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Song Parodies -> "Breaking Up the Caribou"

Original Song Title:

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Neil Sedaka

Parody Song Title:

"Breaking Up the Caribou"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

For the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, which Our Fearless Appointed Wartime Leader With a Purpose wants to ruin forever for the native caribou -- also called "reindeer" -- and drill for ten years to get six months' worth of oil. In other words, if "successful," the oil will come and go in the sixth year after he is scheduled to leave the Presidency. Which is just one reason why we must not allow him to succeed at this. And, yes, this is based on Sedaka's 1962 original, a Number 1 hit for rock's biggest nerd between the death of Buddy Holly and the arrival of Elvis Costello.
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
Comma-comma
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
Comma-comma
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
Breaking up the caribou!

Don't take that land away from me!
Even though it's minus forty-three!
You want oil, what to do?
You're breaking up the caribou!

Remember when an oil light
kept illuminating every night?
Fossil fuel here, you knew?
You're breaking up the caribou!

You say you're breaking up the caribou?
Now I know, I know that it's true!
Fairbanks to Juneau my friend
instead of all this wildlife
you're giving Alaska some piled strife!

I beg of you, don't let them die!
Can't you give solar a good, fair try?
Come on, energy to renew!
No breaking up the caribou!

You say you're breaking up the caribou?
Now I know, I know that it's true!
Fairbanks to Juneau my friend
instead of all this wildlife
you're giving Alaska some piled strife!

I beg of you, don't let them die!
Can't you give solar a good, fair try?
Come on, energy to renew!
No breaking up the caribou!
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
Comma-comma
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
Comma-comma
Down doo-be-doo-down-down
(repeat 'til fade)

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Steve K. - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Good parody, even though my views on this differ (although I would agree that 6 months of oil is not worth it). The Alaska pipeline was greeted by the same concerns about caribou. After it was built, their local population increased by a factor of five. That's plenty of reindeer for Santa. BTW, I always liked the early version of the original better than the sappy version N.S. did in the mid 70's.
John Barry - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
As I noted in one of my parodies, my sister-in-law's business was destroyed by the Exxon Valdez disaster. Hands off ANWR. Instead, drill Bush's head in an attempt to insert gray matter.
2Eagle - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Where solar energy is concerned I agree with you.
Meriadoc - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Weeeeeelllll.....as long as we don't waste them all ..they do make good steaks, don't they?
Stuart McArthur - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
you have a penchant for issue parodies Michael - keep it up, mate - 555
John Jenkins - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Michael, your parody overstates the environmental threat and understates the potential benefit of ANWR. A study prepared by the Clinton administration claims that safe production on just 2,000 acres (or 0.01%) of ANWR will yield more than 1 million barrels of oil a day for more than 30 years. And, as Steve K points out, caribou herds are thriving near the Alaska pipeline and other developmental work done in Alaska. But, this is still a very, very good parody with clever rhyming and a great title. And, yes, it would be nice if there were some development of alternative energy sources (by private enterprise).
Johnny D - December 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I've herd TOS before...
Michael Pacholek - December 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Oh, sure, NOW Jenkins believes something Bill Clinton says...

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