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Song Parodies -> "Hickey to Hide (AmIRight Idol)"

Original Song Title:

"Ticket to Ride"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Hickey to Hide (AmIRight Idol)"

Parody Written by:

Gianni Parmesiani

The Lyrics

I just did something real bad;
It was yesterday, yeah!
My girlfriend-she got me mad,
So I went astray
I've got a hickey to hide
It's right here on the left side
I'd guess it's a whole inch wide
What do I do?

Thought she was seeing some guy...
Maybe my best friend, yeah!
She just said someone had lied
Her love wouldn't end
I feel like I'm gonna die
I fell for someone's big lie
My girl's gonna ask me why
And I don't know

I don't believe she'll be really mad
She shouldn't hate me
Shouldn't berate me, right now
It was her best friend; that's not real bad
She didn't spank me
But she did thank me, and how

I'll just wear my turtleneck,
For at least a week, yeah!
I'm figuring what the heck,
So noone can peak, yeah!
Oh, I've got a hickey to hide
I believed what someone lied
I feel kinda bad inside
What can I do?

I don't know why she'd diss me at all
She said she loved me
Noone above me she said
But now she doesn't answer my calls
She's in a lather
Says she'd rather see me dead

She said that she would see me
In some public place, yeah!
And she had great big hickies
All over the place
She had some hickies to hide
More than a neck should abide
Seems she's the one who just lied
And that's not cool
I feel like a fool
Or a great big tool
My girl is just cruel
And that's just not cool
And that's just not cool
(repeat and fade out)

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 8

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   0
 2   0
 3   0
 4   3
 5   5

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Carmelita - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I might be a bit biased, as I have actually seen Gianni perform "live." This parody embodies all of what makes this so funny! I think Gianni pays particular attention to "story line" development, and in the end, makes for a great song! Way to go Gianni!!!
Meriadoc - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought the idea was very clever, but I think it could have been funnier. Pacing seemed a bit forced, but overall, not a bad effort. 4-4-4.
Ann Hammond - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
not a bad effort at all
Peregrin - July 29, 2008 - Report this comment
This one's a real bruiser!
Peter Andersson - July 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Pacing a bit forced but overall a good story, loved it from the title on - 455.
Agrimorfee - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
(Amiright Idol) I'm with the above non-judges. 455...not that it wasn't matching syllable for syllable, but in singing terms, it will be somewhat difficult to spit out some of those choruses. But it was still a lot of fun.
Below Average Dave - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
(Amiright Idol) I certainly see the pacing people are talking about, however, I think I could make it work. More importantly you chose a popular song which is a good selling point to the general public, and the topic was excellent. Love the title sub, love the fun, love the parody!
Red Ant - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Exactly what Aggy wrote. Normally when I give a 4 on pacing it means "not easily recordable as written, but only needs minor changes to work". In this case it's a high 4 - I think I'd have to practice singing this one more than usual to make it work, but it's singable, and funny.
Gianni - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks for all of your positive comments. Particular thanks to Carmelita, who is joining the fun. I'm just not sure about the pacing issue. I've sung the song to myself quite a few times and I think it fits well. Could you guys give me a "fer instance"? Thanks agvin to all commentators
Red Ant - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Line shape, my friend (Stu explains this so much better than I, but here goes...). First, to give an example you had:

OS Lyrics: I/THINK/I'm/GON-na/be/sad (111211)
Your lyrics: I/JUST/did/SOME-thing/real/bad (111211)

That is perfect line shape, i.e. all syllables are stressed as the original, all pauses are in the same place and the numerical notation is the syllable count per word, which is also the same as the original. It's simply impossible to screw up singing that line because your pacing is bulletproof there.

There's other spots where the line shape or emphasis on words doesn't flow this well, like "I/FEEL/KIND-a/bad/ in/SIDE" (1st, 2nd, 3rd 7th syllables naturally stressed), vs TOS's "SHE'S/GOT/a/TICK-et/to/RIDE" (1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th syllables stressed). What that means is that the word "kinda" has to be sung completely opposite of what seems intuitive to me, which is hard, or it is sung in its normal pronunciation, which means a slight meter change in that line for the singer to get the line to still scan.

This may seem like horrible nitpicking on my end, but IMO the number one thing that makes parodies hard to record (aside from egregious pacing errors) is words that have to be stressed completely backwards of convention. This seems especially true when such words are at the end of a line (you didn't have any such errors here though).
Gianni - August 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, Red Ant. I kinda figured that's what it was about, but I couldn't quite "hear" an example as I was singing in my head. In the example you gave, during performance, could you skip over the first syllable (I know that drops one from the line), add a slight pause, or somehow make it more "perfect"? I appreciate the feedback, as always.

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