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Song Parodies -> "Spielin' for Three Years"

Original Song Title:

"Reelin' in the Years"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Steely Dan

Parody Song Title:

"Spielin' for Three Years"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

May 21 is my third amiright anniversary.
Just a month before summer,
A friend said, "You will have laughs
At this site--grab bag of lyrics:
Parodies and list'ning gaffes.
So I chose to try to write some,
Keyboard-hovered were my hands.
I think my things were specious;
I was drunk then, man.

I been spielin' for three years,
Blowin' the pace and rhyme.
I was gambling there'd be cheers
When I posted the first time.

Got a "Spell"in' bee in my bonnet. . .
Since done 117.
"Poetic license" I use
When my researching is lean.
I'm weak in facts and knowledge,
A Wikipedia fan.
I think I passed in college?
I was drunk then, man.

I been spielin' for three years,
Postin' a waste of rhyme.
I was gambling on no jeers
Even though my poems weren't prime.

I've stretched it max, the punning
And I've stretched syntax and rhyme.
My tropes often aren't awfully good--
Then's retch-induction time.
After all stinkers I've done, I mean
To plow on, that's my plan.
I will not stint; I'm ruthless
When I'm drunken, man.

I been spillin' for three years,
Stowin' away the wine.
When I've grabbed the last of the beers,
I'll move on to turpentine.

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TJC - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
A nice introspective retrospective, John! Congrats on the anniversary and your 1,635th (is that even possible?) parody... you 'da man!
alvin - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
i love parodies about writing parodies and this one is a classic
Dee Range - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Here's to the three years you've entertained us with your creative genius, and to the 365 years it will take me to catch up with your parody total, assuming you retired today. Keep on keepin on, brother. Great stuff.
MasonR - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Congratulations on your third anniversary, John! I think Amiright put a spell on you!
AFW - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Happy Anniversary, John...creative and funny, as always
Michael Pacholek - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Are you sure you don't mean "Spelling" for three years? Let's see, that's about 545 parodies a year. Wow. That's almost double my pace. You can cut out all my Eddie Fitzes and all your Spells, and you've still put fifteen more miles behind me. As parodists go, you're far better than most. Either that, or you've got a serious pep-pill problem.
John Barry - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Thanks, TJC, Alvin, Dee, Mason, AFW, Michael. I appreciate all your comments.
Jack Wilson - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Love the parody hate and dont know why I once liked the OS
McKludge - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
If alcohol is all it takes to keep you going, I'll be glad to buy the next round.
Ann Hammond - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
happy anniversary
Below Average Dave - May 22, 2007 - Report this comment
Three years, congrats. . .I'm still a noob comparitively, I see you are bringing it in on a high note. "At this site--grab bag of lyrics: Parodies and list'ning gaffes." . . .well, I think that sums it up nicely ;)
John Jenkins - May 22, 2007 - Report this comment
Congratulations on 3 years of quality and quantity. Are you saying that wine is the secret?
Red Ant - May 22, 2007 - Report this comment
Congratulations on your three year anniversary. "I think I passed in college? I was drunk then, man."; heh heh. Loved the ending.
Michael Pacholek - May 22, 2007 - Report this comment
In vino, Barry's task?

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