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Song Parodies -> "California's Burning"

Original Song Title:

"California Dreaming"

Original Performer:

The Mamas and the Papas

Parody Song Title:

"California's Burning"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

No matter where you live, you've probably heard about the big fires in LA. Well, I'm currently near LA, and it's not much fun. Anyway, I had California Dreaming stuck in my head earlier today, and the best thing to do in a situation like that is to find a parody; here's what I came up with.
All the leaves are gone (All the leaves are gone),
And the sky is red (And the sky is red),
I go outside (If I go outside)
I might wind up dead (I might wind up dead).

It's a bit too warm (It's a bit too warm)
Over here in LA (Over here in LA):
California's Burnin' (California's Burnin') -
It's such a crappy day.

Called about my house
If it's been burned away
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
And I began to pray (I began to pray)

You know, I really hate this ash (really hate this ash),
Inside my lungs it stays (in my lungs it stays),
California's Burnin' (California's Burnin'),
for several nights and days!

All the leaves are gone (all the leaves are gone),
And the sky is brown (and the sky is brown),
Much worse than smog (so much worse than smog) -
Keep your faces down (keep your faces down).

If the planes were running (if the planes were running),
I would leave today (I would leave today) -
California's Burnin' (California's Burnin')
It's such a crappy day.
California's Burnin' (California's Burnin')
It's such a crappy day.
California's Burnin' (California's Burnin')
It's such a crappy day.

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 3.0
Overall Rating: 3.4

Total Votes: 5

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Claude Prez - October 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Well done (no pun intended)
Guy - October 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Sounds more like California's steaming. Good song. News said that the three fires have become one now. Good news / bad news.

Give me the good news.
We're down to only one fire.
What's the bad news?
It's three times as large.
neminem - October 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Nice quip, Guy!
Rick D - October 27, 2003 - Report this comment
I intentionally try to avoid parodies of "immediacy" because I think about their performability down the road, but I sure admire the ability to write so well, so quick. I could almost catch up on the news reading some of these. 5's for speed and accuracy.
some person - October 27, 2003 - Report this comment
I live on the other side of the world and the ifres have made the news. Must be pretty big. MInd u the media loves sucing up 2 america
Michael Pacholek - October 29, 2003 - Report this comment
In horrible taste. Which isn't always a bad thing, but it sure is in this case.
gabe - November 03, 2003 - Report this comment
Great parody. Hang in there.
Phil Alexander - October 25, 2007 - Report this comment
California's burning again... parodies do seem to go in cycles of topicality, don't they?
Storm the Albatross - March 26, 2019 - Report this comment
Alpha Skua - September 13, 2020 - Report this comment
When the Forests are managed by the idelogical Eco-Freaks we get this

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