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Song Parodies -> "Now I'm A Cockroach"

Original Song Title:

"Put Me In, Coach"

Original Performer:

John Fogarty

Parody Song Title:

"Now I'm A Cockroach"

Parody Written by:

Stan Hall

The Lyrics

If Kafka'd written Kinsella's book, it'd've been Field of Nightmares.
Samsa’s my name, I’m not the same– I woke up changed today!
I’m born again -- antennae on my head;
I got six legs, a hard carapace, I’m a real Blattarian
And I think I’ll just stay here awhile in bed.

Now I’m a cockroach, I’m fated to crawl the wall
I’m a cockroach, I’m fated to craw the wall
Look at me and you’ll see my fate’s sealed.

Well, my family all relied on me to bring in the daily bread
But they’d rather starve than to have me ’round like this
Even Greta won’t play her violin just to ease my agony.
If I still spoke I’d say “You hurt me, sis!”

Now I’m a cockroach, I’m fated to crawl the wall
I’m a cockroach, I’m fated to craw the wall
Look at me and you’ll see my fate’s sealed.

I am so unloved, don’t want to live – I guess I’ll just go on and die
And then I’ll be the butt of Kafka’s little joke:
When I’m gone no one will realize that they miss me after all
And with Greta’s dowry they won’t be broke.

Now I’m a cockroach, I won’t live to crawl the wall
But as a cockroach, I wish a footfall
Kafka’d penned to end my ordeal.

Now I’m a cockroach, I won’t live to crawl the wall
But as a cockroach, I wish a footfall
Kafka’d penned to end my ordeal.
Yeah!

© Stan Hall Semi-relevant: If you like Kafka's novella, "The Metamorphosis" and also like '40-'50s-ish noir fiction, you might enjoy Tyler Knox's novel "Kockroach," which inverts the former and evokes the latter. If you don't spot a copy on your favorite brick'n'mortar bookstore's remainders table, the hardback's effectively remaindered at Amazon for 1/3 it's original price.

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alvin roach - January 19, 2008 - Report this comment
great stuff....not sure if i've ever seen a kafka related parody in here...made even funnier by putting it to this bouncy little ditty
Parody Police - January 19, 2008 - Report this comment
The song is titled "Centerfield"
littleCupCakes - January 19, 2008 - Report this comment
it's been awhile since I heard of anything ~Kafka~ The novel was indeed strange, but this is cute!
Stan Hall - January 20, 2008 - Report this comment
To all, thanks. To Parody Police, two additional observations: 1) Echoing, sor of, the lovely Lesley Gore, it's my parody and I'll modify if I want to." and 2) Let me say in limerical huff it / Was not an unplanned song-name muff. It / Instead was a gimmick / Kafka further to mimic / And if you don’t like it, well, stuff it!
Stan Hall - January 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Parody Police, sorry forgot to append the defusing ":-)" to the limerical huff. Was kidding, of course. SH
Michael Pacholek - January 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Glad I Czeched this one out. Didn't bug me at all. Of course, having a baseball "base song" and mentions of roaches, I naturally thought of Shea Stadium. And they've certainly had some Kafkaesque season-enders the last ten years or so!

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