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Song Parodies -> "Born In The USA (..as Trump finally admits)"

Original Song Title:

"Born In The USA"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Bruce Springsteen

Parody Song Title:

"Born In The USA (..as Trump finally admits)"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

In one of the more bizarre volte faces of a bizarre election campaign, Donald Trump yesterday finally admitted that his insistence that Barack Obama had been born outside the USA is so much nonsense (as anyone with half a brain already knew)

..except that he didn't phrase it that way. Instead he brazenly claimed that Hillary Clinton had started the lie (she didn't) and he "finished it"... which I guess you could say in a way he has, if you think that he has been the only person clinging on to that particular alternate version of reality until it finally imploded.

...this is as sung by Trump, with deep apologies for the trauma this would cause to Bruce Springsteen
I spent my last eight years on earth
Questioning the country of Obama's birth
No amount of evidence would change my thought
Saw the birth certificate, still said he's not:

Born in the U.S.A.
Wasn't born in the U.S.A.
Wasn't born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

Now I've got a campaign to run
Trying to be president is kinda fun
People look at me like I'm a buffoon
To keep 'em off-balance gonna change my tune:

Born in the U.S.A.
He was born in the U.S.A.
He was born in the U.S.A.
He was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

People asked, but I declined
To let 'em know what it was changed my mind
Why I did it, obviously
So I could lay the blame on Hillary

Other candidates all along
Have said that I'm wrong
I'm still here, and they're all gone

The rumour was all started by Hillary
But the person who finished it was: ME!

Lyin' my way into the presidency
If I lose I'll call it a conspiracy
For eight years been making no sense
Tellin' everyone that the president's not

Born in the U.S.A.
Was he born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Wasn't born, was he in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
He wasn't says Hillary in the U.S.A.

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Michael Pacholek - September 20, 2016 - Report this comment
I'm still wondering on what PLANET Trump was born. Not Earth. Nor Vulcan, as he is highly illogical.
Phil Alexander - September 20, 2016 - Report this comment
Yeah.. Vulcans are slim, highly intelligent, logical sorts of humanoids, so ain't no way he's a Vulcan. Vogons, on the other hand...
Peter Andersson - September 20, 2016 - Report this comment
What planet? There can be only one, but I let you figure it out by yourselves through these three words: Grand Nagus Trump! :-)
Si - September 20, 2016 - Report this comment
More like Forbidden Planet :-)
Lucy Lement - September 21, 2016 - Report this comment
Phil, for some reason I have found it more difficult to get my lyrics to match the song rhythm for Springsteen songs than for other songs. You did a good job with that. Did you experience the same challenge or not really?
Callmelennie - September 21, 2016 - Report this comment
Bruce can be pretty wordy in some of his magnum opus anthems. On the other hand, I didn't think "Born in the USA" was too difficult. Did it twice
Phil Alexander - September 22, 2016 - Report this comment
I've done this song once or twice before, too :-) I find the technique that works best for phrasing lines in this song particularly (I've not done many/any other Springsteen songs) is singing the verses out loud and getting the words to flow in the same sort of way. There are probably many times in this that syllable counts don't match, but the flow works.
Lucy Lement - September 22, 2016 - Report this comment
I appreciate both of your responses. It helps me to understand better what goes into the pacing part of the process. Sometimes, the more wordy a song is, you have more flexibility for communicating what you want to say in the parody, but it is harder to get the pacing (word flow) correct.
Phil Alexander - September 22, 2016 - Report this comment
When a song has not very many words, it's difficult to make a worthwhile parody out of it; similarly, if a song doesn't have much structure or rhyme, you often end up with something that doesn't really feel like a parody of anything. So the most satisfying parodies come from songs with a lot of words in a fairly tight (and interesting) structure: try searching for Be Our Guest as an original song, for example - they can be quite tricky to write (especially when, like BOG, there are a lot of verses so you need a subject that can deliver that much interest), but very rewarding when you get them right.
Lucy Lement - September 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I went back and read your Be Our Guest songs. I wasn't familiar with the original song so I listened to it to get the beat. Your parodies were hilarious and I can tell lots of work, to get them right!! I'll have to work up to that level... Ironically, the first two parodies I ever wrote (before I had any clue as to what I was doing), were long like that. I came up with some very funny lines but my verses and pacing don't match the original songs very well. I made up extra verses and moved the order around of the choruses. So they are not at all "AmIRight" publishable. But one day, I'll go back and tackle them again.

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