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Song Parodies -> "There's Mayonnaise, My Friend"

Original Song Title:

"Those Were The Days, My Friend"

Original Performer:

Mary Hopkins

Parody Song Title:

"There's Mayonnaise, My Friend"

Parody Written by:

Jan Unwin

The Lyrics

Many years ago I had no money
Not much in the fri-idge way back when
Though I had no milk or macaroni
There's one thing on which you could depend

There's mayonnaise, my friend
The catsup stands on end
Tabasco lasts forever and a day
Top Ramen's really cheap
Canned Spam was such a treat
For I was young, was hard to make my way.
La la la la...
Those were slim days, oh yes those were slim days

Then the early years went rushing by me
Had two babies, husband with no job
Getting through the month was such a struggle
Paying Paul and from Peter we would rob

Those weren't good days my friend
The bills just had no end
We had no car and nothing went our way
We're eating food bank cheese
Monthly commodities
Husband no help, just griping all damn day
La la la la...
Those were bad days, oh yes those were bad days

Went back to school to graduate from college
Dumped the husband, sent him on his way
Got a job, became so independent
Can't believe I waited 'til this day

It's better days my friend
The marriage had to end
And now's my chance to make it my own way
I live the life I choose
No fights and no more blues
I'm working now and seems I'm on my way.
La la la la...
These are good days, oh yes these are good days

Few years back I did marry another
Both of us are working every day
I admit I'm older but I'm wiser
Pulling together seems to be the way

It's T-bone days my friend
The fridge is full again
We could just eat forever and a day
This is the life we choose
We're planning our next cruise
It's true that I am happier today.
La la la la...These are the days, oh yes these are the days!

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Diva - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Great Jan ! I can remember a few lean grocery weeks in our home! I was in college then , too!
Paul Wooten - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good, Jan, though it brings back memories of days I'd like to forget! 555
mac - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Good for you Jan Unwin! You struggled, now you'll win. And you'll get fives, I think from everyone.
Royce Miller - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Well Jan, I'm glad some of us are moving up in the world..very nice parody
Johnny D - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
We're all Fans Of Jan! 5's
Guy - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent worksmanship on this one. Well deserved 5s.
alvin rhodes - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
nice job...i've eaten my share of mayonnaise sandwiches...yuck
Adagio - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Great work, Jan! I remember mayonnaise sandwiches too, and my own invention....a cracker between two pieces of bread...that's all. 5's
Birgitta - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
GJ Jan. :-D I've had a "nothing sandwich" more than once...and this parody reads like the story of my life.(Including the 2 babies with no husband,etc. Eventually I remarried my X lol)
Meriadoc - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
A great story, Jan! :-)
David Chrenko - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent parody, Jan. I like stories that come full-circle. No generic-brand fives for this baby!
Jan Unwin - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks everybody. It is indeed a true story, except that I've never been on a cruise in my life. I just didn't know how to rhyme "planning another road trip to Alaska".
Peregrin - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Jan, I would love to have thought I could have done such a good job with that, it was great!
Cathy Almeida - February 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Enjoyed reading your life history in song Jan! I love Mayo too especially with fried eggs. Seems like there is more yolk.
Mari D - February 25, 2004 - Report this comment
If you were paying Paul and from Peter you would rob, then you must have been eating a lot of Peter Pan. Good work!

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