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Song Parodies -> "Four O'Clock"

Original Song Title:

"Six O'Clock"

Original Performer:

The Lovin' Spoonful

Parody Song Title:

"Four O'Clock"

Parody Written by:

Mari Aranoff

The Lyrics

One of the instructors at the university where I work brought a clock into my office. It had been hanging on the wall where he taught, its hands stuck all semester. He said that he couldn't stand looking at the same time all the time. Hey, it was right twice a day! I have finally carried out my threat of writing about it. (JA, this one's for you and your clock!)
It's so annoying, that stupid clock
On the dusty wall, the hands are stuck - what a crock!
As I look, it seems to stare and to mock
And my life is frozen like the hands of that clock
At four o'clock, four o'clock

Thought I'd change my life so it's not such a bore
Reset all the buttons on my radio, a new throw on the floor
And then I learned new vocabul'ry words
I started taking Fourteenth Street instead of Third
Tried reading without glasses but my vision was blurred
Still four o'clock, four o'clock

I smiled at my neighbor who lives two doors down
And bought some new clothes that were green and old rose instead of dark brown
When I got cut off I dared to speak
And told the boss I couldn't work Sunday this week
But in spite of that I felt like a total geek
Screw four o'clock! Four o'clock!

And I knew that the old timepiece
Held the key to a change in my luck
So I laid it right down in the street and
Smashed it with my pickup truck

Then I went back home and asked my neighbor out
We played rock and roll, you know, something with soul, then began to shout
I didn't care if I looked like a nut
It was great to be out of my big rut --
Went back to work and said "Boss, just go kiss my butt!"
Five o'clock, five o'clock

And it's happy hour
Yeah, it's happy hour
Wheeeeeeee! Happy hour!
RAD & MAD (Rick & Mari Duncan) have posted their song about Roadkill. It (and others) can be found at website

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Paul - January 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Hi Mari, I'll be leaving LA around noon. Hope to be there roughly seven. If you need to contact me it's possible to email my friend, Ray, at He's expecting a possible email from you or Rick and will pass it on to me when I call him. Thanks. See you then, Paul
Johnny D - January 08, 2004 - Report this comment
It's about time I voted on this one - 5's !
Rick D - January 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Leah! If you're back in town, come tonight--Paul R is coming.
Leah Lockhart - January 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Ahhh! I wish I could come tonight, I had been planning on it, but unfortunately I am needed elsewhere... there's a lot going on for me right now. I wish I could hang out with all of you! Have fun without me, maybe I'll come next week. Sorry I'll miss Paul. BTW, Mari, i like your song but can't vote as I don't know the original. Have fun tonight!
Mari D - January 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Leah, welcome back! It would have been great if you had been able to make it Thursday night, but there will be other nights at the cafe, and maybe another night with Paul. He's a trip! He may stop in on his way back, probably on Jan. 29. Johnny & Leah, thanks for the positive feedback. I sometimes parody obscure songs just because I feel like it. And my boss (who I like--not the boss in the song) kept playing it in the office a lot for a while, which put it in my head.
Sam - January 20, 2004 - Report this comment
So what happened at six o'clock?
Paul Robinson - January 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari D - Don't think I ever voted on this one, just had asked my friend to message you about my travel plans on any entry you por Rick might have made on that day (Jan. 8th). Oops! Site won't take my vote so Ray must have "Fived" it ahead of me (on same computer up here presently). Well, that's where I was going with my vote anyway. Another very fine job. Had a friend (a dumb one) in high school who wore a broken WRISTWATCH every day. When he and I and another friend would sneak off campus for lunch we asked him at least once for the time and he ALWAYS looked at it and said "12:16". . I'd look at the other guy and say, "well, we've still got plenty of time then before 5th period." And we'd roll down Van Nuys Blvd. laughing like loons, clueless Mike in the backseat looking somewhat confused. Funny, we got in a lot of trouble my Senior year for being late to 5th period. Don't know how that could have happened.
Mari D - January 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Paul. Now there's a student who comes into the office from time to time wearing a wristwatch with a band that's more than twice the size of his wrist. It's a surprise that it hasn't fallen off yet. So you used to hang out on Van Nuys Blvd. Did you ever go there in a metallic purple Chevy about three inches from the ground?
Paul Robinson - January 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari D - Funny you should ask that! The "lunch-time escape vehicle" was a Purple Corvair (is that a Chevy?). It wasn't lowered, per se, but due to the odd weight distribution of the Corvair (engine in the rear, trunk in the front) I recall it did sit rather low. It was originally White but my friend, Rick Kohl (you know, I THINK he lived in San Jose during the 80's, haven't spoken with him since then; who knows, he could still be there and you might know him, tho' I realize San Jose is a rather large city), had it painted purple at one of those $19.95 or $29.95 paint places ("Kar-Koa" or "Car-Coa", or something like that), just to be different. Van Nuys Blvd...Went there once a few years later in an old limo that belonged to a NJ Mob-type guy named Jack Molinas (NBA gambling scandal from the 1950's that engulfed Connie Hawkins, among others). He was out of town and I knew his L.A. driver/gofer at the time. About six of us were cruising the Blvd. in this thing and we probably didn't have a dollar's worth of dimes to rub together between us. We rolled down a back window and some kid hangin' out mistook us for Rock Stars or something and asked "Hey, are you guys rich?" I yelled out, "Rich? Ha-yeah, we're FILTHY RICH", cackled demonically a few times and rolled up the window as we pulled away and headed North down the Boulevard. About a month later someone "hit" Mr. Molinas while he was relaxing in his back year in the Hollywood Hills. Gave me the chills when I heard about it...

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