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Song Parodies -> "They Talk About Me Like A Dog"

Original Song Title:

"The Mexicans Dance On Their Hats"

Original Performer:

Allan Sherman

Parody Song Title:

"They Talk About Me Like A Dog"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

The source of this parody tune is in itself a parody. Alan Sherman used the famous hat dance melody for his classic "The Mexicans Dance On Their Hats". In his Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, President Obama briefly broke from his address to add a brief but memorable ad-lib. While denouncing the Republican party as the party of NO, he added "They talk about me like a dog! That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true!". I was offended...I'm a dog lover. Anyway, if he had asked, I could have set the speech to the following music for him. ;D

Oh Republicans put on a big show.
Their direction is one place I won't go,
For whatever I do they just say "NO!",
And "They talk about me like a dog!"

The Republicans don't know their station.
They don't care what is fair for the nation
As they slander my administration,
And "They talk about me like a dog!"

And the press needs to get it together
'Cause they aren't really holding their end.
For in this stormy weather they have to do better.
They used to be my greatest friend.
I recall - it was great!
How my cov'rage was stunning
When I was first running
My race back in two-thousand-eight!

My remark was one of my few ad-libs.
Heaven knows that I'm certainly not Gibbs,
But on this pithy line I can call dibs!
And "They talk about me like a dog!"

Oh that quip wasn't there on my prompter.
I thought it would be cool to put in.
But now I am supposing this quote is exposing
The paper-thin depth of my skin!
Don't give in - to defeat!
With my self-aggrandizing
Be antagonizing
And cause a big fuss in the streets!

Oh it's hard for your temper to stay fine
When they're talking to you like a canine,
And it's now become my ev'ryday line.
'Cause I need every vote and I'll stand by my quote -
In my grinder I'll make it a cog.
And "They talk about me like a dog!"

But it's OK to be Pelosi's Pet Poodle, right? ;D

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.0
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 13

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   3
 2   0
 3   0
 4   1
 5   9

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Michael Pacholek - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
The parody is very good, and credit for remembering Allan Sherman. (Don't worry about the spelling this time, I usually write his name as "Allen.") But President Obama is not a poodle. Poodles are vain, nasty dogs and they bite a lot for no good reason. Sounds more like Palin. So what kind of dog would he be? He's been too much of an accomodating golden retriever. Time to become a Rottweiler, and not because they're also black, but because they're tough and they make sure bad guys don't take liberties in the House!
Old Man Ribber - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Michael - Thanks for not "dogging" I am more amused than angered when you take issue with my political parodies. I think that AFW has it right...reach for the universal, not the controversial. ;D
AFW - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I agree with Michael, written very well...Not much into all the "Dog" thing, but did hear him say it...kinda' 'tongue in cheek' I believe
Barry J. Mitchel - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
@ MP: As the sidebar album cover shows, the first name is spelled Allan, so OMR is right.
OMR: Far more "species-ific" than my short parody last Friday. LOL. I'll vote on pacing after I listen to my old vinyl AS album, so count on at least x5(x+5)/2.
Christie Marie M - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I echo all comments above! I heard that 'dog' speech earlier. Incredible! Well, 555 scooby snacks for Obama! LOL!!!
Barry J. Mitchel - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I checked TOS and voted with x = 5 in above comment. My hat is off to you. But you missed the "Ole!" after stanzas 2, 4 & 6; could have been changed to "So stray!"
John Barry - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
MP: I thought Palin was a pit bull. Oh, wait, now she's a "mama grizzly." You are so right about poodles. This parody is the cat's meow, OMR.
John Jenkins - September 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Very good stuff, particularly the "ad-libs/Gibbs/dibs" verse. Sometimes it is appropriate to say "No." Unfortunately, President Bush did not say it enough, but fortunately some Republicans are now discovering the value of the word.
Don Milne - September 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Allan Sherman was a genius. Nice tribute to use one of his songs.

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