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Song Parodies -> "In The Suburbs"

Original Song Title:

"In The Ghetto"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Elvis Presley

Parody Song Title:

"In The Suburbs"

Parody Written by:

Patrick McWilliams

The Lyrics

Some people have been turning pleasant songs into angry raves. Thought I'd take an angry song and make something bland and uncontroversial out of it.
As the sun shines
On a peaceful, pleasant Sunday morning
A middle class baby boy is born
In the suburbs

And his mother smiles
'cause he'll be the apple of her eye
With every advantage that money can buy
In the suburbs

Everybody understand
The boy needs a helping hand
He'll grow to be a teacher or a doctor some day
Helping folks like you and me
To learn or maybe see
Councilors and scholarships
Will help him on his way

Well the world turns
And the handsome little boy with the eager look
Sits in his room with his nose in a book
In the suburbs

And the "A's" he earns
He studies for the tests each night
And he won't quit
Till the answers are right
In the suburbs

Then one day comes graduation
The young man's on his way
He wears a cap and he wears a gown
And prepares to leave his old hometown

And his family smiles

As the crowd gathers round a brilliant young man
In the high school gym with diploma in hand
And as the young man flies

On a peaceful, pleasant Sunday morning
Another little baby child is born
In the suburbs
And her mother smiles

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2Eagle - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
The world turns as in As the World Turns. You left out the part about his parents being divorced and finding out his best friend is gay...
TT - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Very original meta-concept! And continuing my study of a foreign language (British), I learned a new spelling of "counselor". Good one!
alvin - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
lol...great concept...pulling a 180 on the OS
Guy - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Great story but not enough drama to make the news. I tried for realism with the 180 turn so I set my laptop in front of a mirror and read the parody again. All it seemed to read was a bunch of jibberish but at one point I did see the line "I buried Paul". Very diffeerent type of parody - we could all use some good news and some cheering up - thanks..
Mark Scotti - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
That was a great concept, Patrick! Well done. I did a similar, but it went form calm to mahem: http://www.amiright.com/parody/2000s/u261.shtml
Patrick - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
TT, you are correct. "counselor" is an advisor, "councilor" is a member of a municipal government. But then again, maybe the kid's dad had some political connections (connexions). When I was in high school I liked to freak out my teachers by using British spellings in written assignments.
Old Man Ribber - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Good job!

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