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Song Parodies -> "The AmiRight Things"

Original Song Title:

"My Favorite Things"

Original Performer:

Julie Andrews

Parody Song Title:

"The AmiRight Things"

Parody Written by:

Claude Prez

The Lyrics

A plea for tolerance
Songs about herpes and songs about boobies
Wildman and Diva encouraging newbies
Songs about Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings
These are a few of the AmiRight things

Merry and Pippin and gender confusion
Mocking big egos who suffer delusion
Anal retention in song labelling
One of the funniest AmiRight things

When your score's low
Cause your songs blow
And you're feeling sad
Remember that stinkers are AmiRight things
Though prob'ly you'll still
Feel bad

Turning off strangers with songs site specific
Royce, Bob and Phil who I think are terrific
Blatant name-dropping and hiney-kissing
Such unacceptable AmiRight things

Taunting religion to rile the fundies
Songs about nancys and transies and undies
Songs you may simply refuse to enjoy
AmiRight things that are there to annoy

It's not splendid!
You're offended!
You must disagree!
Well, nobody likes every AmiRight thing
Don't try to take them
From me

Songs about breakfasts and songs about luncheons
A whole lot of songs about bodily functions
Peeing and puking and fornicating
Your body is one big ol' AmiRight thing

Trimming the Shrub with some Dubya bashing
Disabled comments and voter backlashing
Huffing and puffing and politicking
Always a popular AmiRight thing

Decade faux pas
Ribbing Oprah
Though I hear she's black
Cause when you are Doing The AmiRight Thing
There's no one you won't

Florio cookies and bags of DiRitos
Michael The Toe Lick shares everything he knows
These are the in-jokes that make Chucky cringe
Good balanced part of your AmiRight binge

Giving new artists a big yawning welcome
Songs about icky things (mostly by Malcolm)
They go together like "sleazy" and "ho"
These are some AmiRight things that I know

Low blows and typos and logical twisting
Songs that have no business even existing
My last dry spell lasted longer than Sting
What can I say? It's an AmiRight thing

When your dog's grilled
When your Mom's killed
By some psychopath
Turn tragedy into an AmiRight thing
Who knows? It might make
Us laugh

Shamelessly plugging cd's if you got some
(That's worldwidewebdotelvesgonewilddotcom)
What a great present for Santa to bring!
Spreading some cheer is an AmiRight thing

Songs that are wacky or tacky or pensive
Songs with some language you may find offensive
Give you a chance for some moralizing
There's room for every AmiRight thing

Avril's nifty
So is Britney
PSYCHE-- they both suck wood
But dissing is one of the AmiRight things
And I think it's all
soooo goooood.....
Apologies to Spaff, whose version of this I know way better than the original. GET IT NOW!! ON ELVES GONE WILD!! At!!! No, he's not paying me to do this!! I'm just a big ass-kisser!!

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Voting Results

Pacing: 3.7
How Funny: 3.7
Overall Rating: 3.7

Total Votes: 3

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 1   1
 2   0
 3   0
 4   0
 5   2

