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Song Parodies -> "405 Freeway Is Stupid, No Lie"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Moby Grape

Parody Song Title:

"405 Freeway Is Stupid, No Lie"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

Well, dipping into the "oldies" bin here for a Moby Grape song. The original song happens to be a great song with wonderful dual-acoustic guitars playing off of one another and the vocal harmony parts doing the same. The "405" is the Freeway that goes from the Westside of Los Angeles out to the San Fernando Valley. Because of the hills there are not too many other ways to get from West L.A. to the Valley and it's generally a mess at rush hour. Going through the pass cars tend to stall when they are idling on a hot day, thus complicating the equation even more. Lanes have been narrowed so that more could be created so there is only a foot or two between the fast lane and a concrete retaining wall. Best not to have a flat tire or whatever when driving there. In many places the lanes are barely big enough to accomodate an SUV, much less the many huge tractor-trailors that must take this route. The audio link covers about 1/2 the entire song - it's really worth a listen. audio link:
405, not goin' nowhere soon
why'd I get on this Freeway?
It's useless to drive

It just is no good
Freeway is impossible
If I were smart I would live
much closer to work

Why do I drive?
Is all my common sense gone?
It's so pointless to drive
Very pointless to drive
I'm stuck here high and dry

(Instrumental break)

I'll lose my mind
This is so asinine and wrong
It's so stupid to drive
I'm so stupid to drive
I am ready to cry

Now, I am stuck at the wheel
I can't believe this is real
Soon I will be insane
I'm stuck on my rear
and I'm in pain, I can't fart

405, this mess is stupid
No lie

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 9

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Rick D - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I drove that highway to hell for many years. Don't want to ever see it again.
Paul Robinson - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick - Going to the Valley (and coming back) on the 405 almost any time is truly an ordeal for me - the traffic is lighter late at night but the narrow lanes and folks going 85 in their SUVS, Humvees or whatever on your ass thru the that narrow laned pass that time of night sometimes scare/annoy the hell out of me. If I try to go to my Dad's for dinner on a week-night and leave my place at 5:00 pm I usually don't get to his North Hollywood home (19 miles) until 6:00 or 6:15 now. So I usually just go on Sunday's now.
alvin rhodes - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
bless you, paul, for doin' a moby grape song....and yes, i agree the 405 definitely sucks
Paul Robinson - May 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin. I KNEW you would know "8:05". Beautiful song.
Meriadoc - May 12, 2004 - Report this comment
As one who refuses to drive LA freeways, the 405 is the only one I will ever venture onto. I figure you can't get seriously injured in an accident when only going .05 MPH... :-)
nally - May 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Paul - I don't know the original song, but I know all about the 405 freeway, since I have been a Southern California resident all my life. I've been on it thousands of times, so I know exactly what it's like. Anyway, like I said, I don't know the original, so I'm not gonna vote.
Paul Robinson - May 13, 2004 - Report this comment
Mer & Nally - Thanks for checking it out.
Axl - July 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Whoever came up with this one should be shot.
Paul Robinson - July 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Axl - I don't understand what your problem is with this one but I guess you can't please everyone. Is it Moby Grape you don't like or just the piece? FYI - You're entitled to vote as you wish but there's really nothing wrong with the pace here, regardless of what you think of the humor or the concept. Further FYI - To answer your somewhat rhetorical remark, I, of course, came up with this one - that's why my NAME is listed next to the parody title. I trust you will refrain from actually shooting me should we ever run across one another. Thanks...

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