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Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

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I am drinking while I write this
Forgive me if it don't sound true
but when I woke up this morning coulda sworn I was 32
My clothes were all pastel
there was gel and tips all through my hair
and outside in the TV room The Cosby Show was on the air

I took two thousand tranquilizers
that was just a
waste of time
so instead I'm gonna party like it's 1989

I am drinking while I write this
so you might think it don't make sense
but some dudes are on the telly and they're pulling down that Berlin fence
George is still the POTUS
however there's no "W"
and I am on the verge of solving two thirds of my old Rubik's cube


It was two thousand zero seven yesterday
when I checked the time
but tonight I'm gonna party like its 1989

Yeah yeah

If you do not like Madonna
it's likely that you'll disapprove
I'm playin "La Isla Bonita"
and I wanna "get into the groove"

Salman Rushdie's comin'
(he could get shot...any day)
to make sure that doesn't happen, he'll dance his
life away

I've got two thousand other eighties stars arriving
any time
we are gonna walk on sunshine like it's 1989

Say it 1 more time

That funky Lionel Richie and his daughter
won't arrive
no, no, because
Lionel only parties like it's 1985

don't stop, don't stop
say it 1 more time

Bring that new cellphone you reckon's smaller even than a brick
coz you
might need to ring 911 if you...diss...Karate Kid

Dontcha worry, babe - 1989
Just be happy, babe - 1989
two cocktails, Tom! - 1989
I just wanna Michael Jackson he's OK!

Listen 2 what I'm tryin 2 say

Oliver North's at
he's joking with Colonel Gad......dafi
or is that Salvadore......Dali?
Governor Clinton's so......smarmy
taping Roseanne VC......R-ly
Jessica Rabbit looks......tarty
Hide! it's dinosaur......Barney!
I hope Hulk Hogan don't......harm me
that cop got harmed Zsa......Zsa-ly
Cindy just wants to (ee)
Bill Gates footloose?......(hardly)
compared to Terence Trent......Derby
excuse me Andy Mc......Carthy
throw another shrimp on the......barbie
FOR James Taylor's ex.....Carly
Goooooood morning Viet......narmy
Hef's lookin' old in his......jarmys
his playmate has a new......barbie

[ Hef's playmate to Hef: ]
Hughie.........why does everyone have mullet hair?

Hughie.........why's Madonna in her underwear?

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Pacing: 4.9
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Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 16

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Matthias - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Back to the McArthur!!!
2LD4U - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Alas, I did not like the 80's much yet I left my heart back in that time period. Part of me will always remain in the ticky-tacky 80's!
Jack Wilson - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
LOVED IT! Loved it as always, though why woulda wanan tape Roseanne? That was great, 5s
alvin - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
great to sing along with
2Eagle - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Good, but you forgot The Wonder years and Newhart. If I woke up and Cosby was on I would go back to sleep.
AFW - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Great video reminiscing
Dee Range - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Superb retrospective, Stu. Brings back to mind many people I haven't thought of in years, and the line "and I am on the verge of solving two thirds of my old Rubik's cube" was one of the funniest I have read in ages. 555+++
Agrimorfee - June 21, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC3) Big bonus points for parodying the album version, from the first word to the last fadeout.
Johnny D - June 29, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) 1989 was a remarkable year in many ways -- and this parody is remarkable in many ways as well! Well done!
The Charnstar - July 03, 2007 - Report this comment
ABC-# Alas, the year my olders sister was born. What joyful memories... even though I wasn't there, I wish I was. I'm a 70s/80s kid... I WAS BORN 20 YEARS TO LATE! 5-5-5
Michael McVey - July 03, 2007 - Report this comment
It wasn't my best year (1986 was), but it is a good spoof.
Arwen - July 03, 2007 - Report this comment
ABC...too many fun 80s references, Stuart...but don't pretend you don't still wear pastels...
Red Ant - July 04, 2007 - Report this comment
-#/Ankh-thingy - I'm glad you linked the album version since I only had the radio edit. Two minor quibbles first: you almost got a case of rhymitis at the end, and for some reason I had a bit of trouble pacing the choruses, odd since the verses are what's really whacked out in the song. Regardless, very funny work, Stu, and you know/remember entirely too much from 1989. =) Loved the Katrina and the Waves reference most. 5s
stuart mcarthur - July 04, 2007 - Report this comment
you're absolutely right, Jack - I switched from my first draft, where the random-lines ending was properly-paced but read really badly, to an ending that was improperly-paced but a very easy and more entertaining read, anticipating that nobody reading it to the OS playing would bother trying to pace the messy ending anyway - but your diligence found me out!
Kristof Robertson - July 04, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC3#) Looks like we're all having nostalgia flashbacks at the mo, Stu (well, you and me, anyway). last year at uni, drinking like a fish...nope, can't remember a day of it.....;-) Wonderful, stuff, mate, esp. the end (despite what Mr Fletcher says) 555
Cat - July 04, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) Hahaha, in 1989 I was...minus one. =P But this was absolutely brilliant, especially with all those fadeout lines! Wow.
Annie - September 05, 2015 - Report this comment
In 1989 I was only 3. I love the 80s decade (music, tv, movies, fashion) but don't remember anything about it. Still, 5s for this parody! ^_^

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