not understand many of the references in this song. If this parody were to be produced, it would contain a load of sound samples from the show, sounds of laughter, boos, and applause.
My baby she surfs around
Looks for a late night show
There is The Tonight Show
But we don't really want it
Just can't stand to see the fool Jay Leno
I sure got the feeling
That I'm not alone
He's not funny, and how!
Thank God we got the chance
To see Ed & John together
Carson's retired now

Hey yo, Hey yo!
Hey Yo! Hey Yo! (etc.)

Leno don't got it
Oh, he thinks he got it
But damn, he just don't get it
His show's nothing at all
We want The Johnny
Oh, we want The Johnny
Humor was always better
Jay's jokes have devolved
Now what I say is, "Carson Is Forever"
Now what is
Now what is
Now what is
Now what is
Now what is (Carnac? Carnac?)
The answer to the question
The hippo, hippo
Hippo, hippo, hippo
The zoo in San Diego
I thought Joan Embery was gonna be here
(Y'all want to see me
Let a chimp pee on my pants?)

Hey, yo! Hey Yo!
Hey, yo! Hey Yo! (etc.)

Oh! Oh!
Oh! Oh!
Could have been Let-ter-man
He was a bet-ter-man
Jim Fowler brought a llama
Jimmy Stewart read a po-ma!
Ah ((oh oh)
Ah...(oh oh)
Folks, let me be honest
Folks, let me be honest

Hey! Whoopee!
OK folks,
The weather in L.A. is so hot (How hot!?)
I can't hear ya!
I said, the weather is so hot! (How hot?!)
Good night! (15x)

Good stuff, Doc, thanks! (Yessir!)
Doc is going to play Stump The Band in just a few seconds
Tomorrow night we're going to have Wayland Flowers and Madame
And we'll have as Monday night's guest host--Jim Nabors
Charo, slip me some sugar!
Here is your neighbor--
Floyd R. Turbo! Uh!

Swing it, s-sswing it! (Oh Oh!)
Swing it, s-ssswing it!
Swing it, s-sswing it
Swing it, swing it
Swing it like you're playing golf!
Swing it, swing it (Charo: "Coochi, Coochi!)
Swing it like you're playing golf!

Now Ed Ames is going to do a knife-throwing demonstraton for us
Out on the floor
Out on the floor
You know what he'll do?
You know what he'll do?
You know what he'll do?
(did he mean to do that?)

Hey yo! Hey Yo!
Hey, Yo! Hey, Yo!
Hey yo! , Hey Yo!...
Copyright, 2004

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 11

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Charlie Decker - March 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Wow! A pardody that just had to be written. Great job :-)
Jan Unwin - March 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I have three "5s" for you. They've been kept in a mayonnaise jar on the front porch of Funk and Wagnall's since noon today.
Saider E. - June 02, 2004 - Report this comment
I have never seen the Johnny Carson show, but I still liked the parody.
Agrimorfee - June 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Saider!
Charlie Decker - June 20, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) See above - still good!
Adagio - June 20, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC05) DKTOS, but a really good read...I like the references.
Melhi - June 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(H) I've not only heard the OS, I've seen the video a zillion or so times... it's one of those that was kind of impossible to escape, back when it was new. :) Anyway, nice job with it!
Red Ant - June 22, 2005 - Report this comment
(G05) I second Adagio's DKTOS and comment, though I didn't watch the show enough to understand all the references.
Johnny D - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) Good ol' Johnny C was quite a guy, and this parody is a fitting tribute.
Rick C - June 28, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC05)Swingin' tribute to a funny man!
Dee Range - July 02, 2005 - Report this comment
(H) Loved Carson, great tribute!! The references all ring true, and brought back a ton of memories. Thanks!!
Stuart pie McArthur - July 03, 2005 - Report this comment
(H) with you totally on this one Agri - I was a huge fan of Johnny's - I was in the audience for 2 of his shows a long time ago - I love Letterman (and Paul Schaeffer) and I hate Leno, so big ticks all around - 555
Scathe - July 03, 2005 - Report this comment
MysteryGoat - July 05, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) Awesome! Never got to see Johnny, but his legacy is unbounded. (did that make sense?)
Jeff Reuben - July 05, 2005 - Report this comment
Well done on the Carson tribute!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - July 05, 2005 - Report this comment
Wow, you tackled this parody well. Great tribute, Aggy.
Arwen - July 05, 2005 - Report this comment
ABC--pretty funny stuff, Agri...and a great OS! I have to admit that I was pretty little when Carson was on the air...and I still thought he was a funny guy...when I could manage to stay up to watch him. The only time I can stand to watch Leno is when Misters Diesel or Bloom are guests...; )
2nz - July 06, 2005 - Report this comment
hard OS, valient effort throughout and lots of memorable Carson-ism throughout. The 'Hey! Whoopee!' stanza and the 'Good stuff, Doc, thanks' stanza were excellent and worked really well with the OS. You kinda lost me with the 'Hey Yo' refrain, but still a very respectable job here, Agri.
Matthias - May 10, 2017 - Report this comment
This is a great OS to parody, A whole lotta fun! All I know about Johnny Carson comes from Weird Al's "Here's Johnny" but still a lot of fun.
Max Power - May 15, 2017 - Report this comment
Well done yo.
bobpiecheese - May 16, 2017 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Wow, this completely went over my head. I mean, all I know about Jay Leno is that he has a big chin, so this was definitely not the parody for me. Didn't help that there was the occasion pacing issue (particularly subbing in "Polaroid picture" for "playing golf"...yeah, that didn't work). Definitely not your fault here, but I just didn't get any of this.
Agrimorfee - May 17, 2017 - Report this comment
Yeah, you have to be an American of a certain age to understand a lot of this one. I guess I should offer some explanations, better late than never-- "Carnac...answer to the question"--a recurring sketch would have Johnny as The Great Carnac, a psychic would could "guess" the answer to a goofy question before it was read. Joan Embry--a zoologist and representative of the San Diego Zoo who would present exotic animals. The cuter or more life threatening (to Johnny) the better. Jim Fowler--another noted zoologist who would appear with exotic animals. Jimmy Stewart--refs a famous appearance when the actor tearfully read a poem he wrote about his recently deceased, beloved pet dog. so hot--Johnny would often lead a joke of "The weather is so hot..." upon which the audience would sarcastically respond, "How hot is it?!" Stump The Band--Johnny interacted with the audience and solicited suggestions for Doc Severin's jazz band to play a song (which comically would usually end up not being the actual song). Wayland Flowers was a ventriloquist with a brassy, sassy older lady puppet named Madame. Jim Nabors, first appearing in "The Andy Griffith Show" became the star of "Gomer Pyle USMC" in the 60s and an amazingly fantastic pop singer. Charo is a Spanish-American singer, guitarist and dancer, ex-wife of bandleader Xavier Cugat, well known for her sexy attitude and shaking her, um, major assets while trilling, "Coochie Coochie!" Apparently still quite active in Vegas. golf swing--Johnny often closed his opening monologue with a triumphant "air" golf swing Floyd R. Turbo--a conservative, clueless character Johnny often played providing a misguided editorial on often pointless or complex political issues. Ed Ames--actor who provided an infamous knife-throwing demonstration that garnered one of the hugest and longest laughs in live TV history ( Cheers.

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