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Song Parodies -> "Washed Away"

Original Song Title:

"Yesterday"

Original Performer:

Paul McCartney

Parody Song Title:

"Washed Away"

Parody Written by:

Purrl

The Lyrics

I didn't spend alot of time on this, but it's a true story. Just felt like sharing...
Yesterday
Used a plastic cup
For an ashtray
Now the water has all dripped away
Now I need a new ashtray

Suddenly
Dirty water dripped all over me
Then I thought I may have leaked some pee
How I need a real ashtray

Then I had to go
Cup of joe
You wouldn't stay
I whipped out my dong
Was I wrong to sit and play...yay...yay...yay
Please send comments and /or requests to Purr_L@Hotmail.com. Enjoy the Show! (Remember, all my stuff is Copyrighted...Circle R)

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Agrimorfee - September 27, 2007 - Report this comment
Missed the last verse. I don't get it.
Tommy Turtle - September 27, 2007 - Report this comment
Not sure how this got in. Submission Guidelines: 'No partial parodies. No parodies which state things like 'I haven't bothered to complete this'. If you didn't bother to do the whole song, I won't bother to accept it.'

Also, OS is not by McCartney, it's by the Beatles.
'I didn't spend alot of time on this,'... yes. Some of us spend a lot of time polishing our work before submitting. Hope you will in the future. Regards, TT
Purrl - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
Hey, Tommy Turtle! Thanks for the comment. Actually, most of my stuff is polished and complete (sometimes to a fault). I wrote "Washed Away" literally as it happened in all of about two minutes and submitted it almost as a "chat message", only in parody language (just to convey to you the level of my dedication to this art and also to how my mind works...). But if the rules state "No Partials", then I will abide by them. Also, a little history for you: "Yesterday" was one of the few "Beatles" songs that Paul McCartney performed with "The Wings" and at other solo events of his. Usually, you have to own the rights to the song to be able to do this. In my mind, that makes him the original performer. BTW, are you the webmaster or a site admin here? Purrl
Red Ant - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
Half a parody means half a vote from me. 333. TT is not admin/webmaster here. ChuckyG is the admin: I am an editor here. Next time you might want to do the whole song. BTW, copyright is "circle C" not "circle R" (that's for registered trademarks).
Miss SC - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
The Wings is who they listen to in the Iraq.
Tommy Turlte - September 29, 2007 - Report this comment
A little history for you: "Yesterday" is a pop song originally recorded by The Beatles for their album Help! (1965)." (Wikipedia). So, where the headline says, "Original Performer", that's The Beatles.

You don't have to own the rights to a song to cover it or perform it; you have only to pay the required royalties. As Wikipedia goes on to say: "According to the Guinness Book of Records, "Yesterday" has the most cover versions of any song ever written..." So McCartney and Wings are one of about 3000 covers. ...
Sometimes, people here do list a later performer if their cover was much more popular or better know n than the original (many examples). But The Beatles' original "Yesterday" is unquestionably the best-selling and most-played version.

I cited the Submission Guidelines to try to help you meet them so your stuff would get posted. Most of those who have been here for a while regard this not as a chat or blog, but as a place to publish finished works Looking forward to yours. Cheers, TT.
TT - September 29, 2007 - Report this comment
Miss SC, RFLMAO!
Purrl - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Hey TT, "Wikipedia's articles have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world and the vast majority of them can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet. Due to Wikipedia's open nature, critics have questioned its reliability and accuracy. The site has been criticized for its susceptibility to vandalism and the addition of false or unverified information, uneven quality, systemic bias and inconsistencies, and for favoring consensus over credentials in its editorial process. Wikipedia's content policies and sub-projects set up by contributors seek to address these concerns. Two scholarly studies have concluded that vandalism is generally short-lived and that Wikipedia is generally as accurate as other encyclopedias". (Wikipedia) I'd like to see the credentials of those who conducted those "scholarly studies". Judging from the size and content of these comments, if not a chat or a blog, then the site something other than just posting material. By the way, Paul McCartney was WITH the BEATLES when HE ORIGINALLY PERFORMED (sang) "Yesterday". Without PC, the song would never have been "Performed". The fact that he also performed an "UNPLUGGED" version of the song means that he didn't need the Beatles to perform it from the get go and therefore, HE is the ORIGINAL PERFORMER. I open the floor to all experts in semantics. Cheers back at ya, dude!
TT - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Hey Purrl, not to get into a semantics contest... I'm aware that Wki isn't the last word. It's just a very convenient link, and much of what's there has citations that are authoritative and verifiable. I don't think anyone vandalized it when they said that OS was performed and recorded first by The Beatles :-)

There is a pretty clear distinction (I think) between those songs done by the group known as 'The Beatles' and those done after their split, i.e. by George Harrison, by PmC /Wings etc. But that might be an interesting question for you to bring up for discussion on the messageboards. If you're not already a member, go to http://www.inthe00s.com/ and sign up! (I don't get there too often myself due to time constraints.)

