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Song Parodies -> "Black In The U.S. of A."

Original Song Title:

"Back In The U.S.S.R."

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Black In The U.S. of A."

Parody Written by:

Bob Gomez

The Lyrics

Stolen from my native land of Africa
Sold and beaten, stripped, enslaved
Stacked down in the hold and wracked with nausea
Sounds a bit like Abu Ghraib!

I'm black in the U.S. of A.
My voice it don't hold any sway, boys
Black in the U.S. of A.

Laboring 200 years in cotton fields
Starving like a dog all night
Forced to eat the master's tossed potato peels
Damn, this system just ain't right!

I'm black in the U.S. of A.
I'm prayin' for mo' better days, Lord
Black in the U.S.
Black in the U.S.
Black in the U.S. of A.

Well ol' Abe Lincoln, he helped me out
He freed us south o' the line
When I came north on the Underground
I ended up in Boston as an underpaid shoeshine-shine-shine

(Guitar solo)

I'm black in the U.S. of A.
My patience is starting to fray, Lord
Black in the U.S. of A.

Well, blacks got power, we won the vote
We kicked racist behind
But in 2000 we all took note
Now Florida's always on our mi-mi-
Mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-minds!

Yo, show me how conservatism gave us clout
Helped us out of poverty
Was that Georgie W. singin' "Twist And Shout"
At the NAACP?

I'm black in the U.S. of A.
I'll see you on Election Day, boys
Black in the U.S. of A.!

Oh, lemme tell you honey
Hey I'm Black!

Woo-oo-ooo!
ęBob Gomez 2004

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 16

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Kristof Robertson - November 02, 2004 - Report this comment
I can't believe I'm the first to comment on this, and that it hasn't got more votes! Barbed but witty; a classy effort...555
Johnny D - November 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Yep, heavy-duty & well done. 5's
Bob Gomez, a colorful person - November 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, guys. I myself am Hispanic, which means my cultural and linguistic roots reach back to medieval Spain, where the Muslim culture flourished for 700 years, which makes me about as black as Michael Jackson....d;:^)
Stuart McArthur - November 02, 2004 - Report this comment
excellent, tight work, and a great idea, Bob - 555 - (snow is about as black as Michael Jackson)
Spaff.com - November 14, 2004 - Report this comment
555 from a total whitey.
thayer - December 26, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm definitely sensing some pent up agression here, but I'll let that defuse on its own. I don't get how a slave 200 years ago is comparing his lot to Abu Ghraib, and the rhyme scheme was ABCB instead of ABAB in the original. Overall, it was quite excellent, so I'm not sure why I gave you 554, but I did, so hey!
Bob Gomez - January 13, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks for the comment, Thayer--My rhyme scheme was closer to ABAB than ABCB. Remember that the Beatles used "south" to rhyme with "out", so I feel that I imitated their rhyme sense well enough. The narrator is speaking for his or her race and comparing the treatment of black slaves to the current treatment of unidentified prisoners of an undeclared war. I think the comparison is rather apt.

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