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Song Parodies -> "Drivin' like Hell"

Original Song Title:

"Hide In your Shell"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Drivin' like Hell"

Parody Written by:

Guy DiRito

The Lyrics

This is dedicated to all those crazy drivers that are featured on shows like "World's Wildest Police Chases" with host John Bunnell as seen in the US on TRU TV.

DKTOS? Click here for a Youtube listen to Supertramp's "Hide in Your Shell"

Drivin' like hell cause the cops are out to seize you for your crimes,
What will you gain to make that chase a little longer.
Headin' for hell as the spike strips turn your rubber into steel,
Shelter can't find; chasing behind your cars a croaker.

Like lightening, you're running from a ranger,
You stupid fool, put everyone in danger.
Run wading through, no driver cares to stand you,
You've got dope in your glove closet, (Dope in your glove closet)
And you're hoping cops won't spot it. (You’re hoping cops won't spot it)
Cops are wishing so to greet you,
When they catch you they will beat you,
Grab on and run as cops scramble more.

It's hard to steer; linkage out of line now.
And it's real hard to keep control.
They're gonna stop you, they're gonna stop you,
They're gonna stop you, when tires blow.
And you just hit another signpost,
Best get your car back up on the road.
No one to help you, no one to help you,
No one to help you, no where to go.

On through the night as you ride and shake so bold you run red lights.
Hold on your seat a second tan moving car they send you.
You hear a noise and believe that spraying was sure a sprained lug,
Missing a tree, onward you flee in your world of bad guys.

Cops tightening, your tires start to smolder,
Cops dutiful, as chase gets ever bolder.
You're looking for, somewhere to ditch this Lancer [1],
You race on seeking some seclusion, (race on seeking some seclusion)
Cops compounded their occlusion, (compounded their occlusion)
You'll hate life the way they'll treat you,
Cops just want to beat you,
Grabbin' your butt out a shambled Ford®.

You will spend years lingering inside now,
'Cause of your crime, you lost control.
Now they will jail you, now they will jail you,
Now they will jail you, that’s where you'll go.
And you must pay now for every signpost,
That your car whacked on off the road.
And so they jail you, and so they jail you,
And so they jail you, won't let you go.

The cops will throw...
The cops will throw...
The cops will throw you...
The cops will throw you...
The cops will throw you...

And how they'll throw you,
Don't wanna hear you.
They just wanna bust you,
Seized and they jail you, and they jail you,
You've the right not be sayin',
You were dopin', and drinkin', and playin',
The booze got you stinkin'
Gee, how you're seething,
Can't ever, never make them let go.

Hold your "ralph" down, hold your "ralph" down,
Why can't you hold your "ralph" down?
Why can't I piss in the can?
Oh to that place can't make your way to,
That place where you can pee to, un-fill you,
Cops got you all laid out prone,
You can't think clearly,
Don't know exactly what you're hearin',
'Cause you're in trouble from too much brew,
You begin to see what you are pleading to,
No gloves, please, glove - ooooh!
Gloving is their way of searching in you,
Why must they be so cruel, oh so cruel,
Oh, you're one damn fool...

{1} The Dodge Lancer was a model of the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation. Dodge used the Lancer name to denote models three times in its history before the creation of DaimlerChrysler in 1998.

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Total Votes: 14

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alvin - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
love the contrast between your lyrics and the melody....that show never has to worry about running out of material
Guy - September 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin - guess a lot of people don't know this song. This is the 2nd time I've done parody on it and as far as I know there are only 2 parodies on this OS on the site.
Guy - April 04, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC5D) Competition

This parody is being entered into the ABC "D" round. This author realizes that this is not a very well know OS. The album cut is the third song on side one of the album entitled "Crime of the Century" by Supertramp and was released in 1974. This OS has only been done in parody twice on Amiright and I authored both parodies. I think that there was so little attention paid to this parody because the OS does not seem to be all that well known or forgotten by writers who listened to rock music in the 1970's. Although the parody shows 148 views at the time of this posting, only one comment has been made on it.

By far the last three verses are the hardest to put into parody form because they vary greatly from the verses that preceed them and tend to do the repetition of lyrics that most rock songs do especially when they fade the song out except that this one does a full three verses of it and tends to really drag that part of the OS way out. I am asking that you would please give the OS a good listen, compare the OS to the parody and then judge the parody accordingly.

Part of the reason that I selected this song for the competition is to give it more exposure. I really hope that you the reader can appreciate that this OS is not the easiest to write a parody on. Your comments will tell me way more than the voting will on the song parody contest thread of the message board.

Your attention and honest commentary on this write will be greatly appreciated by this author.

