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Song Parodies -> "Indent Your Paragraphs"

Original Song Title:

"Incense and Peppermints"

Original Performer:

Strawberry Alarm Clock

Parody Song Title:

"Indent Your Paragraphs"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

New text, you indent--first skip a line,
Makes readability more well defined.
Engagin' copy--what the editor's eyein'.
Indent your paragraphs--at least it looks fine.

Long paragraphs, don't use,
But if they're too short--narrative gets loose.

Indent your paragraphs; close compound nouns,
Such as "turnstile"; in English they abound.
Look on the shelf, look on the shelf,
Book on the shelf, book on the shelf:

Turn out simple block text, and don't get cute
With the formatting, or the editor will shoot
You a hard look and give your copy the boot--
That's nearly as bad as using "mute" for "moot."

He cares what words you choose
And he will label your gaffes "lex abuse."

You faxed it in and then gave him a line,
But you can see from his looks, he isn't buyin'
And he's discovered that you were plagiarizin'
Repent or you'll be sent to obits, cryin'.

He cares what words you choose
He's literal-minded and hits the booze.

Indent your paragraphs, indent your paragraphs.

LA, LA, LA, L.A., L.A., L.A.
One's a state; one's in CA. . . .

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Pacing: 4.5
How Funny: 4.7
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 12

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Paul Robinson - July 29, 2005 - Report this comment
Naayg, naayg, naayg...dat's awl u du...hoo kairz eff summwun kant tawk gude? Peepel shuud beabell 2 fingur shett owt unnlez dey ar 2 stooopit...Feivs Mistir Bearree.
alvin rhodes - July 29, 2005 - Report this comment
i wish you woulda been my english teacher...5s
John Barry - July 29, 2005 - Report this comment
This is based in part on an editor-boss and experiences I had in the early days of my former magazine career.
John Jenkins - July 29, 2005 - Report this comment
The parody is creatively original, especially the last two lines, but the title isn't. Ethan Mawyer did "Indent the Paragraphs", almost two years ago.
nally - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Just checking out this may be a little over a thousand days old now, but it's a very good read. Having written several papers lately, I can relate to this. 5-5-5.
littleCupCakes - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
For certain applications, "indentation" becomes necessary . . . .

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