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Song Parodies -> "A Day in the Strife"

Original Song Title:

"A Day in the Life"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"A Day in the Strife"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

I'm new to this community and want to thank members for constructive and instructive feedback I've received from them. I've reached the conclusion that the semi-earnest political stuff I do isn't particularly popular, so I plan to try to lighten up a bit in the future. This is a great site and I'm really enjoying participation.
A Day in the Strife

I read the news today: "Convoy
Of Unlucky Men Hit with Hand Grenades."
Other news was equally bad:
Run-amok prison staffs;
We saw the photographs.

Mindless insurgents blow up cars.
They haven't noticed that the times have changed.
Crowds of people still fill the squares;
They want to leave before
Somebody secures an RPG
And strikes the teeming hordes.

A film of oil where the convoy
Of English soldiers were lost in the war.
A crowd of looters led the way.
They took a look and took
All that wasn't cooked.

We'd love to turn this off.

Toke up—some Afghan Red.
Take a drag. . .out of your head.
Sounds a ways off there—something blew up.
Things looking up? That's what the dope will prate.

[sound of Bush guffawing: "Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh.]

Sounds of boats attacking rafts
Filled with fuel oil, fore to aft.
Pounding at their lairs—a hit; there's smoke.
One hit this bloke, and he goes into a scream:
"Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow ow, ow, ow, ow, ow ow!"

I read the news today: those boys—
One thousand cold in Dover, Delaware.
They keep the cold behind a wall,
Where they can count them all.
How many cold would there be if Albert had won back that fall?

We'd love to turn this off.

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Pacing: 3.0
How Funny: 3.0
Overall Rating: 3.0

Total Votes: 2

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

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MrMacphisto - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
I like your political stuff, but I know what you mean. I've taken a break from political songs as well. I figure I'll release my political one of Sarah McLachlan's "Fallen" a few weeks from now....
Paul Robinson - May 24, 2004 - Report this comment
John, This one strikes me as a little too grim, even for my taste. It's well written but I'll refrain from voting rather than try to assign any scores here. You've written some really sharp political parodies here and I think a number of folks appreciate them(including me). You noted that you plan to cut back on these from now on. My suggestion would be to continue to write them but to try and write some parodies in the more humorous vein to kind of leaven the mixture. That way you will avoid getting pigeon-holed as being solely a political parody writer. Given the quality of your postings so far I think a lighter touch will give you a much greater audience. You may also find that when you've reached more folks with a lighter touch you may get a few more looks & votes when you do throw a political parody in now and then...Geez, I just went back and re-read this - it's really extremely well-written and on point, but SO grim and graphic. Well, think I'll mix in a little self-promotion with all my well-meant advice here: If you are interested I wrote one using this original song about the Super Bowl Haltime Show fiasco with Janet Jackson. It's called "A Boob At The Half" and can be found on my Author's page.
Michael Pacholek - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
How many cold would there be if Albert had won back that fall? Exactly as many, since he DID win back that fall, but was denied the chance to accept his rightfully-won victory by the Bush regime. Oh yeah, as if it was only an afterthought: Great parody.
Robert J. Pagliaro - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Umm, I liked it. For the record, I gave 5 in funny because I liked it.
Royce Miller - May 27, 2004 - Report this comment
Pacholek--Albert didn't win Tennessee, a place that's seen him up close and personal.

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