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Song Parodies -> "Lyric Man"

Original Song Title:

"Piano Man"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Lyric Man"

Parody Written by:

Invisible Boy

The Lyrics

As a newbe here, I've been checking out the site and trying to get familiar with things here. I noticed a thread started by Kristof about "bad song lyrics". It made me think about the people who write these lyrics. So far "Piano Man" has been done here 89 times. Here's # 90.
Lyric Man

It's nine AM at the studio
The “Emo” band’s due in at noon
The producer is expecting me
To come up with the words for a tune

He says, "Boy, write me something alternative
With references vaguely obscene
Make it bad, out of time, and be sure it won’t rhyme
And don’t let us know what it means"

La la la, de de da
La la, de de da da da

Write us a song, you're the lyric man
Write us a song, although
Just make sure that it fits with a melody
That goes with the three chords we know

Now Krishnamurti can be mystical
And Dickens is known for prose
And the Bible can be inspiration for me
What the hell…I’ll just write about hoes

He says, "Boy I believe we are on the way."
As I go slowly walk back to my cube
"In two months we just may be the biggest thing
On MySpace, FaceBook and YouTube”

Oh, la la la, de de da
La la, de de da da da

Now once I thought I’d be a novelist
And never use words that were crass
But those goals I am slighting with words that I’m writing
Like “I’ll put a cap in yo ass”

And the fans just don’t care about anything
As my mp3s play in their ears
Yes, they're sharing a common experience
But it really won’t help their careers

Write us a song, you're the lyric man
Write us a song, and then
When it hits #1 we’ll be calling you
To come back and write it again

It's a pretty good job for a lyricist
As the gigs just keep coming each day
'Cause the songs are the same, with a slightly changed name
And you can’t hear the words anyway

And the lyrics, they sound so emotional
And the meanings are cryptic and rank
And the singers just whine, “words of truth” they opine
And I’m driving my Porsche to the bank

Oh, la la la, de de da
La la, de de da da da

Write us a song, you're the lyric man
Write us a song today
There’s a new “next best thing” that we’re counting on
We need you to show us the way

