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Song Parodies -> "It’s the End of the World. . .No It Isn’t"

Original Song Title:

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

Original Performer:

REM

Parody Song Title:

"It’s the End of the World. . .No It Isn’t"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

I’m late to the party with this. Harold Camping is scamming again. This snakeoil salesman, who operates about 20 miles from here, has made a cottage industry out of erroneously predicting the end of the world and parting fools from their money in the process. He claimed he was “flabbergasted” when the date of his latest “prediction” (May 21) came and went and nothing happened.
Ground shakes—it starts with an earthquake. . .
Yeah, it’s the same old refrain.
Heaven duper getting paid.

Lies from a burn-’em man—when are they gonna learn?
Publicity he needs; on go his worthless screeds.
Feeding fools this slop. . .eating it up.
No rapture coming. Capture the fear and fright—that’s right.

Why’re these liars and leeches taken seriously
When they just conspire to bleed myrmidons’ money?
So, out the acolytes scurry to ensure the
Schemers get the check.

Scheme by scheme, reports of rapture, dumb senseless crock.
Look and use their brains? Try ken?
Oh no, dolts bend low, Revelation-seek, this troop.
Believe it’s true. Save yourself; saved-up wealth,
To it adieu; gave your pelf, shamed yourself.

World serves its own needs. . .here long after we leave,
But not in a rapture—once again the guy ain’t right.
Blight apocalyptic. . .flock o’ dimwits can’t fight trite shite. . .
Ain’t gonna take flight.

“It’s the end of the world!” go the nitwits.
“It’s the end of the world. . .know the minute!!
It’s the end of the world!!!”
No, it isn’t.
There’s no “end times.”

Got it down to the hour when we end in a fire shower
That will burn who spurn the burns-firma worms who earn
A bunch from the uninformed who ain’t learning, ain’t kenning
That the motive of these fakes is move in and money-take.

Fright they dangle right in front of sense-drowned dense clowns
With appeals to their benighted beans,
Stoke fear rapture’s here, heaven waits, bier’s near.
It turns out that, it turns out that, it turns out that this guy’s
Often drawn conclusions about when the world would end. . .
And wrong each time.

“It’s the end of the world!” go the dimwits.
“It’s the end of the world. . .know the minute!!
Time after time, “predictions” blown.
“It’s the end of the world. . .know the minute!
It’s the end of the word!. . .wait a minute—
Not the end of the world;
His prediction
Right the next time, fire next time!!”

We’re still alright. . .no fire, continental drift divide,
Mountains are still aligned. Hellish burn? Nein!
(Non, nyet, no, neen!).
Geography’s fit; zany crew emptied the bank,
Got foolhardy, bought billboards crying, “DOOM!”
Those idiotic, plain psychotics scammed—those checks write, write!

“It’s the end of the world!” go the clipped hicks.
“It’s the end of the world!!” Ain’t eclipsed, hicks.
Time after time, “predictions blown.
“It’s the end of the world. . .know the minute!
It’s the end of the word!”. . .every minute.*
“It’s the end of the world!!!”
No, it isn’t.
Wrong every time; cleansed of dimes.


*“There’s a sucker born every minute.”—attributed to P.T. Barnum




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Wild Child JIN - May 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Great parody and 555! I read it all the way to the "end", I even know, that the main singer of R.E.M. had to actually have the lyrics in front of him whenever he sang the original song "It's the End of the World As We Know It", ;-)
UnKnownVotress - May 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Captain Jack BareAll, for the Japanese it did certainly seem like the end of the world ! !
Michael Pacholek - May 24, 2011 - Report this comment
It's a 5 for this song as we know it. And didn't anybody ever teach Camping "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor"?
Doubting Thomas - May 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I love it! I really DIG it, man! It's perfect! Not only did I hear the OS by REM on the radio that day but I also heard (and listened to other songs from my CD collection) more stuff incl. "Armageddon It" by DEF LEPPARD, "Until the End of the World" by U2, "The End of Everything" from the CHARLATANS UK and of course "Rapture" by BLONDIE. If Jesus doesn't know when He will return then how do any of us know? I don't think 2012 is the end, either. That year is long past on the Mayan calender. Maybe Harold Camping should be audited - it'd be the end of his rip-off scheme as we know it! Keep rockin'!
Wendy Christopher - May 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Well for starters, anyone who parodies an R.E.M song wins brownie points from me ;^) That aside, this is definitely worth a 555. Is he STILL banging on about the Rapture then? How mean of God not to destroy the world in a rain of fire and brimstone on the right day - that's ...how many times has he missed the deadline now? Huh - good job he's self-employed, or he'd have been sacked by now!

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