Yes, the comments here often get very involved. What I meant in the above post was that the *song parodies* that people post usually represent their finished, polished versions rather than just a few lines tossed off as you might send to someone in an IM, or post on a blog for others to add to, etc. The site owner has kindly provided us with a 'Song Fragments' section to post that type of short, partial lyric, here: http://www.amiright.com/genericForm.php?submitAction=parodyFragment We try to respect his wishes and put only completed works in the 'Parody' section... btw, that will also get you higher votes. you obviously are a creative and talented writer. Readers here are always looking for funny, well-developed parodies, and we'll be looking for yours. Have a great day!
Statistics, Semantics, Pedantics (Red Ant) - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Number of "Yesterday" parodies listed by the Beatles = 159

Number of "Yesterday" parodies listed under Paul McCartney = 2

That said, Paul McCartney originally performed this without the other Beatles though it appears on The Beatles' 1965 "Help!" album.

Pedant time: Paul McCartney cannot be considered the sole performer in the final version of the song: there is the little matter of the string quartet. Also, he was not a solo artist in 1965.

Rick Duncan and Spaff.com are the resident Beatles' gurus, and I know they both have parodies of this song listed under the Beatles.

Conclusion: IMHO, Listing "Yesterday" as performed by Paul McCartney is no more or less correct than listing it under "The Beatles". Thank you, drive through. =)

Apologies for coming off a bit abrupt earlier, Purrl. Welcome to the site.
TT - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
The Caped Ant to the rescue! The one person who I was hoping would see this...

Only comment on the conclusion: Many, many OS were recorded by others before the version that made the OS famous. There is wiggle room on something like, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Written in 1939, recorded many times, including Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, etc... TT used "The Tokens", believing that's the combo of earliest/widest known, but wouldn't argue with many other artist credits. But now take, "Hello, Mary Lou", written by Gene Pitney. GP recorded it as well, but it went nowhere. Ricky Nelson made it famous, so Rick is credited artist, no?

Interesting tidbit about Yesterday. Did McC *record* TOS, or only "perform" it (live)?... Either way, Purrl is correct in that regard, but IMHO, most popular practice here is to use a (the first?) very-widely-played recording. There was only one other Yday credit to PmC besides Purrl's, and it was by an unknown author without a page here (not that that's the controlling factor).TT would still prefer OS credit to the Fab Four.... Interesting discussion -- the things one can learn here!
Solo Turtle - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Red Ant, in Purrl's defense, regarding the string quartet: Can't a singer be the soloist (singer) even if backed by the entire New York Philharmonic? Thank you; (semicolon or period to indicate a phrase that is equal to a full sentence) drive through =)
Red Ant - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I KNEW making my last comment was going to open up a whole keg of worms! ; )

As for multiple performers of the same song, the submission field for original performer asks " Who did the version you're parodying", so, in that regard, it's mostly irrelevant who did the original, as long as you are making a parody of the version you site.

Paul McCartney did not physically record "Yesterday" - I'm sure his manager or soundman was in charge of that - it's also irrelevant. Whether or not PM performed this live is also irrelevant (am I becoming Borg?.. =)): this parody (I assume) is not based on a live recording, rather the original album version released on "Help!". Yes, PM performed it, which leads me to your second comment question: yes, a singer can be a soloist, even if backed by the NYP (not the NYPD, unless one is making a Miranda rap...). I intentionally mentioned the fact Paul was not a solo artist back then to avoid this question. Would I make, say, a Madonna parody and credit it as "Madonna and various session musicians" instead just "Madonna"? The answer, of course, is no. Did I credit Madonna for my parody of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" when Julie Covington originally performed the song? Yes, because I was working from Madonna's version.

I suppose (aside from an academic and debating standpoint) that whether or not to credit the string quartet, if listing PM as the performer of the original song, boils down to how important the strings were in the original. That is a purely subjective value depending on how each person perceives the song, and it's impossible to assign any right or wrong to the decision made.

If we really want to open the rest of the kegs of worms, one could say that listing a song as "traditional" is incorrect, too: all songs had an original performer(s) at some point, and the fact that we cannot find them in a twenty second Google search is no excuse for ignorance. =)
Red Ant - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Just to further muddy the waters: Purrl wrote " By the way, Paul McCartney was WITH the BEATLES when HE ORIGINALLY PERFORMED (sang) "Yesterday". This was much to the other Beatles' dismay at the time. Had PM not gotten this song onto the "Help!" album, chances are he would have released it in the 70s, thus resulting in a decade complaint as well as another performer debate: "Wings" or "Paul McCartney and Wings"?

I never thought I'd quote Avril Lavigne (or her team of songwriters?) in my defense, but "Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?" : D
Ped AnTT - October 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Red Ant: "as long as you are making a parody of the version you site."... You meant "cite", right? :) See the last verse of the homophone-spoofing (skip the homo jokes) http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/genepitney12.shtml The semi-colon vs. comma in "Thank you, drive through" was covered in the parody that YOU requested, "Punctuate" http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/thebeatles1719.shtml Nice to see how much good it did =) kiss kiss Purrl, see how much fun we have here? You're gonna love it!

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