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Song Parodies -> "Shakin's Scary Business"

Original Song Title:

"Takin' Care Of Business"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Bachman Turner Overdrive

Parody Song Title:

"Shakin's Scary Business"

Parody Written by:

Alvin Rhodes

The Lyrics

prob'ly happen in the mornin'
when you don't get any warnin'
will a 8.3 wipe out the city ?
if the fault has stretched enough
those plates a-pushin'...plates a-shovin'
oh my word...this just won't be pretty
could be huge this time
maybe big as 8.9
it just might shake and throb and quake all day
it could make one paranoid
and this town, one might avoid
the odds of it might keep you away
because this shakin's scary business...in L.A.
shakin's scary business...i must say
yeah, all this shakin's scary business...blow your mind
shakin's scary business....could be the end this time...look out !

though L.A.'s queasy with the tension
its a subject rarely mentioned
the folks in this here town are cool and mellow
if it strikes right where you are
chances are you'll be scarred
if the big one hits, the land will be jello
people fleein' one by one
off to other states, they run
bedlam could arrive here any day
if people leave cause they're annoyed
all the rest are overjoyed
its much too crowded here anyway
because this shakin's scary business in L.A.
shakin's scary business...i must say
yeah, all this shakin's scary business...blow your mind
shakin's scary business....could be the end this time

its real scary this business...in L.A....every day...whoo !

the mighty forces formin'
may at last begin stormin'
with a fate, unseen, upon the city
its a risk here, sure enough
and people, fed up, just may shove off
'fore the scene turns nitty and gritty
its sure to come some time
you can bet your bottom dime
and when it starts it just might end L.A.
but i'm never paranoid
if the city gets destroyed
i'll be part of the violent melee
don't care if shakin's scary business in L.A.
shakin's scary business...i'll still stay
don't think this shakin's scary business...i don't mind
shakin's scary business....ain't movin' at this time

shakin's scary business...shakin's scary business
shakin's scary business...shakin's scary business
shakin's scary business...shakin's scary business

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Pacing: 4.7
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Timmy1000 - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Don't think I'd want to be there when the big one hits; maybe get a place in Nevada, which might be the new coast. Nicely written tale.
Andy Primus - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
A ground breaking parody - but only measured 5.55
Dee Range - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I drove straight through to LA from Dallas around '76 or '77, got a room at the Ace Motel at Sunset and Bronson around noon and fell asleep immediately. Woke up around 4 p.mp as the dresser was moving across the floor from a small quake, I think about 4.3 or around there. Thought I was dreaming, but had several aftershocks that said I wasn't. Scary indeed. Great stuff here, alvin!
blackjack21 - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Shakin' up some Fives. My fave of the day, nice job.
Leo Keough - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I can still remember how freaked I was when I was awoken by the first earthquake I experienced...It was only a 4.something from the New Madrid fault, but it was a shocker nonetheless...I can only imagine how scary those California quakes must feel...Great parody!!!...555!!!
Tokusou Sentai Blessranger - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
The power of A-Rod is too strong on this one, so I gave it 111.
TJC - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I was still shakin' with laughter from your 'Sister Underwear Surprise'... now I'm rollin' too! (Can hardly wait for your tsunami follow-on!)
Tommy Turtle - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Slept through my first one. (Vibrating bed - nice feature in this motel!) Thought maybe a big truck was going down the street, when felt the next one. You forgot to mention how cool it is when one strikes while yer "doin' it" (heh heh)... but when the boulder rolled down the hill, crashed through the bedroom walls, and landed a foot or two from the bed, it was no fun. Good thing I was on the potty at the time. (true)

555, and with all due respect to TJC, suggest follow-up to "Shakin' All Over", by Johny and the Pirates, but covered a zillion times -- Guess Who, The Who (guess that answered that question), etc.
metaphorsbwithu - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Terrific job. You made me think of other consequences of the big one in recognizing that a lot those people in California would have to infiltrate the surrounding states, bringing along their strange worldviews with them. Talk about compounding disaster! (That's a joke) ;-) But not your work. 555
Fiddlegirl - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
This is fantastic... 5s all the way. :)
AFW - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Tricky substitute..and not at all shaky work...very steady and very well done
Christie Marie M - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Didn't forget you, Alvin! Like TJC, I'm shakin' with laughter! The Richter Scale measures a magnitude of 5.55!
alvin - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
thanks timmy...thanks andy...thanks dee...lol...thanks blackjack...glad ya enjoyed...thanks leo...lived here my entire life...had my share...thanks TJC...thanks TT...wow...thats meta...lol...thanks fiddlegirl...glad ya dug it....thanks AFW..thanks christie...glad ya enjoyed
Kristof Robertson - October 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I have never experienced at earthquake, Al... but I have lived in bushfire-prone areas, as well as flood plains, so I empathise with the seige mentality of folks regularly subjected to natural disasters. Great stuff. 555
alvin - October 04, 2009 - Report this comment
thanks kristof
2Eagle - November 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Triple 5 magnitude.
alvin - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
thanks 2eagle

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