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Song Parodies -> "Tomato/Tomahto"

Original Song Title:

"Automatisch/Automatic"

Original Performer:

Tokio Hotel

Parody Song Title:

"Tomato/Tomahto"

Parody Written by:

Word Nerd

The Lyrics

This song is a parody of the song "Automatisch," which is in German. There is an English version, "Automatic," but the syllables are a little different. Link to original song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjI-WFevKxo
It’s tomato (no, tomahto, no, tomato, no, tomahto)
It’s potato (no, potahto, no, potato, no, potahto)

I say “tomato”
And you say that I’m dead wrong.
“Tomahto,” you insist.
It’s still that red thing,
Doesn’t change with its title.
Why does this fight exist?

You know, I think there’s
Too many similar words,
Like “fog,” “low clouds,” and “mist.”
Two names for one thing
It’s like “George W. Bush” and
“Humanity’s cyst.”

“Flat mountain”
And “plateau,”
“Lost frisbee,”
“UFO,”
“One-eared dude”
and “Van Gogh,”
“Worthless bum” and “CEO.”

We need solutions,
Simplify all this madness.
We must mean what we say.
Let’s all agree that
It’s become pointless to guess:
“Dead woodchuck” or “toupee?”

It’s so confusing, my brain’s
Just about to splatter--
I mean gray matter!

“Antoinette,”
“Headless queen,”
“Farting less,”
“Going green,”
“Elephant,”
“Poop machine,”
“Wad of ads” and “magazine
“For teens.”

It’s tomato!
No, it’s tomahto!
It’s a veggie!
No way, it’s fruity!

“My dog’s confused,”
“Homework excuse,”
“Snails without shells,”
They’re slugs--can’t you tell?
Thesaurus, I think
Should really be extinct.

“Traffic cones,”
“Witches’ hats,”
“Fresh roadkill,”
“Dog went splat,”
“Little kid,”
“Screaming brat,”
“Teeny rug,”
“Welcome mat.”

“TV” and
“Id’yut box,”
“Random guess,”
“Buying stocks,”
“Shoes of death,”
“Purple Crocs,”
“Eleventh plague,” “chicken pox.”
It sucks!

(It’s tomato)
Say it right!
(No, it’s tomahto)
I insist!
(You know, I have)
Why does this fight
(A deep hatred)
Still exist?
(For tomatoes...)

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Phil Nelson - January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The definitive rhyming parody
Tommy Turtle - January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Absolutely *wonderful* idea for a parody about linguistics (my fave topic, in more ways than one)

http://www.amiright.com/parody/80s/billyjoel314.shtml

, but you had to go and ruin it by injecting a political insult (without any facts behind it - not that I love the guy, but there have been worse. Far worse..) Shame. Abstaining.
Word Nerd - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, all of you! Tommy Turtle, I just put in the George Bush line because I needed something to rhyme with "mist" and I'd already used "insist" and "exist." "Cyst" was the best I could come up with, and most people make fun of George anyway. I didn't mean to offend anyone, his name just fit with the syllables.
Tommy Turtle - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
dissed, fist, gist, hissed, jissed (PG-13), kissed, list, missed, Rehnquist (US Sup Ct Justice) pi**ed, resist, wrist, Liszt (Franz) -- and that's just off the top of my head, *without* using the last-resort rhyming dictionary. Surely a self-identified word nerd should be able to have come up with some of those?

To be clear, I'm no fan of Bush-man; in fact, I wrote several parodies about some of his actions that I didn't like. But in terms of humanity's cysts, I think *any* US pol pales in comparison to Nero, Caligula, Mao, Stalin, and, of course, everyone's favorite bogeyman, Hitler.

Oh, and, uh, welcome to AmIRight! ... Now that you've seen my critical side, rest assured that praise is equally forthcoming when felt, and I'm sure you'll be on the receiving end of some of that. :-) Looking forward to more. Cheers!
Claude Prez - January 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Great stuff; especially all the little couplets you came up with... Except you had to go and ruin it by insulting Purple Crocs! Oh my God! Think of all the other, more deserving words you could have rhymed with "pox": Fox! Box! Goldilocks! Scandinavian Lox! Whiskey on the Rocks! What the hell were you thinking? P.S. Congratulations, I'm pretty sure you're the first person in the history of AmIright to take a cheap shot at W, and the first to be criticized for it.

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