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Song Parodies -> "Northern Man"

Original Song Title:

"Southern Man"

Original Performer:

Neil Young

Parody Song Title:

"Northern Man"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

A Floridian, I found myself misplaced in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 13 years (see my "Minnesota Farewell" and "Attack of the Northern Mosquito"). I'm back in the south, but have worked out a deal with God: He has to give me those years back at the end.
Northern Man, better stay inside
Cold wind blowin'
Best run and hide
Northern air gonna
Freeze your ass
Heat your house up
Turn up the gas

Northern Man

Olga Mae your nose is
Turning blue
I've seen your old man and
His is too
I swear to God I think I've
Caught the flu

I hear sneezin' and
Old men hackin' and
How long, how long?

Northern Man, no need to
Run around
Sit inside and just
Hunker down
Spring's a long way from
Comin' round

I hear sneezin' and
Old men hackin' and
How long, how long?

Northern Man, the snow is runnin' deep
Winter's here, seems like it's
Here for keeps
I've seen your gas bill
It's really steep

I hear sneezin' and
Old men hackin' and
How long, how long?

Northern Man, the sun has
The skies are grey, just like an
Old man's beard
Depression sets in like I
Always feared

I hear sneezin' and
Old men hackin' and
How long, how long?

Northern Man, the sidewalk's
Under ice
I've been to Florida, it
Sure is nice
I'm moving south, not even
Thinking twice

I hear sneezin' and
Old men hackin' and
How long, how long?

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Royce Miller - June 09, 2003 - Report this comment
I'm not familiar with the original song, sad to say, but I do like your lyrics
Michael Pacholek - June 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Not bad, but remember: The North won the war, and it wasn't Minnesota that screwed up a Presidential election.
Mark L - June 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Royce: You don't know "Southern Man"? I've heard of this: Cultural Illiteracy! :-) Michael: Ah, Minnesota politics! Where else can one find a professional wrestler elected as governor? Ya, sure, you betcha!
Claude Prez - June 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Very well done; I checked out your others as well--great stuff man.
Michael Pacholek - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Royce, if Neil Young had never written "Southern Man," Lynyrd Skynyrd wouldn't have done "Sweet Home Alabama" -- and that Reese Witherspoon movie probably would've been called "Down Home" or something like that. (Any excuse to mention Reese Witherspoon.) A great song answered by a great song. On the other hand, since "Watergate does not bother me," anything Skynyrd said should be taken with a mine of salt.
Billy Florio - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Actully Michael, the guys and girls of Skynyrd (the backup singers were female) were democrats...if you remember correctly, they backed Jimmy Carter in his first presidential bid (they really couldnt do the second one, considering some of them were dead)
Meriadoc - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Great parody Mark - very funny. Now how is everyone managing to take a parody about the weather and turn it political.... :-D
Michael Pacholek - June 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Sure, they were Democrats, just like the Guv'nor they loved in Birmingham, woo, woo, woo. Like most Southern Democrats, they turned to the dark side. The ones who survived, anyway. The others, well, they only could have voted in Chicago. Or maybe here in New Jersey. It's still a good song, though, far better than "Free Bird," which may be the most overrated song of the decade that also gave us "Stairway to Heaven." And did I mention that this parody was good?
Mark L - June 23, 2003 - Report this comment
Billy, wasn't it the Allman Brothers who hung with Jimmy Carter for a while?
Billy Florio - June 23, 2003 - Report this comment
Um..They may have, but I dont remember ever hearing that...I know for a fact that Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Charlie Daniels band did though.....
mac - January 31, 2004 - Report this comment
I like this one.
Jessy Leppert - September 18, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm From New Jersey.
Connie Chastain - October 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Cute lyrics, but not biting enough. I hate Young's song so much I wrote a novel just to take the title back. Can't post links here, but go to Amazon and search "Southern Man Connie Chastain."

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