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Song Parodies -> "Growin' Too Commercial"

Original Song Title:

"Going To California"

Original Performer:

Led Zeppelin

Parody Song Title:

"Growin' Too Commercial"

Parody Written by:

Red Ant

The Lyrics


Spent my day jus' a lookin' online
Too much junk. I thank ... Christmas time...

Greed in their eyes - green's the new red
Growin' Too Commercial and it's makin' ... Christmas dead

Someone told me that the meaning's still there:
iPods and iPhones but where is ... the iCare...?

Too much PC in the season craze
All they ever tell you's "Happy Hol.... idays.."

Oh, the toys have lead and they're sweatshop made
Wonder when consumers - will question for what they've paid.....

The countdowns and the discounts and Black Friday's insane
Some children having none, again... can explain

Watch out!

Season of cash - common God
That they trust - good as gold
Now it's started. You're sold!
Most blinkered, slightly thinking.

Show me a time
When all people can shine
And greet you and care
Share their laughs
Without... a dime...

How nice to be with all your friends
And love's displayed regard-less what... is spent... fa la la la

My, it's quite rare after Christmas has gone
Try to find the reason it isn't the next three-sixty-four..

Shopping in the aisles of the Wal-Mart machine
Telling themselves it's not as bad, bad, sad as it seems...
Hmmm... uhhh...

Ahhhh! ....
copyright 2007+ Jack "Red Ant" Fletcher

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Pacing: 5.0
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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 24

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Matthias - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Finally tackled that song that you wanted to do. Good job with it too... You should record this one.
Peter Andersson - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
It isn't the moral dilemmas we face during the 12 days of Christmas, it's the ones we ignore during the other 353 days...

Big smile over the iCare line, but drawing to mind your winning stab at JC (Johnny Cash, not Jesus Christ) I thought you did'nt care... ;-)
Jack Wilson - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Awesome job, awesome start for Sled Zeppelin
alvin - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
beautifully written...especially liked 'icare"
adagio - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
dktos, but I know your pacing is escellent and the mesage was SUBERB! ( I liked the iCare line too). 5's
Rick C - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Yes, the iCare was key and I loved the 364 line too! 555. I must be Going to California, the security code is LAX, I kid you not.
PMS - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I must echo Peter and alvin.
Guy - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Great parody for Cyber Monday. You clicked the mouse right into the red.


Who cares - here just take these 5s.
MrMacphisto - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Very well done... 5-5-5
Below Average Dave ( - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Awesome job Jack to a classic Led Zepplin song. Season of cash - common God That they trust - good as gold
John Jenkins - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Excellent parody. The iCare was the best of several creative lines. I might be missing something since everybody else has awarded this parody 5s for pacing, but I had to deduct a point because "commercial" has 3 syllables and "California" has 4.
Chris Wolvie - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Being someone that WORKS in the "Wal-Mart machine", I can tell you that what you said was 100%...ACCURATE! Well done! Fives...out of five!
Joel Martinez - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Overall good work! here's an early christmas gift: 555
Red Ant - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks to Matthias & Peter & Jack & Alvin & Pat & Rick & PMS & Guy & Macphisto & Dave & John J!

John J first: (I was hoping I could get away without explaining this one -- ho ho ho!) Yes, there is a syllable difference between "California" and "Commercial". At face value, they are also stressed quite differently from each other. However, Robert Plant utterly obliterates the "to" in the title (as well as elsewhere in the song), so it's sung more like "Goin' California" (or "Go ta California"), with the 1st, 3rd and 5th syllables stressed (6 syllables total). "Growin' Too Commerical", despite the syllable shift of the "too", is also 6 syllables, 1st, 3rd and 5th stressed. "Snow in Minnesota" would be another perfect title fit despite the apparent lost syllable. But thank you much, sir!

Matthias: I've wanted to do TOS for ages. I stalled with the idea "Getting Geriatric", probably for the best... Recording this would be fairly easy, all I need is a guitar and a mandolin (there are no backing tracks I know of).

Peter: As Christmas starts here the day after Thanksgiving, it's more like 32 days this year instead of 12. As for the i Care (I should work for Apple...), it's more a satircal jibe at "must-have" products: I could really care less about iPhones and most of the other commercial crap that is incessantly foisted upon us this time of year.

Thanks to everyone else who commented as well on the "iCare": it was a spur of the moment creation, nothing that had been "saved up", so to speak. Good friends, great comments: what more could a guy want?

(okay, a trailer and an ATV would be nice... :D)
Red Ant - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks Chris and Joel! I missed you while typing my above reply. Chris: Glad you liked the Wal-Mart dig. And my condolences. ;)
Matthias - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Pretty depressing telling about the true meaning of Christmas. Some songs don't have to be funny to be powerful and this was one of them. I still like the iCare line, and this was very poetic (Although a little out of season)
kevin - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Bang on I think all of the holidays are way too commercial nowadays and koodo's to you for pointing it out in a classic way
Agrimorfee - April 20, 2009 - Report this comment
(Artitrsy) Good work on a very difficult tune here. I dug the "goint'commercial" pacing aspect that you explained above without any need for explanation. The rhymes were great, almost always a foundation of your work. "Fa lala" was inspired as well.
Rex - April 26, 2009 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Brilliant work. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to shopping -- there's only 248 days until Christmas.
bobpiecheese - April 26, 2009 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Kinda out of season, but still powerful, yet funny (didn't think that was possible). 555 for you!
Below Average Dave - May 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Still think this one is great, though I generally don't get into Christmas parodies in May. . ."iPods and iPhones but where is ... the iCare...?" is just too funny not to laugh even in January. . .still awesome, and it's good to see it in a contest.
Ash - June 04, 2009 - Report this comment
This is fantastic Ant, and so true. I have to tell you though, when I first read "Goin' to California" my brain registered Wyclef's "Gone til November" for some reason and I was trying to pace it to that. It didn't work so well. Once I got the correct song, it was perfect. :)
Red Ant - June 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks for all the wonderful comments guys, and especially to Ash.
foolindarain - November 30, 2011 - Report this comment
this parody captured the disintegrating values society has placed on "THE HOLIDAYS" in a comfortable, easy to sing a long with way. good job red ant!
Red Ant - November 22, 2012 - Report this comment
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends, and belated ty to foolindarain ~~

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