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Song Parodies -> "Play The Bars"

Original Song Title:

"Play Guitar"

Original Performer:

Mellencamp

Parody Song Title:

"Play The Bars"

Parody Written by:

Malcolm Higgins

The Lyrics

every musician on this site will relate to this
you always drive around in your town
in a beat up rusting car
the load in begins, as you empty the bins
as you set up in the bar
you don't have a daytime job, and you know you'll be a star
and you think your life's a stupid mess,
that's because you still play the bars

play the bars ( play the bars)
play the bars oh yeah
play the bars ( play the bars)
play the bars oh yeah

you once had a cheerleader queen
when you played your local school
but now you got a groupie wife
and she says that you're so cool
you know the place is stale and rough
and the coffee's thick as tar
let me give you some good advice young men,
just work and don't play the bars

play the bars ( play the bars)
play the bars oh yeah
play the bars ( play the bars)
play the bars oh yeah

all the women around the world know a phony rock star
who plays the bars

well you can sleep on sofas, and sew your shoes,
but you live for the night
you gonna play at Cannington's pub
and everything gonna be right
we'll go out and strut our stuff,
and we'll all think we're stars,
then we get paid out thirty bucks,
that's it when you play the bars

play the bars ( play the bars)
play the bars oh yeah
play the bars ( play the bars)
play the bars oh yeah

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Rick D - December 01, 2003 - Report this comment
You hit this spot on. That's why we don't play bars anymore.
Diva - December 01, 2003 - Report this comment
Good Job, Malky.
David Chrenko - December 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Thirty bucks, Malcomb? MY band played the Troubador in Hollywood - that's nearly the BIG time. They wanted us to pay THEM for the "privilege" of playing there! Rick D. was our "Soundman Extraordinaire" in those days. I ditto Rick's comment.
malcolm higgins - December 02, 2003 - Report this comment
well guys, unfortunately it IS A PARODY.. and my outfit plays the bars regularly.. still, in 1985 we got 2500 for three nights front end ( sunday-tues) because the KNEW we'd fill the bar.. now we get 750 for a single on a weekend, and NOBODY will book for three nights anymore.. still.. being a pretend rock and roll star is better than nothing. and by the way, David, the Troubador should be blown up for exploiting music talent. few people realise how hard we work to sound as good as we do night in and out.. they expect us to play for nothing. ahh well there's always amiright

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