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Song Parodies -> "Flyin'"

Original Song Title:

"Truckin'"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Grateful Dead

Parody Song Title:

"Flyin'"

Parody Written by:

Tim Hall

The Lyrics

Frequent flyers who are Deadheads will understand.
Flyin' on a business trip
I'm flyin' 'cause I get free miles
However, more or less I'm trapped
Just keep flyin' on

Trapped in a pressurized tin can for so many hours
Eat bags of peanuts on board and my mood really sours
Your typical air flight turns into a typical nightmare
Breathe the air, you will sense how stale it is

Dallas Fort Worth really sucks
Houston's airport's named after Bush
New York has old LaGuardia
And it's not much to see.

Most of the agents you meet on the counter are snotty
Most of the time they're talking on the telephone
One of these days you wish that they would get fired
And find a job they would be interested in.

Flyin' on the turboprops
And it sounds like they're dusting crops
And the small towns all look the same
Once you leave the airport

I'm getting tired of airport food
And the employees are so rude
And now it's coming back to me
What a stressful trip it's been

Why in the world did air travel have to decline
After deregulation it isn't the same
No meals on board 'cause airlines have to cut costs
All travelers can say is ain't it a shame

Flyin' up to Chicago
The weather forecast says heavy snow
I'm trapped, and have no place to go
Feel I just can't win.

Waiting in line at the security checkpoint
Hopefully the wait won't be two hours today
I like to get through quick before I travel
But if I have some metal, I guess I will be delayed

Profiled by the TSA
And it ruins my whole day
Scanning, it gets to wearing thin
They just won't let you be

You're sick of flying around, you'd like to go home
Get tired of traveling you want to drive to town
I guess they can't arrest me for wanting to
Get off of the plane, off the ramp and kiss the ground

I'm getting tired of airport food
And the employees are so rude
And now it's coming back to me
What a stressful trip it's been

Thank God I'm a going home
Whoa, whoa, baby, back where I belong
Back home, get over the jet lag
And get back flyin' on
trhall@stuart.iit.edu

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Johnny D - February 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Oh I'm just such a pushover for The Grateful Dead, man! Y'know? Like...I mean...like...555, man...wow.
Birgitta - February 29, 2004 - Report this comment
GJ Tim! Can you believe I've never flown?! (Well,except for a small 4 seater.) I think I've found a solution for bad airport food though. Visit the bar first. :-D
Meriadoc - February 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice one Tim!

And here's a shamless plug for one of our flying parodies: (tho' it's as far from the Grateful Dead as you can get! ;-D )

http://www.amiright.com/parody/70s/thepartridgefamily2.shtml
Tim Hall - February 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Have you have lots of money for that airport bar, Birgitta. ;-)
Paul Robinson - February 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Tim - Great parody! I have never liked to fly and only flown twice (to and from somewhere) since Reagan fired the air controllers around 1981. It was awful. I was flying up to Santa Rosa around XMAS time, my flight from LAX appeared to only have about 4 people waiting to board. After about a half hour we got told the plane was "delayed", after about an hour more of waiting we got told the flight was "cancelled" (I think they didn't want to send a mostly empty plane out, fuel costs and all that - so I imagine they also stiffed everyone up in Santa Rosa waiting to take that plane back to LA later). Options, wait for the next flight (but it was booked and we had no standing there, our reservation wouldn't count there) or they could put us on another airline which had a flight going to San Francisco, from where they would arrange to have us Greyhound bus'd to Santa Rosa. OH...by the way, THAT flight was LEAVING in 10 MINUTES at the OTHER end of the Terminal, so don't take too long to decide. So, I gave it a full 15 seconds of thought and said "OK" and starting running. I said, "Will you please call my friend in Northern California who is supposed to pick me up at the Santa Rosa Airport? Here's his phone number." "Oh, SURE". Which they DIDN'T do. I was so annoyed that I temporarily lost my fear of flying once I was on the plane. At that point I really didn't care if it crashed and I died, at least I wouldn't have to deal with the Airlines anymore. So that was it for me. I swear, NEVER, never, ever again.
Melhi - March 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Great job, Tim! Last time I flew, I had to take a little prop the last leg of the trip and it had some problems... besides it being a much rougher ride than usual, the cabin wouldn't pressurize properly and there was visible, very cold water vapor pouring in through the air vents to the extent I couldn't see across the tiny aisle for the fog. I was in the emergency room, not long after arriiving home. Two burst eardrums and middle ear infections, pnemonia, dehydration and complications from dehydration. It took months for me to recover, fully. For some reason, flying just hasn't seemed convenient enough to bother again, since.
Tim Hall - March 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Ouch, Melhi! That was quite a bumpy one!

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