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Song Parodies -> "The Big O!"

Original Song Title:

"One Day More"

Original Performer:

Les Miserables

Parody Song Title:

"The Big O!"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS. All you sick, Redbook-reading adults out there (that means you, and you know who you are)...I'm sorry to disappoint, but this is actually about the intense DISpleasure of living in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, especially when it's being mindlessly promoted during CWS season, from our cows up. WARNING: Some may find this unfunny. FYI, "The Big O!" is our new nickname, commissioned by the City Council of Humiliation or something. Our mayor uses the term rather unwittingly.
The Big O!
The town more often known as Omaha
Thriving conurbation in Neb-raska
Our corn is sweet, our beans, sublime, our beef is rare, our ribs are prime
The Big O!

[City Architects]:
Suburbs, hotels, some concert halls
Casino-lined Missouri tideline

The Big O!

[City Architects]:
One building forty stories tall...
Yes, that's our great, breathtaking skyline!

[Henry-Doorly Zookeeper]:
Visit our new Desert Dome!

[City Architects]:
It's a glass cage - not a pen!

[Henry-Doorly Zookeeper]:
Donate to our cause - be caring!

[City Architects]:
Take a field trip to the zoo!

[Henry-Doorly Zookeeper]:
Animals ripped from their homes.

[City Architects]:
Kept for snot-nosed kids to view!

[Henry-Doorly Zookeeper]:
Feed the lions - we don't care!

[Steak Enthusiast]:
The Big O's a place for fun!

Here, our Malcolm X was born!

[Steak Enthusiast]:
Corn-fed cows - you gotta eat 'em!

Gerald Ford was, too, I swear!

[Steak Enthusiast]:
When your steak is juicy-warm...

(Yeah - that's really all that's here.)

[Steak Enthusiast]:
Boy, this city's rare - well done!

So eat a cow,
And give a cheer...

The Big O!

The Big O's low on pollution!
Air is free of dirty crud
What's the brown in the Missouri?
That's not sewage - that's just mud!

The Big O!

[World Series Enthusiasts]:
Texas, Miami
Georgia, Arkan-saw
Fullerton, Louisiana, look! Foul ball!
Took a little trip
What a bit of luck!
It's the only week when Omaha don't suck!

Though our reputation's thinning
("The Big O"? That's just not right...)
To our hometown we will cling!
(Not to London or Beijing)
We're Nebraskans, proud and grinning
(Smiling toothless, baring gums)
Have a can'uv buff'lo wings!

Hay, have a beer!

(My line is "Moo"...)

The Big O!

[City Architects]:
Suburbs, hotels, some concert halls!

[Henry-Doorly Zookeeper]:
Visit our new Desert Dome!

Yes, The Big O's home to Boys Town
...why that is, I do not know.

The Big O!

[World Series Enthusiasts]:
Arizona U
Carolina, So.
It's the only week when Omaha don't blow!

(Now my line is "Make a rude noise"...)

The Big O's where we're gonna stay
The Big O, baby, you're okay!

The Big O is our mother
Father, God, metropolis and home!
Not Houst-on
Not L.A.
The big oh...OHH...OHHHH!!!

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How Funny: 4.3
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 6

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Leo Jay - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
I have to dust off the old 'LM' soundtrack -- this tune isn't coming to me right away, so I'll have to give a listen before I get back here and read this through. I'm sure it's brilliant as usual, though.

And whatever must YOU talking about, you sex-obsessed teenager? (I know all about you and your Legolas doll!) -- I had assumed 'The Big O' to be Ms. Winfrey!
EmiLoca - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
I am not sex-obsessed! I read in an article in the paper that "The Big O!" raised a few eyebrows when it went up on billboards this spring, since many women's magazines use the term in a different context - one having to do with sex, of course, and starting with the letter "O". Which is funny, because Omaha is hardly orga...nic. Thanks for reading, though!
Shannon Vance - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Great imagery! Should be a real crowd pleaser. I had to look up 'conurbation'.
neminem - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Dang. I was hoping it would be a CS parody - big O notation being a function of the inherent speed of an algorithm. It's also apparently an anime series of some kind, as well as yes, a sexual euphemism. So basically, your town is silly.
Johnny D - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
You get today's award for unintentional whole-parody-double-entendre, along with three 5's and a big wink.
EmiLoca - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Shannon for making me feel intelligent, neminem for crushing that feeling, and Johnny D for the first wink I've ever received from a male specimen.
The Negotiator - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Me,I thought this was about the anime, "Big O" ("In the name of God--Ye get Three 5's)
John Barry - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
DKTOS, but this is probably all I need know about the "Big O." In the first verse, about food, I'd just add something about the sage of Omaha at the Buffet. Great job, and nicely set up with various characters.
Red Neck Mother - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
5 5 5. I was born in Omaha. You are right on here.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Loved the 'rare-well done' oxymoron. (There's a big O word) but I only partly KTOS so I'll return when I do. I never knew Omaha was in Tennessee!
Steven Cavanagh - June 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Matches the tune and real lyrics very well. Well done.
EmiLoca - June 23, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you Negotiator, John Barry, Red Neck Mother and Steven Cavanagh for your thoughts. Thank you JARLB for... what I can't exactly classify as thoughts.
John Jenkins - June 23, 2004 - Report this comment
The original song from "Les Miserables" is a powerful song, and this is a very well done parody that pokes fun at Omaha with excellent rhyming that does justice to the original. You even worked in my home town (Fullerton), and I can tell you - be thankful you don't live in L.A.
Stray Pooch - June 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Another excellent "Les Mis" parody, Emiloca! This is the end of Act One and probably the most powerful piece in the entire musical. You've done an amazing job of catching all of the different themes that go into this one! 555 all the way!
EmiLoca - June 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks to Stray Pooch and John Jenkins for your thoughtful comments...always an uplifting discovery to find that your parodies aren't being buried alive in six feet of absolute ignoration.
Tibbygirl - August 03, 2004 - Report this comment
This parody was so true that it just blew me away, Emi. I have been knocked speechless, without speech, lacking vocal chords, etc. etc. You people of the world out there, you read this parody, and see what kind of deep hole we live in out here. With the cows. And no cow-tipping. How does that work out?....................
Meriadoc - October 27, 2012 - Report this comment
Brought here by 'random' and glad I was. Hilarious! Loved all the steak and the historian.

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