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Song Parodies -> "Rate My Art"

Original Song Title:

"Achy Breaky Heart"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Billy Ray Cyrus

Parody Song Title:

"Rate My Art"

Parody Written by:

Wendy Christopher

The Lyrics

I actually wrote this one a while back (right after my 'Hey Miley Cyrus' parody) but for some reason never got around to posting it. Not sure what weird corner of my brain it came from though!

And here's a link to the original song. Go on... you know you want to... ;^)

Live a simple life; I am my cousin’s wife
His car’s up on blocks in our front yard
I’m redneck through and through, I must admit that’s true
But that don’t mean I can’t be avant-garde

Thought I’d earn my stripes, like all them arty types
Grab some junk and then I’m good to go
And if I got panache, I could make me some cash
But seems the galleries don’t want to know

Don’t rate my art, my groovy nouveau art
They just keep tellin’ me it’s crap
And they all say my art, it isn’t really art
It’s just dead pigs in bubble wrap… ewww!!

Sculpted in a trance, in just my underpants
I heard other artists do that too
I sketched my hubby’s dong, and grandma in a thong
So tell me what else do I have to do?

I called the Guggenheim, it was a waste of time
They told me ‘We can’t let your kind in there’
Now what you say that for? Is it because I’m poor?
Well that aint strikin’ me as very fair

Won’t rate my art, my one-tree country art
‘Cause I don’t fit in with your crew
If you don’t think it’s art, ‘cause it’s hillbilly art
There’s only one thing I can do… oooooh!!

**(instrumental break - for radical makeover!)**

Y’all rate my art, ‘cause now I look the part
Took el–o-cution lessons too
So I could sound real smart, and not like Simpson Bart
And now you think I’m just like you

Y’all rate my art, my fakey flaky art
‘Cause you all think I’m upper class
‘Til you find out my art, is deeply cheapie art
Then you can go and kiss my ass… wooooo-oo-oooohhhh!!

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Susanna Viljanen - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember well the original from the eighties. And, yes, that was a good slap on the art critics' wrists. Most of the so-called "fine arts" are neither fine nor art. Most of it is just but junk. 555.
Phil Alexander - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Brilliant.. :-D A bit like my modern art take on this but from the other perspective..
John Barry - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Love the irony: a song about art couched in the framework of an artless POS OS.
Rob Arndt - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
555 for creativity. However, I disagree with Susanna about art. Like beauty, it's in the eye of the beholder. One person's junk is another's art. I have many photos of all my sports cars and sports bikes but my fave is an old Kodak pic of my moped that got wrecked, rusted, and ended-up in the backyard of a friend with beautiful flowers (as well as weeds) growing around it. Between all the good pics of the machine when new and the wreck pic, myself and everyone else loves the wreckage more. It's not just the nostalgic connection and fascination with transportation relics, but it's just a really great capture in time with contrasting colors and the PUCH name badge standing out. To each his own tatste in art, photographic or otherwise :)
Jonathan - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Bravo! a marvelous work of art! 5's
Lifeliver - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Why on earth didn't you post this before? How many other gems are you secreting in your labyrinthine grey cells? Perfect ironic match here, as JB said. Must be sung with an exaggerated hillbilly twang. I could imagine the late Bill Hicks doing it. 555
Callmelennie - March 20, 2013 - Report this comment
Here's my Billy Ray Cyrus joke. Hey Wendy, did you hear Billy Ray Cyrus is teaming up with some Afghan fundamentalists to make a comeback album -- they're calling the band "Mullet Omar" Their first single is gonna be "Don't chop my hand; my takey snakey hand"
Wendy Christopher - March 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone - and sorry about my tardiness in replying.

@Rob: I love photography as a art medium; a black-and-white photo of even the simplest thing can be a thing of beauty. There are definitely 'modern artists' I dislike though; Tracey Emin is one, but that's because she's an obnoxious person rather than because of any of her work.

@Lifeliver: sometimes if I'm on a bit of a roll I write two or three parodies in a row, and then think "Okay, I'll post this one today, and that one tomorrow and then this one the day after..." and by the time I've got to 'the day after' I've written another one I like better so I post that instead... and so there are the odd one or two that get forgotten about. I'll see if I've got any more like that hiding in my archives. There's actually a German version of the OS that's in a more female-friendly vocal range (url - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eElTbQ8jNFw). If I ever decide to record this, I might use the melody of Billy Ray's version but in the key of the German one. With appropriate hillbilly accent, of course ;^)

@Callmelennie: heheee... and you just know there's gotta be a rhyme for 'taliban' in there somewhere too? ;^)
Lifeliver - March 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I checked out the German version - a bit mainstream pop for my taste, lacks the down-home rootsy feel of the slide guitar. I still think Billy Ray's is a classic, despite the unmistakably faked hype of the video production ... thanks for the link anyway.

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