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Song Parodies -> "On the Joys of Burglary"

Original Song Title:

"Money for Nothing"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Dire Straits

Parody Song Title:

"On the Joys of Burglary"

Parody Written by:

neminem

The Lyrics

Well, this wasn't the parody I was *planning* to do when I downloaded the lyrics. But I'd always thought that this song was about theft (come on, "moving color tvs," what else could that mean?), so when I actually read the lyrics and discovered otherwise, I dropped my old idea and went with this one. You may or may not see the other idea in a few days... Not my best parody ever, but I couldn't help but write it anyway.
{In the background}
You don't need
That expensive TV
You don't need
That expensive TV
You don't need
That expensive TV
You don't need
That expensive TV

Now look at them houses that's the way to do it
You play the burglar and ya swipe tvs
This ain't workin' that's the way we do it
Money for nothin', lots'a stuff for free
Now this ain't workin' that's the way to do it
listen closely, ya can't be dumb
If the cops can catch ya you might go to jail
If ya land there, you won't have no fun

We're gonna gank those microwave ovens
Other kitchen accessories
We're gonna "move" these refrigerators
We're gonna "move" these color TVs

See the stupid people with the cubicles and bosses
Dumb people, they're playing fair
The stupid people do their nine-ta-fivers
While all the crooks like us are millionaires

We're gonna gank those microwave ovens
Other kitchen accessories
We're gonna "move" these refrigerators
We're gonna "move" these color TVs

Gonna gank those microwave ovens
Other kitchen accessories
We're gonna "move" these refrigerators
Gotta "move" those color TVs

You gotta learn to use a lockpick
You gotta learn to aim a gun
Oh crap, it's a witness, quick get a gun up to her ribcage, Bob
Then we'll have some fun
And look up there, what's that? Expensive artwork?
Looks like this house we picked'll give us quite a spree
Oh, this ain't workin' that's the way to do it
Get your money for nothin', lot'sa stuff for free

We're gonna gank those microwave ovens
Other kitchen accessories
We're gonna "move" these refrigerators
We've gotta "move" these color TV's

Now look at them houses that's the way to do it
You play the burglar and ya swipe tvs
This ain't workin' that's the way we do it
Money for nothin', lots'a stuff for free
Money for nothin', stuff for free
Money for nothin', stuff for free
Money for nothin', stuff for free
Money for nothin', stuff for free
{several minutes of repeats...}

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 12

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Johnny D - March 05, 2004 - Report this comment
I want my
I want my
I want my five times three
I want my
I want my
I want my five times three
sloatead - March 05, 2004 - Report this comment
here's your damn 5's for nothing...and your votes for free
Agrimorfee - March 05, 2004 - Report this comment
A lot funnier than you gave it credit for, dude! 555
Peregrin - March 05, 2004 - Report this comment
I liked this neminem! Love the artwork line!
melody - March 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I like this paul it's funnyy
Jared - April 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice work Nem...three 5's, amnd good luck in the contest...you'll need it ;)
Guy - April 02, 2004 - Report this comment
I missed this one when it posted. Glad you entered it in the SOTM for March otherwise I may have missed it completely and denied myself a great read. Good luck in the competition.
Melhi - April 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice Job.
Adagio - April 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Good one, neminem! Thanks for putting the song file with your entry and thanks for introducing me to a good song. Good luck in the competition
Rick D - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Years ago, I wrote a song called "This is the Life" about a professional thief. The first verses he sings about what a great life he has because he doesn't have to work and everything is free. the last verse he comes home and finds out he's been ripped off. Boy is he pissed. Good job on this, it's high on my short list.
Meriadoc - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Interesting take on the original! :-)
neminem - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Firstly, thanks everyone who's commented... and especially those of you who gave me points in the competition ;-P. Secondly, Rick: have a recording or at least the lyrics to that song? It sounds quite amusing.
Spaff.com - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Nice twist on the original. And thanks for introducing me to the word "gank."
Arwen - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
I had to read this after reading Spaff's comment...I love words. And I now love the word "gank..." thanks!
neminem - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Spaff and Arwen! As a fellow word-lover, I am always on the lookout for new slang to add to my vocabulary - and Mudd is absolutely full of such slang, a word-watcher's dream :-). PM me in the forum or something if you're curious about MuddSpeak, as it's often called - there are a few choice I've picked up here.
Paul Robinson - April 08, 2004 - Report this comment
nem - Very good parody. 5's. Of course the REAL top thiefs & burglars do all their transfers and thefts in PAPER or, even better, over the wires. Walking around with someone else's TV is kind of a bust, but you can rip-off thousands of people for multi-millions of dollars and not have anything on your person that tips off authorities. Just ask the Enron chieftains or the Tyco boss, Martha's Stewart's buddy Samuel whatever his name was with Imclone. Oh, the list goes on and on...Or you could be Halliburton and have the Government drive the money right up to your vaults and dump it in, no questions asked, as quick as you can say "Dick Cheney"...
Rick D - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Sure. I'll dig them out of the archives and put them on here tomorrow
Claude Prez - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent.
Jeff Reuben - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Not bad, I'm a big fan of the original
Paul Robinson - April 28, 2004 - Report this comment
nem - very good, as I noted earlier.
2nz - May 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Clever play on the original, nem. Good work.
Claude Prez - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Heh heh..."gank"....I remember that. Still excellent.
Johnny D - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM Wild Card) See above ... the word "gank" made me literally laugh out-loud for real on this second time around!
Agrimorfee - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM Wild '05) You kids with yer wacky "gank" slang. See above comments.
Kristof Robertson - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM Wild Card) I Gank. You Gank. He, she or it Gank. We have Ganked. You are Ganking. This parody is Ganktastic. 555
MysteryGoat - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM WC) Best one I've read!
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM WildCard) Well done. Take my wallet!
Adagio - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM WC) Good job! 5's
Melhi - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
(SOTM-WC) Yep, I stll like this one!
Spaff.com - January 12, 2005 - Report this comment
What Spaff said. Fave line this go-round: "See the stupid people with the cubicles and bosses." Ganks for the memories.
Scathe - January 13, 2005 - Report this comment
(Wild Card) Funny stuff, about stealing stuff.
Jeff Reuben - January 13, 2005 - Report this comment
Good job on one of my absolute favorite original songs
Brit - January 13, 2005 - Report this comment
SOTM WC Now this is funny...Money for nothing stuff for free rofl
Stuart McArthur - January 15, 2005 - Report this comment
(wild card) great idea, great execution
martha - January 16, 2005 - Report this comment
liked the cubicles and bosses line too...and I do agree with Paul's fist comment.... good job 5s ( wild card)
John Jenkins - January 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Well done. I agree that the cubicle and boss line is best.
2nz - January 31, 2005 - Report this comment
heh heh, it's better the second time around. Still great fun here, nem. Some great soundalikes and some great use of the original too.
Spaff.com - February 08, 2005 - Report this comment
Comment #3: It's steal great.
SONG OF THE MONTH 2004 WILD CARD - SILVER MEDAL - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
http://www.inthe00s.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3009.0;id=3888;image
2nz - March 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Soundalikes still sound good to me, nem.

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