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Song Parodies -> "Tangled Up In Red"

Original Song Title:

"Tangled Up In Blue"

Original Performer:

Bob Dylan

Parody Song Title:

"Tangled Up In Red"

Parody Written by:

Rick Duncan

The Lyrics

I know I only did five of the seven verses. I know how to edit!
Every morning, the bills keep comin'
Think I'll tape up the slot
Wonder if I'll clear this debt
Fill this burial plot
All her credit cards are so maxed out
Bringin' home still more stuff
She just can't wear or make a homemade dress
She says our house ain't near big enough
So here I am sittin' with my pen in my hand
Asking her why, oh why
Heading out for the shoe store
And I'm just wishin' I did not wed
Tangled up in red

We got married, we fell in love
Rebound from divorce
I thought we'd be a good team, I hoped
But I wound up being the workhorse
She likes her car to be fast and clean
Generous with her friends
Split up chores right down the half
I earn it and then she spends
I try to tell her "Honey, please"
It's just like talkin' the wall
I hear her say, "Don't be a controller
I never spend it all, I leave a shred"
Tangled up in red

I have a job and it pays real good
There's a lot of people I hire
I thought someday I'd have a nice nest egg
And then I could rest, retire
But I wound up with a sucking leech
With a lawyer with whom she flirts
If I ever tried to shake the woman loose
She'd get all my pants and shirts
So I just smile and pay more bills
And go to work OT
I think I got in this mess
Cause I wanted sex that was free, it's in my bed
Tangled up in red

She burns a hundred just for show
And then lights up her smoke
She hangs out with the upper crust, those snobs
And laughs at their silly jokes
The she opens up a fashion mag
And plans a shopping spree
She heads down to the stores and says
"Just charge it to Mr. D"
She never spares the least expense, no
She must have the very best
Said she needed surgery
And came home with a bigger chest on her instead
Tangled up in red

Now I gotta pay the income tax
Wish I could deduct that shrew
None of my fountain pens ever write in blacks
Nor am I ever through
And there's the tab for the hair salon
Masseuse and gym and racquet club
Her whole life is based upon her pretty face
But poor me, I'm just an aging schlub
I'm sittin' here just waiting for my death
Even then I'll be paying bills
I'm gonna put these little words on my headstone
"Here's a man that wore the big millstone, now he's dead"
Tangled up in red

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 18

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 1   0
 2   0
 3   1
 4   2
 5   15

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Johnny D - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Pretty sharp and clever parody for an aging schlub.
alvin rhodes - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
i'm tangled up in points off for the missing verses....5s
Dee Range - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
"I earn it and she spends" is about how my wife and I split the chores too. Good work, doesn't need any more verses
Meriadoc - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
A fine ambitious effort Rick!
John Barry - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
A lot of good work here.
Paul Robinson - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Rick - Good thing you didn't do all seven verses, I don't see a way to score "7's" in the voting area. It was a laugh a paragraph (actually quite a few laughs in each one).
Mr Mxyzicalpik - August 07, 2004 - Report this comment
how can someone who left out 2 verses get perfect ratings on pacing?
Rick D - August 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Because of the disclaimer
Peregrin - August 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Came here via the 'Random' feature, Rick. Well worth the wait, good job.

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