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Song Parodies -> "Summerfield"

Original Song Title:

"Centerfield"

Original Performer:

John Fogarty

Parody Song Title:

"Summerfield"

Parody Written by:

Andria

The Lyrics

After a hard-drive failure and subsequent replacement, the deletion of my word-processing software, my struggle to learn how to use OpenOffice, real life getting to me, and a long stretch of writer's block, I'm back.

This is a semi-true story, about a cruddy apartment complex converted from World War II-era military barracks and run by a money-hungry lout with no interest in his tenants or their problems. The name was not actually Summerfield, but that fit in with typical sleazy apartment-complex names and the pacing of the OS as well.

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The roof, it leaks, the floor it creaks, the garbage Dumpster reeks
I'm starin' down, see dead grass on the field
I'm climbin' stairs, the lift, it don't work, posies pecked by pigeon beaks
Ghetto folks can understand the way I feel.


Squashin' a roach, I’m ready to Raid®, today;
Killin' a mouse, I’m needin' D-Con®, today;
Vermin, please, won't you leave Summerfield?.

Well, I spent some time with the old landlord, cancelin' out my lease
Then I caught a 'coon* munchin' on some Crisco® grease.
So now I'm leavin', movin' out and I ain't comin' back
Don’t say "it ain’t so", you know my bags are packed.

Not a cockroach, no reason to Raid®, today;
Nary a mouse, no need for D-Con®, today;
Nixed my lease, time to leave Summerfield!

Yeah! I'm leavin', I'm leavin'

Got a U-Haul® Van, a crew o' friends, and some liquor boxes too
You know I think it’s time to leave this ghetto pad
Won't miss the bugs, won't miss the mice, my new place, it is rad
Now I'm gone, and I've kissed the place adieu*!

New place is clean, won't buy no Black Flag®, today;
Cats roam a-round, no use for mousetraps, 'round here;
Love it here, surely beats, Summerfield!

Ceilin' don't leak, no buckets of H, two-oh
Floors, they don't creak, no reason to fix, ho-ho
Here it's nice, better than, Summerfield!
Yeah!
©2010, Andria Kilgore. All Rights Reserved.

D-Con®, Crisco® and Raid® are the registered trademarks/service marks of their respective manufacturers. No connection to the author other than the fact that she purchases all three frequently.

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Mark Scotti - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Very clever, Andria. welcome back from "the block'!!
Andria - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, Mark. :-)
AFW - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
You have a tenancy to write good parodies
Andria - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, AFW. Always appreciate your puns and witticisms. :-)
Christie Marie M - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Nice to see ya writing again, friend! Welcome back! Funny you should mention this, I was cleaning my bedroom closets all day today and for some reason, my room kinda relates to Summerfield situation. I also had the feeling that the reason for my mosquito bites is the cause of my messy bedroom. I'm also thinking maybe I should have my bed and closets fumigated as well. As a matter of fact, Summerfield needs to be fumigated really bad! I have this friend who complained about rats in his former apartment and the rats ate half the box of spaghetti from his cabinet. Also the 'ghetto' apartments from Newark, Orange, Irvington, and East Orange are kinda like Summerfield in a way but the rents a little cheap from what I heard. Great parody. Enjoyed it lots! BTW, every time I hear this OS, it makes me want to go to a ball game or play ball!
Andria - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, Christie. Your room sounds filthy, and my old apartment complex (actually called Meadowbrook), was a big money-spinner for Orkin, Terminix and Ecolab. That apartment complex has since been taken over by HUD and is getting completely remodeled to be used as low-income housing. Last I saw, they had all the siding off and windows out, and they were removing asbestos. (which gives me an idea for a "Ghostbusters Theme" parody.
Guy - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Andria - Slum lords abound everywhere No one will ever have a monopoly on the slum lord business. Seems that you have moved out of Mediterranean Avenue to someplace like Marvin Gardens. Most likely there is a better class of rodents (The two legged kind) the further up the food chain you go.

Before the Clinton years the military had all sorts of MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreational) places. One really great place was in Corpus Christi at the Naval Air Station there. It was called Laguna Shores. This place was right along the beach and even had a peer to fish from. Newer housing was built for the military families and the older housing was left for MWR purposes. They were real houses and military folks active and reitered could rent them for about $8.00 a day. Well, Clinton did away with most of the MWR spots since he liked the military so much. Now I am not at all opposed to finding shelter for the homeless in America and neither was Clinton. He closed Laguna Shores and filled it with the homeless. Within a year the place looked worse than Summerfield in your parody.

Fine take down on the vermin known as the slum lord.
Andria - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, Guy. This place I'm in now is nice, ground floor end unit of a two-story complex, with a small backyard and covered parking. Definitely more like Marvin Gardens then Mediterranean Ave. (or Baltic Avenue, for that matter). Sad story about Laguna Shores. Ironically, there is a place called Summerfield near where I live, but it is a gated 1980s-era McMansion community looking to be straight out of the original "Melrose Place" or "Beverly Hills 90210", right down to the signs out front, nothing like this parody's subject. Security code was "YUC", btw, going well with the parody here.
Old Man Ribber - July 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Andria's back!! Great song...Summerfield (whatever his real name is) is a true scumlord! Keep writing, angel! ;D
Andria - July 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, OMR! I'll do my best to keep writing, my health's been a lot better, and thanks for the compliment. :-)
Abbott Skelding - August 09, 2010 - Report this comment
SOTM: Not bad, great title sub and nice lyrics in there! 555
Matthias - August 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Never heard of Summerfield before I read this parody, I always loved the original song and there were some pretty crafty lyrics in here so overall very well done. One of your best.
Bilbopooh - August 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Definitely seems like a lousy place to live - but a delight to read about! Great job!
Guy - August 13, 2010 - Report this comment
SOTM-JUL-10

See my comment above. The only thing lower than a slum lord are two slum lords.
Below Average Dave - August 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Not bad, didn't laugh out loud, but it was very well written. . .a lot of internal rhyming made it a bit hard to follow to the original, but that's OK
Peter Andersson - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I think Dave's SOTM parody had the solution for some if not all of your problems at that place, but since you're moving on up now anyway I'll just hand you some fives.
Mark Scotti - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
SOTM - Once again, a very enjoyable read, Andria!
bobpiecheese - August 29, 2010 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Nice little parody here. No really killer LOL lines, but still pretty good. 555
Red Ant - August 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Haven't heard that song in forever. Well done parody, esp with all the rhyme changes.

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