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Song Parodies -> "I Bought a Flux Capacitor on eBay"

Original Song Title:

"I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas"

Original Performer:

Gayla Peevey

Parody Song Title:

"I Bought a Flux Capacitor on eBay"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

The lyrics to this song were left in a vault by my great-great-uncle, who appeared to know what a penchant for parody I was going to have.
I bought a flux capacitor on eBay
I knew I'd win before my bid was placed
To make sure it was mine
I travelled back in time
To wait for half a second left
Then out-bid by one dime

I won a flux capacitor on eBay
Ten years 'fore the internet was made
And, cunning as a fox,
I bought up shares and stocks
And made myself a zillion - who cares 'bout paradox?

I can see me now on Christmas morning, in the Middle East
Oh what joy and what surprise
When I say "Hi" to Jesus Christ
Just as BC changes to AD

I bought a flux capacitor on eBay
Now I'm seeing just what it can do
Nowadays I find
I don't run out of time
I nip back a few minutes and in parallel do fine
It's wonderful what two of me can do

Now I've got a plan - won't need a de Lorean
I'll go back to the future to sort out Afghanistan

Would it cause a paradox, and would I go too far:
My grandpa, Jim
I'd kill and im-
Pregnate my grandmama

I can see me in a Berlin bunker, creeping down the stairs
Oh, wouldn't it be great
To help that briefcase detonate
And see bits of Hitler everywhere

I bought a flux capacitor on eBay
Now the thing is fluxed, and I am screwed
Should not have thought "who cares"
And got myself some spares
'Cause now I'm stuck in 1932

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Pacing: 4.9
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Overall Rating: 4.8

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AFW - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Wild idea and theme, imaginatively done...
Phil Alexander - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks, AFW:- Inspiration came from a conversation on FB, with a friend posting:
"Today I'm going back in time to change history. You'll know I succeeded if Germany loses World War II and Wednesday comes *after* Tuesday."

...and after deciding it might not have worked, wrote:
"Next time I *won't* buy my flux capacitor from eBay."
Glen S - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm fully in support of this Phil. Loved all the time-travel jokes. Lots of historical references in here too. WELL DONE. I'm gonna be shameless now: Can I appeal to you to help the H2G2 project by writing about the 'CAMPAIGN FOR REAL TIME'? This parody makes me think you'd do that well, and I know you're at least familiar with the books. Visit the messageboards in song parodies if you're interested.
Rob Arndt - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Great parody- 5.55Gw!!!
Andria - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Awesome parody, Phil! Reminds me of times when I've bought stuff on eBay, most recently an Apple Lisa computer that never worked and was a worse deal than your flux capacitor. (I did find a usable Lisa with a ton of software for $5 at a garage sale today). 5s.
Matthias - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
This has given me an idea... Perhaps we should do a Back To The Future parody album next. But I'm pretty sure that would get old. This was a great parody and a tribute to my favorite movie of all time just made by Day!
Phil Alexander - June 16, 2012 - Report this comment
:-) Thanks all..

Glen - I think I can manage a Campaign for Real Time parody: am I right in thinking that it's a Beatles/H2G2 project, or was it White Album only? (And the important question: how should one pronounce the Cathedral of Chalesm.. to rhyme with "cataclysm", perhaps?)
Peter Andersson - June 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Now that you've found proof of Jesus existence - are you gonna go back and rewrite all your pro-atheism parodies? ;-)

As for Glens H2G2 project I think you'll do even better with a parody about the grammar of time travelling, I remember your multiple song takes on the english language a and simple take on "yesterday" here would be complex enough for starters methinks, here's the passage from the books:

Info on Glens project:
Patrick - June 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I think we're all stuck in 1932. And most of us know enough history to see what's coming next. Time travel would create so many problems, that's what makes it such a fascinating subject to write about. You just found another interesting angle to the subject.
Glen S - June 18, 2012 - Report this comment
Phil - right now it's a Beatles/H2G2 project, and there's a list of songs that have already been parodied in the thread Peter posted. I started the project with just 'White Album' in mind, but the project has evolved since then. As for 'Chalesm/cataclysm', that sounds good to me. I trust your judgement :c]
Peregrin - June 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Phil, I didn't know the OS but it didn't matter, the read was more than enough, Fantastic opening verse that got me hooked straight away.

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