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Song Parodies -> "He's Got You Under His Thumb"

Original Song Title:

"I've Got You Under My Skin"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Frank Sinatra

Parody Song Title:

"He's Got You Under His Thumb"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

The POTUS claims to have a phone and a pen to bypass Congressional legislation as well as Supreme Court rulings. He also has two thumbs, and they're pressing down on our freedoms. I used TOS as a template, including the extra words in the repeated "chorus."
He's got you under his thumb.
He's got too deep into debt, you see;
So steep from the start, that debt ceiling's a farce, ami.
He's got you under his thumb.

I tried so not to live numb;
I said to myself, "His healthcare **it never will so compel."
But why did I try to resist, when clearly I knew so well
That he'd get me under his thumb?

Chorus:
I sacrificed many things without fight
For the sake of having no fear, [1]
In spite of that warning voice that came from the Right
With repeated entreats ev'ry year: [2]
"Don't you know libs will rule? Blues cleverly spin.
"In your locality, wake up, choose no ballot 'D'!"
But each time I do, just the thought of coup [3]
Makes me stop, and more I succumb,
'Cause he's got me under his thumb.

[big-band instrumental break]

Chorus:
I would back 501(c)(4)s leaning right
That now quake at audits to fear; [4]
Then I.R.S. warning notice comes overnight
And defeats their appeals one more year.
Against N.S.A. tools, I'll ever be dumb.
I'm not used to the drones that peep,
Metadata on our phones they keep.
But each time I rail, just the thought of jail [5]
Makes me stop; evermore I'll be mum. [6]
Barack's got me under his thumb.
Yes, he's got us under his thumb.

[1] of terror attacks since 9/11/2001, starting with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security and TSA under GWB
[2] since 2007, when Democrats took control of the House for 4 years and the Senate ever since.
[3] at an election, peaceably
[4] Approvals have been delayed for many "social service" organizations since 2010.
[5] an exaggeration (I hope) that rhymes
[6] except in print, like here at amIright

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Cole O'Neill - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Will we ever be free of The Emperor Jones?
Barry J. Mitchel - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I can think of several ways to change "cleverly spin" (rhymes with TOS) to a rhyme with "thumb." Can you?
AFW - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Words flow and sings very well...
Michael Pacholek - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
The parody is good, but the content is a lie. If Obama were a dictator, you WOULD be in jail. And so would Boehner and all those Teabaggers. And by the way, that deficit that you people caused? Obama's cut it in half. He's a better capitalist than any Republican could ever be -- and a better one than any Democrat has ever had to be.
Cole O'Neill - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Now I have to take the gloves off. Of course, "Blues cleverly spin" violates the rhyming pattern of the OS. Yes, I can think of a couple of obvious changes: "They really are scum" and "So don't be a bum."
I half-agree with Michael. You're being stalked by drones and you fear a coup by Brutus Jones, aka Obama? What Right wing-nut nonsense! And technically, the parody has problems. Example: the first line of the second chorus has one too many syllables and the accenting is way off. Compare it with the first line of the first chorus, which is correct, although derivative of the OS. Also, your syntax is clumsy in places. Example: "That now quake at audits to fear."
You turned my good-natured tweak into a challenge, thereby opening a can of worms and leaving me no choice. You go for the collar -- straight 1s -- for messing with a guy named Cole O'Neill.
Dana Mathewson - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
There's always got to be a troll (Barry, there must be a song for that) and Michael, you're it. Revealed your ignorance right from the start. Our side didn't cause the deficit, and it's not cut in half, but growing daily. Want to defend something? Try defending the growing unemployment -- with 1 in 4 Americans out of work because of your guy's policies. Sorry, Barry, didn't mean to change the subject. Great song, sentiments right on the money, and I can just hear Frank's voice singing it! Another winner, as usual! Watch for drones in the night. They are (mostly) Congress-critters with a "-D" after their names, though I wouldn't give you beans for many of the R's either. Yes, there are also the flying ones, and who knows if, or when, they will come? Animals (especially little, weak ones) are nasty when cornered. We can only watch, keep our powder dry, and protest the best way we can. Blessings to you and yours! P.S. To Cole: This actually sings OK if you know how to sing -- do you?
Christy Mathewson - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
"Dana Mathewson": It takes a troll to know a troll. You have no author page. Your comment is Repugnican boiler-plate, devoid of fact. You must be on their payroll. The parody sings O.K. if it's translated into Dutch.
True American - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
MP and CM, you're the liars and trolls and shills for this illegal commie usurper regime. The facts are the facts: our Constitutional rights are being trampled every day, the economy is in shambles, and you traitor racist shills for this illegal affirmative action hire's usurper regime are to blame for the millions of Americans who've lost their jobs, had their insurance plans that they liked canceled, and been cruelly robbed of justice at every turn. All you commie leftards are going to burn in Hell when you die, but I do hope we patriots and true Americans first get the chance to have all you racist child-molesting genocidal goose-stepping regime-worshipers executed the same way we did after World War II to all the racist pervert genocidal goose-stepping officials of another certain criminal regime to which you and your Moloch state daily bear an increasing resemblance.
Blue American - February 12, 2014 - Report this comment
"True American": Stop polluting the site with your off-topic, mad ravings.
Gotcha - February 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Lots of Nazi references from True American. Mystical religion thrown in. You are crazy in all your identities, real and troll. Stupid, too.
400 years of oppression - February 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Listen up folks, it ain't that Obama has any super powers to wreck the Constitution and defeat civil rights, but to serve the people and especially us poor and of darker skin color than white. Without affirmative action there would have been no action and I figure that many white males here to the right would have preferred it that way to keep the black man down. But times changed and now that we have a black president that has demostrated that he can reduce GWB's financial mess and impact, save GM and help the auto industry rebound, get affordable health care to the masses of uninsured (ACA ruled constitutional), and stop evil, bigoted Repugnians from trying to destroy this nation under T-Party (Terror Party) Nazis Boehner and Ryan, Bachman and Palin... y'all wanna verbally lynch the man? Look at the ignorance of birther conspiracy theorists and all the crude caricatures of Obama and twisting his name endlessly. GWB was the worst President in our history and has never taken that kind of abuse, b/c he was white. They made fun of his pronunciations and big ears, but that was it. He was a disgrace with Osama and Katrina and offering no solution to the fiscal meltdown of 2008 under his watch. He should be vilified, not Obama. Underneath all this fancy talk is plain old racism. Obama is persecuted because he is black.
Barry J. Mitchel - February 12, 2014 - Report this comment
@ Cole O'Neill: Regarding pacing, I apologize for a wrong link for TOS; it should have been http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/franksinatra/ivegotyouundermyskin.html which has a repeat stanza with more syllables than the previous one.

@ "Christy Mathewson": I know that Dana Mathewson is a real person, unlike the many noms de plume in comments. Having no author page doesn't disqualify him from commenting (authors with fewer than 10 submissions have no page, either). Such an exclusionary rule would discourage "outsiders" from visiting amIright.

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