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Song Parodies -> "It's the End of Detroit As We Know It"

Original Song Title:

"It's the End of the World As We Know It"

Original Performer:

R.E.M.

Parody Song Title:

"It's the End of Detroit As We Know It"

Parody Written by:

wannabemustangjockey

The Lyrics

Any way you look at it, American cars could be better. And American car buyers could be smarter. And... well, this pretty much says it all. *Notes* syllables in brackets [ ] are left in for better understanding of the full word and do not have to be sung unless you can pronounce words really, really fast. (i.e. [Su]burban is best pronounced as just 'Burban for the sake of pacing.)
Oh Mom, it crashed like a big bomb, stocks and bonds, the money's gone -
Robert Lutz is not a god. New cars now all look odd, Toyota took us on -
GM drowns in its greed, doesn't know what it needs. Turn it up a notch,
speed, vroom go, stop, whoa. Ladder framing clatters over speed bumps,
off jumps. Wires start a fire, result in a fact'ry warranteed replacement plus
tires and a set of DUBs. Left turn, now I speed up in a hurry through the slurry
sliding 'cross the street. Bit by bit call it a rattle - trap, bunch of
crap. Look at that roofline! So fine. Oh no, it's too low, infotainment,
I can't use, I don't know how. Save your cash, bunch of trash. Now discounted
this week, buy an SUV cheap. Rant about the gas price and your
[Su]burban at the store - bored. You idiotic, "patriotic", boom, war, score,
chores, feeling pretty poor.

It's the end of Detroit as we know it.
As they get their big chance, watch them blow it.
If they do R&D, they don't show it; the Big Three whine...

Six years in, post-2K. Honda builds in USA. Crash and burn,
discern, now where else can you turn? Do-mestic or import and in what sty-le,
low mi-les. Rapper's Caddy Escalade. Cars for those who've got it made. Grab the handle,
grab the shifter. Turn key, start, whee. Hit the gas, vroom vroom. Uh oh,
now what's - this, dear? - Cavalier. But no more; Cobalt's here. A dealer lot,
the Corvette's hot, but I am not, oh whoa. Offer me incentives, offer me employee price
and they - said no.

It's the end of Detroit and they know it.
Their new con-cept's a dud when they show it.
The brakes aren't very good, they don't slow it; Big Three de-cline...(folks aren't buyin'...)
(repeat)

The other night you checked online for US-made luxo rides. And you found none, right?
Lu-cerne, Bu-ick -- it's Cana-di-an; Lincoln Ze-phyr -- Mexi-can.
Pity party, lame cars, market share, boom! You're so simplistic, jingoistic,
Slam, bam crash, right? Right.

It's the end of Detroit [un]less they grow it.
Give their cars bigger trunks, they can stow it.
Make it so you will not have to tow it; or else they'll die...
(repeat 3x)

(Chanting in background): It's time these people hit the road...
(c) 2006 Jay the Wannabe Mustang Jockey. I don't just write song parodies

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Rex - February 26, 2006 - Report this comment
Wow. Wowowowowowowow. I think I'll go sing this as I drive around in my Honda.
John the grunt - February 27, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey, don't be sad. The same thing happened to Europe's "Big three" in the 1980's. Peugeot, Fiat and Renault all failed due to poor quality and foreign imports, but look at them now. Still.....around....sorta. Wait, bad example. OK, detriot's screwed.
Tim Hall - February 27, 2006 - Report this comment
Also, don't forget what happened to most of Britain's automakers due to poor quality
Agrimorfee - February 27, 2006 - Report this comment
555 just for doing it.
Chris Bodily TM - March 08, 2006 - Report this comment
DKTOS, but I think REM rock. Your anti-GM lyrics were quite clever. I would put this on my SOTM Top Ten if I only knew the song better. But at least it was funny. 344 Keep writing!
Agrimorfee - March 09, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM)see above. This will place high for me...
Cat - March 09, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) WOW. It's The End Of The World As We Know It and We Didn't Start The Fire all in one contest?!? Geez! Granted, I'm not a car person (though I am a THE Cars person) but this was a massive achievement for you nonetheless.
Matthias - March 09, 2006 - Report this comment
Big fan of REM, however never been to Detroit this however gives a good portay of it...
Rex - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Still love this the second time around.
Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - March 12, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM - You're getting American, British, Australian and Swedish 5s for this, they're not as good as Japanese or Korean 5s, but that's OK, right?
Max Power - March 13, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM-OK
Stuart McArthur - March 13, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) you must have an album of car parodies by now, mustang - great use of the OS
Adagio - March 14, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS, but it seems like a good one, judging from the comments.
Dumb Ass Kid - March 18, 2006 - Report this comment
[SOTM] Superbly paced, reasonably funny 544
bobpiecheese - March 24, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS, DKTC (Don't Know The Content)...what now?
Red Ant - March 24, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) As much as the former car geek in me tried, I couldn't place what "DUBs" stands for. Many good lines jumped out at me, including "New cars now all look odd", "Wires start a fire", "If they do R&D, they don't show it" and "Uh oh, now what's - this, dear? - Cavalier.". The pacing and rhyming is spot on. 5s
Phil Alexander - March 24, 2006 - Report this comment
Very clever: kind of witty if not laugh-out-loud funny
Kristof Robertson - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) I've done this OS as well, wmj, so I know what an absolute B!tch it is...so hats off to you for doing such a fine job on it. 555
wannabemustangjockey - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
bobpiecheese: That's ok if you don't know the content. I'm used to people telling me that. I believe the solution is "smile and nod". Red Ant: DUBs are large diameter chrome rims, usually larger than 18". Philbo: Yeah, it's not that funny but I wasn't trying to be that funny with it. Kristof: Thanks! Yes, it did take a long time to get right.
Confission - March 30, 2006 - Report this comment
(sotm) good job. when it comes to parodies, i wouldn't even think about going near this song
Larry Hensley - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) How did I miss this? Amazing parody, 5's
Johnny D - March 31, 2006 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Yeah, LOOK at that freakin' roofline, will ya? LOL!
Arwen - April 01, 2006 - Report this comment
SOTM...HOLY MOLY! That's a heck of an OS to try to conquer...and I think you've done it very well...=)

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