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Song Parodies -> "Y-O-G-I"

Original Song Title:

"Y-M-C-A"

Original Performer:

The Village People

Parody Song Title:

"Y-O-G-I"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

If Steven Cavanaugh can do "Y.O.D.A.", I can do one for that other funny-looking little sage. And having played on more World Series winners than anyone, 10 (plus three more as a coach), he is -- are you ready? -- the Lord of the Rings.
Young man, your team is four runs down, I say
young man, and you feel like a clown, but now
young man, this is the Bronx Bombers' town
it ain't o...ver...til...it's...over!
Young man, you can make this team go, I say
young man, and you'll make lots of dough, because
no, man, there's no time limit here, wow!
What time...is...it? You...mean now?

It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
He has everything for baseball fans to enjoy!
He's the pride of the Pinstriped boys!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
He had such a good arm! Had a bat made of steel!
Ain't no steroids, his game was real!

Young man, are you listening to me? I say
young man, you're a New York Yankee! I say
young man, they called me ugly disgrace
but then I did...not...hit...with...my face!
No man's a one-man team, it's true! I say
again, all over it's deja vu!
On the Yankees, you really cannot fake it!
When you see fork...in...the...road...take it!

It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
He has everything for baseball fans to enjoy!
He's the pride of the Pinstriped boys!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
He had such a good arm! Had a bat made of steel!
Ain't no steroids, his game was real!

Young man, I was once in your shoes, I say
I was wearing Pinstripes of blue, I thought
no man understood what I say
but they won...Pen...nants...when...I play!
That's when the Yankees turned up the heat, if the
world were perfect, it just would not be! I say
Young man, get this into your head:
I didn't say...ev...ry...thing...I said!

It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
He has everything for baseball fans to enjoy!
He's the pride of the Pinstriped boys!

It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
Young man, young man, you might think it sounds queer
young man, it really gets late early out here!

Y-O-G-I! It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, the future ain't what it used to be!

Y-O-G-I! It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
Young man, young man, can I tell you the score?
It's too crowded, no one goes there no more!

Y-O-G-I! It's fun to listen to Y-O-G-I!
Young man, young man, take heed of what I sing!
You can observe a lot just by watching!

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Guy - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Really great Yogi humor here Mike. Seems you got all of his best cliche' in this one.
The Great Karlando - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
If it wasn't for your intro comments, I probably would have went through the entire parody thinking you were talking about the bear, not the Berra. I liked it.
Robert J. Pagliaro - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Very good, despite the Yankee connection. Yogi - the harder half of the trivia question: Name the two men who played and managed for both the Yankees and the Mets.
Rice Cube - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Ah-hey-hey, you should do one about the smarter-than-the-average-bear, ah-hey, BooBoo?
Michael Pacholek - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Actually, Robert, as Yogi would say, he's the only half. Four men have managed both teams: Yogi, Casey Stengel, Dallas Green and Joe Torre. Casey retired as a player before there was a Mets, Torre never played for the Yankees, and Green played a grand total of four games for the Mets and was never a Yankee player (he was mostly a Phillies pitcher). In fact, of all Met managers, Yogi's the only one who ever played for the Yankees. Though Casey played for the long-gone N.Y. Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, as far as I know the only person with a professional connection to all four teams.
Robert J. Pagliaro - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
You are correct, my mistake. Quite a feat to be the only person to manage and play for both teams - I think Yogi was reactivated by the Mets for about one week.
Johnny D - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
You've made a believer out of this ol' Red Sox fan, Captain Pacholek. I'd be proud to be a Yogi from Muskogee.
Johnny D - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Ooops, forgot to tell you that I scored this parody 555 Yogimeters.
Tim Hall - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Boo Boo would say I don't think the ranger would like this parody, Yogi, but I like it
Absolutely Write - November 29, 2003 - Report this comment
So, you CAN actually write one that A) isn't bitter B) isn't about how stupid you think George Bush is C) is actually funny . I wish someone else wrote this, because I'm giving it 555. Good job.
Michael Pacholek - March 26, 2006 - Report this comment
"In fact, of all Met managers, Yogi's the only one who ever played for the Yankees." As of Opening Day 2005, this is no longer true: Willie Randolph was one of the defining Yankee players of my youth, and is now entering his second season as Met manager. When he will finally manage a major-league team is still to be determined.
Robert J. Pagliaro - March 27, 2006 - Report this comment
You Yankee fans are like republicans. Who else would have the best shortstop in baseball playing third base? Although I must admit, the 2000 World Series was the only one that ever mattered (after '69) and we blew it. (But we remain tied in this century for WS wins). Can't wait to see the O's beat the Yanks on April 17th - look for me in the second row between the third base dugout and homeplate - I'll be the Mets fan rooting for the Orioles sitting with my hat on during the playing of "God Bless America". bob Mets Fan and Yankee hater
Michael Pacholek - May 05, 2006 - Report this comment
Uh, Bob, the best shortstop in baseball is Derek Jeter, and he has never played any other position. As for World Series wins in the 21st Century, the Yankees lead the Mets 1-0. Don't give me any of this "January 1, 2001" garbage. As for April 17, if you were in Yankee Stadium that day, you were all alone, since no game was scheduled. The following weekend, the Orioles won on Friday the 21st while the Yanks won on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. Stick to parodies, Bob. You've got a much better chance of winning.
Melanie Lee - September 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I suggested to Michael Pacholek that he write a Yogi parody in honor of the late, great Mr. Berra, and he pointed me to this. Great job, and it still holds up! It ain't over...now it's over. RIP Yogi Berra.
Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson - September 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Very nice piece. I thought I had done my homework in researching my recent eulogy, but missed this one, probably due to the unusual punctuation in your title. I jammed over 2 dozen 'yogi-isms' into my effort, but often had to use paraphrases rather than more direct quotes. You highlighted a smaller number of the favorites, and kept the story going well. Belated 5's (sec. code RTP).

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