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Song Parodies -> "Watching the Defectives"

Original Song Title:

"Watching the Detectives"

Original Performer:

Elvis Costello

Parody Song Title:

"Watching the Defectives"

Parody Written by:

Mari Aranoff

The Lyrics

Zzzzzz
Strange folks, celebrity's fam'ly
Dad's a zoned rocker named Ozzy
His wife and kids yelling, cursing
When he talks you can't understand a thing

I am watching the defectives
"Oh, they're so dumb"
I am watching the defectives
My brain's numb, numb, numb, numb
Behavior so inane it gives me hives
To think that indeed these may be their real lives

A pawn on that bach'lor show
He's hoping he's not stuck with a stupid ho
Why does "The Real World" have such appeal?
Bills all paid in nice digs, a world that isn't real
I might as well stare at a bad car accident
Or smell old rotting meat in rooms with no air vent
A guy tapes his balls and they laugh on "Jackass"
Will "Fear Factor" folks really chew on that glass?

I am watching the defectives
"Oh, they're so dumb"
I am watching the defectives
My brain's numb, numb, numb, numb
Behavior so inane it gives me hives
To think that indeed these may be their real lives

A woman wants to be part of beauty pagentry
Plastic people say she should have plastic surgery
Hard to tell if Anna Nicole's on or off medication
While "Survivor" "tribes" win big bucks through alienation
Annoying people put friends and relatives through the wringer
All the losers in the trailer parks curse and punch for Jerry Springer
Then tune in to "Cops" to see gangs fighting like the Wild West
And don't forget the loud cone-wearing drunk in the drunk test

We're still watching the defectives
On our tubes
We can't stop watching the defectives
Act like boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs
We laugh when all those people play the fool
Cause somehow all those crazies make us look cool

Watching the defectives
And we're still watching the defectives...

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Laurence Dunne - April 14, 2004 - Report this comment
555. I have never seen a reality show that is like reality. Of course, I have never seen a reality show. Does the simpsons count?
Tim Hall - April 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent job on a song that is not always easy to phrase.
Agrimorfee - April 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good! 555
Stuart Kidd - April 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Sounds exactly like something Elvis Costello would write himself; most reality TV is completely immoral.
alvin rhodes - April 14, 2004 - Report this comment
tough song to do, indeed and you did a great job...nice rhyming...5s
Claude Prez - April 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Personally I think reality is like any other TV--some shows suck and some are great. Like this parody; well done.
Paul Robinson - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari D - Great job! 5's - agree with ALL the above remarks. I tried to dig up my CD of Costello's album that has this track last night to check it out and while I was hunting for it I got bounced out of the site twice before I could check it out against this. Finally copied and pasted yours to a Word Doc and printed it. Wonderful job! 5's - of course I couldn't get back in until this morning to say that & vote...better late than never, though...
Mari D - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Laurence, Tim, Agri, Stuart, Alvin, Claude & Paul! I've always EC's songs, but it wasn't until working on the parody that I realized the strangeness of its construction. He seems to add syllables to every verse.
Rod Worden - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
I loved this, Mari! My fav line: 'Behavior so inane it gives me hives' Excellent job, 5s!
Meriadoc - April 16, 2004 - Report this comment
Awwww --- I love "Cops!" ;-D
Mari D - April 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Rod & Meri. Whatchoo gonna do when they come for you?

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