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Song Parodies -> "I Couldn't Change The Tire"

Original Song Title:

"We Didn't Start The Fire"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"I Couldn't Change The Tire"

Parody Written by:

Tim Mayfield

The Lyrics

West Covina, Tropico, Bell Gardens, San Pedro
South Gate, Rosemead, Playa Vista, Rancho Dominguez

San Fernando, Universal, Altadena, and South Central
North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Whittier, Westwood

Hollywood, Vernon, Chinatown, Avalon
Burbank, Valencia, Walnut Park, Arcadia

Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Carson, Venice beach stroll
El Segundo, Temple City, can't go, what a pity

I couldn't change the tire
So we won't be going
To the places knowing
I couldn't change the tire
And our LA travel
Has become unraveled

Calabasas, Topanga, Signal Hill, Monrovia
La Crescenta, San Marino, Jefferson Park

Norwalk, Mount Wilson, Valley Village, Downtown
Brentwood, Sunland, Van Nuys, Marina Del Rey

Florence, Glendale, La Canada-Flintridge, Bell
Harbor City, Pacoima, Culver City, Tujunga

Glenoaks, Rolling Hills, Playa del Rey, North Hills
Baldwin Park, getting dark, roaches in the sewer

I couldn't change the tire
So we won't be going
To the places knowing
I couldn't change the tire
On the road most traveled
We're like freeway cattle

Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes Estates
Santa Clarita then Santa Monica

City of Industry, Saugus Agua Dulce
Mar Vista, El Monte, Crenshaw, Sierra Madre

La Mirada, Claremont, Lancaster, Gardena
Rancho Park, Sylmar, Newhall, Monterey Park

Northridge, Diamond Bar, Inglewood, Huntington Park
Montebello, Downey, Rancho Palos Verdes

I couldn't change the tire
So we won't be going
To the places knowing
I couldn't change the tire
No, I couldn't do it
Now we cannot commute

Studio City, Panorama City
Maywood, View Park, Griffith Park, Echo Park

Sherman Oaks, Lake View Terrace, Long Beach, City of Commerce
Bel Air Estates, Tarzana, Rowland Heights

Walnut, Boyle Heights, Torrance, Hacienda Heights
But the car's town away, how much am I gonna pay?

I couldn't change the tire
So we won't be going
To the places knowing
I couldn't change the tire
Not the way I planned it
It looks like we're stranded

Glassell Park, Mission Hills, Los Feliz, San Gabriel
Hawthorne, Lawndale, Silverlake, Palmdale

Quartz Hill, West Hills, Hancock Park, Encino, Leimert Park
Anaheim has Disneyland, tolls to Terminal Island

Westlake Village, Arleta, Santa Fe Springs, Azusa
LAX, Glendora, Lakewood, Agoura

Manhattan Beach, Malibu, you know they've got surfing too
Compton, Watts and East LA, shouldn't go there anyway

I couldn't change the tire
So we won't be going
To the places knowing
I couldn't change the tire
I don't need the looting
Or the freeway shooting

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alvin rhodes - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
brave man to take on this song...i was born in south gate...lived in both norwalk and downey....nice job....5s
John Barry - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Good job! I'm from Norcal, but I'm guessing you've named every place in the L.A. megalopolis. Travel I-5 three times.
Tim Mayfield - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
I am also an ex-LA county resident. Thanks Alvin, this was a hard write. Rhyming with only city names to choose from is almost ridiculous.
nally - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Good job, Alvin. Having lived in Southern California all my life (and in L.A. County for the first 20 years of my life, although I still go to school there), I am very familiar with all the locales you mentioned here. And it flows very well with the original song. I'm going to give you all fives.
nally - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Whoops...I meant Tim Mayfield! I'm sorry; I put the wrong author name by mistake...my bad.
Ingeborg S. Nordén - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Masterful job on the place-name rhymes and pacing, and good vivid imagery in the rest of the song. For the Information Highway Patrol, dial 5-5-5!
Meriadoc - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
What? No Reseda? Ah well, I'll give ya 5's anyway.... ;-)
Tim Mayfield - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
John, guess I passed you in the night or something. As you see, by Meriadoc's comment, I left out a few, about thirty actually. I don't think I've heard of Norcal, did you mean Norco? ;-)

nally, quite understandable considering how long this parody is, I almost forgot who I was too.

Ingeborg, thanks. Hmm, "Viva Las Vegas" to "Vivid Images", could be a nice parody rewrite...

Meriadoc, I did have to leave a few towns unmentioned, but Reseda already has it's own theme song. Dr. Demento even featured five or so for a competition one night. Even Lynwood has it's own theme song, if you count "Big Hairs of Lynwood" from Bob Rivers Comedy Corp.
Arwen - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm holding off on voting until I can have the recording here with me. I feel like there are some internal rhymes scheme issues...but I could be wrong, considering the rest of the 5s...
Rick D - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm a Valley boy also. Mari is a Val. We lived in Reseda a long time. That's where the big quake was, not Northridge. Good place to be from, not in.
nally - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Really?? For almost 11 years we all thought the quake was centered in Northridge. Where, approximately, was it centered?
Meriadoc - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Reseda is an okay place to be in. Once we got Tom Petty's blasted freeway out of the yard... ;-D
Rick D - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
They called it the Northridge quake because that's where most of the damage was, but the epicenter was in Reseda, somewhere near Mason and Sherman Way. I was at White Oak and Vanowen when it knocked my butt out of bed.
2nz - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Not familiar with the locale, but having tried this song, I can more than appreciate the work you put in. 5's bro, Excellent job
nally - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
The intersection of Mason and Sherman Way would be in Canoga Park then, since that's west of Corbin. My mom used to work at St. Joseph the Worker Church (but not until '99), which is on Sherman Way somewhere between those two streets.
Michael Pacholek - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Don't forget, as Johnny Carson taught us, that when you get to Hancock Park, to park your hancock. And when you get to the Slauson Cutoff, get out of the car and cut off your slauson, then get back in your car, and keep driving until you see... the fork in the road!

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