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Song Parodies -> "Karaoke's Not That Fun"

Original Song Title:

"Carry On, My Wayward Son"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Kansas

Parody Song Title:

"Karaoke's Not That Fun"

Parody Written by:

Alvin Rhodes

The Lyrics

karaoke's not that fun
there'll be jeers when you are done
put those vocal cords to rest
don't you try no more

my voice rose above the bar room confusion
but they acted like it was an intrusion
i was scared and i perspired
i forgot my lines

though my eyes can see, i can't read the lines, man
though they find i stink, its not all that bad, man
i think my voice is rather dreamy
but i'd have to say......

karaoke's not that fun
there'll be jeers when you are done
put those vocal cords to rest
don't you try no more

masqueradin' as a star, but i'm wheezin'
i'm exhausted as the last notes, i'm squeezin'
but i don't claim to be a young man...hell
the girls, i meet, all think i'm old

on this sorry stage, i raise a commotion
this is not an act of good self promotion
real singin' stars can make a fortune
but i'd have to say......

karaoke's not that fun
there'll be jeers when you are done
put those vocal cords to rest
don't you try no more......NO

carry on...folks will always remember
carry on...that poor song, you dismembered
to try again would be insanity
but yet that mike still calls to you

karaoke's not that fun
there'll be jeers when you are done
put those vocal cords to rest
don't you try (don't you try no more)



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Dee Range - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
"That poor song you dismembered" cracked me up. And I agree, most karaoke is not fit to listen to, unless you also enjoy having teeth pulled.
AFW - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Very well done...and a great job of paraphrasing the "Poor Man's American Idol", Karaoke...fives
Kristof Robertson - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
I love karaoke. People have told me my voice is reminiscent of a young Tom Jones....being mauled by a pack of rabid weasels. 555
alvin rhodes - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks dee AFW and kristof...no karaoke experience here AT ALL
Paul Robinson - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
I sing thee my praise for this piece...three off-key 5's is what comes out ~ ~ ~ I used to sing a bit of karaoke...I had a girl friend that was into it...so I tried it...nervous as hell...first time out - absolutely PUTRID on Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl"...boy, I thought I could sing that...Nope...didn't try again until the next week...Ozark Mountain Daredevils "If You Want To Get To Heaven"...boy, I nailed that...it was a song I was very familiar with...not too many verses...and it's not a piece that involves being "subtle" or much voice modulation...you just reach back and let it out...good thing...people were up and dancing to it! Girl friend had been talking to some other folks, turned around to see who was singing and nearly freaked...so I got into it for a while...but got tired of it...hmmm...right after me & girl broke up...hmmm...maybe it was something OTHER than the karaoke that inspired me...
John Barry - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Great title and many good lines. 5s
alvin rhodes - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks paul (funny story) and john
Ravyn Rant - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
I love the way the rhyme scheme follows TOS. Lots of good lines, too. This makes me want to go sing karaoke...and use parody lyrics, just to see if anyone's paying attention. Fives! Three of 'em!
Michael Pacholek - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Rock chalk Jayhawk! Nice job on the Kansas tune.
Stray Pooch - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
This was great. I got to do karaoke in Japan a few months ago. The bars there have PRIVATE booths! Just you and a few former friends! 555
Stuart McArthur - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
"listenin' to karaoke"'s not that fun either, alvin - nice work - 555
Paul Robinson - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Which reminds me of another karaoke experience...right after the girl and I broke up...sitting alone at home a couple weeks after...(sob)...decided I should go out and "Sing"...(a REAL jack-ass idea, in retrospect)...anyway, we used to sing at places out near where she lived, in the Valley, but I lived here in Culver City...I think it was a Sunday night...karaoke is on different nights at different places, of course...so I picked up my LA Weekly and started looking for places that had Sunday karaoke...the Red Lion Inn near me used to on Sunday, but they discontinued...so I found a place on Sawtelle, W.LA., I got there, noticed all the waitresses were Asian...shrugged, didn't matter to me...put my name up...got up...lousy song list for me...too many slow '50's tunes....nothing that rocked...which was about all I could really even come close to at the time...so I sang...hmmm..."500 Miles" (Peter, Paul & Mary) and stuff like that...and the waitresses gave me absolutely ecstatic applause, even though I clearly sucked big time. I just figured "Overly polite or tone deaf, maybe?...Or perhaps both?"...and then I stepped down, went to my table...and promptly got hit on by some dude...I figured out...(duh) the score...and politely declined(he was a little on the chubby side, anyway...lol), somewhat amused...decided it was time to go...asked for the bill...about $17 - about $10 for my drinks...and $7 for my karaoke songs...7 @ $1 each...lol...THAT was what the ecstatic response was about...I was PAYING for it...LOL...hysterical...absolutely hysterical...talk about not knowing where the hell you are...but it made me forget "whatshername" pretty good...and I avoided getting entangled with another girl that night, too...(none to be found there)...pretty much cured me of the "karaoke bug", too ~ ~ ~
Melhi - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
You've accurately described why I'll never, never ever try Karaoke... except, as horrible as my singing is, the jeering would start about the time I did, not when I was done. ;)
Dominic L. - July 12, 2005 - Report this comment
This is why I don't sing in public. 5's
Johnny D - July 13, 2005 - Report this comment
Karaoke Fun-Factor = directly proportional to Blood CH3CH2OH %.
alvin rhodes - July 13, 2005 - Report this comment
thanks ravyn michael stray pooch stuart paul (paying for it ????? lol) melhi dominic and johnny
Rick C - July 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Great concept and execution, Alvin. Sorry I missed it when it posted...555 of course.
Leo Jay - July 27, 2005 - Report this comment
Great parody of one of my favorite rock hits of the 70's.

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