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Song Parodies -> "Printer's On The Fritz (Among Other Things!)"

Original Song Title:

"Puttin' On The Ritz"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Printer's On The Fritz (Among Other Things!)"

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The Lyrics

Some days in the office, modern day conveniences fail to prove their worth...
Check tray two and try to put the pa-per through
But it won’t go and I’ve had IT
Printer’s on the fritz

Try to type but characters don’t come out right
What in the hell’s this Wingding SCRIPT?
Gonna lose my wits

Can’t forward this Youtube “Funny Blooper!!”
Internet con-nec-tion’s in the pooper
Freaking super!

There’s no fix when my computer plays these tricks
All I can do is call it QUITS
‘fore I throw a fit

Want to kick it with my shoe
Could the screen my fist go through?
Why’s my cursor over there?
I’ve pulled out half of my hair

And yet
Another virus
Safe bet?
Just use papyrus
You’ll save loads of time
Dodging internet crime

Oh what’s new, a power surge be-fore I’m through
All of my work went down with IT
This is what I get

Holy cripes my copies just came out with stripes
I don’t have time for all this SH*T!
Tear it all to bits

Think the scanner’s in a drunken stupor
Patience gone, I’m not a good regrouper
Freaking super!

Other chicks would pro-bab-ly at-tack with bricks
But I resort to frequent HITS
When the day permits

(Instrumental…w/ my fingers “tap dancing” across the keyboard that is about to start smoking)

My Blackberry’s rotten and fermenting
Calling this phone “smart” just gets me venting

My flash drive has got no files, it’s not a-live
And so my project won’t trans-MIT
Teeth I gotta grit

Givin’ me the fits
Givin’ me the fits
Givin’ me the fits

(Instrumental…laced with incoherent muttering, swearing, and rage induced screams)

What a joke
Stuff’s all….BROKE!

How I long for days when things did-n’t go wrong
Tech-no-lo-gy is not worth IT
When it’s on the fritz
When it’s on the fritz

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McKludge - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Just try a little percussive maintenance. Or you could go all "Office Space" on the printer.
Ash - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
The line where your blackberry is rotten and fermenting is definitely my favorite. So so clever. But saying "I don't have time for all this sh!t" left me in a fit of giggles as well. You nailed it yet again young lady!
Patrick - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Loved the rhyme of "virus" and "papyrus". I've got the feeling we'll be going back to paper and Pony Express before much longer. Start combing the thrift stores for old manual typewriters.
Silver Power - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
The Virus/Papyrus line killed me! This is one of my favorites from you, on one of my favorite original songs! And they rhyming was excellent! 555!
blackjack21 - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Lots of good lines and rhymes, but I thought this one described your parody well: "Freaking super!"
witch~0~west - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Lady Arwen, . . . this exactly why I won't have a 'comPooter' ! . . . I leave paperJams & HardDrive failures to my Employer ! !
Fiddlegirl - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
LOL fantacybertechnotastic! I must say, the papyrus line was my fave, too-- really the whole bridge section. A real Ar-w(i)nner! :D
Jonathan S. - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
"Internet connection's in the pooper," eh? XD
I've been there to a certain extent, but I don't think I've had quite as many problems as you've mentioned here. The line about your copies coming out with stripes got me LOL-ing.
How about I give you a 111 and you can just copy it 5 times? JK

Good work here!
Michael Pacholek - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Tough day at the office? I can see you've had it up to HERE with that equipment. Which is really bad, because you're only THIS tall! Could be worse, the office could give you some real "downsizing!"
John Barry - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Super tunester!
DJ Blaze - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
AMEN!!! Our computer is doing awful right now, and dial-up isn't helping anything. 555
Christie Marie M - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I echo all comments above. Technology can be very frustrating. I could use computers but not always proficient on them. My mom is technologically illiterate when it comes to those things. I have days like that also when I used to work in the office as a temp secretary and my boss would be breathing down my neck. Oh, well, allow me to print up those 5's for this shredderworthy satire!
Arwen - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
McKludge...oh Office Space. Is there a better work related movie? I say there isn't. And I'm smiling now...=) Thanks!

