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Song Parodies -> "Roundin' Out (Ptolemy's Song)"

Original Song Title:

"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Roundin' Out (Ptolemy's Song)"

Parody Written by:

Guy DiRIto

The Lyrics

Who funds this stuff?
'Tolemy * worked on observat'ry lore,
Givin' up many a Sunday.
All this baloney think he'd note is a bore,
He said, I gotta draw all these countries.
Ah, but workin' so hard to find you one single fact-act-act-act-act-act
They oughta know Pi now, (they oughta know Pi now.)
It's just a rouse for the hacks and wacks,
Computing this stuff costs big money.

And it seems such a waste of time,
If that's what it's all about.
It's not roundin' up it's not, roundin' out.
Mmmm, not roundin' out.

Work on this theory will never complete,
As long as there is a remainder.
They work in cyber lab'ratories full of silicon heat,
Engrossed in fill-ing up containers.
And they're workin' up a bevy of computed stack-ack-ack-ack-ack-acks
They oughta know Pi now, (they oughta know Pi now.)
Until they arrive at some token facts,
We really should garnish retainers.

And it seems such a waste of time,
If that's what it's all about.
It's not roundin' up it's not, roundin' out.
Mmmm, not roundin' out.

Please don't let 'em argue with this crazy ji-ji-ji-ji-jive
They oughta know Pi now, (they oughta know Pi now.)
As they shove all their RAM into overdrive,
And that's what they do with your money.

'Cause I swear they have lost their minds,
Yeah, I think we can do without,
The buck's movin' up now start, movin' out.
Mmmm, Start movin' out,
Start movin' out...

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Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.7
Overall Rating: 4.7

Total Votes: 19

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Adagio - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
A fun one, Guy! You ever run out of Pi? 5's
Guy - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
No, Pat, seems to be plenty to go around. Hoping for some Pi American style tomorrow. Thanks!
Stuart McArthur - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
yes, it's time they all threw up their hands and said "we give up" - 555 alvin
alvin rhodes - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
i ate up this slice of pi...5s
Johnny D - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
I suspect that you've got an infinite number of numerical parodies up your sleeve, Guy...or at least 555 of them!
Guy - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Stuart - Wait 'til tomorrow. Thanks.

Alvin - Glad you left room for dessert.

JD - Thanks, If they matched up two or more computers to run Pi to infinity and beyond in a competition do you think they could call it a Pi byting contest? I met the challenge you gave me last week. Tune in at next posting.
Jeff Reuben - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
Ptolemy discovered Pi? You learn something new everyday (even if it's something I should already know). Funny song...and thanks!
Michael Pacholek - March 22, 2005 - Report this comment
It makes sense that Guy would have so many parodies about Pi, since he's a pretty irrational number himself. On the other hand, speaking (typing?) as probably the only other Amirighter to work "Ptolemy" into a lyric, never mind a title ("Cleopatra"), I must tip my 9.9985849629478... what the hell, make it 10-gallon hat!
Agrimorfee - September 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Great punning refrain "you oughtta know Pi now"...great subs on the "lab'ratories". Gotta admit i didn't understand it...but that's true of many Billy Joel songs for me. ;)
Mark Scotti - September 24, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) since when does pi calculate to 5.55? Today, it does!!!
DJ Blaze - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Pi has always been something important to me in Math. Great job. 555
Matthias - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Pi is not only my favorite number, but it's also my favorite food!
Below Average Dave - October 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Matty, again, too many chicken nuggets. . .I thought your favorite food was BBQ pork (Sonny's) . . . I hate the number Pi, because I can't do it in my head like other equations:) This one was a simple but solid little write, well it's kind of funny saying simple, but you know what I mean--I think.
bobpiecheese - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5) Great parody here, and I totally agree with the sentiment: why the crap are they spending all this time on figuring out what pi is when they could be inventing a food generator or somethin'? 555 for you!
Guy - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Ag- good now you can ding Billy Joel on his grammar and give me a break =;-) Thanks for viewing and commenting.

Mark - You outta know Pi now... But I'm glad that it has been changed to 5.55 today. Thanks.
BR> DJ - I have a whold slew of PI parodies that were done circa 2005. If you are that interested in Pi parodies bring up my parody list page, by clicking on my name under the popup Author tab and clicking on my name, While on that page execute a function which will bring up a search box. Enter PI in the search and you will locate the first parody on the list with the word PI in it. You'll have to do this for every search unfortunately. Most of my "Pi" parodies have "PI" in the title if not all of them. Maybe you can get some ideas from mine to use on your own parodies. Feel free to use whatever ideas I have put out there - I don't get upset when someone else uses a theme that I did first. Thanks for yur comment and enjoy your piece of "Pi" if you are so inclined to view them.

Matt - that is how yu tell the difference beteween the two. Pi are square and pie are round. Thanks.

Dave - Matt is on a sea food diet don't you know? He sees food and eats same. Thanks and hope you are feeling better.

COP - I applaud you for agreeing with me. When and if they ever arrive at a conclusion to Pi, then what? Thanks, buddy.
Leo Keough - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
ABC5(QR) Can't go wrong with a Billy Joel parody - been meaning to do one or more myself...a very funny and skillfully executed techno-rant!!!...555!!!
Guy - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Leo - I got into doing Billy Joel parodies about two years ago. His songs have great lyrics to mimic. The real killer BJ OS is "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant". I've done it once. and it actually wasn't to hard to write, just took a bit of time. I wrote this parody before I began varying my choruses. Maybe someday I'll redo it and vary the choruses. Thanks for the premium comment and thanks for the four point vote in the ABC comp. I gave you karamel,

Also my thanks to you COP for the five point lift in the ABC comps - I gave you karamel as well.
Stuart McArthur - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) I remember this one vaguely Guy, and it does appeal to me as an ex-Maths teacher - I thought the title sub was very clever, followed by the whole parody - 555
Red Ant - October 03, 2009 - Report this comment
It would be irrational to not like this old number by Guy about Pi. High fives.
Melanie Lee - October 04, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Interesting subject matter, a brave approach. However, you don't present it clearly, so the subject seems kind of muddled to me. (And I did glance at the Ptolemy link you left.) A laugh or two. You left out the "Mama" on some lines. 5-4-4. Sorry.

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