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Song Parodies -> "STUFF!"

Original Song Title:

"HELP!"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"STUFF!"

Parody Written by:

Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

I'm at that Elton John / Barbra Streisand stage of life where I just want to get rid of useless stuff - except in my case, it'll be me paying
STUFF!
I GOT a shitload
STUFF!
I'm about to EX-plode
STUFF!
you know I got me too much
STUFF!

When I was younger, so much younger than today-ay
I-never-had
the piles of stuff I seem to have today
But as the years pass by, I feel like I'm entombed
now-I-find,
I can't unwind
there's stuff in every room

Help yourself, please take away my stu-uff
coz I do appreci-ate I've got enou-ough
Maybe you'll find diamonds in the rou-ough
Won't you please - please - help - me

I wish my stuff away in oh so many way-ays
I wish my crates of stuff would vanish in the haze
But when the moment comes to ditch all I have kept
I-know-that-I
will change my mind
I'm "discard-stuff" inept

Help me - take my Rod Stewart LP-ees
and that gramophone that won't play my CD-ees
Please take those assignments from Grade Three-ee
Won't you please, please, help me

When I was younger, so much younger than today-ay
I-never-threw
stuff out coz I might use it one day
But now there's dust on dust on dust on dust on du-ust
I know I should - for my own good - evacuate, I must!

Help yourself - please take this stuff away-ay
I'm quite embarrassed - at what's on display-ay
Help rescue my life from disarray-ay
Won't you please, ease my dismay
Okay?
Okay-ay?
oooh

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Pacing: 5.0
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Jeff Reuben - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
You'd get a kick out of George Carlin (if you haven't already) =)
Stuart McArthur - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
yes Jeff - George Carlin AND Michael Leunig - thanks for the 5s ( I mean the 5!!) :-)
2nz - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Good rhyme scheme, Stu. George Carlin reference thirded.
John Barry - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
I can identifive.
karen - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
This is so me as well!
alvin rhodes - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
count me in with the packrats as well...i love this one...5s
Dude - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Ya, I feel your pain. You should see my house, though.
Arwen - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
I'll throw some fives down for a fellow packrat!
Stuart McArthur - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks 2nz, john, karen, alvin, dude and arwen - I don't know the expression "packrat" - what does that mean? - this was actually inspired by a Michael Leuning (Australia's brilliant cartoonist/poet) cartoon about "stuff"
Meriadoc - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Give it a few more years - the next stage is when you are on Ebay rebuying all the childhood stuff your parents pitched out.... ;-D
Stuart McArthur - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
worse, Merry - last month I was on Ebay rebuying my daughter's Polly Pocket house that I threw out - true story - but she was quite understanding in her centre-of-the-universe my-dad's-horrible! way
Leo Jay - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent!
Peregrin - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
That was great Stuart!
Kristof Robertson - December 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Brilliant, LOL parody, Stu. Shit, man..I forgot about Michael Leunig (I've got some of his collections back in OZ)...you've inspired me to track his stuff down...cheers mate...oh btw, 5555
Phil Alexander - December 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Caught this one thanks to Kristof's comment - as a fellow hoarder of stuff I can relate to this one... but maybe the reason's here: http://www.amiright.com/parody/80s/paulyoung1.shtml
Scathe - January 08, 2005 - Report this comment
(sotm) You can still use the old fashioned diving suit to organize your stuff. :-)
Rick D - January 09, 2005 - Report this comment
What happens to us all is that we're gone and the stuff remains.
Agrimorfee - January 10, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM)"Maybe you could sell some your stuff on Eee--bayyyyy?. (At least you found a place for THIS "Stuff"! )
Know 1 can hear you dream - January 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Take it from someone who has moved four times in two years, and actually managed to throw stuff away each time, it's amazing what you can live WITHOUT! :-)
Stuart McArthur - January 10, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks, K1 - I'm sure you're right, but I wouldn't know!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Get stuffed.
Spaff.com - January 16, 2005 - Report this comment
No one's answered your packrat question yet? It's a term to describe those of us who save needless STUFF. I still have my high school English papers in a box somewhere.