Below Average Dave - April 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Having not read it yet Guy, I really like your little intro here, personally I think that's the best reason to enter the ABC competition. It's perfectly acceptable to enter the song most likely to win, but exposure to new songs and styles is the best thing about all this, and one of the main reasons I've stuck around in competitions. . .I'll leave my honest opinion during the "D" round when I read it to the OS you've chosen to parody. Thanks again Guy
Agrimorfee - April 13, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Such a manifesto, Guy. I am very familiar with the OS, and I love what you did with it here. Lancer probably is 10x more obscure than "Hide In Your Shell", but this was very good. Like how you kept certain words of the original but to your own purposes, such as "what do you gain" and "closet" as part of "glove closet" (which I never heard of before, i always called it "glove compartment")
Guy - April 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Ag - Wow what a nice critique you did on my parody. I'm so glad that at least one person so far knows this song so well. It really helps to know this song to be able to appreciate it, as you so nicely put it a "manifesto". You make my day with your comment on this. And about the Glove Closet - It should be Glove Compartment but then it would not scan right calling it by its correct name. It worked due to the fact that dispite it being incorrect you knew what was meant by it. Thanks for your comment.
Matthias - April 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I really liked the idea behind this one, and it seemed a bit more gramatically correct than a lot of your other parodies.
Claude Prez - April 20, 2009 - Report this comment
This really does seem like a difficult song to parody; I can tell you put a lot into it so I want you to know that I did listen carefully to the original, which I'd never heard before. Part of the problem with a lot of parodies is that they're a lot more entertaining if they're catchy, and if the original isn't catchy, the parody won't be either. This is a really good example of that. However, there are plenty of other elements to appreciate. Lots of clever syllable matches, and fun storytelling, for example. Not to mention an exciting car chase! Plus, I used to drive a Lancer. Seriously. Also, I had "dope in my glove closet". I think. Finally, I'm pretty sure there's something disturbingly hilarious about the "car whacked on off the road" line but I'll just be on my way now. Good work Guy.
Guy - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Matt - Thanks for commenting - but my writing grammar will probably always make you cringe when you read my stuff. Some readers like it and others do not.

Claude - I've known this OS for a long time. It seems catchy to me. I guess that it is one of those songs that after listening to it several times it becomes somewhat catchy - As I stated above - I put this OS out just for some added exposure and I appreciate everyone who gives it an honest shot and leaves a comment on what their thoughts on it are. I much appreciate your honest critique.
Jason - April 27, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC-D) 555mph!
Below Average Dave - April 28, 2009 - Report this comment
This is a very well written parody, I can't say that the OS did much for me, I know that grammar isn't something you put a lot of thought into, as one who writes for recording, it's hard for me to over look it I just want to make sure you know what my voting is on. Still a very well written parody. . .
Stuart McArthur - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) wow, I bought this album when it came out and loved that song, esp. when it lilts into its first chorus - haven't heard it in ages - great use of it and even greater idea to lampoon world's worst drivers to it, Guy - some beautifully matched couplets to the OS, none better than "You've got dope in your glove closet, And you're hoping cops won't spot it." which conforms to my number 3 rule of parody appreciation, which is that the wording must sound conversational or accidental c/f contrived to fit the metre and/or/ rhyme and/or pacing and/or line shape - 555
Guy - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Jason - Thanks for checking this parody out and giving it some extra exposure.

BAD - No need to apologise for how you vote in the comps. As I said when I posted this in my comment above - I just wanted to get this thing some exposure. And yes my grammar in song writing may not meet with your high standards of recording, but you must understand that I do not record so I can't appreciate the importance that you place upon proper grammar. Anyway Stu seems to approve. Thanks for giving this your review and added exposure. I didn't put this out in ABC expecting to win. You pleased me by adding exposure to this write in comment form. >BR>
Stu - I like the fact that you can appreciate my Appalachian vernacular that I use so often in my writings. "Pittsburghese" is a well known and well defined dialect in the English language which is part of Appalachia. I lived in Applachia for about the first 18 years of my life and I use it a lot in my parodies. And it so helps to know the OS as well as you do. My other parody to this OS is called "Ride Into Hell" and is a Psycho parody. I basically did the same thing with the couplets on this one. If you want to see more parody on this OS give it a look here:

Thanks so much for enjoying this write - positive comments from excellent writers as yourself mean a lot to this author.
bobpiecheese - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC4) I'm always in the mood for a car-crash-related parody, and you did a great job with it, especially with the narrative leading into the results of driving like a twit. For some reason I couldn't stop laughing at the "And you just hit another signpost" line. Lancer didn't seem obscure to me (though I was thinking of the Mitsubishi Lancer :D). 555 for you!
Red Ant - May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I can appreciate the effort that went into this, Guy. The odd tempo and rhyming to change of tempo at the end and all the overlayed/backing vocals make it a lot of work. Thanks for the introduction to the song as well; even though it's 30+ years old, it's new to me.

Without the footnote, I would have guess a Mitsubishi Lancer, err, either way, isn't the guy driving a Ford? That minor confusion aside, I really liked this parody. Well done.
Jeff Reuben - May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Very well done for an OS that I don't know :) The intro helped.
Melanie Lee - May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
(ABC) Really funny. I got lost at the final third of the song, but it's getting late and I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Arrest that driver for going 5-5-5!

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