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Song Parodies -> "McDonald's Lot"

Original Song Title:

"MacArthur Park"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Richard Harris

Parody Song Title:

"McDonald's Lot"

Parody Written by:

David Chrenko

The Lyrics

Before you can really appreciate this parody, listen to the original song, "MacArthur Park", which vyed for the #1 position on the charts with The Beatles' "Hey Jude" in the summer of '68. I was never really sure what "someone left a cake out in the rain" meant. But then, I wasn't sure what Billy Joe MacAllister threw off the Tallahatchee Bridge.
Progress never waited for us, girl.
Bulldozers plowed ahead,
As we followed in their wake.
We watched the golden arches' grand collapse,
A pile of rusted iron.
Bowed our heads for Ronald's sake.

McDonald's lot is empty and so dark,
All the bright, red ketchup on the ground.
Someone left a Big Mac on a tray.
I don't think that I should try it.
It's been so long since they fried it.
And I'll never taste their greasy fries again.
Oh, no!

I recall the yellow, rotten mess,
Foaming cold McShakes,
Dripping on the old McFloor.
The smell of burnt McNuggets,
On the grill,
As an old man drools McMustard,
While he snores.

McDonald's lot is empty and so dark,
Gone are all the screaming kiddie sounds.
Someone left a Big Mac on a tray.
City Hall heard me defend it.
It's been weeks since they condemned it.
Now I'll never taste their greasy fries again.
Oh, no!

There must be a burger joint for me,
Somewhere I'll find it.
Could it be a Burger King for me?
Perhaps I'll try it.
I'd love to drink the Coke straight from the spout,
Eat fried McEverything, until my guts spew out.
Do I miss the McBuns in my life?
Who gave me McRuns all my life?
Mickey D's the one.

Will I put Big Mac buns in my hands?
Are they behind me?
Other golden arches dot this land,
And I shall find thee.
I will eat the foods of McDesire,
Where the McNeon shines emblazoned in the sky.

And after all the diners, greasy spoons,
Somehere at a drive-in I pass through,
I will think of you . . .
And dry my McEyes,

McDonald's lot is empty and so dark,
From my bright red Mustang, I look 'round.
Someone left a Big Mac on a tray.
There's no one to take my order.
No bus boys from 'cross the border.
And no one will ask, "Do you want fries with that?"
Oh, no! . . . Oh, no . . . No, no . . . Oh noooooooo!!

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Jan U - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
This is McGreat!
Michael Pacholek - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Ohhhh! You were soooo cloooose to mcnailing this one! I guess that long instrumental bridge makes this one hard to parody, but if anybody's done MP (the song, not me) any better than this, I'd love to see it.
Mari D - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Can this be true? Could a McDonald's actually have McBitten the McDust? It must have been Jack (what a scary dude!) at the controls. "MacArthur Park" has actually hit the top of several "worst song ever" charts, but for some unfathomable reason I like it. The line about the cake just refers to a cake; it has no double meaning whatsoever, since the songwriter was obvious stoned. The item thrown off the Talahatchee Bridge was a promo copy of "MacArthur Park" (since BJ predates MP by a year). BTW, Dave -- liked your parody!
Guy - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Can it be true? Is this really McDunin's? One can only hope. Nice parody David.
David Chrenko - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Thank you, everyone, and "yes", about a month ago the McDonald's in our neighborhood shut it's doors. It's reopening as a Mexican fast food place, so I really can't complain. . . okay, so what should they call the new place?
Rick D - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Mc Juanald's
Stray Pooch - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Screw Mickeys, replace 'em all with Sonic - lol! This parody is absolutely great! I hate to disagree with Mari, but what was thrown off of the bridge was the movie rights to the song. Sadly, they were retrieved. Great job!
Guy - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Actually he didn't throw anything off he simply threw up when he heard the promo for MacArthur Park.
Johnny D - December 28, 2003 - Report this comment
MOO !! HA HA!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! MOO!! MOO!! MOOOOOO !! HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! 5'S
Paul Robinson - December 30, 2003 - Report this comment
David, "Maldonado's"?? I dunno...If I think about that very much I'm pretty sure my head will start to hurt....OH, wait...Did you want fries with that? Or flour tortilla's? Just practicing...

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