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Song Parodies -> "Price Hike, Price Gouge"

Original Song Title:

"Sunrise, Sunset"

Original Performer:

Fiddler on the Roof

Parody Song Title:

"Price Hike, Price Gouge"

Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

I'm rehearsing for a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof, so look for more parodies like this from me!
Is this the gasoline I’m buying?
Are these the oil men I pay?
I don’t remember growing richer.
How did they?

What made this pump a one-armed bandit?
How did these prices get so steep?
Wasn’t it years ago
When they were cheap?

Price hike, price gouge,
Price hike, price gouge,
Swiftly numbers soar.
Decimals turn overnight to dollars.
I can’t say “Fill ‘er up!” no more.
Price hike, price gouge,
Price hike, price gouge,
Swiftly digits roll.
One price hike following another,
Leaving my pocketbook with holes.

Should I take public transportation?
Should I write letters to D.C.?
Should I buy stock in Exxon-Mobil
Or B.P.?

Should we ride bicycles to work now?
Should I trade in my S.U.V.?
Is there a hybrid car
In store for me?

Price hike, price gouge,
Price hike, price gouge,
Swiftly prices soar.
One price hike following another
Makes oil men rich and users poor.

(Muzzle tank!)

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Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 17

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Andrew D. Lacroix - February 29, 2008 - Report this comment
That's pretty cool, what you're doing. Rehearsing for a play is rather tough and then on top of it to perform in front of large crowds even more diffucult. This parody was the easiest thing you've thing you've done in a while. To boost your confidence, here's 555 standing ovations.
2Eagle - February 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Get a hybrid car - or a horse.
littleCupCakes - February 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved: "who made this pump a ~ one-armed-Bandit ~ '"! Just paid $3.59/gal for regular here in NorCAL.
AFW - February 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Good, focused serious satire
John Jenkins - February 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Although the price of gas is determined more by the law of supply and demand than by gouging, this is very well done. I particularly like the "Muzzle tank!" and am looking forward to more of your FOTR parodies.
MasonR - March 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Brilliantly done--it would go well with my parody of "Tradition" called "Emissions."
Silver Power - September 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I think I'm just going to stick to riding the Shoelace Express. But I'll give you $5.55 for a half gallon of gas. [Hey, it could happen!]
DJ Blaze - September 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Gas has gone up to $555 on AmIRight! Great job from a great parodist!
Timmy1000 - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Nice write, but more on the serious side. High prices are probably coming again (unfortunately).
Agrimorfee - September 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Muzzle tank, haha. Indeed.!
Guy - September 13, 2009 - Report this comment

Melanie - this is a gas. I noted that it was written when the gas prices were sky high. We're due for more and worse I fear. This parody is still releant. Nice bit or writing.
Stuart McArthur - September 15, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Looking at the date of release, I can recall it being the issue of the day. Thankfully the price has dropped since then but not enough. You should read Johnny D's "Pay This For Gasoline, Man" Melanie, for more fury-venting - 555
bobpiecheese - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) Um, yay, a parody about the gas price risings...that's kind of old...and I didn't care about even when it was the hot topic. what?
Leo Keough - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC5(P) As someone who has to drive a lot in my line of work, I can really appreciate this one!!!...555!!!
mark Scotti - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) $555 is quite the price hike!!!
Abbott Skelding - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC: Not bad, i'm just not a big fan of political type parodies, but still pretty good. Also my first time hearing the OS but good job!
Below Average Dave - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I am so happy the price is finally coming down a bit again. . .can always relate to this one Mel, good idea
Matthias - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Taking the bus everywhere is annoying as Hell, but the fact that I don't need to worry about gas is a really great feeling.
Red Ant - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
By the parody title, I thought it might be a spoof of Jesus Jones' "Right Here, Right Now". Timely when it was written, and still applicable now. A little light on humor, but the universal relateability more than makes up for it. 554 9/10ths! =)

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