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Song Parodies -> "Matchbox"

Original Song Title:

"Applause"

Original Performer:

Lady Gaga

Parody Song Title:

"Matchbox"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

Everyone pretty much knows what a Matchbox car is worldwide, but it originated in Britain in the 1950s and not the US. Jack Odell who worked for Nesley Products Inc. had a daughter who complained that her school did not allow big toys, just small ones that could fit in a "matchbox." So Odell took the die-cast company's Green & Red Road Roller and made it small-scale to fit in a matchbox... then made a cement mixer and a dump trunk which formed the basis for the original Matchbox line debut which went on to different car models from history. Nesley, however, faced fierce competition from Mattel's Hot Wheels and with declining sales went bankrupt in the 1980s. The Matchbox line was then taken up by Universal and Tyco before being bought out by Mattel that still makes them and the other die-casts of aircraft, ships, and strange vehicles (fantasy or not).
*Matchbox cars are used in the US in school rooms to teach about auto history, in driving schools and courts to demonstrate safe and unsafe driving, as sub-scale models for architectural design models (usually parking and garages), and so on...
** Alfa Romeo
Once king of die-casting
Lesney could do no wrong
in ‘53 creating:
a small-scale vehicle so strong

Odell’s daughter’s school- no “big toy” playing,
which she thought wasn‘t fair
So dad made something new,
In the sub-scale he did dare

Created the Matchbox, Matchbox, Matchbox
Created the Matchbox cars
Kids adored the Matchbox cars
In 1:87, 1:64, or 1:43
The Matchbox, Matchbox, Matchbox

These vehicles are inches long
(carry so much clout)
Some fantasy, others tough
(Minis to tout)

These vehicles are inches long
(carry so much clout)
Some fantasy, others tough
(Minis to tout)

Minis to tout
(some fantasy, others tough)
MATCHBOX!

Minis to tout
(some fantasy, others tough)
MATCHBOX!

So many that it‘s scary,
all within worldwide reach
From Europe, on to Tokyo,
and in the US used to teach*

Lesney, sales dropped, was doomed
Became foreign property
Universal, then Tyco,
Then Mattel permanently…

Created the Matchbox, Matchbox, Matchbox
Created the Matchbox cars
Kids adored the Matchbox cars
In 1:87, 1:64, or 1:43
The Matchbox, Matchbox, Matchbox

These vehicles are inches long
(carry so much clout)
Some fantasy, others tough
(Minis to tout)

These vehicles are inches long
(carry so much clout)
Some fantasy, others tough
(Minis to tout)

Minis to tout
(some fantasy, others tough)
MATCHBOX!

Minis to tout
(some fantasy, others tough)
MATCHBOX!

Cool!
Never enough!
Cool!
A-Romeo** to VW!
Cool!

Created the Matchbox, Matchbox, Matchbox
Created the Matchbox cars
Kids adored the Matchbox cars
In 1:87, 1:64, or 1:43
The Matchbox, Matchbox, Matchbox

These vehicles are inches long
(carry so much clout)
Some fantasy, others tough
(Minis to tout)

These vehicles are inches long
(carry so much clout)
Some fantasy, others tough
(Minis to tout)

Minis to tout
(some fantasy, others tough)

Age 4-10 crowd!

Collectors proud
(value holds up, love them so much)

MATCHBOX!
I collect die-cast myself and my favorites include: the "Speed Racer" GRX for cars, my two Tigers for tanks, and a custom Fw-190D-13 for aircraft!

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