Ash...I'm not going to lie...I liked the Blackberry bit, too. That was one of the last things I wrote...but it made me grin. Thanks so much!

Patrick...=) I'll Pony Express you my thanks!

Silver Power...since I know how much you adore all of my work, this being one of your favorites means a lot. Hee hee. Just kidding...=) But totally happy you liked it! Thanks!

BJ21...hey, thanks! I don't mind being quoted...when it's a compliment! thinking!

Fiddlegirl...=) Thanks very much!!!'re lucky that you've avoided a day like the ones I've had that inspired this parody. =) Glad to know you can empathize a little bit, though! Thanks!

Mister Pacholek...hee hee. Only YOU are allowed to make fun of how short I am. To my face, anyway. =) Thanks!


DJ...I feel your pain. Be strong!!

Christie MM...I'm glad your days of frustrating office temp work are behind you. And thanks!!

I'm totally stoked by the response to this. It's been in my brain since Matty gave us our Decathlon assignment...and I managed to put off finishing it until the last minute, without being 100% sure it was "ready." SO glad to know that you all enjoyed it...thanks to you ALL!

And my security code is "RTS." Nice...
Phil Alexander - October 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey, a techie parody from amiright's favourite elf... fantastic stuff, Arwen, and I know exactly what you're talking about. Much as I'd love to say that the security code is CTS, I guess that would be a handshake too far.
Wendy Christopher - October 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Just another day at the office, eh? Very, very funny, and some brilliant lyrical gymnastics in a notoriously hard-to-pace song.... 5555555555555..... oh gawd...*CTRL+ALT+DELETE - fizzzzzzzz!!!!!!*
Arwen - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Phil...=) Even elves hate their computers sometimes. Though...if I didn't have one, I might lose my mind entirely. Hee hee. Thanks! WAS hard to pace. I was surprised. Usually if I know a song well...which I did this one...I just assume it's going to be a piece of cake. It SO wasn't. But I finally tweaked it out. And, thanks very much...
Glen S - November 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Great rhyme scheme. My favorite so far. I tried to come up with an idea for this OS for the tourney too, but yours came out excellently and would have put mine to shame, had it existed.
bobpiecheese - November 05, 2009 - Report this comment
(Dec3) Funky song, awesome parody. Something I can relate to (my computer hates me). 555!
Jeff Reuben - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Some absolutely great internal rhyming here! I'm sorry I missed this in Decathalon, this was an awesome effort. Above and beyond the Office Space printer scene :)
Arwen - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment
2nz...thanks a bunch. i hope you starting writing for the Decathlon again. Pickings are getting slim.

BPC...hee hee. I think they hate us all!

Jeffy...I'm sorry that you missed Decathlon too. =( And props for mentioning Office's a favorite!
Guy - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment

Arwen - as one of those "IT" people I totally enjoyed every "byte". And the Virus papyrus couplet is brilliant. You really were putting out the "bits" on this one. Well done!
Max Power - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Yeah I know right?
bobpiecheese - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above (minus the computer hating me, I gots a new one, ha!), still awesome!
Peter Andersson channeling the RIAA et al - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey, copying is illegal...
Mark Scotti - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
(SOTY) 555 calls to the Help Desk!!!
Agrimorfee - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
(SOTY) For some reason I picture this in a Special Musical Episode of The Office, as sung by Pam Beesley. Very clever parody on a hard tune.
EmiLoca - April 10, 2010 - Report this comment
As I've started my first cubicle city job, this one really struck a hilarious chord. Also, my laptop, mp3 player, cell phone and 9 pairs of headphones have all fritzed out in the past 4 months. Please fix this for me.
Below Average Dave - April 11, 2010 - Report this comment
TOS is fantastic, This one hit close to home because as most people know right now I can't record because of my old 'puter, fun idea to a very fun OS
Invisible Boy - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Syncopated techno Super. Great rhyming and pacing.
Your drum needs to be changed soon...

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