Well done, Stuartiste. Fave bits: "I'm 'discard-stuff inept," "dust on dust on dust on dust on du-ust," and "I might use it one day." And I like Aggro's suggestion; problem is, when I get on eBay to sell stuff, I find so much more stuff I have to have.
Arwen - January 16, 2005 - Report this comment
I, too, have my high school English papers...but I wouldn't call them needless. I KNOW one day I'm going to use them again...
Claude Prez - January 17, 2005 - Report this comment
I used to have stuff. Now I'm the only guy in a house with three females, so all my stuff had to go to make room for their stuff. Also, I share your deep loathing for Polly Pocket. I know you didn't actually say that, but I think I know *exactly* why you threw those zillion tiny pieces away. Anyway, great stuff.
Paul Robinson - January 24, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Stu, I'll trade you MY piles of useless, outdated, ridiculous crap for yours...I wonder who would be stuck with more shit? Uh...give me a few minutes, I know I've got some "fives" around here somewhere or other...hmmm...let me check under the dining room table...no, unless it's in the still-packed (I don't know with what) suitcases underneath it...uh...OH...here's a "Have a Nice Day, Asshole" business card someone gave me in 1976 at a card game in Van Nuys (I'm serious)...uh...OK...here's 9 drafts of a parody I decided wasn't worth finishing...uh...let me just click out a new set for you...OH, very fine job here.
Chris Bodily TM - January 25, 2005 - Report this comment
MacArthur's Par'dy's really off the hook! All I laughs I'd give if I weren't ill. Someone gave my fives out to the song! I can't believe I forgot a bit of how "Help" goes ("When I was younger," etc. ...), but you nailed the parody, if not justed used the original lyrics in an original way. Well, I guess I'll quit my yakkin', and quit my witty crackin' and finally give those fifty 5's to yooooouuuuu! Oh noooooooooo!
Stuart McArthur - January 25, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks spaff, arwen, claude, paul and chris! (I think!)
Peregrin - January 26, 2005 - Report this comment
Refer previous comment, still likin' it!
Johnny D - January 27, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Me got too much stuff too!
Packrat Arwen - January 27, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM--I have accumulated 8 pairs of shoes and 32 new celebrity gossip magazines since I last commented on this song. Wait...make that 9 pairs of shoes...=)
Stuart McArthur - January 27, 2005 - Report this comment
yes the Brad/Jen/Angelina circus has doubled the height of my "trashy magazine" pile too - some nice pics though - might come in handy one day...
Jeff Reuben - January 27, 2005 - Report this comment
This was great, but I'm sure the other one you were thinking of would have done better. You should suggest a contest or something =)
Stuart McArthur - January 27, 2005 - Report this comment
LOL, Jeff. Yes, this month's SOTM did inspire my suggestion, but as it's only my third SOTM, I thought 'I bet that happens all the time' - hence the d'OH Comp idea
John Jenkins - January 30, 2005 - Report this comment
I think that "discard stuff" ineptness is contagious, and I hope we all recover. Well done, Stuart.
2nz - January 30, 2005 - Report this comment
Good rhyme scheme, Stu. Still catchy the second time around. George Carlin reference fourth...-ded.
Tim Mayfield - January 31, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Great Stuff!! 5's!
Meriadoc - February 01, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above.
Kristof Robertson - February 01, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Still love it, Stu...still haven't found any Leunig stuff
Rod Worden - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Less is more. So why is so hard to let go of the crap? Brilliant and funny piece, Stuart, perfectly paced.
Rick C - September 27, 2005 - Report this comment
Nicely done, Stu. HIgh fives...:-)
Smeg And The Heads - December 12, 2007 - Report this comment
You must have been looking in my garage when you wrote it. Wonderful parody, perfect pacing, highly laugh-worthy - well done! Interestingly, my security code is JUK ... someone leave out the N?
littleCupCakes - December 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm descended from a long line of 'Austrian' pack rats! ~not Austrailian~ guys. This ~'Merican~ term is Not to be confused with the 'Rat Pack' of Frank Sinatra's gang in the early 60's.
Matthias - December 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Stuart.... I can tell that this was one of your earlier works simply because you rhymed "Today" with "Today" and "Day"... Which is something you are so beyond today, other than that I enjoyed it though especially the "But now there's dust on dust on dust on dust on du-ust" line.
bobpiecheese - December 14, 2007 - Report this comment
(Dec 2.0) I also LOL'd at the dust line. Quite good for an early work of yours, Stu.
Agrimorfee - December 17, 2007 - Report this comment
(Dec2) For this comp., too many keywords of the original in verse 2...otherwise still a good heap o' stuff. (security code BAD! but this was still good)
Kristof Robertson - January 02, 2008 - Report this comment
(DEC 2.6) Couldn't come with anything new for this round either, huh? ;-) I remember this well...and I STILL haven't found any ML stuff!
Phil Alexander - January 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow... I knew this felt kind of familiar when I read it, but three years seems like such a long time in some ways, and the blink of an eye in others. Like revisiting an old friend :-)
Arwen - January 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Decathlon...I did some early "spring cleaning" over my holiday break, and I think I should have been singing this one with every load of trash I finally convinced myself to get rid of. =)
Below Average Dave (badave.com) - January 02, 2008 - Report this comment
(DEC2) Dang, not to many new parodies in this round. . .it's still probably the best "Help" parody I've read, and I guess you didn't need to write a new one for this round. . .my favorite thing about this parody is you took the time to actually accentuate the words that were held in the OS, that helps immensely with following the song and even more so if I get lost.
Jeff Reuben - January 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Oldie but goodie, glad you brought this up again...see above!
Jack Wilson - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Who who of amIright in the comments, Ima bout to be added to that,5s
Mikey Squirrel - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
DEC- I can relate, being a pack rat myself. Very funny and well done, Stu.

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