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Song Parodies -> "Are You Naive 'Round Gadgets?"

Original Song Title:

"Do You Believe In Magic?"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

The Lovin' Spoonful

Parody Song Title:

"Are You Naive 'Round Gadgets?"

Parody Written by:

Matthias

The Lyrics

Are you naïve "round gadgets?
Can't make your PC start?
Your modem and printer
Are falling apart?
And those gadgets that sure make you go loopy
You tried to fill your pool, now it's all soupy
You buy "The Guide To Gadgets" work on game console
They should mark you with sign "Danger"
Turned your house to co-oa-oal

Cause you're naïve "round gadgets
Don't pick up that fuse
Nor that plug, man, drop it
With vans for the news
It's just their mission to put your life on file
Cause you'll blow off your face, with your BBQ light
TV starts snapping and you just lose your mind
Try to repair; you'll just blow mankind

Cause you're naïve "round gadgets
Drop those prongs, I plea
Advancing my warning might just do the key
Your saying "I can fix those" yeah right
I'll meet you in Heaven, or Hell if you like
It needs no enhancing, baby, can't you see
That those gadgets will refuse it
Cause they're fine, peachy keen!!!!

Yeah, you're so naïve "round gadgets
Yeah, naïve with those gadgets, even fishing pole
Naïve with those gadgets, like the cruise control
Naïve with those gadgets, they'll make you debris
Nooo, working with the gadgets

Are you naïve? You are naïve!
Are you naïve? You are naïve!
Are you naïve? You are naïve!
Are you naïve? You are naïve!
Are you naïve? You are naïve!

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Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 21

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Paul Robinson - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Really funny, Matthias. It's a clever idea and well done...Except - pace-wise you had a few rough spots...and honestly, I would have gone "5" there anyway...Except - the 1st "bad spot" was on the 2nd line and that's not good. OS line is: "In a young girl's heart" - 5 clear syllables...you've got "Can't make your PC start?" and that just doesn't sing well at all...choppy - you've got to scrunch "P" and "C" together...no way around it. And you could have gone, "Your PC won't start"...5 syllables - sings nicely with the OS line. It's just a matter of changing around the word ordering in different ways to see if you can make it fit. So, "4-5-5" here. The other pacings quibbles were no big thing really, but that one I had to ding you on.
Royce Miller - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Great idea and title.
Rick C - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
What the others said, Matthias. Funny and well-written. 555
alvin rhodes - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
my favorite of the day
John Barry - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey, this song is about me. 555
Arwen - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Funny funny funny!! I loved the blowing off my face with the BBQ light bit...because I always freak out whenever I light the old grill!
Paul Robinson - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Just to add, inspite of my pacing criticism this IS one of my favorites today, too. If I could have given you a "6" for "Funny" I would have ~ ~ ~
Johnny D - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
5s, and remember Clarke's Corollary: Any gadget sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic!
MasonR - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Agree with Paul about the pacing. Otherwise...this is magically funny!
AFW - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
5's for the new inspector Gadget
Lionel Mertens - June 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey I finally figured out how that darn voting button works. 5's
Stuart McArthur - June 22, 2006 - Report this comment
nice one, Matthias, and a nod for that cruise control thing - it nearly killed me a couple of times last week - 555
Red Ant - June 22, 2006 - Report this comment
Great idea and title. "Can't make your PC start?" worked for me; I just sang "can't" a bit before I normally would have sung "in". Those grill igniters always break on me, so I use a lighter - a long-neck grill lighter. 5s.
Paul Robinson - June 26, 2006 - Report this comment
Red...Naw, It's STILL choppy even when you do that...to me, anyway. Now, "make your P-C start" WOULD match up to "in a young girl's heart" but then it doesn't say the same thing. When you put "Can't" in front of it, well, to me it just doesn't flow at all close to the OS there. Am I being picky? Yes, but I'm gonna stay adamant on my position that the line could have easily been phrased to PERFECTLY match the OS. Sorry to muck up your thread, Matthias...but I can't resist parrying about pace when the subject is broached.
Adagio - July 08, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM Ok pacing (to some) and funny. 5's
wannabemustangjockey - July 08, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM - "'To start press any key.' Where's the Any key?" That says it all.
Cat - July 11, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Did someone call a repairman?...Great job!
Max Power - July 13, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM-Good
tomario - July 17, 2006 - Report this comment
nice one i thought it was a parody of "can i play with madness" when i saw the title good parody
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - July 19, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM - When I first moved away from my parents I was so naive in the kitchen that I cooked my tea/chocolate/coffe water in the evening so that I would only have to reheat it in the morning, so I can relate that way! :-)
Rick C - July 26, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Still well-written and funny.
Kristof Robertson - July 27, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Everything electrical that I touch, Matthias, tends to stop working, so I better give you fives before my PC cras.............................. .........................................................................­................................................... .........................................................................­...................................................
Johnny D - July 28, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above with your G.P.S. Wrist-Periscope!
bobpiecheese - July 28, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Totally agree with what wannabemustangjockey's comment (is there a way to shorten that name?). Brilliant work here, Matthias.
Stuart McArthur - July 28, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) see above - yep, gadgets can kill you alright - just check out the Darwin Awards - this reminds me of the joke about the parachutist whose chute wouldn't open. As he's falling to earth, he sees another bloke heading towards him from the other direction...."Hey, mate" he says, as they pass each other, "do you know anything about parachutes?" "No!" says the other bloke "Do you know anything about gas barbecues?" - 555
Red Ant - July 29, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above, and I stand by my previous position on the pacing, which is more or less perfect (and with a lot of internal and end-line rhymes). Definitely 5 worthy there, and the other 2 categories. I usually don't know that much about gadgets, which I why I disassemble nearly everything I buy - learning is fun, and occasionally expensive when I can't put something back together.
Phil Alexander - July 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Thought I'd commented on this one, too: being kind of gadget-happy, I got this real sense of superiority reading this :-)
Arwen - July 31, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM...still love this one, Matthias!
Lime - July 31, 2006 - Report this comment
xDD Yeah I'm very naive... gadgets is no exception 555
Agrimorfee - May 23, 2007 - Report this comment
(Ages) How did i miss this one? Brilliant title carried through nicely. I don't have a pacing quibble, but my quibble is how you sacrifice English syntax to fit your parody ("They should mark you with [a]sign [labeled] 'Danger'", "they'll make you [into]debris",and especially "you'll just blow [up]mankind", which when taken out of context sounds downright kinky. :)
Agrimorfee - May 23, 2007 - Report this comment
Addenda: in spite of the above, I still give you a 555.
Michael McVey - June 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I just can't get the USB plug to fit into this one!
Below Average Dave - June 04, 2007 - Report this comment
Well, I recorded it, so you already know my opinion.
Jack Wilson - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Freakin' hilarious,love the OS too
Wolverine - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
(Ages) Tim Allen gives you 555 and "more power!"

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