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Song Parodies -> "Comma Semicolon"

Original Song Title:

"Karma Chameleon"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Culture Club

Parody Song Title:

"Comma Semicolon"

Parody Written by:

The Comedian

The Lyrics

English majors criticize what I say
When I listen to them I smile and say

I'm a man (a man)
Without good diction

I'm a man (a man)
Who doesn't know

How to write (to write)
A line of fiction

That doesn't blow
That doesn't blow


Comma, comma, comma, comma, comma; semi-co-lon;

You pause, and go; you pause, and go, o-o-o!

Punctuation's easy if you bother to write stuff clean

Proofread and screen; proofread and scree, ee-ee-een


Didn't read my wicked words every day
But I'm used to how you beat-up what I say

Yet my love (my love)
For lousy diction

Is a thing (a thing)
I love so strong

When I show (I show)
You my poor letters

You think I'm wrong
You think I'm wrong


Comma, comma, comma, comma, comma; semi-co-lon;

A clause ends so; a clause ends so, o-o-o!

Punctuation's easy if you write only shite that's keen

Proofread and screen; proofread and scree, ee-ee-een


Every phrase
Is like "Survivor" ("Survivor")
Vote my rough words off as eye-sores!

Every phrase
Is like "Survivor" ("Survivor")
Vote my rough words off as eye-sores!


(instrumental)


I'm a man (a man)
Without good diction

I'm a man (a man)
Who doesn't know

How to write (to write)
A line of fiction

That doesn't blow
That doesn't blow


Comma, comma, comma, comma, comma; semi-co-lon!

You pause, and go; you pause, and go, o-o-o!

Punctuation's sleazy if you don't give a damn like me

Read; it; and; weep,,,,,,read; it; and; weep!


(repeat chorus; then, repeat chorus, then;re,peat;cho,rus;)

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Voting Results

 
Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.7

Total Votes: 40

Voting Breakdown

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 4   3
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Guy - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm semi-callin' this a hit. Nice work JD. This was over the top.
Paul Robinson - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Johnny D, Looks like you are ready to give some of us a "Colon-ass-kicking". 5's.
Rick D - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
How come we gotta scan so much up and down to read your stuff? You're a real "space" cadet. I used to be a cmplete A-hole. Now I'm only a semi-colon.
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
I hope you won´t follow further in the steps of BG and join some wacky cult or something... you´d be high priest before noon. :-)
alvin rhodes - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
i wish you'd have been my high school english teacher...5s
Holli - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
That is the funniest thing I've ever heard....
Johnny D - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you all, folks!

Guy: Now THAT's a "semi" I wouldn't mind getting "hit" by!

Paul: Hmm, you have a point, considering I went from yesterday's "enema" theme to today's semicolonic endeavor.

Rick: Is space becoming a pain for you? You should visit Captain James T. Kirk's Star Fleet Chiropractor, and FACE....THE SPINAL FRONTIER.

K1chyd: Follow in the footsteps of George O'Dowd? HA! My twirl isn't nearly campy enough! ;-)

Alvin: Oh do you non't !!

