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Song Parodies -> "Charlie Blew Microsoft Away"

Original Song Title:

"M.T.A."

Original Performer:

The Kingston Trio

Parody Song Title:

"Charlie Blew Microsoft Away"

Parody Written by:

The Comedian

The Lyrics

Well, let me tell you of the story of a geek named Charlie
On a magic and fateful day
When he booted up his Linux
Grabbed his mouse and keyboard -
- And then blew Microsoft away

And so did Microsoft burn?
Oh yes Microsoft burned !
And it never will return (poor old Billy)
Charlie fried the headquarters of Windows software
He's the geek - who made Windows burn!

Charlie fired off a virus
With a worm and Trojan
Just to make sure that he'd succeed
When they got into the ventilation heating system -
- Those viruses began to breed

And so did Microsoft burn?
Oh yes Microsoft burned !
And it never will return (bye bye Windows)
Charlie fried the headquarters of Windows software
He's the geek - who made Windows burn!

One of Bill Gate's hapless coders
Stood up from his keyboard
And suspiciously sniffed the air
When he smelled smoke he yelled "FIRE!" to the other coders -
- And they got the hell out of there!

And so did Microsoft burn?
Oh yes Microsoft burned !
And it never will return (here comes Linux)
Charlie fried the headquarters of Windows software
He's the geek - who made Windows burn!

Charlie's virus replicated
So insidiously quickly
That Bill Gate's drones could only run
And outside from a distance
Billy's drones watched in horror -
- As headquarters burned like the Sun

And so did Microsoft burn?
Oh yes Microsoft burned !
And it never will return (hallelujah)
Charlie fried the headquarters of Windows software
He's the geek - who made Windows burn!

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John Jenkins - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
"burned like the Sun" - great line and great parody.
Rick D - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Kingston trio? Are we showing our age or just a broad musical spectrum?
Johnny D - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
A broad musical spectrum - I already showed my age quite explicitly in "Sick Of Bohemian Rhapsody"... but yes, my age comes through here as well, seeing as I did grow up with an older brother who was and still is a fan of The Kingston Trio.
Billy Florio - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Great parody....but admitting to knowing this song is not at all showing my age lol....I was born quite some time after
Johnny D - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks John, Rick, and Billy !
Guy - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
JD, This looks good but I don't know the song even 'tho I'm probably old enough to. Know where I could get a listen to the original at?
Johnny D - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Check it out, Guy:

http://www.atr.org/audiovisual/kingston_trio_charlie_on_the_mta.mp3
Johnny D - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Guy, if you want to actually download the entire mp3, go to this site:

http://www.atr.org/audiovisual/

......., and if you're using Windows, do the right-click-thingie to "Save Target As" on the link titled ""Charlie on the MTA" by The Kingston Trio". The mp3 of this song is offered for free no-strings-attached download at that site, and is 3.02 MB in size. It is the full version of the original performance.
Michael Pacholek - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
You missed a verse but otherwise this was great. And not an easy song to do.
Johnny D - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Michael - you're right, it's not an easy song to do. The verse that I omitted was the "Vote for George O'Brien!" campaign-slogan verse at the very end of the original song. I felt that I was able to tell my parody's whole story concisely and completely without that superfluous verse. The original "M.T.A." song was intended to be a political-campaign-slogan-folk-song - the original song is therefore an example of slightly bizarre but nonetheless classic & entertaining American folk music.
Stray Pooch - February 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Dr Hall, I came across this one and had to vote and comment. This song has a very interesting history. The song "The Ship That Never Returned" was written in 1865 by Henry Clay Work. That tune was popular but probably would have been forgotten had it not been modified and revived in the early twentieth century as "The Wreck of the Old 97" about a train wreck. That song included the lyric "She was coming down the grade making ninety miles an hour . . ." This line was purloined almost verbatim in the Chad Mitchell Trio's 1962 parody "Super Skier." But before that, the song would be used as a campaign song for Walter O'Brien, a 1948 candidate for Mayor of Boston. Walter was apparently too controversial so when the Kingston Trio picked up this song in 1959 they changed his name to "George" to thinly veil his identity. (This was ostensibly to avoid ticking off the good conservative Bostonians.) This song was then parodied (as mentioned) by the Chad Mitchell Trio in 1962, but they were obviously aware of the earlier (though not earliest) version of the song. The reason I know all of this is because I researched it in order to give a ridiculous introduction to my parody "The Elder Who Never Returned" poking fun at a Missionary who seemed doomed to stay in our ward forever (one week later he FINALLY got a transfer - lol!). I did this as part of a show at my church. My punchline was "I tell you all of this to show that; like any good songwriter, I respect two great songwriting ideals: Tradition and plagiarism." It got a laugh, though it might have been all the root beer. So, how's THAT for information you'll never use - lol! Great parody, JD, as usual!
Johnny D - February 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Wow, cool historical info there, Stray Pooch - thanks for sharing, dude!! And thanks for your vote, too!

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