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Song Parodies -> "They All Come Sleazy"

Original Song Title:

"It Don't Come Easy"

Original Performer:

Ringo Starr

Parody Song Title:

"They All Come Sleazy"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

The guys who make Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel look Presidential by comparison.
(instrumental opening)

They all come sleazy.
You know, they all come sleazy.
They all come sleazy.
You know, they all come sleazy.

See these candidates
for Prez of all these States
and, you know, they all come sleazy.
They're Republicans
and bad Americans
and, you know, they all come sleazy.

John McCain, not long ago was hero.
Signed with Bush's war
and became a massive zero!

I don't ask for much
but these guys I don't trust
and, you know, they all come sleazy.
And the problems of this land
they just don't understand
and, you know, they all come sleazy.

Credibility's not Giuliani.
He loves the Iraq War
and he'll bring us one Irani!

(instrumental break)

You may like his hair
beneath, there's nothing there
and Mitt Romney, he comes sleazy.
The Massachusetts guy
his flip-flops pile high
and you know, he sure comes sleazy.

Huckabee thinks he's got "fair tax" winner.
Give this man your votes
you won't be able to buy dinner!

I don't ask for much
but they're all out of touch
and, you know, they all come sleazy.
And if you want the truth
some of them still want Newt
and you know, that guy comes sleazy!

(instrumental close)

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alvin - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
especially liked the giuliani / irani rhyme
jeff stambo - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
MP---Where to start?? I feel your pain, but you should put it in a letter to the editor of the Daily Kos or al Jazeera, not in a parody. This stuff is supposed to be fun AND funny; in addition, you should never sacrifice craft on the altar of message, no matter how important you feel that your message may be. Unfortunately, too much political parody (mostly from the left in my observation, but I could be wrong) puts the bitterness and anger above the craftsmanship and humor. That's the only way to explain a couplet like 'They're Republicans-- and bad Americans'. First, 'Republicans' doesn't rhyme with 'Americans', doesn't even come close. Plus, while I understand the sentiment you're trying to express, those two lines sound more like the writing assignment of a fifth grader at a progressive elementary school run by investment banker parents who used to be hippies than the finished work of adult parodist. Let me try to help. How about: 'In the GOP, Your only guarantee, Is that everyone is sleazy'. That way, you've not only got a real rhyme, but you've also managed to relieve some monotony by slipping in a variant of 'You Know They All Come Sleazy'. Ringo does the same thing with 'You can even play them easy.' and 'And you know it just ain't easy.', both of which differ from 'You know it don't come easy.' Your McCain couplet: As soon as I see 'hero' I know I'm gonna get 'zero' in the next line. Very ineffective, in my opinion, kills whatever laugh might have been there, and also pretty jejune. Why not try something like this: 'Once McCain served bravely wearing khaki--Now his Gucci suit conceals a Bush Iraqi lackey.' The double rhyme may be a bit over the top, but it works, I think, as well as anything could in that spot given the laugh-killing properties of melisma (i.e., spreading two syllables over three musical notes). As for Rudy: 'Giuliani' and 'Irani' is indeed a nice rhyme, but you've forced it into a place it just doesn't go. 'He'll bring us one Irani' is a confusing line that makes the reader or listener think about what you're trying to say, and by the time they've figured it out, the laugh is gone. (And don't get me started on your accent placement for 'credibility'. Uggghhh.) Well, the first rule of writing is that you have to learn to kill your babies, so let's get rid of that entirely (and remember, you've already covered Iraq with McCain, so if you go after Rudy on the same grounds, I have a right to expect it re Romney; in other words, once you make your first two verses about Iraq, then the song is a GOP/Iraq song, not just a GOP song). How about this: 'Young man Rudy had the tabloids buzzin'---when his fiancee turned out to be his second cousin'. As for Romney: I'm a big fan of jokes about brainpower and the lack thereof, so I like what you're thinking here. Why not try: 'You may like his hair---But under, it's just air.' The 'but' sets up the joke better than just moving right to 'beneath', IMO. Or maybe: 'Under all that hair--there's nothing more than air.' Happy to help.
2Eagle - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Good timing in more ways than one.
Ann Hammond - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I sang.

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