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Song Parodies -> "Nonsensical Jive"

Original Song Title:

"American Pie"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Don McLean

Parody Song Title:

"Nonsensical Jive"

Parody Written by:

Tim Mayfield

The Lyrics

Everybody parodies this song. I think it's covered in Parody 101 or something...
A long wrong rhyme ago
I can still remember how
I thought I always wrote with style
And I knew if my phrases danced
I could put them in a trance
And they'd all learn to love me in a while
But reality made me give her
acknowledgment I can't deliver
Bad rhymes, never force it
And humor won't endorse it
I can't remember why I write
If it's fun to do or selfish pride
But something says it's lyricide
To write the words that died

I write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive
Cheer that makes you feel so alive

Can you write a lyric sheet
With puns and jokes that will compete
With other's posted parodies?
Can you set humor to the beat?
Can you write words that are replete
With rhyme and meter that will aim to please?
Well I know it's not an easy thing
Cause I've wasted many a free evening
And there's way too many rules
Never had this much trouble in school
I've got a trash heap that is off the scale
And scribbles on the back of all of my junk mail
But I know I will never fail
To write the words that died

I said I write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive
Cheer that makes you feel so alive

Now pretending that I've wrote a poem
That others like and won't bemoan
But that's not how the votes will read
But even if they are real mean
Honesty still ain't my scene
There's a voice that supercedes reality
Oh, it tells me that I've got the stuff
There ain't one line that's filler-fluff
One lesson that I've learned
No ego's unconfirmed
And while I post this work of art
You know I'm pouring out my heart
And even though it's torn apart
I write the words that died

That's right I write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive
Cheer that makes you feel so alive

Tell me if you ever wore a frown
From words you've tried hard to write down
But they were simply gone too fast
It's hard to think them up again
And trying's met with much chagrin
Cause pestering my brain hurts my gray mass
And half the time I just fret and fuss
The other half I swear and cuss
And I never get it back
Cause my mind has just one track
And though I try to spin that creative wheel
What I write down now has a different feel
And I know it's lacking in appeal
To write the words that died

You know I write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive
Cheer that makes you feel so alive

Oh and though they grade me high on pace
They're also grading me on taste
And that's something I'll never win
Oh, come on, vote for meter, vote for shtick
Read my poems and make a pick
And say something that's sure not to offend
Oh and as I dream of getting paid
For writing songs that others made
Impossible to sell
And terrible as well
And I only wish I could copyright
The songs that other people write
Cause then I couldn't be denied
To write the words that died

I only write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive
Cheer that makes you feel so alive

I'll get a pearl of wisdom now
As I ask you all to take a vow
That you'll take a while before you say
Just how crappy is this verse
And when you're done will I need a nurse?
But you know I'll never read this anyway
Cause in my head I'll be redeemed
And every critic somehow seemed
To rank me up with Tolkien
And not a single one was joking
And though you'll never understand
The poet, legend or the man
You see I really never planned
To write the words that died

Can you tell I write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive
Cheer that makes you feel so alive

You see I write light nonsensical jive
Cause the heavy stuff will kill ya and make others cry
Some funny prose will put a light in your eyes
Bringing cheer that makes you feel so alive

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Voting Results

 
Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.7
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 12

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John Barry - November 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Wow!
Meriadoc - November 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent stuff! Sorry I missed it the first go-round this morning.
Phil Alexander - November 12, 2004 - Report this comment
It is rather good, isn't it? Well done, Tim :-)
Tim Mayfield - November 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Sorry about the line "But you know I'll never read this anyway". I read everything! Thanks for the support!
bob - May 13, 2005 - Report this comment
it was good. I hate dogs though. How would you like it if you got a bite of flesh taken out of you. Some times I wonder why I'm here. Thats what I need to know. Today!

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