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Song Parodies -> "Cat's on the Blacklist"

Original Song Title:

"Cat's in the Cradle"

Original Performer:

Harry Chapin

Parody Song Title:

"Cat's on the Blacklist"

The Lyrics

Got inspired to write this when I saw a news article online that said Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) was detained because the goverment had confused him with a similarly-named terrorist on their no-fly list. Thank you again, Jared, for helping me with this parody!
My trip began just the other day
Was waved through the gate in the usual way
I had a plane to catch to the USA
But the Feds detained me, then sent me away
I'd planned to touch down in DC when I left the flight
but then I had a fright
Uncle Sam said "Your name's not right!"


Well, ol' Cat's on the blacklist and he'll bring our doom
If we let him in, he'll blow us all to the moon
"When you comin' in, Cat?" "I don't know when...
But when Kerry's prez I'll try again--
Yeah, that's when I'll try again"

My trip was ended the other day
Though I had no trouble when I left the UK
Would the Feds let me go? They said "Not today,
Your name is Arab now, and that's hardly OK!"
Never thought a misspelled name on the no-fly list
made me a terrorist--
Spelling error someone missed


Well, my flight back to England left the other day
The media folks had a lot to say
The whole thing really seems kind of odd
Bush hates my faith and he wants a Jihad
Back in England I help kids with Muslim charities
To the Feds, that makes me sleaze!


I doubt that I'll take another outbound plane
Being grounded here is a royal pain
Because I call myself Yusuf Islam now
Guys from Homeland Security all had a cow
Saw the news the other night, someone confused my name--
Dubya's running the devil's game, boys
thinks I ought to take the blame

As I got back on the plane, it occurred to me
What a nutjob Bush can be
Though he calls this country free...


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Pacing: 4.3
How Funny: 4.3
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 11

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 4   2
 5   7

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Phil Alexander - September 27, 2004 - Report this comment
Way to go, I&J ! Great parody.
Johnny D - September 27, 2004 - Report this comment
Ingeborg and Jared, you are a superbly talented parody-team. This parody has excellent pacing, very clever rhyming, and a totally coherent and well-told story with a profound message. Congratulations! You deserve my vote of 5-5-5 many times over for this masterpiece.
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 27, 2004 - Report this comment
DKTOS but if you do Ted Nugent's "Cat scratch fever" (Cat something Stevens) I'll vote.
Eric Andrews - September 27, 2004 - Report this comment
I can't say enough good about this one. But just one question: because Yusuf Islam's name was misspelled, will they now let him into the country? If not, the farce we call the Bush administration continues.
alvin rhodes - September 28, 2004 - Report this comment
best one i read today
Paul Robinson - September 28, 2004 - Report this comment
Well done, excellent throughout. 5's...

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