IB


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Guy - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I gave a leer-ic look at this. Fine pacing of a parody about writing parodies. IB-5V. And dem's votes not volts.
alvin - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
brilliant piece of writing...i'm quickly becoming a big fan of yours
John Barry - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
What Alvin said.
AFW - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Too true a spoof on today's music industry..excellent job of parodee'n
Project Sisyphus - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
WOW! What a funny statement on today's music and the "artists" who perform it. Love it.
Rick C - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
The "I'll just write about hoes" bit cracked me up. 555
Dee Range - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
You may be new to the site, but you are NOT new to writing parodies...this is masterful. 555++
Claude Prez - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Agreed; this is awesome.
Ann Hammond - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
cool
Vasili - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I think the written version doesn't do justice to this masterpiece i wish i could hear it preformed...
Red Ant - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Excellent work - reminds me of Leo Jay's stuff. 555.
Invisible Boy - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Guy, alvin, John, AFW, Sisyphus, Rick, Dee, Claude, Ann, Vasili and Red Ant. Thank you all for your comments. I very much enjoy what you do as well. Red Ant-I went and checked out some of Leo Jay's posts and they were excellent. Thanks for the tip. While I don't presume to be compared with his abilities, I will say his style is one that I enjoy and would hope to emulate... Where did he go ?
Agrimorfee - December 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Invisible Boy, I can *see clearly* that you are force to be reckoned with in the art of parody writing.
Invisible Boy - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks Aggy
Red Ant - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
No idea where Leo went. He came back a while ago for a brief time on the messageboard. Given his fondness for using pseudonyms, I sometimes wonder if it's him when I see a really killer parody written by a "newbie".
Agrimorfee - January 28, 2008 - Report this comment
(ABC) Good luck, this was indeed a very good one.
stuart mcarthur - February 04, 2008 - Report this comment
(ABC) ah yes, your talent was obvious from very early on Invisible Boy. I hope you stick around. There's a SOTM coming your way some time soon, I know it. So many clever lines but I LOL'ed at "What the hell…I’ll just write about hoes" - 555
Red Ant - February 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I think you mentioned on the parodist get together thread you had recording equipment... so, where is the recording for this? That you could take a song so done and make a kick ass parody of it deserves special applause.
Matthias - February 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Very funny parody Boy! I cracked up at "I'll just write about hoes", and "Like “I’ll put a cap in yo ass”"... But the whole thing was hilarious!
Kristof Robertson - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
(ABC3L) Folks, I think we have a winner! This is stupendous writing, IB....chock full of deliciously wry observational humour. You, sir, ROCK! 555+++
Below Average Dave (badave.com) - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
(ABC) I think the writing was good, I don't think him sticking around is an issue Stu. . .he's just getting started.
Stan Hall - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Outstanding, IB!
Mikey Squirrel - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
ABC- I very thoroughly enjoyed this one. The pacing was perfect and it was damn funny. Very well done, IB!
Cat - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
(ABC) You don't mince any words here—this was excellent!! TMGLTM, and I definitely laughed out loud, but "Cause the songs are the same, with a slightly changed name/ And you can’t hear the words anyway" was a definite favorite. I agree, you should record this.
Invisible Boy - February 07, 2008 - Report this comment
So much thanks to all. This idea popped into my head while I was reading Kristof's thread. Ever notice that sometimes you struggle for an idea and can barely get the song done, and other times the concept just appears in your mind 80% done ? That's how this was for me. Thank you again
Jeff Reuben - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I concur with the other comments, funny song, great pacing, and always fun to read about writing parodies. Ever get the chance to record it?
Matthias - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I agree with what I said 4 days ago.
Max Power - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Great
bobpiecheese - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
(WILD) For an idea that just popped into your head one day, this was abso-frikkin brilliant! Well done and 5's to you, IB!
Peregrin - February 16, 2008 - Report this comment
Saw it late but really enjoyed, IB :)
Michael McVey - February 19, 2008 - Report this comment
"He says, 'Boy, write me something alternative With references vaguely obscene Make it bad, out of time, and be sure it won’t rhyme And don’t let us know what it means'"--------------------------------That would be Bob Dylan.
Peter Andersson - March 06, 2008 - Report this comment
SOTY - Anything that dis Emo for being overly pretentious is on the right track in my book.
Matthias - March 24, 2008 - Report this comment
A great look into the life of lyricists. I don't think I really have anything to add, this is great just like the rest of your stuff, you in the short time you've been here become one of my favorite parodists.
Sean Peters - March 26, 2008 - Report this comment
If you have never done a parody before this, not bad for a rookie. It took me about two months to make awsome parody. Look at some of mine for some references. Just look up Sean Peters in Parody Performer see how long it took for me to write those.
McKludge - March 30, 2008 - Report this comment
SOTY - If writing lyrics is that miserable, makes you wonder why anyone does it.
Of course, with today's modern thrash metal, how hard is it to write "AAUUUURRRGHH!"
SPOOF-MAN - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I COULD SING TO THIS ALL DAY!!
Matthias - January 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Ahhhhh... A classic Invisible Boy parody. One of your best if not the very best parody you've done. Well this one and your School House Rock parody that is. Fantastic work here IB.
Agrimorfee - January 28, 2009 - Report this comment
(Ages2) Can't say anymore but what's already been said above, esp. from Matthias.
tomario - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
you maybe invisible but your talent isnt! top parody 555
bobpiecheese - February 07, 2009 - Report this comment
(Ages2) See above!
Arwen - February 10, 2009 - Report this comment
AGES...this had several funny funny lines, and totally made my morning. Nice work, IB!
Melanie Lee - February 10, 2009 - Report this comment
(Ages) Practically perfect! I was laughing throughout! Loved your internal rhymes, too. Great commentary on today's music scene (and even on the music scene throughout modern history!). The first half was funnier than the second, but the second half was still funny! Watch your editing; I detected an extra syllable here or there, but I couldn't hold it against you. 5-5-5, and maybe then some!
Below Average Dave - February 11, 2009 - Report this comment
(Ages) I kept reading this thinking. . .I've seen this before--no really I have...the I saw my previous comment--that's all I had to say? Great parody still IB.
Jeff Reuben - February 11, 2009 - Report this comment
(Ages) Great song, I really liked the theme here.
Fan - May 12, 2011 - Report this comment
This is really excellent. Is there a recording of this anywhere ?

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