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Song Parodies -> "I Work In East L.A."

Original Song Title:

"Born In The U.S.A."

Original Performer:

Bruce Springsteen

Parody Song Title:

"I Work In East L.A."

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

I wrote this parody for and with the help of my former immediate Supervisor at CCH, Larry Yarosh when he got a job at this Tax Software Company in East Los Angeles. Little did I know at the time that I would be working there as well in a few months. I start November 15th, just a 4-month temporary stint for now, but I'm looking forward to it. I had to re-work this quite a bit to fit my circumstances instead of Larry's as I originally written it.
Used to work for this company
I used to think that management valued me
They called a meeting up on the 4th floor
When is was done they showed us all the door

Canned by CCH
Just got canned by CCH
It was planned by CCH
We were canned by CCH

Had a nice job doing Tax Support
I did good work there and I wasn't bored
But the company; they had another plan
To save some dough we would all be canned

Now I work down in East L.A.
My new job is in East L.A.
Not so bad here in East L.A.
Working now down in East L.A.

Now I'll commute on the 10 Freeway
Then switch on over to the 60 Highway
Where I'll be workiing is called "Refunds Today"
I think I'll like it there; folks seem OK

They said I won't need any formal clothes
OK to have a mustache underneath my nose
And then at lunchtime I'll get great tacos
Another former colleague is there that I know
His name is Hector and I know he's a pro

I'm hoping this job will be interesting
A bigger challenge doing different things
The six-plus years I worked in my old place
Were good experience; it won't go to waste

I just got a job in East L.A
Yes, my new job is in East L.A.
Glad to be here 'cause I need the pay
I think I'll like it here in East L.A.

So I am long-gone now from CCH
And now my job is down in East L.A.
Yes, I work now down in East L.A.
Quite glad that I work down in East L.A..
Will someone will teach me how to say "ole"?
'Cause I'm a Jewish Gringo down in East L.A.

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 8

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Adagio - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good...I was hampered by just knowing the chorus, but the last two lines are really good. 5's
Paul Robinson - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Adagio.
Johnny D - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
I especially love "And then at lunchtime I'll get great tacos" !! Good job! And, good job!
alvin rhodes - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
workin' there is Ok...i'd be scared to live there...5s
Paul Robinson - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Johnny D, my friend Larry was telling me about all the wonderful foods available within walking distance of the office - and how inexpensive they are as well. Plus he got a very good haircut down the block for $7 and the guy REFUSED to take a tip for it! alvin - Yeah, daytime is fine, night-time...hmmm...need to be careful, for sure...
Jeff Reuben - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Ever heard Born in East LA (or seen the movie) with Cheech and Chong? Anyway, good song, enjoyed it!
John Barry - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Great final line, Paul.
Paul Robinson - November 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Jeff - Have heard it, yes, for sure! Thanks! JB, yeah, I liked the way it was working out in general, but it really needed a capper to push away from the repetitive nature of the chorus of the original song. I have to admit I never really cared for the OS artistically because it's just too damned repetitive throughout, "Anthem" or not...thanks!

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