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Guy - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
I smell a big hit here. Nice work Claude. You have said it all about the amiright experience. Expect to see this shoot to the top of the charts.
Melhi - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Applauding, laughing, nodding in agreement and doing another amiright thing... leaving 5s for Claude. :)
Johnny D - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Heh heh heh 5's
John Jenkins - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Each verse was good - "Though prob'ly you'll still/Feel bad" was particularly humorous.
TVOD - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Great one! I loved it!
Leah Lockhart - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Thoroughly enjoyed every word of it. I think every new writer should be required to read this first. 5's
Know 1 can hear you dream - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
What can I say? Not another thing! 5s! :-)
Diva - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Bravo, Claude! Wild Man and I promote this site, and it's writers, simply because we love It. I would hope we all feel a part of the creative community here.
BTW: We met Malcolm and his wife in person Yesterday. They are a great couple, and quite normal, may I add. We had a lovley visit.=)
Adagio - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Claude, I really enjoyed this!! Also that line "Though prob'ly you'll still/Feel bad" hits it. Says to me...put the stuff out there, see if it flys. Oh, btw...5's :D
royce miller - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Claude, well on my way to parody burn-out, I couldn't help but read this one of yours, and I was glad I did-good luck to you
Billy Florio - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
I got to remember to buy Elves gone wild
AussieBullDog - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Must... get... elves... must... vote... 5's...
... - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
I liked it too!!
Michael Pacholek - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
This was so funny I'm actually tearing up! No joke! Well, actually, there were lots of jokes, hence, "This was so funny!" Best parody of the month! Maybe the whole fall!
Jeff Reuben - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Excellent job Claude!
Rick D - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Claude, as usual, you write very well. But I'm going to gripe again about the "In Crowd" parodies. I didn't even discover the voting chart for the first month and a half I was here. But if I had, I might have said "Gee, I guess you got to write about people on the site and name-drop to get them to vote for you." It's a little like the Howard Stern show. If you send a parody to him,(and I have) it had better be about Gary's teeth or Robin's boobs, etc. If it's not, the people on the show don't play it much. I know I'm in the tiny minority here with this opinion, but I almost feel like the Amiright tributes belong in a separate catagory. The comments section to me is where all the chest-thumping and back scratching should go. It's a bit like going to the art museum and seeing very well done paintings of the guards and the employees. It just seems like there's a lot of talent here that doesn't need to brag about the talent here. If no one agrees with me, I'll shut up after this.
Claude Prez - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick: First of all, I totally agree with you about Howard Stern. The in-joke stuff was the main reason I stopped listening because it's just not funny if you're not in the club. I know the webmaster here agrees with you but puts up with it I guess because so many people seem to like it. If this was all anyone around here ever wrote I doubt I'd stick around but as you know, there's no shortage of non-site-specific parodies. Out of about a hundred songs I have here, this is maybe my fourth or fifth that's about this place (and most of them are not exactly "tributes"). Some people don't like songs about boogers or roadkill and that's fine with me. You don't like this kind of stuff and that's fine too; you shouldn't feel like you need to shut up about it. As far as the voting goes, I think the "steroid voting" is a far bigger "problem" than this stuff. Anyway, thanks everyone for the votes and comments and I gotta go sleep now so I'll do my commenting tomorrow.
Leah Lockhart - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick, I guess I'd have to say I agree with you but at the same time I still enjoy reading these... I started writing a song with a bunch of names in it then I suddenly had this deja vu of being the new kid in grade school and doing whatever I could to make sure the "cool" kids would play with me. So I scrapped it. Not saying that's what you're doing Claude, you're already one of the "cool kids!" ;-)
Rick D - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks for the understanding, Claude, and I wasn't blaming you. I was just thinking of writing a "name dropping" piece just to see what would happen, and your piece came up today. I won't write it, especially now, because it seems like soliciting to me. I know the first time I saw someone mention my name with a compliment in a parody, I jumped right on the five key. Then it bothered me. You make a good point about the freedom here is important, and if I don't like something, don't read it. (I love roadkill humor, one of my best songs.) I'm guessing that what you meant by "steroid voting" is that some people have a network of friends or employees that beef up the numbers for that person. (Am I right?) Anyway, I guess it's like the Groucho joke. I refuse to join the club that's having me.
