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Song Parodies -> "The Ballad of Barry And Freda Election 2016"

Original Song Title:

"The Ballad of Barry And Freda (aka Let's Do It)"

Original Performer:

Victoria Wood

Parody Song Title:

"The Ballad of Barry And Freda Election 2016"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

For those who don't know the OS, you're in for a treat: The Ballad of Barry and Freda (although, thinking about it, the humour is probably a little bit on the British side of the Atlantic)
Freda and Barry watched the screen
Election time 2016
Comedians gave funny quotes
Freda dreamt of casting votes

She knew the time had now arrived
She switched off Saturday Night Live
Barry sadly shook his head
As Freda found ID and said:

Let's do it, let's do it,
C'mon and get your hat and coat
Election
Selection
We gotta go and cast a vote
Emphatic
Dramatic
Show the world America is democratic
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

But he said: I won't do it, I won't do it,
I cannot take it any more
Can't stand it
The candid-
Ates are not worth voting for
Won't heed us
Those bleeders
None of 'em are qualified to be our leaders
I won't do it, I won't do it tonight.


Let's do it, let's do it
One of them is gonna rule
The choices
Annoys us
But still we gotta work out who'll
Have potential
And credential
Surely you think *one* of them is presidential?
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

I won't do it, I won't do it,
'Fraid I've really got the hump
Can't make me
Can't take me
There to vote for Donald Trump
I mind he's
Unkind, he's
Still so very wound up that his hands are tiny
I won't do it, I won't do it tonight.


Let's do it, let's do it
If you won't vote for the GOP
No disaster
If you cast a
Ballot for ol' Hillary
I'm feeling
She's appealing
Come on out and help her smash that high glass ceiling
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

I won't do it, I won't do it,
I won't even take a look
No details
Of emails
Fox is sayin' she's a crook
I'm hintin'
That Clinton
Is slightly less appealing than Dale Winton
I won't do it, I won't do it tonight.


Let's do it, let's do it
Maybe Johnson is your man?
Getcha coat an'
Start votin'
For that Libertari-an
You know-a
That pot grower
Wants guv'ment to be small and all your taxes lower
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

I won't do it, I won't do it,
Electr'ly I'm staying schtumm
He said it
Can't credit
A candidate could be so dumb
A mis-step-o
No prep-o
How the heck could he not know about Aleppo?
I won't do it, I won't do it tonight.


Let's do it, let's do it
I think we'll get it right this time
I mean
Think Green
Cast your ballot for Jill Stein
Think gentle!
Think lentil!
Show us that you have concerns, environmental
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

I won't do it, I won't do it,
No way I can vote for Jill
I must demur
Thought of her
As president just makes me ill
My summation:
The nation
Needs somebody rational 'bout vaccination
I won't do it, I won't do it tonight.


Let's do it, let's do it
Vote for someone who can't win?
Independents
Not defendants
Kotlikoff or McMullin?
There's plenty
More'n twenty
Two Rockys: Giordani and de la Fuente
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

I won't do it, I won't do it,
Though there may be even more
Than forty
My thought i-
s none of them worth voting for
They're pathetic
Or emetic
Is it any wonder I'm so apathetic?
I won't do it, I won't do it tonight.


Let's do it, let's do it
I agree we're in a state
Not betters
So let us
Write in our own candidate
Charles Bronson?
Tilda Swanson?
He was born here, why not write in Boris Johnson?
Let's do it, let's do it tonight!

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John Jenkins - November 04, 2016 - Report this comment
Very good, Phil. I had to google Dale Winton, but this is a very good spoof with very good rhyming. Yes, there are lots of reasons to be disappointed in all of the presidential candidates (worst choice in my lifetime, if not ever), so maybe Bronson, Swanson or Johnson should be written in.
Guy - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Likely that Victoria would have been more comfortable singing your parody sitting on a davenport rather than that hard piano bench since the two running are such hard arses because this race is "sofa" king we tot did.

I am impressed on how you know way more than the average Yank on this side of the pond. Do you remember when I said to you back in '04 that Kerry looked like the 7th POTUS Andrew Jackson and you did not know who that was? I then said he was on our twenty dollar bill. You said then that you couldn't recall what a US $20 looked like, so I pointed you to a website with a pic of our $20.00 bill?

Your attention to the details of our political process, if I may reiterate is most impressive.

The parody is brilliant and I know most writers could not have pulled this off let alone blow it away as well as you have.

Food for thought, since they have brought up everything imaginable into this race, to include the kitchen sink and all the plumbing clear to the water main. Hill and Billy started out in Arkansas which is often viewed as a ridge runner, hillbilly country state; do you think if Hill and Billy got a divorce would they still be brother and sister?

Thanks for the Youtube link. I was DKTOS but the tune caught on immediately for me. A real bang up job that is not for the average wanker. Absolutely loved this one. Nice to still see you here after my 4 year absence. I've been thinking of moving my parody count from 952 to 1000 and then figure what to do after that. The site is no longer what it used to be. I'd likely be already writting again if the old gang were back.

Check the poor box the next time you are in an RC church where I left 15 pence in there for you. =;-)
Phil Alexander - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Hi Guy & JJ - it's like an old boys' convention :-)

Thank you so much for the kind words: I'm finding this year's race hard to credit (as I'll bet you are, too)... yes, I remember you telling me who Andrew Jackson is, but still can't quite recall (without googling) what he or the $20 bill look like :-)
Yank - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
There are many Americans who wouldn't know what a $20 bill looks like.
John Jenkins - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Yes! An AmiRight old timers convention would be a lot more palatable than this year's Republican or Democratic conventions.

It is good to see that Guy is still Guy even though he doesn't contribute any more and that Phil is still Phil even though there doesn't seem to be as much wit and humor from other parodists as there was 10 years ago.
Guy - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
@ Yank It is so sad to say that this is such a true fact with the economy. Your point is well taken.

@ Phil Hope you took no offense at the ref to the RC poor box. You know I still have to play with our differing views on secularism. It is all meant in good spirit. I have never lost respect for you.

@ JJ Sir I hope you are doing well. I've missed the old gang.
Phil Alexander - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Offence? Me?? Hell, no :-) At the risk of making this seem all luvvie-like and twee, the respect is mutual :-)
Guy - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Right back atcha, Phil. =;-)

V/r
Bob Gomez - November 08, 2016 - Report this comment
Great work throughout this parody, Phil. My fave rhyme: "No prep-o/Aleppo"--LOL. I was in London in late August/early September, had a fantastic time and spent lots of money. Best to you and all Brits! Brexit stage left, softly?
donald trump - November 10, 2016 - Report this comment
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