Holli: Wow, thanks! ;-D
Dee Range - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
This do'nt blow...great as usual JD
Adagio - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
spacey!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,5's
Adagio - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Johnny.....what you said...'FACE....THE SPINAL FRONTIER. 'LOLOLOL
Peregrin - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
What? No 'postrophes? Sigh! 5's anyway! Good one JD
Bob Gomez, wishing he had had this idea - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey, Johnny D, good going on this one! Nothing wrong with your diction as far as I can tell! 555 d;:^)
Johnny D - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Dee, Adagio, Pippin, and Bob!
Serafina - September 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Very creative, JD! This was by far one of the best parodies I've read on this site lately; I give it a perfect 5-5-5! One thing I must say, it absolutely bugs me when I see misuses of punctuation. You really nailed it. :)
Johnny D - September 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you, Serafina. ;-)
pickle - September 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I bet you've got Lynne Truss's 'Eats, Shoots And Leaves' book on punctuation. Although the title to me always suggests that the panda walks into a bar and shoots someone and departs!
Johnny D - September 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Heh heh, thanks, pickle!
Jeff Reuben - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Having written a song about hyphens, I absolutely loved this one, great job Johnny!
Johnny D - September 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks for "pausing by", Jeff!
Ingeborg S. Nordén - September 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Great choice of subject, funny handling...but the stress in "semicolon" simply wouldn't match "chameleon" no matter how hard I tried, and rhyming "survivor" with "eyesores" was a reach. 4-5-5...
Johnny D - September 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Ingeborg .... I'm just glad you took the time to read it so closely and write a comment that shows you gave it an in-depth look!
Agrimorfee - September 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Now here is a song that has been crying to be parodied since its release, and Johnny has pulled it off tremendously! Put this one up for SOTM, Johnny! 555
Johnny D - September 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Agrimorfee!
Adagio - October 04, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM Already voted...still great!
Johnny D - October 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Pat.
Guy - October 06, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM - What Adagio said.
Johnny D - October 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Guy.
Phil Alexander - October 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Another one I could have sworn I left a comment for earlier... obviously not, though. I obviously liked it first time around as it certainly had a part in my writing "Bad Grammar" :-)
Arwen - October 08, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM--5s from this grammar geek!
Spaff.com - October 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I loved this the first time I read it; I love it still. (How's my semicolon use?) But since I failed to comment before: Ditto what RAD said (heh heh). Ditto what k1chyd said (though I didn't know that Bob Gomez had joined a wacky cult). Ditto what Bob Gomez said (even if he's joined a wacky cult). Ditto what pretty much everyone said. I have a feeling that this is one of those where every time I hear the original my brain will substitute "comma sem-ee-co-lunn."
Agrimorfee - October 11, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Johnny took my advice...still a big contender.
Steven Cavanagh - October 11, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Wow, that brings a lump to my colon. It's excellent, period. Must dash!
Johnny D - October 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Philbo, Arwen, Mighty Spaff, Agrimorfee, and Steven.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - October 13, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Your diction's airy. (Curse you Rick D!!!) Completely to the contrary of Ingeborg, rhyming semicolon with chameleon was a / of genius!
Johnny D - October 13, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you, Luke.
Melhi - October 15, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM > You're, a; guy: who -- makes... me. giggle! :)
Claude Prez - October 15, 2004 - Report this comment
You sure Phil didn't write this? (that's a compliment to both of you). To be honest, this title has stuck with me all month even though I'm just now finally clicking on it; as someone who overuses semicolons, I'm glad I did; it's quite good; no "anal colon" puns from me, though; sorry.
Johnny D - October 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Melhi; glad to hear it! And Claude, it's an honor to give you pause...thank you, too! ;-)
Paul Robinson - October 17, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) - Still like it as I said above. Very good stuff, to use my best Ingrishh werds...
Johnny D - October 17, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you again, Paul.
martha - October 19, 2004 - Report this comment
reminded me a little of Victor Borge's musical punctuation pieces ... anybody remember those???? great stuff as always Johnny 5s
Johnny D - October 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Martha. I remember Victor Borge, but not that particular schtick.
John Jenkins - October 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Nothing autobiographical about this parody - well done, JD.
Johnny D - October 19, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks very much, JJ!
Peregrin - October 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Fiveulous work JD!
Meriadoc - October 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I like punctuation parodies! :-)
Johnny D - October 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Pippin and Merry! ;-)
2nz - October 31, 2004 - Report this comment
Who can take a comma
Write a parody
Who can give the song a semi-colonoscopy
It's Johnny D
Yes, it's Johnny D, see
Johnny D - November 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks for the mini-parody, 2nz!
SomeGuy - November 14, 2004 - Report this comment
What put this one over the bar from funny to hilarious was actually using commas and semi-colons in the song. :)
Johnny D - November 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks SomeGuy!
Dominic L. - April 16, 2005 - Report this comment
I like your little english punctuation songs
Johnny D - April 16, 2005 - Report this comment
I appreciate your comments, Dominic, thanks.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - April 17, 2005 - Report this comment
If you were of oriental origin, I'd punctuation. (reeeally scraping the barrel here!) Still groovy, JD.
Charlie Decker - April 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(AbC) 555 from a noted semicolon abuser.
Agrimorfee - April 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC05) A good one reprised...see above
Adagio - April 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC05) Already commented...lol still. 5's
Guy - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC-C) See above comments.
Melhi - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
C - "C" my previous comment, above ^ :)
Kristof Robertson - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) I think I was away when this was first posted.....but it rocks!! 555
MysteryGoat - April 22, 2005 - Report this comment
It's amazing what a well placed comma can do for a sentence.
Adam Eccleshall - April 23, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) Hilarious :-)
Jeff Reuben - April 24, 2005 - Report this comment
One of my favorites, excellent job JD...and see above.
ABC's OF PARODIES ROUND "C" GOLD MEDAL - June 04, 2005 - Report this comment
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Johnny D - August 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Belatedly --- (ABC-thank-you), Luke, CD, Agri, Pat, Guy, Melhi, Kristof, MysteryGoat, Adam, and Jeff!
Red Ant - May 06, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC Finals) This was great, especially the last 2 lines! 5s.
Stuart McArthur - May 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(ABC-SOTY) whoa, I must not have been in the C-comp JD as there's no comment here - what a brilliant take on the OS title - typical JD genius here

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