Rick D - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Leah. I was never a "cool" kid in school so I probably have an aversion to the appearance of "cliqueishness". (I think I just made that word up. ) No Espresso open mike this week, let you know next.
Leah Lockhart - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Yeah, my mom told me to just be myself, but that didn't help because I was a geek. I figured you weren't having a show this week, I'll be out of town anyway. But I'll try for next Thursday if you're on!
Gary Main - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick your so right. i came in here bashing everyone and got tons of votes. i reconsidered, and rewrote them less offensive and a lot funnier. I replaced the old ones and guess what. total stagnation. I think A few of my songs are damn good, Michael the Wood Nosed Strange Queer is awesome Everywhere else i show it people roar and grab their sides. not here. Kick me Out of the Ballpark is awesome as well, dying here in the buddy system. Michael Made the News Again is almost an exact syllable replacement, and funny as hell, 4 votes. I Wreck the songs Ended pretty offensively, I removed a version with 13 votes, the new one is alot better 4. So I know that my next release, Pissing On ALL Your Heads is going platinum.
David Chrenko - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick, I'd be inclined to agree with you if all this site was about was voting. You told me yourself to just have fun. You didn't seem to mind when I put you and Mari in my "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" parody. . . and Merry & Pippin . . . Duffy . . . Billy Florio . . . did I leave anybody out? I certainly wasn't trying to manipulate people into voting 555's on my songs . . . did I mention that Guy DiRito is in there, too?
Rick D - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
You're absolutely right. It's not about voting. But of course you left people out. That's the problem. It gets exclusionary. After you read or write several and watch everybody you mention jump on the voting, (like I did) it seems other good stuff gets pushed aside. Like I said, if I get a lot of disagreement, I'll shut up.
Diva - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Point well taken Claude, Rick & Leah.
Is there a commentary website on earth without it's politics? I agree with much of what has been said in this thread. However, I must point out politics and /or any friendships, have never prevented me from reading or voting on a good parody.
Some topics worth discussing are the need for some of the younger writers, to have their own day set aside to post; so they can be judged by their own peers. Perhaps to have a day set aside for newbies to post, until they feel confident enough to mix in with the regulars. Any thoughts?
Adagio - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Diva...good thought, since at first, sometimes even later, the site is intimidating. Thoughts that may or may not fly...a few experienced old-timers to lend a few days to give newbies feedback, a set column for newbies outlining proper behaviour to get along with others here, and I did like your idea about young writers to have their own day to post, so that they can be judged by their peers who would know if they're being bad or just fitting in.
Meriadoc - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Claude I love how you did your third line in each main verse with an 'ing' word that had to be accented differently and drawn out in order to fit. That was very clever and added to the humor!
Claude Prez - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Rick--Whatever you do, don't "shut up". As I said to someone on the messageboard last week: If you don't voice your disagreement, how do I know to tell you you're wrong? Seriously, I know where you're coming from and I remember when I first got here how silly and delusional some of those songs looked. But it's different when you're COOL like me; now they make perfect sense. No, really the thing is to me it's just another topic to write about--some people write about a favorite sports team or TV show; why not write about your fave website? Some of them really suck but some are really well written--just like "normal" parodies. There are some political ones that get more attention than they deserve just because they express a certain viewpoint a lot of people agree with. Bottom line, I hope people still write 'em, I hope Chuck still accepts 'em, and I hope you still complain about 'em. That way I can write a Steely Dan parody, "Ricky Just Likes To Grumble" (Don't worry; I think it would be rejected as an 'attack parody'). Oh, and Diva, I've always thought the younger writers deserved a forum of their own where they could submit without competing against all these really old people, but, uh, I think that's what this place was before we all got here. Anyway, I think this would be an excellent topic for someone to start on the messageboard. Thanks again everyone. PS--Yeah Merry, I *ahem* meant to do that.
Diva - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks for your feedback Claude, and Pat.
a fairly new person to site. - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
point well taken. - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
My unscientific estimate is that 2-3% of the parodies on this site are about the site and its contributors. "You write about what you know" - and every community indulges in a measure of navel-gazing. To me, that's neither surprising nor bad; it's just part of being a community. And outsiders will become insiders if they choose to. We were all new to the site at one point.

