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Song Parodies -> "It's All 'Shock And Awe' To Me"

Original Song Title:

"It's Still Rock & Roll To Me"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"It's All 'Shock And Awe' To Me"

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The Lyrics

Whatsamatter with the folks we're killin
(Dontcha know that theyre moms and kids)
Know we hate em but we're just not willin
To take arms like our daddies did
We wave our flags and cry out "death to the hateful"
But when we kill em then we act less than grateful
Moms dads young lads Fallujah Islamabad
Its all shock and awe to me

Whatsamatter with the wartime prisons
(Dontcha know that theyre harsh and cruel)
But we bash the "evil Muslim children"
As our kids walk to Sunday School
When we agreed to the Geneva Convention
Hypocrisys a thing we all failed to mention
Dessimate eviscerate (but don't dare humiliate?)
Its all shock and awe to me

We oughta know that wars a real ugly business, cause its all about a killin spree
So I cant understand why we sit and wring our hands when we see it on our home tv screens
Can you please explain that to me, oooh

Whatsamatter with the war we're wagin
(Dontcha know that its blood for oil)
But all the same we know we love our hatin
How the blood really starts to boil
The ones we use to love to hate was the commies
Then jews, japanese, the blacks and now the saddammies
Aushwitz Birmingham Abu Ghraib internment camps
Its all shock and awe to me

Everybodys talkin bout abuse now
Funny cause it's all fuggin war to me

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Rod Worden - June 15, 2004 - Report this comment
This is one of the very best of the best parodies on this site, and I hope it is widely read, TerraPax. Outstanding, 5s are not enough here!
Terra Pax - June 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks to both of you for reading and rating, and thanks Rod for your kind words.
Billy Florio - June 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Terra, while I dont agree with your sentiment, I have to say, this parody is incredably well written. Nice job
Claude Prez - June 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Billy's comment convinced me to check this out. Excellent work.
Stray Pooch - June 15, 2004 - Report this comment
TerraPax this is extremely good work. Very pointed and well thought out - not to mention excellent pacing. 555 and well-deserved. One quick unrelated question: DId you ever run a restaraunt on wheels that served southern food? Cause I am sure I heard someone say that they "Et in TerraPax Hominy Bus." (Pun control . . .)
Michael Pacholek - June 15, 2004 - Report this comment
You missed a verse, so I had to give your fours instead of fives. Shocked? Awwww...
TerraPax - June 16, 2004 - Report this comment
My thanks to all who have read and left your comments. Stray Pooch, no, I have never done any catering, but your joke was quite funny. Michael Pacholek, please excuse my deleting a verse. I must have been using an incomplete transcript of the song as my guide, but I believe this expresses everything I wanted to convey. Thank you very much for bringing it to my attention.
Michael Pacholek - June 16, 2004 - Report this comment
Pax: You're not alone. There are some versions of "Piano Man" where the second half of the second verse (Bill, I believe this is killing me) and the first half of the third verse (Now, Paul is a real estate novelist) are cut out. So Billy wrote, "I am the entertainer, I've come to do my show, you've heard my latest record spin on the radio. It took me years to write it, they were the best years of my life, it was a beautiful song but it ran too long, if you're gonna have a hit you gotta make it fit, so they cut it down to 3:05." And what did "they" do with "The Entertainer"? Cut out the third verse: "I am the entertainer, I've been all around the world, I've played all kinds of palaces and laid all kinds of girls." And a bit of "Pressure" was cut out: "Don't ask for help, you're all alone..." Why they treated BJ this way, I don't know.
TerraPax - June 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Well, Michael Pacholek, the radio stations were probably concerned with the subject matter -- in the seventies, they did not want young people hearing about a character in a song going all around the world and getting laid indiscriminately. Little did they know what was to come in our day! I suspect that the stations probably would not refer to Billy Joel as "BJ" either [smile].
Kristof Robertson - June 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Terrapax...I'm very impressed with this and will be reading more of your stuff in the future. Good work..keep writing! 555

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