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Song Parodies -> "The Unemployment Song"

Original Song Title:

"We Didn't Start The Fire"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"The Unemployment Song"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Burger flipper, ditch digger, bus driver, nit picker
Place kicker, stamp licker, chauffeur for the Pope
Rug cleaner, plate spinner, window washer, switch hitter
Bubble blower, babysitter, milker of a goat
Car attendant, professor, Santa Claus, assessor
Bed warmer, horn blower, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy
Stock boy, bell ringer, lounge singer—kitschy!
Piano tuner, buzzard shooter, Hollywood's newest star
(Chorus) I just wanna get hired
I got a yearnin' to get some earnin'
I just wanna get hired
Here's an application for your consideration
Tune-up man for your car, or the tender of the bar
Oyster shucker, chicken plucker, darner of a sock
Answer phone on your own, vendor of a sno-cone
Taxi driver, pearl diver, loader on the dock
Mortician, beautician, an electrician, trade bargainer for Japan
Corn husker, fireman, butcher, baker, candlestick maker
Auctioneer, musketeer, just get me a good career! (Chorus)
Timekeeper, hygienist, beekeeper, a typist
Jeweler, brick layer, any kind of manager
Movie usher, editor, garbage man, creditor
Shipping clerk, soda jerk, boyoboy, I gotta work!
High priest, neurologist, astronaut, psychologist
Guru, medico, emcee on a game show
Engineer, ringmaster, ballerina, sand blaster
Player of the bongos, that's the way this song goes! (Chorus)
Senator, Congressman, riveter, ice-cream man
Tapper, flapper, topographic mapper
Ruler of Albania (or maybe Transylvania)
Chorister, bandleader, brewer of a good beer
Collect income tax, advise on how to have good sex
Taster of Beaujolais, I just got to get some pay! (Chorus)
Tennis player, ghost buster, deer slayer, claims adjuster
Lobbyist, podiatrist, big man at the chopping block
Preacher, entrepreneur, bleacher, or French masseur
Urologist, proctor, monologist, actor
Pillow stuffer, maintenance, vinyl buffer, manifest
Street cleaner, lion tamer, bird feeder, Hall-of-Famer
Lifeguard on the shore, waxer of the kitchen floor
Do not begin to be a whore, that's one thing I must implore!
I just wanna get hired
I got a yearnin' to get some earnin'
We just wanna get hired
But the unemployment line just goes on and on... Copyright 1990, Agrimorfee

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 20

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Know 1 can hear you dream - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
I thought this was really funny! It´s not perfect, there´s choruses missing and you REALLY should use empty lines to separete verses and choruses etc. But because I haven´t seen your name before, and it did make me laugh, I´m gonna give you the newbie encouragment treatment. 455.
Diva - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
Very fun to read!
Rick D - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
See? Spacing, spacing (Or I can use that as an excuse to plug my version, "We Didn't Quite Retire")
Johnny D - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
Wow! Intense!
Michael Pacholek - November 05, 2003 - Report this comment
Pretty good, but a little off. Still, a good message for a lousy Bush economy, be it 1990 or 2003.
Rod Worden - March 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Whew!! What a pace, great job, fives sir.
Agrimorfee - March 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Rod!
Phil Alexander - October 19, 2004 - Report this comment
This came up on a random selection, but given the timing, had you considered using it for the ABCs U round? IMO, it's excellent.
Matthias - March 30, 2007 - Report this comment
"I Need Some Career" too, maybe a job fair will open up soon
Johnny D - April 04, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) What Johnny D said in 2003!
Wolverine - April 04, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC-U) Thanks for breaking this out for ABC's Agri. I'll send you 555 applications.
bobpiecheese - April 06, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC3-U) That's one hell of a resume. Kinda like Homer Simpson's. Awesome job Agri!
Michael McVey - April 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Funny now, but in about 2 years this one will be getting a 5-1-5.
Red Ant - April 11, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC3-U) Damned excellent work for a 17 year old parody. Only complaint was the format made it hard to follow in spots. 5s.
Invisible Boy - June 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I just clicked over to your page and saw this.
Now, that's what I call some forward thinking...
Porfle Popnecker - July 08, 2012 - Report this comment
Good work just thinking of all those different occupations!
Agrimorfee - July 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Michael McVey's comment above was SPOT ON!.
Max Power - July 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Pretty clunky but still pretty good. Pretty old parody but still has some relevance for now.
Rex - July 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow, a lot of parodists pulled one from their past for this round. Nice concept, and if you ever get tired of that "taster of Beaujolais" job, let me know.
bobpiecheese - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Now that I've more thoroughly read this, I have to, this is not one of your best. I know it's a pretty old parody, but unfortunately, it shows. I'd love to see you re-do this one, it'd be quite awesome. As is though...most unfortunate.
Jeff Reuben - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
One of your older ones, very well done. I enjoyed reading a parody to a tough OS from your past.
Below Average Dave - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
You know I like it because I recorded it, however I have to admit significant editing had to be done to make it fit because the pacing was rough buddy. . .but you've come a long way, and the concept was still great.
Meriadoc - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Darner of a sock - LOL!
Glen - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Missed this first time around. This is very epic, considering you wrote this during my first month on the site! Now I FEEL OLD!

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