Personally, I'm glad that people come here for their creative outlet (no matter what topic they choose to riff on) rather than, say, spray-painting my car.

Kudos to Claude for his ability to make any topic enjoyable and every parody memorable.

Finally, there are lots of great posts in this thread, but I have to say that Billy's and AussieBullDog's are particularly insightful.
Rice Cube - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
I thought it was nice :-) The charttoppers do seem to be tribute-ish parodies a disproportionate amount of the time though.
Robert J. Pagliaro - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Since I can't keep my mouth shut . . . everyone's correct and Spaff summed it up nicely - "you write what you know" and use the site for creative purposes. As for myself, and I'm sure many others here, I use the site (parodies) as an outlet for trying many different things. That's why I find the comments so important - critical comments, especially when backed up, is great feedback. Rick, while I agree with you about site specific parodies - I'll read other genres first - I'd hate to see a categorization because of the possibility of generating more votes. Let's face it, some tributes are terrible. But I think Claude is an extremely talented writer, probably doesn't put a lot of emphasis on votes and didn't write this one for a vote getter. Sometimes you get a line or verse in your head and you've got to write it - and it's nice to have a place to express those ideas. Oh, by the way, nice job Claude.
Leah Lockhart - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
So... where do we sign up for freshman orientation? ;-)
Robert J. Pagliaro - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
I'm sorry Leah, I didn't mean to come off as lecturing. I guess that I get overly excited - I want to ensure that creativity is encouraged. Afterall, who the hell am I to lecture on parody writing?
Rick D - November 28, 2003 - Report this comment
I love Claude's work, but I think my point has been made. Lookie what's number one this week. Steroids or not.
LucidLupin LeeBee - November 30, 2003 - Report this comment
Love it all
Phil Alexander - December 01, 2003 - Report this comment
Nice one, Claude. Nowt to add to what's already been said - but by and large I've stopped looking at the name-droppers: they may get many votes, but are rarely funny - of course, this one's an exception, with that lovely Prezian twist :-)
Bob Gomez - December 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Claude, congratulations on a superbly crafted parody. "Turning off strangers with songs site specific" is your most courageous line, because you make fun of yourself (and people like me who do AmiRight anthems from time to time) in the next three lines. I like to think of this as a virtual house party--everyone is free to roam around checking out whatever's happening. If you don't like it, you can say that, or vote on it, or not. There is so much here to choose from in terms of topic, genre, time period, etc., that no one should feel boxed in or excluded. Name dropping and tribute songs can be actually positive in that they may get some recognition to those who deserve it. Anyway, I look forward to your parodies; it's always an education. d;:^)
y - December 02, 2003 - Report this comment
you can't hear anything when you don't even hear somebody talk can you smell a skunk if you didn't have a nose i need to go to the potty.......... guessing is as stupid as estimating using guestimation i'm thirsty................ this song wasn't any good would you like a lemon
Claude Prez - December 02, 2003 - Report this comment
That reminds me--I completely forgot the "Laughing at weirdos who want some attention" verse. Ah, well maybe next time. Thanks to everyone who's commented in the last couple days; Bob I was glad you popped in because this seemed liked your kind of song and Robert you too because you seem to have the same live and let live attitude; don't mean to leave anyone out so anyway thanks again.
Joelle - January 11, 2004 - Report this comment
mac - February 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Very enlightening, this should be required reading for us newbies.
Stray Pooch - February 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Claude: Nice job - quite entertaining and well crafted. Rick: I agree with you in principle. I think that site-specific parodies are going to appeal only to a limited audience. But, as I have said on this topic somewhere else on this site, you write about what's going on around you. I succumbed to a narrowly focused site-and-poster specific parody aimed at AussieBullDog. It got one vote. ABD was good enough to leave a comment, but nobody else got it (or should have). I have no problem with that, but it was a WOB for everyone else. This one was hilarious and everyone who posts here (or reads here) regularly would get it. It's worth a read and a vote. But I do recognize your point and respect it. And for heaven's sake, Rick, a man of your talent and stature here should never consider "Shutting Up." Your opinion is going to have a ton of credibility - even if not everyone agrees with it. 'nuff said.

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